Jesse’s Diner by Cardeno C ~ Book Review by Caroline

26800568Title: Jesse’s Diner

Author: Cardeno C

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/29/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: M/M Romance


Two men with a shared history and a mutual attraction must be honest with themselves and each other so both their dreams come true.

Quiet, unassuming Tanner Sellers spends his time running a diner in Hope, Arizona. Not particularly social, twenty-two-year-old Tanner keeps to himself and enjoys his simple life, but he longs for someone to call his own. In his most secret fantasy, that someone is sexy Steve Faus. But Steve is his friend’s father and mentor’s widower and therefore off-limits.

Despite some challenges, thirty-nine-year-old Steve Faus has had a good life. He’s extremely successful at work, has a great relationship with his college-age son, and lives in a wonderful town. Eighteen months after losing his partner, the one thing Steve lacks is someone to share his life. If Steve is honest with himself, that someone is the young man he has known and cared about for years. Steve and Tanner want one another, all they need is a little push in the right direction to make both their dreams come true.

My View:

I loved this! It was sentimental, thoughtful and sweet and short enough that it could easily be read in one sitting.

Steve and Tanner already have a relationship – a friendship that has grown over the years. Steve is 39 and is getting over the death of his long term partner who was much older than him. Their son introduced Tanner to the family. Tanner is a quiet and thoughtful young man who at 22 and still a virgin is ready for that special someone in his life, he has never been the kind for one night stands but wants the forever love he daydreams about. Tanner wants that with Steve and has done since he was 16.

There are a lot of funny moments in this story which mostly revolve around some seriously bad flirting. Steve is out of practise and Tanner is completely clueless but somehow that makes the pair of them even more endearing. Steve has health issues and I felt they were dealt with a little too easily, I would have definitely liked to know more about how he coped with things.

Steve’s life really came full circle. He got to be for Tanner exactly what he had needed 20 years ago. Forward planning made a huge difference to the ending and somehow that just made it perfect!


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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One thought on “Jesse’s Diner by Cardeno C ~ Book Review by Caroline

  1. I love the concept and appreciated the introduction to this story. I was disappointed to hear that it is short because I love this author’s work and this one sounds so promising! I still look forward to reading it. Thanks!

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