Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Where He Ends and I Begin
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Home #3
Heroes: Jake Owens/Nate Richardson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 289 Pages
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: February 7, 2015 (2nd Ed.)
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Aggressive, physical, and brave, Jake Owens is a small town football hero turned big city cop who passes his time with meaningless encounters believing he can’t have who he really wants: Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever. Thoughtful, quiet, and kind, Nate is a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and has never been able to shake his crush on loyal, courageous, straight Jake.
After a passionate night together, Nate realizes Jake isn’t as straight as he assumed, but he worries that what they shared was a fluke, a result of too much closeness for too long. For Jake, the question isn’t how they ended up in bed together because he has always known that Nate holds his heart, it’s how he’ll convince Nate that he wants and needs to stay there.
Where He Ends and I Begin is set in the Home series where the books are linked by theme or world. They are independent and can be read in any order.
Review: Nate and Jake have literally been best friends all their lives. They were practically brothers and raised in neighboring houses by mothers who were best friends.
Nate has identified as gay since he was quite young and Jake has always supported him, but Nate has always thought Jake was straight.
In a series of POV changes, we see a story unfold of one basic misunderstanding that kept these two friends from becoming lovers for years. In one explosive and slightly drunken encounter, Nate lays his feelings out on the table and Jake reciprocates.
What they find out is that both have been harboring feelings of romantic love for the other but thought the other didn’t return the sentiment. As they begin to explore this new component of their relationship, there are hidden fears and desires that crop up along the way which cause some minor (very minor) angst but are quickly allayed.
This is a very easy book to read in that there is very little angst. There are some sad and tough scenes in the story, but since we are reading them as a past event in most cases, it is fairly easy to get through.
What I love about this book is that it is so comforting. I loved the dual POV and how it demonstrates so beautifully how one situation can be so misconstrued depending on the interpretation.
There is a lot of very hot sex in this book, including a delightful fantasy of a boyhood masturbation session with a kinky twist that also makes this book a joy to read. Because Jake is essentially gay for Nate, we get to experience several of his “firsts” and if that’s is your thing you will be very excited!
Another of my favorite book themes is the jock/nerd combination and this is a classic! Jake is very tough and physical while Nate is the epitome of the cerebral scientist.
Because this is a series, we get to see many of the other MCs from the other books again and that’s always nice. I also enjoyed the completeness of this in that we get to see them literally from birth to now, as a newly formed family.
This is probably my second (close second, mind you) book in the series and I have read it (and listened to it) countless times.
(The audio version is narrated by Sean Crisden and he is wonderful!)
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*