A Book in the Home Series
Jake Owens, aggressive, physical, blunt and brave, is a football hero turned city cop. Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever, is thoughtful, quiet, and kind, a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and that Jake is the love of his life - and loyal, courageous, straight Jake has never had a clue.
But Jake has been nursing his own case of the unrequiteds, and he’s never been as straight as Nate assumes. Nate may think their passionate explosion is a fluke, a result of too much closeness for too long, but Jake is bound and determined to prove to him otherwise. For Jake, the question isn’t how they ended up in bed together.... It’s how can he convince Nate that he wants and needs to stay there.
©2011 Cardeno C. (P)2012 Cardeno C.
An interesting tale of one's inability to see what is in front of you. Jake and Nate are virtually bonded together since birth, yet still fail to realize some truths about one another. I am a fan of Sean Crisden and I think he did a great job, as usual. The Cardeno's story was good but a bit predictable...long in some parts and shorter in others. I felt as if there was a larger story to tell, specifically involving Jake, Jake's parents, and Nate but what do you do. All in all, a good, sappy romance, which I love. Worth the listen.
Love a sappy feelgood story with a lot of lust thrown in. I appreciated that there was a minimum amount of drama and genuine love between 2 friends,
I liked that Jake was not worried about anyone's opinion and that he was in your face with the fact that he protects what's his.
As much as I love Cardeno, I almost passed up buying the audio version. I'm not really a fan of Mr. Crisden's narration, but I thought I would take a chance and it paid off. I liked his charaterizations and he is much less wooden than I've heard him in other productions.
There are so many moving moments, I just can't pick one.
The production value of this audiobook leaves a bit to be desired. The narrative fades in and out in places throughout the story. It can be distracting.
Love the series, not my favorite of the series, but definitely worth the listen. Jake and Nate have a beautiful relationship, but sometimes the POV changes and back to the past overlaps too much and so there is some redundancy.
The scene in the bar with Nate's friends when they find out about Jake and Nate
He is my favorite narrator of all of them!
There are many moments! The love Jake has for Nate is touching in so many places in the book, it is hard to pick one.
Read or listen to it
I was constantly crying. A true romance. No real angst, distress or problems at all. I kept waiting for the shoe to drop. Jake makes a perfect lover in this romance. The writing switches from Jake's and Nate's perspective created some redundancy which took me while to get used to. The tears were past secrets to what extent each other would do for each other. I was totally mesmerized by Jake's character. He had everything that I would have ever wanted. I originally gave this four stars yet I couldn't stop thinking about it the next day. I edited this review and gave it five stars. I want to listen to it again.
It is a friend love story, which I like a lot.
Getting to know the characters and how they interacted.
Since there were only two characters that the story was about, they moved me.
It is interesting how the author presented the the choices each guy made.
Less sex and more storyline. This is a very weak plot. If you like to hear "I love you" "No, I love you" "You are my life" "No, you are my life" over and over again. You'll like this story. I love good romance, but geez!
OK we all love a guilty pleasure. my expectations for this book were relatively low and by the end i wish they had been lower by the end. The people have no real depth show no real growth and live in fairy tale land. Jake and Nate have known each other their whole lives and known they have loved each other just never admitted it to each other they are so perfect, if you think about it too hard the reader may gag. The only redeeming quality are what I'm going to dub the "love scenes" they are hot, but as far as a piece of literature it is just awful
It's about the main characters in bed or in the showers half the time. Less sex and more story would have made this novel passable. Telling the POV's of both characters is not necessary and dragged the story.
No, I've read enough good novels not to base my opinion of this genre from this book.
When Jake was undercover and not returning Nate's call but it turned out to be a dud too.
I would have just told the story from Nate's point of view, leaving the viewer thinking and guessing about Jake's thoughts and intentions. Would he go back to women? Is he just playing Nate? Etc.
The book started with a blowjob. The quarry is caught. There's no more chase. Just boring repetitive sex followed.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I really liked this book... I am so into the m/m stories at the moment. Even though I like this book, I felt it seriously lacked a plot, drama, action...whatever you want to call it. It just lacked a point. It was basically the story of best friends who are now in a relationship. Each chapter jump from Jake's POV to Nate's POV. The both repeat the very last scene of the previous chapter then add a little more. I mean it was cute...but I only think b/c Sean Crisden narrated this. I have said this many times before... A story can totally sink or swim b/c of the narrator and if it wasn't for Crisden, I think this story would have totally sunk! Crisden really brings his characters to life, by all the emotion he use when narrating. I actually pick the story b/c of Crisden, so I am not to disappointed for that, but I don't know if I will listen to another Cardeno C. book if they are all like this jumping POV thing.
This is a good credit if you are waiting for another book to come out. If not, just wait till you stack your credits up then maybe get this just for Crisden's narration alone. Crisden is just that good.
The reader was my main issue with this book. I've read it on my kindle before and it is a super sappy story, which I really enjoy so I'm good with that, but I cringed a little at first with the reader when I listened to the audiobook. I felt that the reader was not a good choice for this book. I could see this reader doing well with a book that wasn't a romance. The tone that the reader used for Jake made it sound like he was Nate's father and it skeeved me out a bit.
Well I would probably compare it to other Cardeno C. books. They are all sappy sweet gay romances with a soul mate theme (or at least the one's I've read so far are like that). If you don't like sappy than its not a good choice for you but if enjoy that kind of thing than they can be satisfying reads.
Mostly it was that the tone that the narrator used for Jake sounded like a condescending parent when he was talking to Nate a lot of the time. Also the way he read the sex scenes was off in my opinion. I really do think this narrator could do well with a different kind of book though.
I'm really not that picky so yeah, for me it was. I could ignore that I didn't like how the narrator read it to some extent and when it got really bad it was interesting to wonder who the hell decided that this reader was a good fit for this book. It was like watching a bad movie for the fun of it.
"Wonderful romance,loved it, didn't want it to end!"
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this feel good romance. Where two characters which have known each other all their lives finally admit their love for one another. I enjoyed the points of view of Jake and Nate constantly shifting from one to the other throughout the story, this is done clearly and without confusion. I loved their own take on what was happening in the present and of what had happened in the past. Although the story was not without tragedy, the author did not dwell on the pain of the characters but focused on the love and the support for one another that got them through.
The narrator's voice Sean Crisden was well suited to the description of the characters, and a very nice voice he has too.
I now look forward to listening and reading more Cardeno C books.
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