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Not a Game (Friends #1) by Cardeno C

Not a GameNot a Game (Friends #1) by Cardeno C

Word count/Pages: 55,872 words, 85 pages

Released on July 15th 2016

Published by The Romance Authors, LLC

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An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.

A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second’s hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.

A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there’s an emptiness in Jaime’s heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.

An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little misunderstanding.

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Our thoughts:

Another Cardeno C romance that is truly romance! A sweet story from beginning to end, this story doesn’t even have a misunderstanding, let alone a black moment.

When Jaime finally opens up and tells Oliver all the misunderstandings and secrets he’s been keeping there isn’t a blow up or anything! It was actually pretty delightful and a nice change. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the strife, the tense moments and even the break-ups to get to the sweet reunion. Sometimes, it’s nice to just have that fairytale romance that begins and ends sweet and every layer in between is confectionery perfection.

Oliver was a gentle giant. A tall, stout man who was lacking in the self-esteem department. He thinks in order to be a better lover that he needs to gain some experience. His one and only boyfriend shook his confidence in the bedroom.

When Jaime sees the man of his dreams, the guy he could see himself with for the rest of his life, sitting alone at a table in a bar, he decides to seize the moment. Once he understands Oliver thinks he’s a male escort, he’s determined to keep Oliver interested and goes along with the ruse.

For such a rough and dishonest beginning, these two men find that they’re falling in love and escort or not, boss or not, age difference and negative self-awareness aside they’re committed. Jaime is giving, passionate, affectionate and always telling Oliver how much he loves and adores every inch of his mind and body. Oliver gives Jaime all the love and affection he craves. He’s the person Jaime needs to come home to every day.

This is the perfect feel good romance. It will leave you with a happy heart!


Red River (Pack #2) by Cardeno C

Red RiverRed River (Pack #2) by Cardeno C

Released January 19, 2016

Published by The Romance Authors

Word count: 38,150

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Categories: Contemporary, Paranormal, Shifters, M/M Romance

Sales link: Amazon


Two Alpha shifters join together to lead their pack and build a family.

Commitment, loyalty, and strength aren’t enough to make Wesley Stone’s birth pack accept an Alpha with a physical imperfection, even if it’s a meaningless mark. Putting the safety of his pack above his own wellbeing, Wesley trades himself for another Alpha and agrees to mate with a stranger in a mysterious, insular pack.

Alphas from Jobe Root’s family have led the Red River pack from the first day shifters walked the earth. Now the time has come for Jobe to fulfill his destiny, but to do that, he needs his mate by his side. Spiritual, easygoing Jobe reveres Mother Nature and trusts in fate, yet he can’t help being nervous about how his mate will react to his new life in Red River, his new life with Jobe.

Two Alphas with contrasting personalities, different upbringings, and divergent beliefs come together for the good of their packs. But to stay together, Wesley and Jobe must see beyond the surface and embrace every facet of themselves and their union.

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Our Thoughts:

Cardeno C has a surprise in store for her readers with the second Pack series book! I won’t give anything away as it’s not mentioned or inferred at all in the synopsis for Red River. Just know, it’s new and she does a fantastic job with the content.

One thing Red River does have is a strong foundation for more from this pack. Cardeno C put a lot into building this world and the two packs that were greatly impacted in Wesley and Jobe’s story.

Jobe’s pack, Red River, is more naturalistic. They’re more in sync with Mother Nature and her intent for their pack. They’ve kept the traditions strong and in the forefront. Red River seems to be thriving because they’re more at one with the earth and each other. Living from the land, taking care of, and cherishing it in return. I liked this pack a lot. They seemed happy and accepting.

Wesley comes to the Red River pack when his pack, Purple Sky, turns him away in a trade. He was born with a scar on his abdomen that the others consider a flaw. A defect that made him less trustworthy or even less powerful to be their next alpha even though Wesley was next in line to take over. He is ultimately betrayed but the pack he gave everything to and turned out.

Of course Jobe wants Wesley because he knows he’s his fated mate. Jobe just has to wait for Wesley to figure that out.

Poor Wesley, he is totally in the dark on so many things. It’s apparent that his pack never taught the traditional and old ways. Jobe assumes Wesley knows more than he does so there’s a lot of misunderstandings and unnecessary hurt feelings. They manage to work through it all and the happiness and contentment they both feel is definitely a great part of the story. Their joy and love is sweet, natural and euphoric.

I felt Jobe and Wesley’s story was just getting started. I’m not sure if we will get more from them through a connected pack member or if their story will continue. Either way, it’s very apparent that a few friends have a story to tell as well. I’m sure Cardeno C will dazzle us with any story of love, no matter who it’s about.


“Home” for the Holidays Sale and Giveaway from Cardeno C

“Home” for the Holidays by Cardeno C.

I love the holiday season – cool weather, glowing fires, hot beverages, and most of all, enjoying time with friends and family. To celebrate this season, I’m offering the box set of all seven of my Home eBooks for a sale price of $9.99. The special offer will begin on Thanksgiving, November 26 and expire on December 2nd.

The Home Collection: finding love brings you home 7 full-length, free-standing, feel good, gay romance novels.


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Where He Ends & I Begin: For best friends Jake & Nate the question isn’t how they ended up in bed together but how they stay there.

Walk With Me: Serious, responsible Seth longs for sexy, outspoken Eli but must decide if he’s willing to veer from his safe life-plan.

The One Who Saves Me: Boyfriends come & go but best friends are forever has always been Andrew & Caleb’s mantra. Can they be both?

Love at First Sight: David must find the courage to share himself & Jonathan must find the strength to tell the truth.

Home Again: Two men whose love has never faltered relive their most treasured moments in order to secure their future.

Just What the Truth Is: If Ben wants to find love with Micah, he’ll have to own up to the truth of who he is.

He Completes Me: Aaron has waited years for a man who can share his heart and he insists it’s party boy Zach.

I wish you happy reading this holiday season and all year long!

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Audio Book Tour: He Completes Me (The Home Series #2) by Cardeno C

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He Completes Me: Home Collection

Written by: Cardeno C.
Narrated by: Alexander Collins
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins

Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date: 09-22-15
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC

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Not even his mother’s funeral can convince self-proclaimed party boy Zach Johnson to tone down his snark or think about settling down. He is who he is, and he refuses to change for anyone. When straight-laced, compassionate Aaron Paulson claims he’s falling for him, Zach is certain Aaron sees him as another project, one more lost soul for the idealistic Aaron to save. But Zach doesn’t need to be fixed, and he refuses to be with someone who sees him as broken.

Patience is one of Aaron’s many virtues. He has waited years for a man who can share his heart and complete his life, and he insists Zach is the one. Pride, fear, and old hurts wither in the wake of Aaron’s adoring loyalty, and as Zach reevaluates his perceptions of love and family, he finds himself tempted to believe in the impossible: a happily ever after.

©2013 Cardeno C. (P)2015 Cardeno C.


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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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