Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Review: Jesse’s Diner (Hope Collection) by Cardeno C with Giveaway

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Title ~ Jesse’s Diner (Hope Collection)

Author ~ Cardeno C

Published ~ 29th September 2015

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance



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Two men with a shared history and a mutual attraction must be honest with themselves and each other so both their dreams come true.
Quiet, unassuming Tanner Sellers spends his time running a diner in Hope, Arizona. Not particularly social, twenty-two-year-old Tanner keeps to himself and enjoys his simple life, but he longs for someone to call his own. In his most secret fantasy, that someone is sexy Steve Faus. But Steve is his friend’s father and mentor’s widower and therefore off-limits.
Despite some challenges, thirty-nine-year-old Steve Faus has had a good life. He’s extremely successful at work, has a great relationship with his college-age son, and lives in a wonderful town. Eighteen months after losing his partner, the one thing Steve lacks is someone to share his life. If Steve is honest with himself, that someone is the young man he has known and cared about for years. Steve and Tanner want one another, all they need is a little push in the right direction to make both their dreams come true.

Macky’s Review

Jesse's Diner is pure Cardeno goodness with a dash of CC hot sauce! A sweet but still spicy love story that might not get the adrenaline pumping in terms of edge of your seat excitement...but then it's not always about that is it? Sometimes you just want to unwind with something uncomplicated and I'd say Tanner and Steve's warmhearted romance is the perfect recipe for soothing the sresses of the day.

Twenty two year old virgin,Tanner, is an unassuming sweetie, and all man Steve, recent widower of Tanner's mentor and father of his bestie Mike, is one of those yummy older guys (well if thirty nine is older to you...to me that's a toy boy! Lol!) who makes you think "Okay...so where do I get me one of those!!!"

When Mike rings Tanner from college and asks him to check on his dad Steve, to see if he's doing okay after losing Jesse, his May to December partner of twenty years, it's the catalyst for quiet, shy Tanner to finally get more up close and personal with the gorgeous man who has been his long time crush from the moment he met him six years before.

Using food from the diner he's inherited from Jesse as an excuse to do Mikes bidding, he calls on Steve and the two of them share dinner together. Happy to just spend time with Steve anyway he can, it becomes a regular occurrence and as time passes they get closer. But bless him, it takes a slightly oblivious Tanner a while (and a VERY illuminating decorating session!!!) to realise that he's not the only one with romance on his mind....

It's not all fluffiness. There’s a more serious thread concerning Steve, running in the background, that didn’t spoil the story (far from it) but in retrospect is the only part  that did leave me pondering a wee bit. I'm not saying that every time this particular subject is brought up it has to be an emotional onslaught (I actually applaud that Cardeno didn't make a huge melodrama out of it but still treated it thoughtfully) but afterwards, in my head, I took it completely out of the equation—imagining the storyline without it—and honestly? I don't think the journey to their HEA would have changed an iota if it hadn't been there at all.

If this had been a novel and not just a novella; Steve's past up to this point could have been more deeply explored; or perhaps it might have been included as a plot twist to add some conflict before they got their happy ending? If that had been the case it might have had a different impact on me. But the whole story is actually pretty much conflict free, so because it wasn’t particularly an emotional breaker I was a tad unsure what its purpose in the story really was…or perhaps I’m just overthinking it?


Whatever your thoughts on that aspect of the novella, this is still a very engaging read that will satisfy all  fans out there, who just love to finish a sweet, sexy love story like this with a big sappy grin. Like its predecessor in the Hope series, MacFarland's Farm, this small town story with it's likeable characters, gentle, not too angsty feel good storyline and of course it's dose of sizzle, definitely delivers the warm and fuzzies with bells on. It’s Cardeno C…simple as!


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  1. Thanks for the review, Macky! I love Cardeno C's books, so I'm excited to hear about the release.

  2. Looks so sweet. Thanks for the chance to win and read this book.

  3. Great review, Macky. I enjoy Cardeno C's books a lot. I would never miss a chance of getting another one :)

  4. Congratulations on your new release Cardeno the book has a beautiful cover.

  5. Cool post! Congrats! Ty for the giveaway

  6. Cool post! Congrats! Ty for the giveaway

  7. I love Cardeno C, an auto buy for me!

  8. sounds like a really good book

  9. Thanks for the chance to win the book, it really looks interesting.

  10. This one sounds delightful!


  11. Great review. I'm looking forward to giving this a read of my own.

  12. Great giveaway. Thank you for the chance. I look forward reading it.

    1. I meant to say that I look forward to reading it.

  13. Thanks for the review and giveaway!! This book looks so good!! Thank you Sinfully Sexy for all your awesome reviews, recommendations and giveaways!! You guys ROCK!

  14. Thanks for the review and giveaway chance! I really enjoy Cardeno C's books.

  15. loved the review
    thanks for the giveaway

  16. The review was great and I'm always looking forward to reading more of Cardeno's books.

  17. I love CC's books! Real life has enough angst for me, I don't need it in my escape reading!!

  18. CC is amazing and I'm sure this book wille be awesome. Thank you for the post and giveaway

  19. Thanks for the review and giveaway! I'm a big fan of Cardeno's books. Definitely adding this to my wish list