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.
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Tanner has had a crush on his best friend's dad Steve since he was a teenager but he has always been out of reach. Steve is now widowed and when Tanner's friend Mike sends him to check up on his dad, a closeness develops between them but is more possible?
Tanner has always been quiet and shy and on the outside of groups, finding it difficult to relate to other people. Steve exudes confidence and goes after what he wants, although with some clumsiness at times. Tanner's naivety is endearing as he stumbles his way through getting close to Steve.
I am a massive fan of Cardeno C's work as they are always full of promise, romance, sweetness and HEAs. The contrast between the two characters always draws you in. This, though, is not one of my top favourites as there was so much back story that needed to be included that it didn't feel as though enough space and time was given to get to know the characters and immerse yourself in their story. It was still full of romance, sweetness and HEA but it didn't sparkle as much as others. It was still an enjoyable read and a good way to pass a stormy afternoon.
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."
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