• Strong Enough

  • Family Collection
  • By: Cardeno C.
  • Narrated by: Ezekiel Robison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (217 ratings)

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Strong Enough

By: Cardeno C.
Narrated by: Ezekiel Robison
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Publisher's summary

When a casual hookup turns into the potential for love, staid Spencer realizes he wants to build a life with vibrant Emilio.

When 22-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn't difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.

Spencer is surprised when he's approached by the gorgeous construction worker he's admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his 38 years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he'll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.

©2013 Cardeno C. (P)2016 Cardeno C.

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It’s official: I adore Ezekiel Robison!

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Ezekiel Robison's narration is consistently terrific. He offers new character voices for each new story, not just reusing the same old, same old. He also keeps track of the character voices from previous stories and when those characters show up, he uses the right voices.

It’s such a treat to listen to Robison!

Robison brings such depth to the characters, he highlights Spencer’s vulnerability and Emilio’s protective instincts, he makes their insta-love believable, and he absolutely sets the audio on fire with the hot sex scenes.

That shower scene alone is worth the price of the audio book. For reals.

I ADORE this story and cannot help but fangirl and squee all over this!

Bottom Line: This is super sweet, charming, gloriously hot and sexy and fabulously entertaining. Add the fabulous narration and it’s a WINNER!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

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Strong Enough

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's a different kind of HEA with a different road the MC's have to travel to find their happiness.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emilio. Ever patient, strong, devoted and passionate about Spencer from the start.

Which scene was your favorite?

Emilio and Spencer finally, fully consummating their relationship.

Who was the most memorable character of Strong Enough and why?

Spencer. He never gave up.

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Spencer Derdinger has never been lucky in love. Losers and abusers is all he seems to attract. A direct result of his past and the trauma he's endured, Spencer has a bit of an ED issue. When he meets sexy, enigmatic and genuinely sweet Emilio Sanchez, everything changes. For the first time in his life, someone actually cares about Spencer. Not just on a physical level, no, Emilio wants to court him, take care of him, give Spencer the attention and devotion a man deserves from his partner. But the issues of the past keep Spencer on guard and a lifetime of being told you're not good enough threatens to derail his new relationship with Emilio before they are running at full speed.

It took me about an hour roughly to get into the story. It was very much insta-love and I don't usually care for that type of story. CC is a master at making it work and delivering HEA for her characters each and every time though, so I stuck it out and I'm pleased that I did. While this is an insta-love story, as it unfolds and you are given more information about Spencer and his past, it completely makes sense that he would fall hard for the first guy to truly care for him. But falling and letting down his guard are two different things. It takes a lot of love, encouragement and self awareness for Spencer to completely open himself up.

Emilio is patient, protective and loving from the start. You see, while he hasn't had the same issues as Spencer, he has never found anyone he wanted to settle down with. As soon as Spencer gifts Emilio with one of his shy, awkward smiles, dimples and all, Emilio is hooked. As he gets to know more about his sexy, shy professor, Emilio learns about his problematic past. Where some men would duck and run, Emilio stands his ground and continues to support the man he is fastly falling for.

Narrated by Ezekial Robison, the same narrator for all the books in this series. I am normally very engrossed in everything Robison reads, but the voice he chose for Spencer was odd and distracting. That being said, the voice he gave the antagonist in the story, Spencer's ex, that was like nails on a chalk board and fit so perfectly for his annoying personality. The only downside, CC didn't write Emilio stomping a mud-hole in the man's ass then walking it dry!

I loved the passion and connection that Emilio and Spencer shared, the way Emilio proved his commitment to Spencer, the way their love and devotion to each other proved to Spencer that he didn't really have ED, he just had the wrong partners until now. I'd recommend this story to fans of CC's work, fans of the narrator, as well as anyone that is looking for a story with a different kind of HEA.

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Loving Ezekiel Robison's narration in this series

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I enjoyed this book quite a bit when I read it the first time a year ago. Spencer, a sweet man who has been hurt by love more than once, shy and insecure. Meanwhile Emilio, young, but confident, and willing to go after the man he wanted as soon as he saw him. Emilio is one of my favorite characters that CC has written. Despite his age, Emilio knows his mind, knows what he wants, and isn't afraid to go after it. He's all the things that Spencer needs in his life.

As much as I enjoyed the book when I read it, I loved it even more when I listened to Ezekiel Robison's audio version of the book. His narration has gotten better and better as he has done this series, and my enjoyment of his narration of this book was off the charts. He was great, including accents and voice changes that worked well for both main characters.

The story of these two men was sweet, and sexy, and really touched your heart as you learned all that Spencer had been through, and that Emilio only cared about taking care of Spencer, and helping him to heal and love. These two, such opposites, attracted in the best way possible. They filled holes that the other didn't quite realize they had.

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Get a backbone

When I saw the cover changed I though maybe some of the characters have been changed too. Well so much for that though Spencer is still a scared wimp that truly need an Emilio to keep him safe. The narrator is so wrong!!!!!! This will be another returned

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Love it

Everyone saying it’s too fast but truly sometimes that can be reality and besides..it was a breath of fresh air for me. Absolutely loved it.

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Quite an entertaining story

This was sweet although a bit too fast where the moving in together and I love you's is concerned. Besides that, I truly liked the characters including all the hermanos. Good narration by Mr Robison as well.

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Insta love

This story is completely unbelievable and not at all compelling. The main characters go from strangers to deciding to love together within 24 hours. And neither is the characters are believable. They were both so complexity good and sweet that I lost interest. DNF

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Stand alone

There isn't even a mention of the previous book so you're good to go on this one. I really loved the characters and Emilio's family. The story is pretty sweet and moves along quickly but is nicely developed. Narration is good though some voices come off as goofy which was slightly irritating.

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What a Sweet Story, Wonderful Job by E. Robison

What a sweet story! Yes it's instalove but it totally works. The way they kind of rescue each other, and how well they fit, not to mention the smoking hot sex. I'll just say if you want a comfort read this one's just right.

Audio performed by Ezekiel Robison who does an absolutely lovely job!

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Hot and Sweet

I'm a big believer that it's never too late to fall in love. I so enjoyed watching Spencer's confidence grow while he was with Emilio without his newfound confidence relying on Emilio. The care and consideration Emilio showed Spencer really highlighted his sweet nature. They are an amazing couple together and Emilio's family was so supportive! I definitely recommend this one for the warm fuzzy feels, and sexy times too of course. 😉

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