Strong Enough: Family Collection
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- Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
When a casual hookup turns into the potential for love, staid Spencer realizes he wants to build a life with vibrant Emilio.
When 22-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn't difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.
Spencer is surprised when he's approached by the gorgeous construction worker he's admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his 38 years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he'll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.
Strong Enough by Cardeno C. was a beautiful, sentimental love story that warmed my insides and put a smile on my face. I loved the younger confident man meets shy older professor story line. Emilio spotted Spencer while working at the college and was immediately smitten with the man and knew he could be “the one”. Now he had to convince Spencer that age didn’t matter and love was worth the chance.
The dynamics between Emilio and Spencer flew off the pages as their synergy meshed and their personalities complimented each other. Cardeno C. characterized Emilio as just a tad assertive, but the man knew who and what he wanted; this writing worked and accentuated their story.
The strong familial ties were well constructed as Emilio’s family was written as an integral part of his life; nosy pushy siblings who could torture you with a smile on their faces as the drop of a hat, but no one else better mess with you! This attitude also transcended towards Spencer as he was immediately welcomed into the family. I felt an immediate connection with the large Latin family~ as I am also Latina~ where everyone knows your business and isn’t afraid to offer advice or mettle.
Ezekiel Robison~ kudos to a wonderfully engaging narration. As always a job well done.
Strong Enough held the meaning of life~ who one falls in love with can’t always be helped, a family should always be on your side, and but if there is strength of will and character, love will be found. Cardeno C. wrote strength in Emilio and Spencer and happiness prevailed.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review (Previously reviewed, slightly edited)
Love at First Sight: Home Collection, # 4
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- Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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."
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