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The One Who Saves Me | [Cardeno C.]

The One Who Saves Me

At 14, Andrew Thompson and Caleb Lakes become best friends. As the years pass, they stand by each other through family trauma, school, and the start of their careers. They share their first sexual experiences as friends, learning and experimenting. And they talk each other through countless dates and breakups. Decades of trust and loyalty build a deep and abiding friendship - until Andrew suffers a tragedy. Caleb moves in with him, and the parameters of their unique relationship blur.
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Publisher's Summary

A Book in the Home Series

At 14, Andrew Thompson and Caleb Lakes become best friends. As the years pass, they stand by each other through family trauma, school, and the start of their careers. They share their first sexual experiences as friends, learning and experimenting. And they talk each other through countless dates and breakups. Decades of trust and loyalty build a deep and abiding friendship - until Andrew suffers a tragedy. Caleb moves in with him, and the parameters of their unique relationship blur.

Wrestling with feelings he can’t articulate, Andrew spirals into self-loathing. Caleb struggles to help his friend heal, but he longs for more than Andrew can give him. After so many years, neither man knows how to break out of his established role. After all, boyfriends come and go, but best friends are forever.

©2012 Cardeno C. (P)2013 Cardeno C.

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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 08-05-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 08-05-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "I am becoming a Cardeno C fan..."

    When I first started listening/reading Cardeno C. I was not a fan... I have come to realized these Home Again series books are kinda like the BDB books... some are awesome and some are not. You have to pick and choose which ones you really like. The problem with that is you actually have to read/listen to them to know if you like them or not.

    Lucky for me... this one was a good one. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Awesome Awesome. I just loved the relationship beteween these two characters. It was great. I loved that they were best friends who were basically lovers without even knowing it throughout the whole book. The ending was just awesome. Loved it.

    Great Credit... Maybe a buy if you have the whole series... A great sale...

    Narration was top notch.. Paul Morey is the best in the game in m/m romance. I wish though he would use Jorey and Sam voices for his main male characters... instead he uses Jorey and Nick...why why... anyway... if you have read/listen to Matter of Time by Mary Calmes...then you know who I am talking about... Anyways... Paul Morey is an awesome narrator... so it was great!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Boys like Boys 10-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A typical tooth-ache from this series"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is not really to be read for it's drama or originality. But a book to read on a slow day that will help you A) smile at the sweetness B) roll your eyes at the cheesiness or C) feel utterly depressed at your own bleak prospects of a love life.This book, like the others, doesn't have you on the edge of your seat, eagerly waiting for more but instead laying back cozily and coming back for more in the series irregardless.On a side note, it is always a pleasure to see old characters from previous books appear nonchalantly in the story though sometimes you must be reminded of the story behind that niggling, oh so familiar name.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Riva 09-12-13
    Riva 09-12-13
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    "I really tried to like this but . . ."

    I tried, I really tried to like this book. I'm trying to give Cardeno C books a chance since his books seem so prevalent on Audible in the mm genre. On the pro side it was a sweet story of friends with benefits to lovers and Paul Morey is great as always. In fact, he was the deciding factor to try this book.

    I didn't even care about the abrupt ending. Of course that may have been b/c at that point I just wanted it over. But REALLY, these MCs are too stupid to live!! 20 years!! 20 years of being together, making love (and I mean A LOT of sex), supporting each other through good time and bad (sickness, death, broken marriages, etc.) and they only realize they love each other after 20 years. I'm sorry, that stretches even my tolerance for fantasy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ric New Orleans, La. 08-24-13
    Ric New Orleans, La. 08-24-13 Member Since 2013

    R. Allen Freeman

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    "Long time friends?"
    Would you listen to The One Who Saves Me again? Why?

    Yes I will listen again, the story was fun you can't wait to find out what happens year after year.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The One Who Saves Me?

    The moment Andrew and Caleb realized they should be together.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Libros Lover Booklandia 08-12-13
    Libros Lover Booklandia 08-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Home Series Favorite"
    What made the experience of listening to The One Who Saves Me the most enjoyable?

    I love the interaction between Cay and Drew. The listening heightens the experience - its better than a movie!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really like Caleb. He stood by Andrew no matter what. It would have been very easy for him to judge and point out that Drew was mimicking his mother's destructive behavior but he never did. Outside of having issues about his own body, Caleb seemed to be a well balanced individual. Such a good friend.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Morey is very comfortable with these characters. I like the way he narrates. There were some engineering glitches at times but overall, I can't see anyone else narrating Cardeno's books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious....


    Any additional comments?

    Good addition to my collection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael H California 08-17-14
    Michael H California 08-17-14 Member Since 2011

    MLH

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    "Someone Was Asleep At The Switch!"
    What disappointed you about The One Who Saves Me?

    I'm a big fan of Dreamspinner products, Cardeno C and Paul Morey, BUT this was a real disappointment. There were several editing problems, there were continuity problems which surprise me that Paul Morey didn't do something about as he, in a single breath, mixed up the two main charachter's names. Finally, how is it that a boy raised in the northeast, whose parents have NO discernible accents, has a thick southern accent?!? It just seems that everyone involved with this book just phoned it in!


    What could Cardeno C. have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Shortened it substantially. I just wanted to slap the two main characters across the chops and scream "Snap out of it!"


    What didn’t you like about Paul Morey’s performance?

    Did he choose the character voices or did someone tell him to give a boy raised in New York a southern accent?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Paul Morey is a gifted narrator and I love his voice. Everything else I've heard him read has been outstanding. I don't know what happened on this book, but I hope whomever was in charge gets fired!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carmen Haslet, TX, United States 04-01-14
    carmen Haslet, TX, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Best friends to friends with benefits to soulmates"
    Would you try another book from Cardeno C. and/or Paul Morey?

    This book read like a fanfiction. Trust me the content dragged on and on and you really felt like they repeated the same story over and over again. Two men who are friends at a young age that sex each other often and don't commit for over twenty years. Finally they realize their in love and each other's soul mates. Not enough drama and very little content. Even the sex scenes became repetitive.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Could of summed it up 100 pages ago.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes!


    Was The One Who Saves Me worth the listening time?

    Yes!


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    L. Antoine 08-14-13
    L. Antoine 08-14-13

    book-worm

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    "Nice addition to the Home Series"
    Would you listen to The One Who Saves Me again? Why?

    May be! Not the best narration for Paul Morey


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In the e-book, I like Andrew


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Morey?

    Perhaps, although the last couple of books by him have been not that great (This and Living Promises)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nimue Alberta, Canada 08-08-13
    Nimue Alberta, Canada 08-08-13 Member Since 2008

    Avid audible listener!

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    "Story 4, Narrator 2.5, Editing 1.5"

    I really liked this story. This is the second Carndeno C. romance I have read / listened too, and I intend to read his other stories as well.
    The best- friendship between Caleb and Andrew was heartwarming and natural. The many broken relationships they helped each other through was presented in a realistic fashion. I also liked the way they grew to "fall in love" rather than one waiting for the other.
    I laughed a lot listening to this book, and even though I was pretty sure of the ending (it is a romance after all), I was pleased with the way it happened.

    There were so many editing issues with this book, I would prefer the printed version. Thankfully the story was able to surpass the audio issues.
    I was EXTREMELY DISSAPPOINTED when during the most important scene of the story, Andrew and Caleb inexplicably changed voices! It actually produced a shock reaction that greatly reduced the impact of the scene. Not sure what happened with Paul Morey and why it wasn’t picked up by the editor. Hence receiving a 2.5 rather than 3 for narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Fun, love and unconditional friendship!"
    If you could sum up The One Who Saves Me in three words, what would they be?

    Loyalty, love and longing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caleb for his patience and loyalty. For his love, respect and acceptance for everything that Andrew is and being the one person that Andrew can count on always! His quirkiness, sense of humor and fashion sense.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    That's a difficult one, there are some very funny scenes through this book that made me laugh out loud! and some very endearing, passionate scenes that pull on the heart and imagination to pinpoint one!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    Paul Morey does a great job with the narration, the distinguishment between the characters is very clear, adding to the characters personalities. A great audible book full of fun, love and unconditional friendship!

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