Carte Blanche by Nash Summers is a sweet little romance about love overcoming the anxieties of life! This post contains affiliate links.
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Carte Blanche by Nash Summers
(at the date of posting this book is FREE on Amazon)
Everything is white in Jude Allen’s world. The smell of bleach lulls him to sleep at night, even as he fears everything beyond the confines of his apartment walls.
But when Devin Kidd, a kind, smiley stranger moves across the hall from him, Jude’s life is turned upside down. This new man encourages Jude to look at himself for who he really is, instead of the labels attached to his illness.
Will Jude be able to face his fears, and embrace his newfound perception of himself without losing Devin in the process?
In Carte Blanch we meet Jude, a young man with OCD who is home bound due to the severity of his disease. He lives a very orderly existence, works from home and cleans his apartment with bleach several times a day. He does not talk to strangers. He does not cook. And he most certainly does not go outside. Until one day when a new neighbor moves in.
Devin is vibrant and full of life. He is also infatuated with his prickly neighbor. Day by day he manages to encourage Jude to push his boundaries just a little bit. He finds innovative ways to interact with Jude that don’t send him into a full blown panic attack. Until he loses his self control and kisses him.
While the kiss sends Jude reeling, it is also just he catalyst he needs to propel him to make serious changes in his life.
I loved these characters! Jude was shy and scared, yes, but he also had a bit of a sense of humor and sassiness when he interacted with Devin. He let his OCD take over for so long but when push came to shove he was strong enough to overcome it.
Devin was a breath of fresh air…all bright colors and sunny skies which made him a nice counterpoint to Jude’s sometimes dreary outlook on life. I loved how encouraging he was and that he took the time to research OCD so he could help Jude overcome his issues.
If I could change one thing about this book it would be to include the story from Devin’s perspective as well as Jude’s. I really wanted to know what he was thinking and feeling throughout the story.
Overall, a wonderfully sweet story that I highly recommend.