The Half of Us
Author: Cardeno C.
Genre: Contemporary gay romance
Release Date: October 10, 2014
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.
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.
Heartwarming Stories. Strong Relationships. Forever Love.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Many stories are about the meeting and trying to hook up, the excitement of it all. This volume already has that. It’s about the actual settling down. Jason tried marriage with a woman, but couldn’t stay faithful. His reason for not being able to commit to the marriage is that he’s gay, but in his mind, he believes that monogamy wasn’t meant for him.
It was sex. That was a basic bodily need. In, out, done. That was his motto and he followed it religiously.
Jason has already lived it up, slept with more men than he can count, but after meeting Abe that lifestyle doesn’t appear as glamorous as he thought it was.
He gazed into Abe’s eyes as he came, the moment so painfully intimate that Abe knew he’d never be able to describe what they’d shared as just a hookup.
This change in his feelings also opens his eyes to other areas of his life that need work. I adore the whole family aspect of this story. It has plenty of heat, but we get the sweetness and real life problems as well. And I love how he has a great relationship with his ex-wife. So often the exes are portrayed as bitches, but his ex is lovely. They’re still best friends. This book has a cast of likable and relatable characters which I think is wonderful.
I give it 4.8 stars and a whole lot of heart.