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: 3.75 of 5 Stars
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.
Cardeno C. does another wonderful job of bringing a new couple into the Home Collection. As with the other books in this world, I think of this story as a go-to comfort read when I am in need of something super gooey to warm me up and fill me with love. As the title implies it’s love at first sight for a naive young man who finally gets reunited with his Prince Charming after years of hard times and bad choices. The characters in the story are very likable, and that helps me to get invested quickly in their success.
Unlike some of the other stories in the collection, this one is not written in first person, and it does not have a lot of back and forth in the timeline. It is pretty straightforward in the telling of the romance that happens lightning fast between these two, but with a title like Love at First Sight what do you expect?
It does have a few things in common with the other books though. There are lots and lots of hot sex scenes; kitchen sex, bathroom sex, well you get the picture. We also get to spend time with some of the men from the other Home books with cameo appearances, and I love that! Last but not least there is a child in the mix in this one. Jonathan’s two year old son Sam is featured, but not the focal point of the story. He is in it just enough to throw some extra sweetener on to the sugary goodness of the book. Jonathan’s siblings and family also add an interesting layer into the story.
As with the other books in the Home Collection I find this one to be very entertaining. Maybe it’s not the most realistic tale, but it is super fun and extremely comforting. Although these stories can be read in any order I think this one works best in the middle of the stack. It’s not as long as a few of the other books, and the previous world-building of Emile City, and the visits with the other men in the Home Collection add to the overall enjoyment.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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