Strong Enough: Family Collection
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- Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
When a casual hookup turns into the potential for love, staid Spencer realizes he wants to build a life with vibrant Emilio.
When 22-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn’t difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.
Spencer is surprised when he’s approached by the gorgeous construction worker he’s admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his 38 years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he’ll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.
This book gave me everything I was hungry for and didn’t even realize I was craving! Make sure you have a strong sweet tooth before diving in.
Emilio, oh my, Emilio. He’s sex on legs – big, but gentle, tough but caring, young with an old soul, protective and irresistible all rolled into one wickedly hot package. When he sets his sights on Spencer, he’s like a freight train barreling down the tracks and Spencer is helpless to get out of the way. Instead of getting run over though, Spencer manages to grab hold and go along for the ride despite his doubts and fears.
Spencer. He’s smart, shy, vulnerable, kind of messed up, completely bewildered as to why a young and sexy hunk would be interested in him, and thoroughly overwhelmed with Emilio’s confidence and direct approach. Spencer has suffered physically and emotionally at the hands of prior boyfriends and Emilio is just the medicine he needed to cure most of his issues.
I loved and adored these guys together. Their passion was enough to set off a raging forest fire. The age gap worked really well, especially having a super confident younger man going after the uncertain older man who carried some baggage. Emilio knew that Spencer was “the one” almost immediately. He never had doubts about them and never made a misstep in the process. He seemed to know the perfect thing to say or action to take to give Spencer a boost whenever Spencer let his self-doubts start to get in the way.
There’s virtually no angst in this story and I ended up loving it that way. The relationship begins immediately and just grows stronger with each successive page. Whenever I’m craving a really good dessert, I’ll be reaching for this story again. Definitely one of my favorites by this author and a keeper on my favorites shelf!!
Love at First Sight: Home Collection, # 4
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- Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
The moment naïve, optimistic Jonathan Doyle glimpses a gorgeous blue-eyed stranger from afar, he believes in love at first sight. Unfortunately, he loses sight of the man before they meet and then spends years desperately trying to find him. Just as he is about to give up, Jonathan gets a break and finally encounters David Miller face to face.
Successful, confident David turns Jonathan’s previously lonely life into a fairy tale, giving him more than he ever imagined. But the years spent searching were hard on Jonathan, and he’s terrified his young son and scandalous past will destroy his blossoming relationship. For David and Jonathan to build a future together, they’ll both have to dig deep: David for the courage to share himself in a way he’s never considered and Jonathan for the strength to tell the truth.
Jonathan believes in love in first sight after he glimpses a blue eyed man on a trip to New York City. Unfortunately, after moving to New York to find his dream man, his life takes a few turns he had not planned for and wonders if he should just give up. David is confident and successful, yet has never really had a real relationship, he can’t even seem to commit to finishing his house, but when he meets Jonathan and a wish for more.
The story is told from the alternating points of view of Jonathan and David.
I really liked these characters, while the title and even the synopsis at first seems it will be a bit of a fairy tale, as Jonathan’s life unfolds between 18 and 22, you wish for that fairytale. It is not because his life is that bad, but just because he is such a sweet and caring person, who stills holds his optimism, that you want someone to really care for him as he deserves. Even his secrets, one that is not so secret from his family, do not really come across as dark or bad, although you do wish he would be a bit more assertive!
David is confident without being arrogant, probably because the first two times he appears in the story, he comes across as a very warm and caring person. Since his job has him reading people to determine if there is real interest, he senses Jonathan has something he wants to share but struggles with what it is, and David’s reaction, when he finds out, just fits with the person you have learned he is. His main concern of the relationship they start is their age difference (he is 10 years older than Jonathan), but for all that Jonathan has experienced in his 22 years, he is definitely older than his years!
Of the series so far, this one is probably the feel good story, which is a nice change after the intensity of the last three, but I did not find it overly “fluffy” because the characters still had to deal with creating a relationship when neither of them had done that before. Navigating that with Jonathan’s son, the supporting characters of friends, Jonathan’s family was done very well and again, felt quite real. And the story is a good lesson on why you should be honest with someone, even if you are afraid of potential reaction – they might surprise you!
I would recommend this for M/M fiction fans who like romance and hot scenes – and what is becoming a group of characters you wish you could join for their Sunday brunch!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever- after sunset.
Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”
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