Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Half of Us

Author: Cardeno C. 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-63216-386-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Jason Garcia always wanted a close-knit family but thought the dream was shattered when his actions caused his wife to file for divorce. Now the arrogant thoracic surgeon spends his evenings and weekends hooking up with guys he’ll never see again. His world changes the night he meets a sweet guy at a bar and even after their night together ends—Jason can’t forget him.

One-night stands aren’t normal for Abe Green but meeting a sexy man while out with friends makes him decide a night filled with sex would make a perfect birthday gift. Abe’s doesn’t expect to see the guy again but their chemistry is sizzling and when their time together turns into two nights and then more, he begins to think they have a chance at a relationship. Their problem—Jason’s past and trouble trusting. Can they make a life together or will their relationship stop before it even gets started?

The Half of Us is the latest release by Cardeno C in the Family series. As with the others, this is a standalone.

I wasn’t certain how I felt about Jason at the start of the book. He’s rude, arrogant and doesn’t seem to care about the feelings of others. Jason really is clueless about so many things. Then you get to know him and realize how much of his attitude is in reaction to the uncertainty he feels. Abe is his opposite—and so sweet, likable and understanding it almost makes your teeth ache. I like these men together and while the sex overbalances the story at times, I enjoyed watching their relationship develop.

There aren’t any real conflicts between Jason and Abe, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any excitement either. With Jason’s two teenagers in the plot, there’s plenty of angst and drama that these two new lovers have to deal with. That also means the addition of Jason’s ex-wife, and don’t expect a shrew. This woman is pleasant and the author did a nice job developing her personality and relationship with Jason. 

I enjoyed The Half of Us. It made me smile and laugh. It’s well written, has a good flow, sizzling chemistry, nicely crafted relationships and great secondary characters. It’s an entertaining read and I hope you like it as much as I did.

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