Reviewed by Susan65
Title: He Completes Me
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Alexander Collins
Series: Home #2
Heroes: Zach Johnson/Aaron Paulson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 8 Hours, 25 Minutes
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Not even his mother’s funeral can convince self-proclaimed party boy Zach Johnson to put aside his flamboyant ways or even think about settling down. He is who he is, and no one can make him change. But when he meets Aaron Paulson, his brother’s best friend, Zach has to step back and re-evaluate his perceptions of love and family.
Aaron insists he’s falling for Zach, but Zach is certain Aaron sees him as just another project—one more lost soul for the idealistic Aaron to save. Zach isn’t broken; he doesn’t need to be fixed. Aaron’s insistent, though, and Zach finds himself tempted. Zach wants to believe in happily-ever-after, but can he let go of his pride long enough to see Aaron’s heart?
Review – Book: I am a big sucker for Cardeno C books, but every once in a while I come across one I love and want to drop kick at the same time. He Completes Me was that book. I loved the non apologetic Zach and his lover, the innocent but sexy, Aaron. However, I was completely left gritting my teeth with the totally unbelievable insta-love and “deep feeling” that they felt for each other after one day. One day? Come on, insta-lust, maybe, but definitely not love and deep feelings. That just didn’t work for me, but I did everything I could to suspend belief and move on. Which was very hard when Zach’s brother and sister-in-law gave him a load of crap for breaking Aaron’s heart after only knowing each other two days. Grrrr, I hate when a small segment of a story affects me so much that it ruins my high. Fortunately, the rest of the story helped me get past that little peeve.
Many people will think of Zach as a cheater, but the fact that he had sex with other guys before ever being in a relationship with Aaron is not cheating. So that didn’t bother me at all…even though one scene did break my heart. Aaron was too much of a good guy where Zach’s family was concerned. I know Zach muses internally that his sister-in-law was a nut, but to me she was a user and an inconsiderate basket case. The fact that she thinks it’s okay to invite someone for breakfast and then expect them to make that breakfast is just too cringe worthy for me. I just wished that Zach said something, just musing that they were family and you accept your family the way they are just didn’t fly with me. Family is actually the first to call you on your BS.
I know it sounds like I didn’t like a couple of scenes, and it’s true, and even though I needed to comment on them, they were not bad enough to take away my pleasure from listening to the audio book. The blooming relationship between Aaron and Zach was sweet and sexy. We get to see them go through the long-distance relationship status to moving in together. Once Zach accepts that Aaron is it for him, he puts his past slut puppy ways away. One of the biggest issues the guys fight over is money. Maybe it’s just me, but I would love to find a man I loved, and who loved me in return, who had enough money to allow me to freeload (as Zach puts it). Apparently men need to carry their own weight, lol, not me.
There really isn’t much in the way of angst and it was a little too fluffy for me, but it is still an enjoying read and a guilty pleasure. Nothing deep and profound, but sometimes it’s nice to just allow myself to relax and listen without expectations.
Review – Audio: I totally enjoyed Alexander Collins’ narration of He Completes Me. This is only the second audio book I’ve listened to where the narrator actually performed the story instead of just reading the lines. His moans and groans during the love scenes are worth the price of the audio book alone, and there were a few times where I had to look around to make sure no one was close enough to hear him. He did an amazing job of keeping the characters separate, and l will definitely be looking forward to more of his work. I would give Alexander Collins 4.5 stars on his performance alone.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*