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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “In Another Life” by Cardeno C


At age 18, Shiloh Raben is tired. He no longer has the energy to deal with mean classmates, inner doubt, and fear of familial rejection, so he takes a razor to his wrist. When he wakes up in the hospital, Shiloh meets Travis Kahn, the EMT who saved him and didn’t leave his side.

Travis is handsome, smart, and funny – the type of guy Shiloh would never be brave enough to approach. But his near-death experience has an unusual side effect: the life that flashed before his eyes wasn’t the one he had already lived, but rather the one he could live. With visions of a future by Travis’s side, will Shiloh find the strength to confront his fears and build a life worth fighting for?


Yup. LOVED it.

I typically like Cardeno C books. They’re a “safe place” for me…sweet, minimal angst, some hot lovin’, and likable characters.  And I don’t put pressure on them to over-deliver…thus I can look past some of the unbelievable elements usually thrown in them.  This, in my opinion, is the best thing the author’s written. This one I loved.

It’s a really powerful storyline: a gay kid having a hard time coping decides to slit his wrists to take his life. As he’s dying, he sees the future and in it, the paramedic who saves him from his suicide attempt. The blurb probably has already sucked a few of you in. But if it hadn’t, the 2 paragraph prologue will…trust me.

I love older Shiloh. I love older Travis. I love younger Shiloh. I love younger Travis. Their connection and feelings for each other are so sweet and fun and adorable and sexy and there is deep deep desire and commitment there. I eat that shit up.

So some warnings:

There’s insta-love and some of you hate that.
There are flashbacks and some of you hate that.
It’s Cardeno C and some of you may even hate that.

You won’t hate this though. I really don’t think so. Because all of those things work in this book. They have a purpose, a reason, and a place in it.

My heart felt full to overflowing when I finished this short book and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to, erm, most of you… :)



18799256Title:  In Another Life
Author:  Cardeno C
Publisher:  Dreamspinner
Pages:  84
Release Date:  December 1, 2013
Purchase Links:  Cardeno C

One comment on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “In Another Life” by Cardeno C

  1. shelley
    November 26, 2013

    You know what? I know this probably isn’t my typical read but I really quite fancy it.


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