Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Title: The Half of Us
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Family #4
Heroes: Jason Garcia/Abe Green
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 206 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 10, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Short-tempered, arrogant heart surgeon Jason Garcia grew up wanting a close-knit family, but believes he ruined those dreams when he broke up his marriage. The benefit of divorce is having as much random sex as he wants, and it’s a benefit Jason is exploiting when he meets a sweet, shy man at a bar and convinces him to go home for a no-strings-attached night of fun.
Eight years living in Las Vegas hasn’t dimmed Abe Green’s optimism, earnestness, or desire to find the one. When a sexy man with lonely eyes propositions him, Abe decides to give himself a birthday present—one night of spontaneous fun with no thoughts of the future. But one night turns into two and then three, and Abe realizes his heart is involved.
For the first time, Abe feels safe enough with someone he respects and adores to let go of his inhibitions in the bedroom. If Jason can get past his own inhibitions and open his heart and his life to Abe, he might finally find the family he craves.
Oh, Cardeno C. novel, shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Well, besides hot, there’s really no similarity. No, The Half of Us is more like a crisp chilly fall afternoon. Actually, it’s more of the warm apple crisp you eat while curled up on an Adirondack chair wearing a thick, soft sweater and fuzzy boots. This story was comforting, familiar and soul-refreshing.
Like your favorite recipe for apple crisp, The Half of Us is so familiar we don’t even have to think about it. And that’s not a bad thing! The familiar storyline and style means that The Half of Us can satisfy your craving for something warm and sweet without all the calories. There’s nothing new about how Abe and Jason meet: a dark bar, a crowd of horny men and a wordless exchange that leaves them both knowing what’s expected. Sex. They hop to it right away, but I love that the author keeps their first few times together short and simple as she develops the rest of the story surrounding their hook up. We know that Jase is a doctor who rails against sharing anything personal with men he’s interested in. We know that something in him zings at the sound of Abe’s joyous laughter and that, despite his sad eyes and seemingly shallow nature, he’s got a lot of heart.
We know that Abe is Jase’s opposite in many ways, but especially the fact that he prefers relationships to casual sex. Abe quickly becomes a perfect balance to Jase’s more serious nature and manages to bring out some of Jase’s hidden desires for warm, solid apple crisp (clearly being used as a metaphor for family and commitment).
There’s really no major angsty moments in this story, yet the author keeps you on the edge, giving you all the adrenaline with none of the post-drama crash. There are some really great lines and some very tingly moments that are hotter than a pie plate straight out of the oven.
I love that we get a look at a man dealing with the aftermath of his heterosexual marriage without that really being the focus. I love that their relationship and story develops slowly and that they each have a job and family and such that takes up their time as well. In other words, the apples in this story are organic and real, not those fake overly-waxed kind.
So, as summer turns into fall here in the Northeast think about digging out your favorite knitted item of clothing and maybe a warm scarf and grab The Half of Us to curl up with on a weekend afternoon. You won’t be disappointed!
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*