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REVIEW: “The Half of Us” by Cardeno C



Short-tempered, arrogant heart surgeon Jason Garcia grew up wanting a close-knit family, but believes he ruined those dreams when he broke up his marriage. The benefit of divorce is having as much random sex as he wants, and it’s a benefit Jason is exploiting when he meets a sweet, shy man at a bar and convinces him to go home for a no-strings-attached night of fun.

Eight years living in Las Vegas hasn’t dimmed Abe Green’s optimism, earnestness, or desire to find the one. When a sexy man with lonely eyes propositions him, Abe decides to give himself a birthday present—one night of spontaneous fun with no thoughts of the future. But one night turns into two and then three, and Abe realizes his heart is involved.

For the first time, Abe feels safe enough with someone he respects and adores to let go of his inhibitions in the bedroom. If Jason can get past his own inhibitions and open his heart and his life to Abe, he might finally find the family he craves.


See…Cardeno C is my guilty pleasure. So there’s not much else I can say after reading a CC book other than, “I liked it!”.  Because I typically do. And I typically give every CC book 3.5 – 4 stars. And I find myself almost always happy at the end of each book.

And that’s what happened with “The Half of Us”. The Family series is one of my go-to’s when I need something to read that will be sweet, hot, and make me smile. Low angst, high readability (= easy). The books work as standalones and this is true for “The Half of Us”.

We have hard-working, successful, divorced father, commitment-phobe Jason. He meets younger, less-experienced Abe at a bar on Abe’s birthday. He’s immediately drawn to Abe’s laugh first and foremost (yup, this made me gawwwwww), and talks him into a hookup. And then another. And soon Jason finds himself pursuing more from the sweet-on-the-outside, kinky-minx-on-the-inside Abe.

It’s an insta-lust to quick-love storyline which I’m totally fine with. It’s a generic bigger man / smaller man combo but made more complex with an age difference (I like how CC writes older MC’s in this Family series), and 2 pre-teen kids added to the mix. There is a LOT of sex in this book, which sometimes actually turns me off. But it played a role into their storyline and what they find attractive in one another.

The story progresses quickly, the relationship has pretty much zero tension, and I just liked the 2 MC’s so much that I was happy to go along for the smooth ride…like taking a drive through a quiet countryside on a newly paved road in a brand new car…while watching porn. Yup…that’s what this book felt like. :)

Want an easy read that will make you both smile and blush?

This is it.




23197965Title: The Half of Us (Family #4)
Author: Cardeno C
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 206
Release Date: October 10, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, Amazon, ARe

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This entry was posted on October 16, 2014 by in Contemporary, Reviewer: Susan and tagged , , .

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