Monday, December 8, 2014

Review of The Half of Us by Cardeno C.

The Half of Us
The Half of Us by Cardeno C.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although this is the fourth book in the Family series, it is the first one I have read and I am so glad that it could be read as a standalone because I LOVED it. Honestly I shouldn’t be surprised because I haven’t read a Cardeno C. book yet that I didn’t love, but there was something about Jason that I connected to that made his finding love that much more enjoyable for me. The fact that Abe was a sweetheart and had the patience of a saint was an added bonus.

The stress that Jason faces as a heart surgeon on a daily basis was introduced in an extremely effective way at the very beginning of the book. The scene does an excellent job of setting the stage for Jason’s character and goes a long way in explaining many of his behaviors – at least for me it did. It also made his out-of-character move to approach Abe rather fascinating as was Abe’s equally out-of-character agreement for a one-night stand. The chemistry between the two was obvious and it made for an intense scene – an intensity that was repeated when they ran into one another again several weeks later. And again when Jason realized that he couldn’t get Abe out of his head and staked out Abe’s favorite coffee shop until he ran into him again. What follows is a wonderfully entertaining read as Abe and Jason embark upon building a relationship together, even if Jason is too oblivious to notice. Jason’s obliviousness is trait which I share and is part of why I enjoyed Jason’s reactions so much when awareness set in throughout the book – the final one of the book being the funniest of all and sent me into hysterics.

As much as I loved Jason and his cluelessness, it was a moment of self-realization that Abe has where he realizes that Jason is his dream come true that really moved me. Abe is a sweet, kind, and loving man who seems to be the kind of guy everyone loves when they meet him. He’s an all-around good guy, except in the bedroom; as much as he wants to be loved and cherished, he doesn’t want to be treated with kid gloves in the bedroom – at least not all the time. Abe’s past experience had shown him that he could have one or the other, but not both … until Jason. While it took Jason a while to realize it (and Abe already knew before Jason did), he came to love Abe and did so the way Abe needed (being cherished), yet managed to unknowingly fulfill Abe’s need for an enthusiastic lover. As expected, the sex between the two was off-the-charts hot, but it was the way in which they were exactly what the other needed that made me love The Half of Us so much. Watching these two navigate the pitfalls and landmines of their budding relationship and coming out better for it was a journey I know I’ll take again as this is yet another CC book added to my reread list. I will definitely being going back to read the other books in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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