Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blog Tour: The Half of Us by Cardeno C.

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The Half of Us
By Cardeno C.
Published: October 10th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
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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.

4.5  Star Review by Jen Skewes

The Half of Us was such a beautiful m/m love story.  It was one of the books that I devoured in one sitting.  I think what I loved the most about this book is how real and genuine these characters were. 

Jason is a heart surgeon who is divorced with two teenage kids.  He was not the best husband but him and his wife have remained friends.  She understands why their marriage ended and the reasons behind it.  Jason is now a love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of guy.  His only interest in one night stands.  When he meets the very sexy and very shy Abe at a bar one night, he wastes no time getting him in bed.  He convinces him to have just one night of no strings attached sex.  Abe isn’t one to normally have sex with a guy that he just met but there is something about Jason that causes him to give in to the desire and attraction that he feels for this man.  Their one night of hot passionate sex ends and so does their contact.  Until Jason finds himself, still thinking about Abe. One night soon turns into two nights, and then three nights.  And then Jason finds that he wants Abe in more ways than he expected. 

Abe is a shy and sweet, relationship type kind of guy.  He normally doesn’t do the whole one night stand thing.  But Jason was different.  He let himself have fun and be with him.  But something happened along the way.  He began falling for the heart surgeon who completely rocked his world.  But he knows that Jason is not one for relationships and knows that things need to go slow if their relationship is to go any where.  Jason begins to have feelings for Abe that he isn’t sure what to do with, and he has reservations and fears about those feelings.  Will he be able to open himself  up to this man that has completely captured him?

I loved Jaosn and Abe together.  But what I loved was how real the two of them were.  Abe knew the limits when it came to Jason. Yes he knew what he wanted from him and how he felt but he was patient and didn’t push.  Their relationship slowly built into something more than sex.  Jason knew he was having feelings for him but he was so afraid of those feelings and what they meant.  He needs to accept the relationship and feelings that he has for Abe in order to move forward and have that happy family that he wants. 

Jason has an ex and two teenagers and what I loved was the relationship that he had with them.  I loved that Jason and his ex were still friends and how she played a part in making him realize his true feelings.  But it wasn’t just about Jason and his kids it was also about Abe and how he was involved in their family as well.  I loved how much he cared for his kids and how much he wanted to be a part of their life.  I loved watching Jason grow and see how much he felt for Abe.  I loved watching them deal with the issues that they faced in their relationship.  This is a sweet and very sexy story about two men finding love when least expected.  I always love a good m/m romance when you feel the eomtions of both men.  To me the best m/m romances are those that involve emotions and are about more than just sex.  Don’t get me wrong, Abe and Jason were very sexy together and Jason was sexy as all heck with his dirty mouth.  But there was a real love story in between the sex and I loved it.  Definitely a must read!

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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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