Review: Cardeno C – In Another Life/Eight Days

eightAuthor: Cardeno C
Reviewer: Mandy
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Genre: MM Holiday, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


At age eighteen, Shiloh Raben is tired. He no longer has the energy to deal with mean classmates, inner doubt, and fear of familial rejection, so he takes a razor to his wrist. When he wakes up in the hospital, Shiloh meets Travis Kahn, the EMT who saved him and didn’t leave his side.

Travis is handsome, smart, and funny—the type of guy Shiloh would never be brave enough to approach. But his near-death experience has an unusual side effect: the life that flashed before his eyes wasn’t the one he had already lived, but rather the one he could live. With visions of a future by Travis’s side, Shiloh will find the strength to confront his fears and build a life worth fighting for.

Word Count: 18,388

2nd Edition


Childhood family friends, Maccabe Fried and Josh Segal have always gotten along despite having nothing in common. Maccabe is an athlete with dreams of playing professional baseball. Josh is an aspiring architect with dreams of being with Maccabe. Despite all odds, both dreams come true.

Maccabe and Josh fall into a long-distance romance, which is everything Josh thought he wanted. But after years of hiding from the world, Josh wants to bring their relationship into the open. When Maccabe refuses, Josh is faced with a tough decision: stay with the man he loves or live the life he deserves. No matter the choice, somebody’s bound to get hurt. Thankfully, in the season of miracles, there’s always hope for a happy ending.

Word Count: 18,001

Review: In Another Life, 4 hearts I am a fan of Cardeno C.. The stories are generally sweet and sexy and even when they deal with serious issues there is still a lightness and fun about them.

This book switches between 18yr old Shiloh’s life and 36yr old Shiloh’s life.
He is at the end of his rope, he feel like there is no hope for him, no one would miss him so he’s just going to end it.
While he is in the tub and his life is leaving him he sees what his future would have held.
Travis. Travis was his future.
Of course this is a Cardeno C book, so it’s going to have a happy end, it’s going to be sweet, it’s going to be happy and perfect and instant everything.
I loved it! Perfect for me

Eight Days – 3.75 Hearts I enjoy the friends to lovers trope and I enjoyed this one a lot, it had a ‘real’ feel to it, in the sense that Maccabe was sort of dense in what he was saying and doing and not picking up on Josh’s cues.
Josh needed to be clearer, but that’s how young love an feelings are, all encompassing and not quite clear and rational.
The seven year jump was a little jarring, I couldn’t believe that the fact that Josh had disappeared from all their lives didn’t come up or that Maccabe didn’t figure it out sooner, and the jump at the end was a surprise, but all in all a very sweet holiday story.

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