The Half of Us (Family #4)
Release date: October 10, 2014
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
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.
I really think this is my favorite book by Cardeno C that I have read so far. When we first meet Jason and Abe, I wasn’t sure what I thought about either of them. Jason is an arrogant jerk all about the one night stand, while Abe comes across as way too sweet and innocent for my taste.
As we get to know more about them and their characters begin to evolve, I started to really fall in love with them and their story because it just felt REAL. Jason is divorced with an ex-wife and kids, and he thought forever couldn’t happen for someone like him and outside of traditional family interpretation. Abe comes from a religious family and despite their feelings about his lifestyle he still believes in a traditional relationship. Cardeno did a wonderful job fleshing out their story from Jason’s struggle to work through his own hang-ups about relationships to the challenges of integrating Abe into the lives of his teenage children in a way that would allow them to accept him. Oh, and there’s no skimping on the sexy times either! It isn’t all sunshine and roses but that is the beauty and reality of the situation. A few days after finishing the book I am still feeling the warm and fuzzy afterglow- great story Cardeno!
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.