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review 2016-03-16 19:52
Gangster Country by Kade Boehme
Gangster Country - Kade Boehme

Well, I did not like this as much as I hoped I would.

 

It's not your typical A-Z MM romance. Logan and Gianni meet, argue and get down and dirty in the first chapter. So far, so typical. But then there is a one-year break in which these two get closer, become lovers, have (kind of) a relationship. (Unfortunately) All of it happens off-page. We get thrown back in at a time when Gianni is struggling with his life, his decisions and his love for Logan. He's a criminal in the closet - no other option - and his family would have his head if they ever found out. Logan on the other hand is struggling with the secrecy, with the hiding of his relationship. His constant struggle to finally, finally get to know the REAL Gianni is exhausting, frustrating and becomes harder as time flies by. Until it all collapses around them in a (rather predictable) moment of coincidence and fate.

 

I think my biggest problem with this was that I didn't get invested fast enough. Since most of the relationship building happened off-page, I had a harder time connecting to the two MCs before shit hit the fan. I was also very sceptical on how these two made it that far without ever really... being together. Communicating. Living life as a couple. Without Logan asking QUESTIONS all the damn time. Ergo, when everthing started to explode, I was prepared to say goodbye to that couple and move on. But that's not what happened. Instead we got something a little too close to insta-forgiveness for my taste. When your man tells you he is a criminal and a killer, it's hard to imagine you go from hate to forgiveness in one night. But maybe that's me and my missing connection talking.

 

But then there was Logan, who made it that much harder to believe in that massive change of mind. He was all around GOOD. He was the epitome of pure, kind-hearted and just... too damn good. He and Gianni? I don't now. Just didn't click with me.

 

But the writing was good, and I loved the cover. So. Where does that leave me? With 2.5 stars, rounded up to three because it's Kade Boehme and because I did enjoy parts of the story.

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review 2014-04-06 00:00
Gangster Country
Gangster Country - Kade Boehme 0,89 EUR on Amazon.de July 9
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review 2014-03-19 00:00
Gangster Country
Gangster Country - Kade Boehme It took me a lot of suspension of disbelief to enjoy this read. Anyway, a good and easy story.
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review 2013-12-24 02:44
Kade Boehme – Gangster Country
Gangster Country - Kade Boehme

Reviewed by: JustJen

 

Summary:   

Logan Marshall moves to New York to be a social worker where he feels he's needed most. Logan's always had it good. His Daddy is a preacher, sure, but he preaches a laid back, tolerant congregation who accepted Logan's sexuality gracefully. He's from a ranch in nowhere, Texas, which makes him a hot ticket in the clubs with his tight, work strengthened body and his cute accent. He's out of his element in New York, not looking for Mr. Right Now but Mr. Right.

Gianni Rodriguez grew up in Brooklyn. Nothing could be further from the way he was raised than innocent, good hearted Logan was. Gianni is fascinated that people like Logan even exist. And parents that not only are God-fearing, but also accepting?

As second in command of Los Cuervos, his brother's not-so-merry band of drug runners and pimps, Gianni's life would be in serious jeopardy if anyone ever knew the truth. That's why his growing attachment for Logan is a bad thing.

When Logan's work collides violently with Gianni's life, Gianni has to decide if the man is worth risking everything, even his family-- the man that may not even want him once he realizes what a monster the man he's been sleeping with really is. Could Logan be Gianni's reason to go straight? Or will they both go straight to an unmarked grave?

Review:  This solid story grabs your attention early on, keeps you on edge and guessing until the end.

Logan is such a sweetheart and all-around good guy.  He moved away from home in Texas to NYC to make a difference with his career in social work.  He meets Gianni, by chance through mutual friends, and they hit it off.  Even though Logan can tell Gianni is bad news in some way, and Gianni knows he should keep things short with Logan, neither are willing to make that happen.  Logan continues to turn a blind eye to the possibilities surrounding Gianni, and likewise, Gianni keeps allowing them to get more involved.

They are total opposites, but just seem right together.  You don’t want to like Gianni, knowing all that he is holding back and keeping from Logan, but it doesn’t take long before you want to forgive him right alongside Logan.  Things seem to be going so well for them, until Gianni decides he needs to step back for both of their sakes.  Unfortunately, things are taken out of their hands when Logan’s job collides with Gianni’s other life in a very drastic way, and Logan is forced to see the other Gianni.

Gianni must then make some tough decisions that go against everything he has believed up to this point in his life.  Loyalty and duty family and the gang come to heads with his doing what is right and his feelings for Logan.  Throughout this story, I was grumbling and urging Gianni to do certain things or make certain choices, but by the end, I was cheering him on.

I really enjoyed this and loved the way it was written.  However, there were certain areas throughout that I really wished were more detailed.  At various times, it felt as though things were almost skimmed over, and I would have liked to have seen a little more depth here and there.  My only other issue was the frequent editing mistakes.  More than once, there were names switched or incorrect words used which took me out of the story.

However, setting those issues aside, this was a really good book that gives you emotion and romance with some hot sex, the dark edge of the gang issues, mystery and some sweet reuniting and recovery.  I definitely recommend checking this author’s work, as he has quickly made his way to my must-read-soon list.

Source: heartsonfirereviews.com/?p=24289
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review 2013-12-07 00:00
Gangster Country
Gangster Country - Kade Boehme Kade Boheme takes you on a great ride while finding the answers to those questions. His books are part romance, part smoking hot sex, part mystery and part something that defies definition. He makes you love Gianni, even when you don’t want to. He makes you want Logan to love Gianni and forgive his past sins. The ability to make a reader feel such empathy for his characters is a gift.


See the entire review at The Novel Approach: http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/2013/12/06/kade-boehme-wants-to-welcome-you-to-gangster-country/
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