Book Review: Something in the Way He Needs by Cardeno C.

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

27212266Title: Something in the Way He Needs
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Family #1
Heroes: Asher Penaz/Daniel Tover
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 260 Pages
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Controlled Asher didn’t expect to fall for free-spirited Daniel, but they’ll find what they desperately need in one another.

Police captain Asher Penaz’s staunch professionalism bleeds into his home life, down to his neatly pressed attire and spartan apartment. He enjoys being in charge and in control, so his sudden and powerful attraction to the lighthearted, free-spirited Daniel Tover throws him for a loop. In his entire life, Daniel has never gotten what he needs, so he moves to the next place, the next job, the next attempt to find something worth staying for, always landing at the top of his game, but never feeling like he belongs.

The chemistry between Asher and Daniel sizzles, but with all that fire comes the risk of getting burned. As both men struggle to learn themselves while getting to know each other, the lines of desire and control blur. If Daniel and Asher can walk through the flames together, they might find what they desperately need.


Review: Ash is a cop and a Dom. He doesn’t do relationships. He doesn’t kiss. He doesn’t “make love”. He fucks. The. End. When he runs into his police partner’s brother on the streets of Las Vegas he finds himself entranced. Daniel is everything he avoids. Daniel doesn’t “fool around unless he’s in a relationship”. Daniel’s clumsy. Daniel’s out of work. Daniel forgets to eat. But Daniel’s beautiful and amazingly talented in a variety of areas. Ash has to do what he can to keep him.

After a hilarious weekend in Vegas, Ash decides Daniel needs to move in with him and takes him to San Francisco, where he plans on keeping Daniel safe (from himself!). By now, he figures, they qualify as being in a relationship, so he should be rewarded by sex. And he is. Very, very hot sex!

But Daniel isn’t into the D/s scene. He’s not into pain, bondage or anything more than being held down and dominated aggressively. The questions are: Can Ash change? Does he want to? Will Daniel finally find a home where he can plant roots?


This starts the Family Collection, a series of four books. Each book shares characters within the series, but you can read them in any order or as stand alones.

Ash is kind of a tough character to love. He’s an asshole throughout most of the book. Daniel is perfection. There’s nothing he can’t do and he’s perfect for Ash. Ash continues to screw up – time and again – but Daniel keeps forgiving him.

I loved the dynamic between these two characters. Ash and Daniel really suit one another, but it takes a long time for Ash to work that out. When he does, it’s amazingly touching and sweet.

I wish we’d seen more of them as a solid couple, because Ash had really hurt Daniel right before the end of the book, and it was just barely resolved when the story ended. It didn’t leave a great taste in my mouth. But… I know they are a good couple, and in the end, it was still a wonderfully sweet book.

Overall Impression: I loved it

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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