The Half of Us
By Cardeno C.
Published: October 10th 2014 by 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.
I have read every book in this series and let me just say Cardeno C. did not disappoint on this one. This author truly has a way with her words that not only excite you but also leave you feeling really good. There isn’t a whole lot of drama or angst in any of these books in this series but one thing you can certainly count on is that there is plenty of steamy scenes to wet anyone’s appetite. I love the fact that even though you can read this book as a standalone (just like all the others throughout this series), if you read them in order they were given you will find that each one connects in some way to the others by a character(s) from books past. You can see how Cardeno really put a lot thought into her plots and characters. What I really love is that the recurring theme throughout this series definitely continued on with this latest installment. I love that all the MC’s had a significant age difference between them and that there was always one character that was more dominate then the other.
In this latest yummy installment we get to meet Abe, a young high school teacher who truly was built to be in a relationship. He’d rather stay home with his significant other watching some cheesy movie, cuddling up on a couch or lazing in bed then going out to bars or partying. He isn’t interested in one night stands or having meaningless sex. However, one night when he’s out with friends celebrating his birthday he runs into an older man who definitely catches his eye and has him rethinking his stance for one night.
Jason, a divorced surgeon is too busy for anything really. He works long hours and his idea of letting off the stresses of his life is finding a man to have sex with. He doesn’t believe he’s capable nor is he interested in having a relationship. Never having the same man in bed is definitely the way he likes to play because it’s less messy, there are no complications that way. When he meets Jason his only focus is taking this sexy young man hard and then moving on to the next.
So this book starts off with a bang. A really hot bang. Abe throws caution to the wind and agrees to Jason’s terms, a hot sweaty night, no strings attached and brings him home. You quickly see who is in charge, the rules are clear and you totally fall into the beginning of this beautiful story.
The respect and desire these men have for one another really was captivating. I loved experiencing their day to day struggles and having a bird’s eye view watching them overcome their fears and issues. Jason is a very complicated man, he’s was married before and has two children. So being able to see how he struggles with his responsibilities and becoming comfortable with being who he really is was very endearing to watch. He comes across as an arrogant man, he’s controlling and he has a bit of a temper but I think that truly enhanced his appeal. He is not a man of many words but you could really feel how much he opened up to Abe in ways he never thought was possible. Abe is nothing but amazing. He’s supportive, patient and willing to do anything to keep Jason happy and grounded.
If you have read any of the previous books in this series you know that there is always a very strong sense of family. This one is no different. Their story is beautiful, their issues are real and their connection will having you feeling a range of things. This is definitely one sexy, steamy feel good book you do not want to miss out on.
“Are you coming?” Jason asked, looking over his shoulder.
“Yeah.” Abe shook his head to clear it and stood. “Yes.” He followed Jason into the bathroom, scooping up clothes from the floor along the way and then tossing them into the hamper. By the time they got into the shower, his brain was mostly operational again. “How was your day?”
“Other than finding out my son got into a fight and then coming home to a yelling match?” Jason asked.
“Yeah. Other than that,” Abe said with a smile.
“Not bad.” Jason picked up the soap, lathered it, and began washing Abe’s shoulders and chest. “There was one awkward moment when a patient’s husband and a family friend got into an exceptionally polite fight.”
Furrowing his brow, Abe asked, “How is a fight polite?” He got his hands soapy and slid them over Jason’s torso.
“Well, everyone was nicely dressed and kept their voices low, but the husband wouldn’t stop asking the friend why he was there, and the friend did everything he could to stand closer to the wife. Then things got even worse when the friend’s wife came and smiled at everyone while shooting daggers with her eyes at her husband.”
“What did you do?” Abe asked.
“I tried my usual trick of imagining them naked and bent over so I wouldn’t have to focus on what they were saying.” He snaked his hands around Abe’s chest and washed his back. “That works in almost every situation, but the passive-aggressive comments got to be too much after a few minutes, so I went to the nurses’ station and told one of the nurses to clear the room. She let the patient choose one person to stay, and the rest of them had to go to the waiting area.”
“Uh.” Abe’s hands froze over Jason’s hips. “I have a couple of questions.”
“What?” Jason moved Abe’s hands down to his dick.
Cupping his hands over Jason’s package, Abe said, “Your usual trick when dealing with difficult patients is to imagine everyone’s naked butt?”
“I don’t limit that trick to patients. And I don’t imagine everyone naked.” Jason slid his hands down Abe’s back and lathered up his ass. “I only do it with men.”
“Fine. Your usual trick to deal with awkwardness is imagining guys bent over?”
“Bent over. On their knees. On their backs.” Jason shrugged. “I’m not picky.” He waggled his eyebrows. “But I am blessed with a great imagination.” He squeezed Abe’s ass.
“You’re a major perv.” Abe gently massaged soap over Jason’s balls with one hand and stroked it onto his cock with the other.
“And you love it.”
“Ehm. I, uh—” Abe dropped his chin and looked up at Jason from underneath his lashes. “Maybe.”
“Definitely.” Jason smirked.
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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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