The Half of Us (Family #4) by Cardeno C.
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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.
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Jason is a In-Out-done sort of guy. He never has sex with the same man twice, and he is okay with that. Until he meets Abe. Abe is a forever kinda guy, that is, until he takes Jason home as a birthday treat to himself. It was only supposed to be one time, but when once becomes twice, and three times, neither of them are quite sure where this is going, or how it will end. I absolutely ADORE Cardeno C's work. ADORE it, its the only word I can use to describe how I feel about this author's work. Ive listened to some, read many, and not one has been below four stars, not even the itty bitty 30odd page ones. THIS IS MY NEW FAVOURITE! I say that, each and every time I read a new book, but I mean it, the characters are awesome, in their normal-ness. The plot is sweet, and has the very CC trait of no major break-up/make-up, no misunderstandings, no psycho ex coming to cause trouble. Its just plain AWESOME! I'm waffling, I know. So, deep breath, and lets try again. I loved both Abe and Jason. Jason is a bit of a hot headed dude, who likes things his way, and Abe is so very laid back, any more and he'd be horizontal. And he is, frequently, in this book! I loved that Abe sort of instills himself into Jason's life, and Jason doesn't really see it coming. I love LOVE Angela and the kids. Angela was such a wonderful ex-wife, she knew about Jason being gay, long before he did himself.BUT she didn't hold it against him, she really didn't. The kids were NOT perfect, okay, so maybe one was and the other was just a teenaged boy rebelling as only teenage boys can, but I loved them for their normal-ness. They weren't spoilt, they knew about their dad's sexual preferences, and didn't hate him for it. CC could easily have gone down that route, with nutty ex's and even nuttier kids, but nope....and the result is a stunning five star read that will make you fall in love with Jason, short temper and all, and with Abe, sweet gorgeous man forever. The only thing that I did not like.... I love you was missing. neither of them said it, but they both had the thought. It would have just finished it off perfectly, I reckon. This is the fourth book in the Family Series, and you don't need to have read the rest, I have, and Asher from Something In the Way He Needs pops up, and Abe is in Strong Enough. I just need to read book three, More Than Everything
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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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. Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."
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