Author: Kade Boehme
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 28th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4~4.5Hearts
Blurb: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: The first thing that attracts me to a book is the title (you expected the cover right?) and the moment I read Trouble and the Wallflower I was hooked. I knew, I simply knew that the story behind it would be fantastic if written right. Next, came the cover – though I don’t usually pay much attention to it – and I loved the simplicity and lack of nakedness. It was an instant flash in my head that the guy in the cover represented Gavin and I was intrigued, so I immediately looked at the blurb and there I was sold. I had to have this book.
Kade Boehme delivers a lovely story about two guys who grow and flourish in each other’s love. It was a greatly written story making me swoon in romance and sweetness, even though I don’t usually go for romance and sweetness. The story is about two characters that could not be more different from each other.
Meet Davy; a twenty-two year old man whose entire life has been sheltered and a bit screwed up from his agoraphobic mother. Secluded from early age he never had the chance to socialize thus he has real trouble with people. Add in the mix his natural shyness and everything resembling a relationship or even friendship becomes a reason for a panic attack. But as content Davy appears at being a wallflower his personal demon won’t leave him alone.
Meet Gavin; bad boy and sexy as hell Gavin has set his eyes on Davy. At least once a week he’ll visit him at his work place and torment Davy with his presence and non-stop flirting, evoking that adorable yet miserable flush that turns Davy’s naturally tanned face bright red. What starts as a chase for something that resists him, slowly turns into an obsession and eventually the need to be around Davy’s quiet presence becomes overwhelming for Gavin.
I’ll be honest here; I didn’t like Gavin at the beginning. Yes, I knew that he would become adorable later, but trust me when I tell you the author did a remarkable job in portraying the utter jerk. The need to bitch-slap him was nearly suffocating me. He was the epitome of a man-slut and boy did he screwed up a time too many. If it wasn’t for the patience from heaven Davy had and the beautiful sweet soul he possessed, I don’t think these too characters would have made it. The chemistry was scorching from the beginning, but it was that resistance from Davy first, and Gavin later on that made everything ten times more potent.
These characters though had it all. They had highly enticing personalities, their portrayal exquisite, but most of all they had this every step of the way growth that gave them life and made them stars. The saying “you make me want to be a better person” was never better been put to use than in this story, both characters managing to change dramatically as the plot went on, both managing to surprise the hell out of me with their actions and attitude. I’ve read sweet stories, I’ve read books with steamy sex scenes, and while this one was hot and sweet and passionate and corny (the nice kind) and challenging, I’m absolutely sure that it was this pairs change throughout the book that made me love this read so much.
In the end, this book is simply great and very well worth reading. It has it all and leaves you with the biggest smile of satisfaction, and that’s all I can ask from this genre. If you love romance and a sweet heart-melting story, then I strongly recommend this novel to you.