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The moment naïve, optimistic Jonathan Doyle glimpses a gorgeous blue-eyed stranger from afar, he believes in love at first sight. Unfortunately, he loses sight of the man before they meet and then spends years desperately trying to find him. Just as he is about to give up, Jonathan gets a break and finally encounters David Miller face to face.
Successful, confident David turns Jonathan's previously lonely life into a fairy tale, giving him more than he ever imagined. But the years spent searching were hard on Jonathan, and he's terrified his young son and scandalous past will destroy his blossoming relationship.
For David and Jonathan to build a future together, they'll both have to dig deep: David for the courage to share himself in a way he's never considered and Jonathan for the strength to tell the truth.
Listening Length: 7 hours and 10 minutes
4 out of 5 (very good)
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
I've had a few of CC's books recently that didn't quite work for me. Not so here. Jonathon sees, and falls in love with David on a trip to New York. Love at first sight?? certainly for Jonathon. What follows for several years is a massive life changing trip to stay in New York to find David. In New York. With no name or anything. Totally do-able?? nah! Jonathon finds himself in a mess, and then a daddy, and returns home. ONLY to find the love of his life, right there on his doorstep! Oh its a beauty of a meeting, it really is! And then, boom! David is struck by that same bolt of lightening, and also falls in love at first sight, although its a little while before he admits it. Jonathon is just a sweetie, and David, so much more so. He loved Jonathon, unconditionally, and when he discovered what Jonathon had been upto in New York?? OH, just, OH. Everyone should have a David, they really should. And that David took Samuel on as well, without hesitation? Some straight guys should take heed. Following a tried and tested plan by Cardeno, no major breaks ups and make ups, but an added extra chapter since the original was released. Loving these extra bits, and they just all finish off each other. A beautiful story, it really is. This is a book in The Home Series, revamped, and with extra scenes and bonus chapters. There is no need to read them in order, all the time lines overlap, and all the characters pop up at some point or other in the books, and its nice to catch up with them at later or even earlier points on their journeys. I love that. I really do. 5 full stars. **AUDIO REVIEW** *insert whining!* I'm so very sorry!! I tried, so hard to like Alexander Collins' narration of The Home Collection, I really REALLY did. But I just can't and I've no idea why!! I do much prefer his narration of the third person narrative books to the first person, so that's good, cos THIS one is third person. His voices for Jonathan and David are almost perfect to what I heard when reading it. There's just something about his reading voice that I didn't like and I can't pinpoint exactly what, and you all know how that pains me!! So, this review is short, and sorry. 5 stars for the book 3 for the narration 4 overall.
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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."