The Half of Us, Cardeno C. Dreamspinner Press
Short-tempered, arrogant heart surgeon Jason Garcia grew up wanting a close-knit family, but believes he ruined those dreams when he broke up his marriage. The benefit of divorce is having as much random sex as he wants, and it’s a benefit Jason is exploiting when he meets a sweet, shy man at a bar and convinces him to go home for a no-strings-attached night of fun.
Eight years living in Las Vegas hasn’t dimmed Abe Green’s optimism, earnestness, or desire to find the one. When a sexy man with lonely eyes propositions him, Abe decides to give himself a birthday present—one night of spontaneous fun with no thoughts of the future. But one night turns into two and then three, and Abe realizes his heart is involved.
For the first time, Abe feels safe enough with someone he respects and adores to let go of his inhibitions in the bedroom. If Jason can get past his own inhibitions and open his heart and his life to Abe, he might finally find the family he craves.
Abe turned around and leaned against the peninsula. “We’ll eat dinner and then we can get in the bath and talk.”
Abe threw back his head and laughed.
“We suck at this,” he said. “Both of us.”
Jason arched his eyebrows and curled one side of his lips up. “Oh, we both suck plenty.”
“Cut it out.” Abe chuckled and lightly smacked Jason’s shoulder.
“Sorry.” Jason cleared his throat and tried to look serious. “What do we suck at?”
He reared back. “We talk.”
“We do,” Abe agreed. “But not about everything we should.”
“Fine.” Jason sighed dramatically. “If you feed me and get naked and wet with me, I’m willing to suffer through a conversation.”
“You really are a giver,” Abe said sarcastically.
Jason arched his eyebrows, brought his fist to his mouth, and coughed.
Abe shook his head. “Is there anything you can’t turn into a sexual innuendo?”
“Is there anything you can say that isn’t a sexual innuendo?”
“Apparently not,” Abe conceded. He ran one finger down Jason’s chest, over his stomach, and across his groin. “My subconscious must see you and think sex, so everything gets tainted.”
“Aww, baby, you say the sweetest things,” Jason said as he stepped closer.
Abe rolled his eyes.
“You do,” Jason insisted, his voice full of humor.
Abe shook his head and snorted.
Jason was amazed at how much better he felt. Less than an hour earlier, he had wanted to put his hand through a wall; now he was calm and happy. He snaked his arm around Abe’s waist and brought their chests together, trapping Abe against the counter. “You do,” he whispered into Abe’s ear.
Trembling, Abe turned his face into Jason’s neck and said, “You really do it for me.”
“I know,” Jason said. Abe was too earnest to play games and too inexperienced to effectively hide his emotions. His eagerness to be with Jason was evident in his every expression and action, which Jason cherished because the feeling was mutual even if he wasn’t always great at showing it. “Like I said.” He cupped Abe’s chin, tilted his head up, and then dipped down and brushed their lips together. “The sweetest things.”
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/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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This was a great addition to the family series. Because it's about just that...it's not just two single guys getting together it's about trying to balance the need to be with someone while also dealing with your life obligations.
So lets just put it out there...Jason is kind of a douche. Albeit a hot, sexy, take control douche, but a douche non the less. What I liked about him was that he owned it. He tells you from the beginning that he is a one night stand kind of guy. And a first you think it's just because he is a man-whore, but the further you get into the book you realize that that isn't the case at all. His reason for what he does goes so much deeper than the superficial Jason you meet in the beginning.
Abe has got to be the sweetest, tolerant understanding guy out there. And he really could have come off as a doormat but he so doesn't. He is a strong man who knows what he wants and fights for it even if the guy he is fighting for doesn't realize it. or know he wants him to fight.
There are so many layers to this story because you have the ex-wife and the kids as a major part of the story line. So yes, you have two men working on a relationship but the whole family dynamic is very prevalent because of the kids. And not just kids, but teenagers. And in some cases angry teenagers. So there has to be a delicate balance for Jason, and for someone who is use to giving orders and having them followed this doesn't always go as he planned.
There are some very serious issues dealt with in this story, but it also has some great humor, and some really really hot sex! In other words it is the quintessential CC book and one that I was happy to add to my library.
RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.