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"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." - Oscar Wilde

Wide Awake

Wide Awake - Kade Boehme

First things first: I've read the revised edition - so I can't complain about the same grammatical and/or word choice issues like other readers did.

And I have to say, I can't complain a lot about the other stuff, either. Tyler, successful lawyer and by this time on his way to the big 3-0, had always had a crush on his best friend's father. Mark Riley on the other hand, struggled most of his life - with his path, with his decisions, with his career - basically with everything. But he was a devoted parent, a faithful husband (even without any love in the marriage), and a responsible adult. All of that changed one night, when these two meet each other in Mark's family home. Because Tyler, even as young as he was, was the first one in a long time to actually see Mark's loneliness and heartbreak.

Five years later, and Tyler has grown, is successful, still has his family and best friend. All he misses is a man. A real man he can go out with, fall for and enjoy his life with. The only one he really wants for that, though, is the only one he really shouldn't have. Because Mark, now divorced, out and a coffee shop owner, is still persona non grata in the family and circle of friends. There is literally no worse choice than for these two to hook up with each other. And guess what? The story starts with their very own morning after.

I really liked the premises for this story. May-September, adult males with some family-baggage, hooking up and falling lust/love. I was a little irritated with the telling of the backround at times. I really don't have to know all of the past happenings in both their lifes, told to me piece by piece. But, I guess, if you throw a reader in the middle of such a laden hook-up, you don't have a lot of choices.

Other than that, I enjoyed the developments and the conflicts quite a bit. The only other niggle? These guys could not take a break. Granted, they weren't really THAT careful, but every time they so much as breathed on each other, somebody who should definitely NOT be there, showed up. A little exhausting, and a little too soap-opera for me. But that's just me and my nit-picks tendencies.

All in all, I really enjoyed this story. Not Kade Boehme's best work, but still good. 3.5 stars all around.