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Aggressive, physical, and brave, Jake Owens is a small town football hero turned big city cop who passes his time with meaningless encounters believing he can’t have who he really wants: Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever. Thoughtful, quiet, and kind, Nate is a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and has never been able to shake his crush on loyal, courageous, straight Jake. After a passionate night together, Nate realizes Jake isn’t as straight as he assumed, but he worries that what they shared was a fluke, a result of too much closeness for too long. For Jake, the question isn’t how they ended up in bed together because he has always known that Nate holds his heart, it’s how he’ll convince Nate that he wants and needs to stay there.
Listening Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes
4 out of 5 (very good)
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Jake and Nathaniel have been best friends since the day they were born, quite literally. Indeed, their earliest memories, BOTH of them, is their 3rd birthday party looking over their cake. Identical memories. Jake is straight and Nate is gay. When Nate loses his temper and tells Jake what he wants, they take their relationship to the next level, to the next stratosphere! Seems Jake isn't as straight as Nate thinks. I loved that, right from the start, they were in a relationship. There are flash backs and memories that is the build up to that very first scene, you sort of get it backwards. I enjoyed that, watching them grow, make decisions that affect them both, or the other, but not actually telling them about it. Awesome writing there, CC. I love that they both throw themselves utterly, completely, and totally into their new life together. It is in the first person from both Jake and Nate's POV, but I didn't mind it here, its not why I knocked the star off. I knocked it off for one reason and one alone: in some places, we get the same scene from both men. Not just the general gist of it, but entire conversations. It got a bit annoying reading the same thing twice. Other than that, another fine instalment of the Home Series. This is book three, but its the last one I'm reading. They can be read in order, but equally, out of order, as I did. Characters from previous and future books pop up in books, and its fun catching up with them before AND after their own books. 4 stars. I was given the opportunity to review this book in AUDIO, and I was gifted my audio copy of this book. Alexander Collins narrates. I like Collins' reading voice, I do. Its easy to listen to and I don't *usually* have any issues with his words clashing with my hearing problem. BUT! This book is again written in the first person and flips from Nate and Jake. I didn't notice it so much when reading, but here? Listening?? Noticed it, a lot more than when reading. Collins' reading voice for both characters is again quite similar, not as similar as in Walk With Me for Seth and Eli, but still enough to make sure I had to leave the book at the end of a chapter to get right back to the character I needed to when I came back. Still not sure if it's me, or his voices. But going to knock a bit off for it. Also, the doubling up of the scenes really stood out here. I mentioned it in my READ review, as the reason I knocked a star off. I'm not knocking anything off the NARRATION ratings for, because Collins' is just reading whats there. I stand by what I said in the review for Walk With Me, I still want to listen to something else by Collins in the third person. Even if its just single POV. Still, all in all, it was good to catch up with Jake and Nate again. 4 stars for the book 4.5 for the narration 4.25 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."