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Kade Boehme – Trouble and the Wallflower Audio Edition

Trouble & the Wallflower - Kade Boehme

Reviewer: Barb

Genre: M/M Contemporary

4.5 Hearts


Summary: 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


Review: Get ready for a wild ride. Sean Lenhart brings this story to life, suffusing the narration with so much energy, I felt like I was literally watching the story unfold on stage.

I was hooked from the moment I met quiet, unassuming, socially awkward Davey and his sexy, gregarious, flirtatious customer, Gavin, in the ice cream shop in Seattle where Davey worked. And, although it may have been due to the author’s excellent ability to tell a story, I suspect that it was really due to the energy-driven narrative by Sean Lenhart.


After trying unsuccessfully for months, and nearly blowing any chance he had when Davey sees him with another guy, Gavin finally makes a breakthrough and convinces Davey to go out with him. The two hit it off and they get into some hot bedroom action in Davey’s apartment, but after Davey takes care of Gavin, he’s left with blue balls when Gavin finds out they are both bottoms and quickly leaves. Though he realizes his mistake immediately, he can’t find the words to apologize so puts it off until it’s almost too late to try. Gavin knows that he’s tripped up each time he’s attempted to get close to Davey, but there’s something about the quiet, charming man that makes Gavin keep trying. He thinks that Davey could be more than a one night stand, he could be a friend and lover and the two could give more to each other than Gavin ever had in the past.


When he finally gets through to Davey it’s because he allows Davey to see the real Gavin, the man who is afraid to let someone get close to him, because when they turn from him it hurts too much. He’s losing his wonderful grandfather to cancer, a man he loves unconditionally, and he knows Davey will understand that loss since Davey’s own mother died the previous year. But it’s when he shares what happened to his last relationship, and why he can’t tolerate his mother, that Davey knows that he’s now with a very vulnerable Gavin, a man he can possibly trust with his own insecurities.


From that point on, the two build on their friendship and grow to love one another. One night, while out with Gavin’s friends, Nate, the friend who never seemed to accept Davey, tells him that Gavin is only with him so that he can get what he wants and leave. When he returns from the restroom and finds out what happened and that Davey left the building, Gavin panics and gives chase.


Davey was the embodiment of hope and love for Gavin, and he wanted to be with Davey forever, but he almost loses out on a chance for a happy ever after when his mother shows up to ingratiate herself with his grandfather, and supposedly, to make amends to Gavin and introduce him to his new three-year-old brother, Oliver. She claims to be sober and is there because she wants to makeup with both Gavin and her father, and as time goes on, with Davey’s encouragement, Gavin starts to find some forgiveness in his heart. He’s really crazy about his baby brother, though, so no matter what happens, he’s happy he’s had a chance to meet the little guy.


The course of true love never runs smooth, certainly not in fiction, and for these two guys, even though they love each other, life happens, and with his grandfather’s increasing decline and some things Davey learns about Gavin’s mother, they reach a hurdle that’s difficult to surmount.


I truly enjoyed the author’s characterization of the MCs and the secondary characters, even more so due to the excellent vocalizations provided by the narrator. He was even spot-on with the voice of little Ollie! Gavin, a whole package of Trouble, is actually soft and sweet inside. He’s just really good at hiding behind the tough guy bravado. And Davey, a social anxiety-suffering, shy, sweet guy, shows his tough side when the Wallflower has to step up to protect his man. Both are unforgettable characters and moving to my favorite couples list.


Don’t miss this one if you enjoy listening to an audiobook that will drag you through the emotional wringer, then give you an ice cream sundae with a cherry on top HEA. Highly recommended