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: 4.0 of 5 Stars
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.
A few years ago when I started reading M/M Romance this book was recommended to me. I had never heard of the author, and the cover looked kind of goofy, but I was eager to feed my new found passion for man-love so I gave it a shot. After I finished the story I then proceeded to find anything else written by Cardeno C. because I was a fan! An author who wrote the kind of books I love. A book where the characters are so in love, and the love drips off the pages and runs all over – or was that spunk? Because this story is overflowing with it too.
This is a friends to lovers story, it’s also sort of a Gay-For-You story. Because those are two of my favorite themes I was all in from page one. The only thing that I did not love about the book was that it bounces between the two characters in the point of view as the story is told. There is some re-telling of events. Once I realized that was how it was playing out I got used to that dynamic and all was good. I think that the Home Collection is fun because Cardeno takes some chances in narration and it mixes things up a bit. I appreciate it when authors take a chance and tell their story the way they want to, and I respect that about these books even if it’s not my favorite way to read a story.
If I am having a really bad day and need to feel better this book is the prescription for relief. It is gooey and sticky and all sorts of happy. It is also sexy and smutty, and filled with a very large amount of dirty fun. The two men are soul mates who finally connect, and although it may not be the most realistic of tales it is very entertaining!
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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