Brigham’s Recommendations – “Borrowing Trouble” by Kade Boehme and Author In
What is your favorite M/M romance book?
Wow. What a hard question to answer. Hm. I could tell fave authors: Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon, Sue Brown, JL Langley.
Where did the inspiration for “Borrowing Trouble” come from?
I wanted to write a book about guys I KNEW, guys I grew up with. I wanted steady, southern guys. I hope I did them justice.
Are you a plotter or a pantster?
Totally a plotter. I only pants the “meat” of the story. I gotta have points A, B, and C before I can even start a book.
Is there a story you’ve been dying to write, but don’t feel quite brave enough to tackle?
I am DYING to write a historical. But it’s scary because there’s so much research and stepping outside of your own narrative. It’s a lot of work. But I’d love to try.
Out of all of your books, who is your favorite character? Why?
Gavin. I feel like he was the one character that was the most like a younger me.
What was the most difficult part about writing Landon and Jay’s characters?
First, not getting carried away with their angst. I tend to enjoy the angst when I write haha. But really, it was hardest to write these guys in this place I knew they’d never be ONE HUNDRED PERCENT out and open and free, in the end. I tend to like bows neatly tied at the end of my stories. But, to make it super neat while being realistic they’d have had to have moved to some larger area and they didn’t want to lose their roots. So, I had to sacrifice some “romanticism”.
Do you have any strange writing habits?
I am, sadly, a total diva when I write. I MUST have had two cups of coffee, must have music on, and must have my social media stuff out of the way. If any of that isn’t done, I get distracted and can’t do a thing.
What type of research did you do for “Borrowing Trouble”?
I had to call old friends, mostly. I had to ask questions about saw mill work and carpentry, because I didn’t remember much from growing up w my dad.
How would you spend a perfect Saturday?
Writing like two thousand words, drinking coffee, then going out and having fireball, and ending the night with cheese cake. I’m simple. Haha.
Can you tell us a little bit about your next writing project?
Easy enough to say, I’m shipping two of my favorite guys and my usual bar. I’m looking forward to it because it’ll be my first serial.
After an amicable divorce, Jay Hill decided to move back to his rural hometown with his teenage kids. Being on good terms with his ex-wife and in laws has made the transition into single life pretty smooth. Things were good and uncomplicated. Then Landon Petty walked into his life. Landon didn’t expect to still be stuck in his hometown working at his dad’s sawmill at this point in his life. Being an openly gay truck driver was as awkward in practice as in description. When Jay came to take over managerial duties at his dad’s business, Landon was surprised to find a friend. When Jay turns out not to be as straight as he thought, things get complicated. When feelings for Landon shine a light on how much Jay’s life has been actually half lived, he’s forced to decide if he’ll jump in with both feet or if he’ll let Landon slip through his fingers.
I always enjoy Kade Boehme books, and “Borrowing Trouble” was no exception. He consistently writes stories that suck you in and make you connect with the characters from the beginning. Jay and Landon were engaging characters with real depth and it was interesting following their journey, particularly Jay’s, as he begins to explore his sexuality. This trope can be so badly done, but Kade handled it with a deft touch that made this book truly enjoyable to read.
In particular, I enjoyed the end of the book and the realism of their happily-ever-after. Although there was no doubt that these men would have a wonderful life together, it didn’t gloss over the issues they’d be likely to face in the future and contained just the right about of realism. Beautifully done!
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