Title: Where He Ends and I Begin
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Alexander Collins
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LCC
Release: 5th January 2016
Genre: M/M (contemporary)
Aggressive, physical, and brave, Jake Owens is a small town football hero turned big city cop who passes his time with meaningless encounters believing he can't have who he really wants: Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever. Thoughtful, quiet, and kind, Nate is a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and has never been able to shake his crush on loyal, courageous, straight Jake.
After a passionate night together, Nate realizes Jake isn't as straight as he assumed, but he worries that what they shared was a fluke, a result of too much closeness for too long. For Jake, the question isn't how they ended up in bed together because he has always known that Nate holds his heart; it's how he'll convince Nate that he wants and needs to stay there.
I always know when I want a sweet romance with lots of hot sex, Cardeno C's Home books will fit the bill and this was no exception. Jake and Nate were fated to be together. Born on the same day, their mothers were best friends and they grew up together as close as family. There has never been a time when it wasn’t Jake and Nate together. At 28 years old Jake is police officer while Nate works in a research lab, they share an apartment and their lives are completely intertwined, but Nate has had enough. Not enough of Jake, but enough of hiding his feelings and wishing that the straight, womanizer Jake could love him in every way. Nate throws down the gauntlet one drunken night on vacation and isn’t prepared for Jake to drop to his knees for him. What follows is a story the flashes from present to past and illuminates the misunderstandings, devotion and love the two men have had for each other since their earliest memories.
Cardeno C takes what might otherwise be seen as an incredibly codependant and unhealthy relationship and turns it into a fairytale romance. Neither man has realized that the other has secretly wished they had a romantic relationship. From the time Nate came out to Jake in middle school and Jake perceived Nate’s fear of rejection for disinterest, Jake has done everything he can to make sure Nate was safe, loved and happy. Being everything he could for Nate with the hope that someday he would come around has driven every decision Jake has made for most of his life.
As the two move forward with the new romantic and sexual side of their relationship, Nate can’t quite believe that Jake is in it for the long run, especially with Jake’s history of sleeping with every girl he meets. As issues arise Nate and Jake reminisce about events in the past, each bringing their own take on what happened. As such, highlights of these times are often retold from both points of view. Jake's devotion to Nate over the years is beautiful and heroic. He gives any romantic hero a run for his money!
If you’ve ever read a book by Cardeno C, you know that the sex scenes can be off the charts hot and that is definitely the case here, but there was just so much of it. These guys can’t keep their hands off one another and are getting it on at every possible moment with such incredible stamina, you might actually find yourself skimming through at some point.
If there ever were two people who were two halves of a whole it is Jake and Nate. Don’t go into this story thinking it will be realistic, or you might find yourself rolling your eyes. Do go into it looking for a grown up fairytale with a sugar coating, where true love conquers all, where professions of undying love come early and often, where problems arise and are quickly crushed, and where the sex never ends and you will be happy and satisfied.
Talking about off the chart hot sex scenes then you’re going to need to get the narrator right for this one. Alex Collins’s voice is perfect. He has very warm tones and just listening to him made me feel all warm and fuzzy. He gets all the character naunces just right whether physical or emotional and this made every sex scene invidual and that is quite a tall order considering this book has a lot of sex! The kind of voice that will take you away on a dream for a couple of hours and leave you floating on a happy cloud.
Meet Cardeno C
Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.
Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."