Strong Enough: Family Collection
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- Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
When a casual hookup turns into the potential for love, staid Spencer realizes he wants to build a life with vibrant Emilio.
When 22-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn't difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.
Spencer is surprised when he's approached by the gorgeous construction worker he's admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his 38 years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he'll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.
I kind of had mixed emotions with this one, but the good definitely outweigh any other emotions.
Emilio.is.awesome. Ezekiel did such a great job narrating him too, he really brought his character to life. Sweet, romantic, and funny. You couldn't ask for a better character.
I wasn't too sure with Spencer's character at first. I felt he was 'too old' to be that, nieve isn't the word, but things kind of went over his head. Then you get to know him and his character and I found him more and more endearing.
Emilio brings out a confidence in Spencer that he was lacking before. He seemed like such a doormat with his past relationships. Emilio may only be 22, but he seems so much wiser than his years. I think a lot of it has to do with his large family and upbringing.
Spencer also comes from a small family that he doesn't really talk to, in fact they live on the other side of the country. The circumstances that brought Spencer to Vegas, too are sad, it's a wonder he's lost confidence and doesn't trust very well. But with Emilio's persistence and huge happy family, it's enough for Spencer to not feel lacking in any department.
This really is a sweet story, regardless to how fast it seemed they were moving. It felt inevitable anyways. I think everyone needs an Emilio.
Ezekiel did a great job with a good story. He brought a whole new level to the story and I highly recommend it if you're looking for something with a HEA.
Love at First Sight: Home Collection, # 4
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- Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
The moment naïve, optimistic Jonathan Doyle glimpses a gorgeous blue-eyed stranger from afar, he believes in love at first sight. Unfortunately, he loses sight of the man before they meet and then spends years desperately trying to find him. Just as he is about to give up, Jonathan gets a break and finally encounters David Miller face to face.
Successful, confident David turns Jonathan's previously lonely life into a fairy tale, giving him more than he ever imagined. But the years spent searching were hard on Jonathan, and he's terrified his young son and scandalous past will destroy his blossoming relationship. For David and Jonathan to build a future together, they'll both have to dig deep: David for the courage to share himself in a way he's never considered and Jonathan for the strength to tell the truth.
Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to review this audio. I will say though that almost every single audio I have listened to by CC has touched me in some way and has made me a happy sap with her stories, especially in the Home Collection. She is true to her word about HEA's and all the sweetness and is my "go to"when i need something uplifting. We will be giving this one a chance as soon as the opportunity arrived.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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/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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