The “Home” Collection by Cardeno C. has been re-released with new cover art. I have to say I miss the illustrations on the original covers, and even though the new covers look quite fabulous they also look like so many other books out there, and that’s a shame because the stories inside are unique and very fun. I am a fan of Cardeno, and I love most all of her books. I have re-read the books in this series at different times over the years. For my Retro Reads reviews I read the collection again, and enjoyed spending time with my old friends.
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Imposing, temperamental Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital and can’t remember how he got there. He holds it together, taking comfort in the fact that the man he has loved since childhood is on the way. But when his one and only finally arrives, Noah is horrified to discover that he doesn’t remember anything from the past three years.
Loyal, serious Clark Lehman built a life around the person who insisted from their first meeting that they were meant to be together. Now, years later, two men whose love has never faltered must relive their most treasured and most painful moments in order to recover lost memories and secure their future.
To me, this book feels like the first story of the Home Collection. In my Retro Reads reviews of the Home series I will frequently mention the timelines of the stories. I appreciate the fact the author wrote timelines that took daring chances. In other words, these stories don’t follow the typical formula set down by many publishers for what an author is “supposed” to do. They are written in both the present and the past, and switch points of view between the two characters. Not every book in the collection follows this route, some are written in first person, some are not. Not all readers may be big fans of this formula, and I admit at times it can be confusing bouncing back and forth between past and present, and Clark and Noah. I do think that it is the best way to hear their story from both points of view, and to cover a long time period.
I love (and I mean LOVE) second chance at love stories! They are my favorite theme in any romance. This one takes it off the charts with a scenario that begins in the hospital with amnesia. I have read other books where amnesia launches the second chance at love, but nothing quite like what these two share. They are a memorable couple, and Cardeno C. is quite skilled at writing stories with dirty dialogue and lots of sweet love. She knows how to create a sticky, sweet love story that also has scorching hot sex scenes. I often think of her books as comfort reads because I tend to gravitate towards them when I need something that is filled with love, but also filled with sex.
The rest of the Home Series is loosely tied together and the books can be read in any order. I love to connect the dots with the other couples, and enjoy getting to visit with them occasionally during cameo appearances in the other stories. The book, Just What the Truth Is, is closely tied with this book because it features Noah’s brother Ben. I strongly suggest you read this one before that story in order to get the full understanding of the Forman family dynamics.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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