Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Trusting Cade
Author: Luna David
Series: Custos Securities #1
Heroes: Zavier “Cade” McCade/Braden Cross
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 380 Pages
Publisher: Luna David
Release Date: February 13, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: At 38, Zavier “Cade” McCade has it all: a military career he can be proud of, a successful business, and a close knit group of family and friends. A former Army Special Forces Captain, Cade leaves the military to create Custos Securities, a burgeoning protection agency that provides unparalleled security for both civilians and corporations across the U.S.
After a string of disastrous relationships—and a narrow escape from an abusive partner—Braden Cross is finally putting his past to rest. Combining both his passion for baking and his knack for business, Braden owns the Sugar n’ Spice Café with his best friend who concocts exotic coffees and teas that pair perfectly with his decadent confections.
When a stalker sets his sights on Braden, the young pastry chef’s world is turned upside down. More frightened than he cares to admit, and not knowing where to turn, Braden is relieved when Cade steps in to offer his protection. Caught up in a maelstrom of threats, break-ins, and vandalism, the two draw closer together. Braden eventually realizes that he can trust Cade with his life, but he finds himself wondering… can he trust him with his heart?
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Review: What an amazing story for a first-time published author. So much so that I immediately started on book two, Protecting Braden, once I’d completed this book. Of course, this one ends on a major cliffy so have book two ready to roll or you will be tossing your Nook or Kindle. What drew me to this book initially was the cover and the blurb. I love military, special forces type stories, and I especially love when they really do know how to kick ass..and do it well. Zavier McCade (Cade) is all he’s cracked up to be, and then some. Braden is a baker, long distance mega-runner, and suffers not only from Type 1 Diabetes which requires constant care, but is also suffering from a stalker who is escalating his threats. These two should not work on paper, but they are perfect for each other.
I am not a big fan of telling instead of showing, but there were a few times when that was case here. Sometimes you can give too much information and detail when I would prefer the story just play out. I also don’t need thoughts from multiple, secondary characters. For the most part, the information given was relevant, but I need dialogue to keep me fully engaged. It seemed that as the story progressed the dialogue picked up and the “telling” slowed down. Maybe with a first time author the kinks need to be worked out a bit, so I didn’t allow that to cloud my judgement. Sometimes the story and plot are worth the wait and that was the case here.
This was a story that was overflowing in the romance department, for more than half the book, before it takes a deadly turn and goes wildly violent. It was a shock to my system after spending so much time with Cade wooing and romancing Braden. They do drop the love-bomb a little fast, but for the most part, the sexual aspects were more along the lines of a slow burner. When they do finally get together, it was well worth the wait. These two are HOT together.
There are a plethora of secondary characters, but the story is written so well that I easily remember each of them and their purpose. Sometimes when I write a review I can’t even recall a secondary character’s name – in this book, I remember them all. A big part of me would love to see Cooper or Jackson have their own books. Who doesn’t like the big, silent types. Maya was the bestest friend ever for Braden, but I thought she cried for most of the book. That gets a bit annoying after awhile so I tuned her out. Maybe I’m the super independent type, but constant crying is a major turn off for me. Again, it was just a small niggle that bugged me but didn’t take away from the main storyline.
Excellent storytelling, great dialogue, big, strong alpha males being all big and strong…and alphay. But a major warning. This book ends on a cliffhanger with a weak happy for now ending. Weak meaning we really have no idea whats going to happen until the next book. Regardless, I loved it for the most part and I think you will, too.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*