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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  802 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Carter Darling’s life has been a whirlwind since his mother was elected to the senate when he was a teen. From private school to joining the military, he tried to forge his own path while making as few ripples as possible. But an injury forced him to figure out new goals for his life. After his parents were involved in a sex scandal, he decided to go back home to Tennessee ...more
108 pages
Published March 14th 2016
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Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***3.75 Stars***

Carter and Jeremy grew up together but something happened that put a strain on their friendship.
Carter is an Army Veteran and student.His mother has a political career and is in the public eye and Carter has always tried to be a model son,even pretending to have a girlfriend even though he's gay.
When his parents are involved in a scandal he's had enough.He wants to distance himself so returns to the small town he grew up in.

Jeremy is a bit of a bad boy.Covered in tattoos,part of
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

Play-by-the-rules Ginger & tattooed bad boy.

They used to be friends, but Jeremy was too high and too reckless to appreciate Carter's quiet presence. For all of Jeremy's mantra about keeping things simple, he plays in high drama and gambles on threesomes with his fellow musician Troy and Troy's girlfriend.

Then there's Carter, Army veteran, amateur boxer, student, caught up in his mother's political career until the shit hits the fan. Carter's had it with his parents' self-serving rules
**4.5 stars**

This is how it's done, y'all!

Oh how I love Kade Boehme's "quiet" stories. Simple things is....simple! It's light and easy, yet real and engaging.
Swoon worthy in the end without being OTT. Simple but meaningful.

Big bonus: the cutest ginger ever! I am a goner for Carter. Not just because of his bright red hair, blue eyes, and all that smooth pale skin (dear lord!). But also, because he was kind-hearted, forgiving and compassionate. Boyfriend material!

After Carter's parents get invol
Kade Boehme
Feb 18, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Omg, this book was flufforable! And don't let me forget to mention:

Best friend's brother ✔
Friends to lovers ✔

Two of my favorite tropes to read and the delivery will have you swooning and smiling like an idiot!♥

Growing up Carter always harbored a secret crush on Jeremy, but as they grew older, Jeremy distanced himself and began to spiral out of control. But it was an encounter with Carter that helped clean him up. Fast forward years later and the two men meet again where it all began while they b
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.5 Stars!

Real life was really busy last week, so it took me longer than I had hoped to read this one. I think reading it in bits and pieces kind of took me out of the story, so while I liked this one I didn't love it.

Really nothing wrong with it, but it just never really sucked me in.

It was a low angst, easy read with some nice stream. Exactly what I have come to expect and love from Kade. He's definitely an auto-buy author for me.

If you're a fan of Kade, then I definitely recommend this one
Wow....5 stars from me ;)

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Carter and Jeremy used to be friends. When they were younger it used to be the three of them, Carter, Jeremy and Jeremy's sister Sarah.

Time however changed everything. Carter moved away, with his politician parents and grew more and more introvert. He's the good boy, joining the army, never taking a step out of line and hiding his gay sexuality, because his parents didn't want to risk a big scandal. Now his parents are the subject of a big scandal...oh the irony......Ca
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3 Stars***

This was a light and easy, low-angst and steamy read. Nothing really stood out to make it pop, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Jeremy and Carter were cute and hot together, but I never fully connected or got invested in either guy's backstory. Carter's family issues and Jeremy's drug use and feeling like an "outsider" in his own family lacked the emotion I think the author was going for to really draw me into their history. It all just fell flat for me.

But I loved the Becks famil
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it

*3,5 stars*

A Simple Sweet Read. Perfect for a saturday afternoon!!

"Sometimes love is just in the quiet moments, it's in support and friendship and wanting to be with someone because they feel like home. Sometimes love is found in the simple things, the simple times."

Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I'd been looking forward to reading this for some time and I'm disappointed with how everything turned out. If you're looking for something with depth and believable development, I don't feel it can be found here. I felt that everything was pretty shallow and I never connected with either character. On top of that, I didn't feel a connection between the two protagonists. Their characterization dithers quite a bit, with them saying one thing and then doing and thinking another. These inconsistenc
This was cute enough, I liked both characters, and Jeremy's family, but I guess I wanted more. The editing wasn't great, there was even a time when {describe accident} or something similar, was left in, although the accident was never described! Carter was hurt while in the Army, apparently in a bike accident that was never detailed, at all.

Another thing I didn't get was Carter's family. Carter's mom is a senator from Tennessee, possibly going to run for president, but even now, the press follow
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
In a world where relationships tend to be meassured by a hollywoodesque love, it was refreshing to read about two guys who just happened to love each other. Two guys that maybe were too caught up in the concept of love that it's often shown in movies, tv shows, and the media in general, that they missed the fact that most of the times life doesn't go that way, and that we don't have to make it that way to be happy. That love doesn't mean expensive gifts, big jealousy dramas, or maybe a proposal ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2016
Simple Things
A 'simple' sweet book. Did read it in one breath. It's was good smooth written.
I missed some depth. It was a light read.
Sorry to say I was a little disappointed..... Knowing other books by this author
But in my home we say 'the bow can not always be tense'
Still loved it....
Arch Bala
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
full rtc. :)

4 stars. Cute read from Kade about life, love and second chances at friendship and more. So happy that Jem left his toxic trio relationship behind to concentrate on learning to love Carter without feeling guilty for doing so. Oh, and nice to see smoking hot sex scenes too in this one.

Unfortunately, a recurring theme with Kade's stories is problematic editing and even with a change of editor, there were typos and whole chapters of formatting niggles in this one too, groans. And I would just point
I really liked this one. Jeremy and Carter were fun from the beginning. I liked the rough spots, loved the smooth places, and holy hell were they hot together! My only complaint is that I wish this was longer, but that's just me being greedy because I loved these two and didn't want the story to end.
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awww I loved this! It was such a sweet romance, between Carter and Jeremy. I loved them both and dang they were hot together.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars

Although initially worried about the poor rich boy angle, I was pleasantly surprised. This was a lovely, low-angst, sweet yet sexy romance.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Mejor de lo que esperaba, el final un poco apresurado.
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4.75 stars

I really, really need to make the time to read more of author Kade Boehme's backlist; Simple Things is the second book I've read by him and I am once again impressed with his realistic look at life and love. The first book I read, Borrowing Trouble, was about two middle aged men both at kind of a crossroads in their lives, but this book tackles two men in their mid-twenties trying to figure out what to do with their lives. The fact
dammit, that one chick
Okay, so this wasn't my favorite from this author. Boehme is one of my go-to feel good reads, but this didn't do it for silly, fixable reasons.

Let's start with the good. I like the characters. Like the ones in many of his books, they feel like people I can relate to. There's a realism in the personalities that allows me to connect. I especially adored Jeremy's sexy goofiness. The supporting characters were great too. As with his other books, the women in the story were great. They didn't fall i
Don Bradshaw
This was the perfect feel good story. Carter and Jesse were both carrying personal baggage and had known each other for a good long while. The angst was low, the guy's interaction with Sarah and Daphne was wonderful to read. The story was a fairly uncomplicated, easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms Boehme's writing style and plan on searching out more of her books..
"And they kissed. Full of home and stars, and it was simple and it was good."

This is my first book by this author and I actually loved it a whole lot. I was smiling so much the whole way through.

"And maybe, while we're here, we don't have to be so alone. Because around you, I don't feel alone, never had."

So, there's Jeremy bad boy with a past that still follows him around a little. Oh and let's be honest he's totally an asshole at times. You know the kind where he says something assholey and y
A great comfort read : 2 opposite characters who complete each other, a simple but steamy romance, simple in the best kind of way, with no drama. The kind of story I enjoy reading while seating comfortably with a cup of cocoa and let the good feelings envelop me.

Carter is a shy and gentle young man who lives according to the standards imposed by his parents and even agrees not to come out, much to his frustration. But a political scandal involving his parents made him reassess all this and he de
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-read, 2016-books
Some books are works of art that paint gorgeous pictures and they serve as escapes into another world. Others are fun and sexy and seem like real life (kinda) but saucier and interesting. This book is the latter. Carter and Jeremy do a whole lot of nothing in this book (it's not boring - it's awesome), but have sex and figure things out and have more sex.

What I liked best about this book was the voice. The two MCs sounded like normal guys - the way they talked to each other made me certain that
Carter is taking a little break from life and heading back home. Home actually to his oldest friends family farm. Jeremy's band is on a break also and he decided to head home to his families farm to figure out what he wants to do with his life. What started out as a simple fling turns into more than either planned.
There were parts that could have turned in to drama or major angst but, shocker of all shocker, they didn't. Each of the MCs handled each emotion, situation or hard conversation with
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Maybe it was bad timing, but I found this incredibly boring and I ended up skimming the last 30%, including the remaining sex scenes (gasp!). I usually enjoy the "simple romance" type of book but this failed to keep my attention. There was something about Jeremy being 25 but reading more like 17 that felt off. The writing style seemed to lean more towards introspection than active dialogue which didn't help considering nothing really happened other than being on the ranch, family meals
Amanda Jones
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, kindle-unlimited
Soo gorgeous! Love this cover!!
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Kade Boehme is a southern boy without the charm, but all the sass. Currently residing in New York City, he lives off of ramen noodles and too much booze. He is the epitomy of dorkdom, only watching TV when Rachel Maddow or one of his sports teams is on. Most of his free time is spent dancing, arguing politics or with his nose in a book. He is also a hardcore Britney Spears fangirl and has an addic ...more
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