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REVIEW: “Jesse’s Diner” by Cardeno C


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.


26800571Title: Jesse’s Diner (Hope #2)

Author: Cardeno C
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Pages: 112
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon



Well Cardeno C is an auto-buy for me and I pretty much have determined I’m ok with whatever I’m gonna get with this author. Typically it’s sweet. Typically it’s smutty. Typically I like it.

So why read a blurb?

Well, May-December romances aren’t really my favorite. And to make matters worse, the whole DILF-to-lover storyline doesn’t ever really work for me. Maybe it’s because none of my friends had hot parents. And maybe it’s because I never stayed in touch with friends’ parents as an adult. But, I just don’t…get it? And that’s my issue, I realize. It just .does.not.compute. on my scale of what I want to read.

So Tanner is a 22-yr old diner owner. He inherited when Jesse, the father of his childhood best friend, dies. Jesse’s widower is 39-yr old Steve. Tanner has crushed on Steve forever. And that’s the setup.

Well…it’s not just the setup. It doesn’t actually go that much deeper or farther than that. Do they get together? Of course they do. Is it the perfect relationship for the rest of time? Of course it is. Are there tiny challenges along the way? Of course there are. But none of it took me any deeper.

To be honest, I didn’t buy the attraction. Especially not from Steve’s side. And though I’m told things about both of them, I didn’t feel I knew either of them. And pretty much the first half of this very short book was Tanner acting like a randy teenager lusting over Steve’s every move. Not convincing me that an almost 40 year old man is gonna find some depth in this kid.

Thing is…I liked Tanner enough. And I liked Steve enough. And there were some interesting surprises along the way. But, it didn’t all pan out…not in a cohesive way, not in a way that challenged my emotions, and not in a way that will make this memorable for me.

It was okay.


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This entry was posted on October 5, 2015 by in Contemporary, Reviewer: Susan and tagged , , , .

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