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Sometimes to find love, you must first learn forgiveness.

A dozen years, 2,000 miles, and a law degree after high school, Rafi Steiner continues to harbor resentment toward Isaac Jones, his childhood bully turned NBA star. When Isaac appears at Rafi's favorite restaurant acting like a long-lost friend, Rafi bluntly dismisses him.

But Isaac is tenacious and he has his heart set on the grown-up version of the boy he always wanted and never forgot. The way Isaac sees it, he and Rafi are perfect for each other, if only he could sink the most important shot of his life: his one shot at forgiveness.

©2013 Cardeno C. (P)2016 Cardeno C.

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Robert M. Clark's narration is a SLAM DUNK!

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Let me start by getting some fangirling out of the way...Robert M. Clark's narration for this is a SLAM DUNK! He brought Rafi and Isaac to life. I was absolutely impressed and can only say the narration was so good for this short story that as soon as it ended I immediately started it over and listened again.

What I love most about this sweet short (now my 7th time re-reading) is how I find something new to appreciate about it every time I read, or now listen to, it.

I love how Rafi is snarky, sarcastic and absolutely not interested in anything Isaac Jones has to say at first. I melt every time with how fully committed and absolutely determined Isaac is to win over the one man he's always wanted.

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"I've wanted you since the first moment I realized what it meant to want," he said, reminding me that he'd been harboring feelings for much longer than the couple of weeks since we'd reconnected, or even the six months since he's decided he wanted to pursue me. "I do know you, Rafi. I watched you grow up. I know who you are inside. And you know me too."
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*swoon*

This sweet enemies-to-lovers is funny, smolderingly sexy, sweet, and fluffy!

RECOMMENDED!

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Second Chance.

It was a good story. All about second chances. Very hot. The narrator was okay. I truly enjoy Cardeno C books.

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Quick Listen

This is a quick listen. It's a little weird but kinda fun. Narration was done really well.

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Second chance meets bully romance.

A Shot at Forgiveness is sweet and will definitely tug on your heartstrings. The only thing I might have done differently is begin the story in the middle of Isaac trying to win Rafi over, instead of at the beginning. Their romance was technically years in the making, but it was a little hard to belive that Rafi would consent to things so quickly. Once they get going they can't seem to stop, almost like they're making up for lost time. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and would love to see more of them together.

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Isaac and Rafi

4.5 stars. Rafi's initial reaction to seeing Isaac again made perfect sense. Meeting your bully makes most people prickly. Isaac doesn't let Rafi's attitude deter him though and I thoroughly enjoyed his pursuit. There were several laugh-out-loud moments and the end was way too soon.
Highly recommended author

Audiobook: nicely done narration

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Stalkerish

This story is weird. I enjoyed the first 3 or 4 chapters. It had snarky humor and an enemies-to-friends trope. But then it just turned creepy.

Isaac admits to watching Rafi enter his door code so he can just go into Rafi's house anytime he wants. Ok, weird but not stalkerish. Yet. After they've been together, Rafi asks him about why he treated him like crap in HS. Isaac's answer was fine, but apparently it was enough for Rafi to suddenly think he had "misread" everything. Really? You misread a bully bc he's nice (read: pushy) now? That's gaslighting. Isaac never apologizes for his actions, or even for hurting Rafi's feelings. One of the things I like about MM is you don't have heroines making stupid choices. Well, that changed with this book. Rafi is a pushover. No "great couple award" here. This is more of a "What not to do" story.

The narrator did a great job performing the characters and their lines! Unfortunately, it sounded like he had a lisp, which was very distracting.

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Love this story!

Short but sweet story about school bully and forgiveness and love when they become adults.

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As always Cardeno C is a master!

His characters are intriguing. His writing is well done and his love scene descriptions are hot! Well worth the read.

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sexy short story

If you could sum up A Shot at Forgiveness in three words, what would they be?

sexy, funny, enjoyable

What did you like best about this story?

the way both characters remember their common past but in such different ways and with different views. it felt real.

Which character – as performed by Robert M. Clark – was your favorite?

he was great with both protagonists. short story so not many characters for him to perfom.

If you could take any character from A Shot at Forgiveness out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Rafi so we could gossip. i have a feeling he would be very good at it.

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there are some authors, you know you ll get your money worth when you buy their books. cardeno c is one of them.

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Love and forgiveness

This is a yummy nugget of a story about love and forgiveness.

What would you do if the boy that bullied you when you were in school turns up twelve years later and wants to date you. Except now he's turned into a sexy hunk of an NBA player and his behaviour is 180 degrees from what it had been. Would you listen to his plea? Would you succumb when his touch makes you burn?

That's the dilemma Rafi has to face in this short story. Like Rafi I was curious as to why Isaac was back in his life, following him around and turning up at his home especially since Rafi remembered him so negatively. I like that Isaac proved himself to have changed and explained his past behaviour reasonably. And of course knowing that he was willing to make sacrifices to have Rafi won me over in the end.

All in all, this is a lovely steamy M/M quickie. The audio narration is done well and brought the story alive. Happy to recommend to fans of #mmromance

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  • Alan
  • 11-23-20

Not good

This isn’t a knee-jerk reaction. I’m not angry, I’ve sat and thought about it, and I think the author made a serious error of judgement and should withdraw this book. Despite having attracted negative reviews pointing out the flaws, the book has been given a new cover and been made into an audiobook. The story involves Rafi, who was systematically bullied by Isaac during childhood. Isaac contacts Rafi as an adult and explains without apologising that he is also gay, that he has always loved Rafi, that his bullying actions were prompted by anger towards Rafi for the feelings he made Isaac have. Isaac exhibits lots of controlling behaviours - he gets jealous when Rafi speaks to others, he questions Rafi’s decision to go out without informing Isaac (who is out of town at the time). Isaac exhibits stalking behaviours - he doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer, he breaks into Rafi’s home, he plans to change teams and moved states to be with Rafi, he has followed and observed Rafi without his knowledge. Isaac is rewarded for these behaviours - Rafi continually forgives Isaac because he finds Isaac’s looks and dominating behaviour attractive and because Isaac knows his favourite foods. There are some sweet moments that blur the issues a little but I think there are four fatal flaws:

Isaac’s behaviours don’t change and he never apologises, in fact, he blames his bullying behaviour on how Rafi made him feel and he reminds Rafi about his jealousy if Rafi isn’t doing what he wants. 1) There’s an overt message that persistent controlling and stalking behaviours are ok and should even be rewarded. 2) There’s a subtle message that victims are to blame for being bullied or making their controlling partner jealous.

3) Rafi excuses the behaviours and agrees to a relationship because of his attraction. There’s a subtle message pushing the stereotype that gay men only value sex and looks.

4) Casting Isaac as African-American subtly pushes the stereotype that Black men are dangerous.

I think all these messages do a disservice.

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  • Tanya
  • 04-19-20

new to me author and narrator

since the narrator and author are new to me, I grabbed a short story to start with. I liked it overall. I felt the story line would have been better as a full novel but that is honestly my only negative comment. I will definately listen to a full length novel .

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 03-06-20

as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B