Friday, April 14, 2017

Rough Edges & Jumping In by Cardeno C.


~Rough Edges
Kyle has an unwelcome crush on his nemesis Brent. Brent has a welcome crush on his friend Kyle. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.
Born on the wrong side of the tracks to the wrong family, Kyle Potter has spent his life clawing his way toward a better future. When he gets the perfect job at the perfect firm in perfect Los Angeles, Kyle is sure there are only blue skies ahead. And then he meets perfect Brent Haralson.
Born with a silver spoon to a well-established family, Brent Haralson has never been interested in leveraging his connections. Friends, success, and dates come easily to Brent and rejection isn’t something he has to deal with in life. And then he meets perfect Kyle Potter.
Kyle despises his unwelcome crush on his lazy, arrogant nemesis. Brent welcomes his feelings for his stubborn, brilliant friend. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.
This is a 2nd edition without substantive changes from the 1st edition, which was part of the It Was Always You anthology.
~Jumping In
When love's on the line, the brave jump in with both feet...
Small town cop Clint Rivera can’t catch a break. His ex of two weeks is suddenly getting married, his dogs tore up his furniture, he’s getting evicted, and he’s out of beer. When he decides to solve his alcohol shortage by going to his ex’s engagement party, Clint winds up too drunk to drive himself home. Enter gorgeous deputy mayor Hawk Black, the man who constantly shows up unexpectedly and sends Clint’s body and mind into a tailspin with nothing but his whiskey voice and blue eyes.
After months of patience, Hawk can finally seduce the man he’s been craving. Clint’s day might not have started out well, but Hawk’s going to make sure it ends with a bang, preferably in bed. He’ll show Clint some rewards are worth the risk.
With love on the line, Clint will need to decide if he can open his heart, tear down his shields, and jump in with both feet.
This is a 2nd edition without substantive changes from the 1st edition.


Rough Edges
Rating: 3.5*

'Rough Edges' felt a little rough around the edges to me.  It felt as though this could have been a longer read than it was.

Kyle and Brent come from opposite ends of the social spectrum.  Kyle has had to work hard for everything in his life, whereas as Brent has had everything handed to him on a plate.  Kyle resents Brent for this, even more so when Kyle loses everything.  But there is more to Brent than meets the eye.

A short, sweet read about not passing judgement on people.  It was typical Cardeno C style but I wanted more.

Jumping In
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

I loved this short read!  Hawk has wanted Clint before he even moved into town.  He is not going to let the hot cop slip through his fingers.  The fact that Clint's ex is now engaged to a woman presents Hawk with an opportunity to show Clint how he feels.

Hawk doesn't just announce his intentions to Clint: he claims Clint completely as his own much to Clint's shock and amazement.  I loved how Hawk always made Clint feel special and always managed to put him on the back foot.

Hot, sexy, sweet and with a Cardeno C HEA.  What more could you ask for!?!


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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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