- Taschenbuch: 216 Seiten
- Verlag: Loose Id Llc (31. Mai 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1623002869
- ISBN-13: 978-1623002862
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,2 x 21,6 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 482.173 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Don't Trust the Cut (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. Mai 2014
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Tucker and Jesse meet at a welcome home party that their mutual friends have thrown for them. Jesse is home from the marines after an injury ended his military career. Tucker is returning from a vaca in Canada, or so that's the story. A chance encounter in the restroom leads to a quick but passionate kiss that neither man can forget. Jesse has always been partial to guys, but he's also in a long term relationship with a woman. This coupled with a very troubled past make Tucker gun shy to even consider giving Jesse a shot.
Jesse is definitely the alpha male persona. But the tall, brooding ex marine can't stop thinking about the wounded soul he kissed at the party. When he and Tucker finally meet again, Jesse is not going to let his chance to get to know Tucker slip away a second time. The more time they spend together Tucker slowly starts to let his guard down, but Jesse still has a girlfriend and the closer he gets to Tucker, the more confused he is about his relationship with Miranda. Can a guy that spent 10 years wrapped in `Don't ask, Don't tell' and lived his life in the closet for fear of losing everything and everyone he loves build a life with a shy, wounded and slightly mental gay man that takes his breath away?
Boehme wrote these characters with a raw realism that is almost poetic. The characters are three dimensional and have depth, they aren't full of fluff and fantasy. Being from the south I absolutely loved Tucker's southern flare, his good ole boy drawl, and the shyness that ever encompassed him but managed to exit the room whenever Jesse was around. Tucker and Jesse struggle to maintain a relationship, both for different reasons, but Jesse is completely honest about his issues from the start. Tucker, not so much. He has good reason though, or at least he thinks so, but what will Jesse think when he learns the truth?
I'd give this book 10 stars if it were a move, definitely a must read! The HEA in this book takes several twists and turns to get to but it's beautiful and perfect. A relationship takes a lot of work and Boehme does a fantastic job of showing the struggle his characters deal with along the way. They tear it up in the bedroom too, which is a definite plus!!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
The main character is Tucker. He is a damaged and broken human being who is recovering from an unknown life altering event and taking his first fledgling steps in his return to the world. Tucker is fragile and reclusive, but has support from his only friend. The situations and causes of his previous life are not revealed until late in the story, and this makes for a compelling read. We want to know, but it is best that this revelation is withheld.
Into his life comes a battle scarred ex-marine, Jesse, who has his own demons. However, Jesse appears to at least have his problems somewhat under control, until he meets Tucker. The electricity that passes between them at their initial encounter at a party upsets his planned future, and sets in motion what this book is all about.
Initially, I suspected what Tucker's problem could be, from the title. Where this story takes the reader is into the carefully constructed protective barriers that both men have set very painstakingly in place.
I have no doubt as to the author's connection to this story, as there are few people who could have written such a piece of work like this without it. This is a labor of exorcism, of demons both personal and intimate, that is told with surprising care and love. The prose here is unmistakably honest and real and is deserving of praise. This is a mixed bag of discovery, ugliness, and finding the strength in one's self to learn to live one day at a time.
I was pleasantly surprised to find none of the other reviewer's problems with typos or editing. This must be a revised edition because the story flows without distractions, or, at least, none that I could find. The writing is clean, polished and very straightforwardly honest. Because I had a meaningful read, and I really liked the story and it's meaning, I figured I owed Kade a five star rating. Thanks for an excellent experience.
Hemingway's Iceberg Theory of writing suggests that the reader has to look beyond what is showing on the surface. That is what Kade Boehme seems to be challenging the reader to do in his novel Don't Trust the Cut.
This novel is an intense, rollercoaster of a story. These characters will cling to your psyche long after the last page is read. Boehme's characters are well-developed, beautiful, troubled and credible. There is a sad note of realism that permeates this story. Don't Trust the Cut is not a lighthearted romance. This story teems with angst, turmoil and drama. The beautifully descriptive prose are well written. The tension in the story is alleviated with a large dose of humor.
Please read my full review at Smoocher's Voice blog.
"Don't Trust The Cut" is the tale of Jesse and Tucker (Tuck). Jesse is a young man of 30 who has just retired from the Marines - way before his time, but he was discharged for the wounds he took in combat. Tucker is a somewhat strange, but gentle, soul who is polite and personable to most of the world, but alive and fully present only to Alison, his best friend and roommate.
The book starts with the two men meeting each other at a party to celebrate their return to Baltimore - Jesse from the Marines and the hospital, Tucker from his mysterious sojourn in "Canada:".
I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I won't go into too much detail, but Jesse has a girlfriend, a woman he's dated for six years who, in reality, is his "beard" to immunize him from Don't Ask Don't Tell. Tucker, although extraordinarily nice and caring, seems to be holding himself together with paper clips and baling wire.
The plot follows Jesse as he comes out, and Tucker as he tries to deal - and their start-and-stop attempts at finding love with each other. There is plenty of M/M Romance angst to go around. The coming out, though realistic, is often painful. Tucker's scars, both physical and emotional are just as difficult to cope with.
There is, of course, a HEA, so you know they do manage to get there. But not without navigating some rather severe bumps along the journey, with a lot to be said for the serious way in which Mr. Boehme handles the mental-health issues - which he does well.
And I had to admit that the ending of the book, corny though it is, still left me with a tear in my eye.
And that's exactly what I'm looking for in an M/M Romance novel. So, if, like me, you're looking for some gentle, beautiful characters navigating the rocky path to love in a well-written book, I recommend this one to you with all my heart.
P.S. Some reviewers mentioned terrible editing. I am the scourge of the badly-edited book, and it's my thing to rant and rave about authors who don't much care that they insult their readers by publishing what is, essentially, a draft. So, believe me, if the editing were bad, I'd let you know, and if it's good, I wouldn't have missed that either, because I'm always wary of bad grammar, misspelling, apostrophes in plurals, wrong tenses and the like.
I am pleased to let you know that I only found one minor typo ( a word cut off ) in the entire book. This was a superbly edited book. It's entirely possible that it was re-released after some additional editing, but the version I read was a pleasure to read and was as clean as any best-seller from any major publishing house.
However, when I first started this book, my heart felt like it was sinking. I don't love books that begin a relationship with cheating (yes, I consider a kiss cheating) so I was positively beside myself thinking that this book would end up not being my style. But... as the book went on I felt myself being won over more and more. From about 40% was a turning point for me.
Let me start off with what I liked. I think once I got used to the author's writing style, I found it to be refreshing and easy to read. I know that that doesn't sound like much of a complement but sometimes authors can tend to write on the flowery side and get caught up in too many words. Sometimes I don't want to read something that seems like a thesaurus was used on every page. Kade's writing is much more abrupt and to the point, which I ended up enjoying very much.
I also really loved the character of Tucker. Give me a flawed, damaged, hot man any day! He was sweet and funny and vulnerable and sexy. I felt a real connection to him. And who wouldn't love Alison, the wonderful best friend who only has Tucker's best interests in mind? I think the author did a great job crafting these two.
I also loved the last 20%. Yes, there is a misunderstanding that factors into the ending here, but unlike some other reviewers, I didn't really mind it. It worked with Tucker's history and made sense to me. Even some of my favorite authors put misunderstandings in their story as plot devices, and even though I don't prefer them, it didn't bother me as much as I would have guessed. The reason I REALLY loved the last part of the book is because my emotions were ratcheted up to an 11! I was overwhelmed with feelings, and it bumped up my final rating from 3.5 stars to 4 stars.
What didn't I like? I didn't like the character of Miranda, and not because I thought she was a bitch. I don't mind a bitchy character if the story calls for it. I didn't like her character because I thought (especially in the beginning) that she was too inconsistent. She was described as both really nice and a gossipy, country-club, stuck-up type. Well, which one? I didn't know why Tucker and Alison wanted to be friends with her at all and vice versa. I didn't get the relationship. But mostly, I didn't get her relationship with Jesse. She also did some really manipulative things and then people still said she was nice? I didn't quite grasp who she was as a character. I think with a little more re-working at the beginning, the author could have made her character make more sense.
I also didn't love how Jesse and Tucker started out (yes I said that before), but not just with the cheating. Their relationship in the beginning seemed a bit forced.
Though this book wasn't without flaws, I ended up really really enjoying it. The book as a whole improved so much as it went along and I couldn't put it down after the halfway mark. This is my favorite effort thus far by this author and I have very high hopes for his future books!