Trouble & the Wallflower

Kade Boehme
Trouble & the Wallflower
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Release Date
February 2014

Raised in near seclusion by an agoraphobic mother, Davy Cooper's social skills are almost nonexistent. Now that his mother has died, he needs to make friends for the first time in his life. He catches Gavin Walker's eye, but the sexy, confident, bad boy hipster intimidates shy Davy so much that he throws away Gavin's number every time he offers it.

When Gavin defends Davy from a rude guy, Davy begins to warm to him. However, with his limited experience, he thinks he and Gavin are too different, and anything more than a casual acquaintance will end in complete disaster.

Book Review by Pat Henshaw (author,reviewer)
Mar 12, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
99 people found the following review helpful
When the main characters get together and profess undying love in the middle of the book, what do you expect next as a reader? That's right. Complications. And this book has complications to spare.

When Gavin Walker and his posse swagger into Bart's Soda Shop in Portland where college student Davy Cooper works, Gavin puts all his best moves on shy, hunky blond Davy. Unfortunately for Gavin, Davy was raised by a severely agoraphobic mother who kept him inside for much of childhood and home-schooled him, so he doesn't know what to do with the overly aggressive Gavin.

Gavin, however, is nothing if not persistent, as he keeps coming into the shop and chatting with Davy. Davy finally persuades himself to go to a club and sees Gavin there. When Gavin's friends spy Davy at a popular night club, they try to alert Gavin that he's being watched, but Gavin, not seeing Davy, leaves with another partner after nearly having sex with him on the dance floor.

Although Davy says he's done obsessing over Gavin, he becomes more sympathetic to Gavin when he accidentally discovers that Gavin left the East Coast after his alcoholic mother found out he was gay and kicked him out of her house. In Portland, Oregon, Gavin is living with his grandfather, whom he loves and who has terminal cancer.

Slowly, shy Davy and outgoing Gavin come together. After Gavin introduces Davy to his grandfather and the older man's cronies for poker nights, Gavin and Davy gradually form a relationship. But the return of Gavin's mother, with a little brother Gavin knew nothing about, threatens to break them up.

Gavin is one of those tortured romance heroes that readers hate to love and end up adoring. He's the swaggering bad boy who's irresistible to the good guy and only shows his pure heart after the good guy peels away his layers of hurt and distrust.

While Davy too is a tortured soul because of his mother's agoraphobia, he's just the goodhearted soul to make Gavin want to be a better person and to stop self-medicating with meaningless hook-ups. Davy brings out Gavin's desire for stability and someone to love and love him in return. And Davy is perfect to give Gavin the qualities he needs.

Like Kade Boehme's Don't Trust the Cut, this book contains equal amounts of angst and romance to please any gay romance reader.
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