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Audio Review: More Than Everything by Cardeno C.

Reviewed by Morgan

T29324133itle: More Than Everything
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Ezekiel Robison
Series: Family #3
Heroes: Charlie/Scott/Adan
Genre: MMM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 46 Minutes
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.

As a teenager, Charlie “Chase” Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door. Charlie thinks he’s living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way. But his dreams are dashed when Scott unexpectedly moves away.

Years later, Charlie meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets. After eight months together, Charlie is convinced Adan returns his love. But when the opportunity comes to be open about their relationship, Adan walks away.

Time passes and life moves on, but when Charlie learns the only two men he’s ever loved are now in love with each other, his heart breaks all over again. Scott and Adan tell Charlie they want him back, but Charlie doesn’t know if he can trust two people who have hurt him so deeply. Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.
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Audio Review: Something in the Way He Needs by Cardeno C.

Reviewed by Morgan

28570209Title: Something in the Way He Needs
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Ezekiel Robison
Series: Family #1
Heroes: Asher Penaz/Daniel Tover
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 6 Minutes
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: January 14, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Police captain Asher Penaz’s staunch professionalism bleeds into his home life, down to his neatly pressed attire and spartan apartment. He enjoys being the man in charge, and leather bars satisfy his need for dominance—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, so Asher invites Daniel home. As both men struggle to learn themselves while getting to know each other, the lines of desire and control blur. With all that fire comes the risk of getting burned. But if Daniel and Asher can walk through the flames together, they might find what they desperately need.
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Audio Review: The Half of Us by Cardeno C.

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28116284Title: The Half of Us
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Ezekiel Robinson
Series: Family #4
Heroes: Jason Garcia/Abe Green
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 hours, 29 minutes
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: December 4, 2015
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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.

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Review: I previously reviewed this book here.

We met Abe as one of Spencer’s students in Strong Enough. He’s all grown up now and teaching. One night (his birthday) he allows Jason to pick him up in a bar. (Something he never does!) What was supposed to be one night ends up being another, then another then another until the next thing you know they’re practically living together.

Jason doesn’t do relationships. He’s divorced. A cardiovascular surgeon. Very self-involved and kind of a jerk. When he sees the beautiful Abe in a bar, he has to have him. But one night isn’t enough. And though he usually doesn’t do “seconds,” much less “boyfriends,” something about Abe calls to him and he can’t stay away.

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This is my second favorite book in this series. I loved Abe so much. He handles Jason so well and yet stands up for himself too.

They have incredible sexy times, but also very sweet and tender feels, too.

I loved Jason’s ex-wife. I was so glad not to see the typical evil ex. She was his friend and helped him to grow. The kids are real, too. Not perfect, but not horrible trolls either.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series. It’s wonderful!

Review – Audio:  Ezekiel Robinson is a new narrator to me. He has a good sense of timing, I really enjoyed his interpretation of Abe – just the right amount of “young and funny”. I didn’t love his Jason as much, but it was still very good, and it was nice to have all the voices differentiated – including the women, with which he did a nice job. The sound quality was good and I enjoyed this audiobook very much. It was a great way to experience this book.

Overall Impression:  It was amazing

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

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Book Review: More Than Everything by Cardeno C.

Reviewed by Morgan 

27212302Title: More Than Everything
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Family #3
Heroes: Charlie “Chase” Rhodes/Scott Boone/Adan navarro
Genre: MMM Contemporary
Length: 279 Pages
Publisher: Cardeno C.
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.

As a teenager, Charlie “Chase” Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door. Charlie thinks he’s living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way. But his dreams are dashed when Scott unexpectedly moves away.

Years later, Charlie meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets. After eight months together, Charlie is convinced Adan returns his love. But when the opportunity comes to be open about their relationship, Adan walks away.

Time passes and life moves on, but when Charlie learns the only two men he’s ever loved are now in love with each other, his heart breaks all over again. Scott and Adan tell Charlie they want him back, but Charlie doesn’t know if he can trust two people who have hurt him so deeply. Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.
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Book Review: Strong Enough by Cardeno C.

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

27212293Title: Strong Enough
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Family #2
Heroes: Spencer Derdinger/Emilio Sanchez
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: October 14, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  When a casual hookup turns into the potential for love, staid Spencer realizes he wants to build a life with vibrant Emilio.

When twenty-two-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn’t difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.

Spencer is surprised when he’s approached by the gorgeous construction worker he’s admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his thirty-eight years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he’ll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.
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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.
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Honorary Blogger Cardeno C.: Family Series Inspiration Songs + Giveaway!

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Family Series Inspiration Songs

by Cardeno C.

The titles in my Family series are inspired by song lyrics I feel fit the characters and their journeys. I think each song is pretty different and that it fits its book. I’ll share them with you to see if you agree.

 

The Half of Us by Cardeno C. eBookThe Half of UsSomeone to Fall Back on by Jason Robert Brown

I heard a groom sing this song at his wedding as part of his vows to his new husband and immediately thought of Jason Garcia, the arrogant, temperamental heart surgeon in The Half of Us. Jason has made his fair share of mistakes in life and he’ll probably make more. He’s the first person to tell you he’s nobody’s wildest dream. But, remarkably, the things Jason can offer are exactly what optimistic, earnest Abe Green needs.

When Jason meets Abe, he thinks about a hot night with a guy who’s probably out of his league. But one night turns into two and then more, and Jason realizes that with Abe, he can have a future he’d long since given up on. And by becoming the half of “us” with Abe, Jason becomes someone to fall back on for Abe and for a family that needs Jason as much as he needs them.

 

More Than Everything by Cardeno C. eBookMore Than Everything – Pictures Of You by The Cure

I absolutely love this song, have since it was released, and I couldn’t imagine a more perfect song to keep me company as Charlie/Chase Rhodes put together a scrapbook of his life.

Charlie sits at his table and tells the story behind pictures of his great loves – Scott Boone and Adan Navarro. He remembers the kisses, the tears, the love that felt too big to keep, and the pain of losing it. Charlie remembers his past step by step and through the pictures he puts into his scrapbook, he shares his heart, his world, his wants, and ultimately, his happy ending.

 

Something in the Way He Needs by Cardeno C. eBookSomething in the Way He Needs – Something by the Beatles

Asher Penaz is rough and unemotional. He has no interest in relationships and frequents leather bars to find men to control sexually. Asher’s intensity and harshness make him a hard man to like. But good-at-everything, dynamic Daniel Tover is the ying to Asher’s yang and he has no trouble falling for Asher.

Asher is irresistibly drawn to Daniel, which throws him for an emotional loop (not an easy thing to endure for a man unused to emotions). But there’s just something in the way Daniel needs to be held tightly that attracts Asher. To most people, what Asher offers would be frightening and controlling. To Daniel, who has spent his life running from place to place, Asher’s intensity and passion represents security and home. So for the first time in their lives, Asher wants somebody to stay and Daniel doesn’t want to go.

Strong Enough by Cardeno C. eBookStrong Enough – Strong Enough To Be Your Man by Travis Tritt

University math professor, Spencer Derdinger is a kind, intelligent man tormented by events in his past that have made it difficult to maintain a relationship. Spencer’s ego has taken a beating by the people that fade away from him.

And then vibrant, confident, kind Emilio Sanchez struts into Spencer’s life insisting he is strong enough to hold Spencer through the storm. Looking at Emilio’s close-knit family and the future he can have with a man he feels is too good to be true, Spencer finds the strength to vanquish his ghosts.

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About Cardeno C.

Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

You can find Cardeno at these sites: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Page & Blog.

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Cardeno is giving away an eBook copy of winner’s choice from his backlist to one lucky person! The giveaway starts now and ends October 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm. To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway, except to verify your Rafflecopter entry.

Don’t forget to check out Gyn’s review of The Half of Us to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

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Early Review: The Half of Us by Cardeno C.

Guest Reviewed by Gyn

6Title: 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.
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