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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

Link: Amazon


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.


SPOTLIGHT: Until Forever Comes (Mates #2) by Cardeno C

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Shining the spotlight on the newly released audio book for  Until Forever Comes from author Cardeno C’s Mates series!
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Until Forever Comes: Mates Collection

A sensitive wolf shifter and a vicious vampire challenge history, greed, and the very fabric of their beings in order to stay together until forever comes.

Plagued by pain and weakness all his life, Ethan Abbatt is a wolf shifter who can’t shift. Hoping to find an honorable death by joining his packmates in a vampire attack, Ethan instead learns two things: Draining his blood releases his pain and his wolf, and he has a true mate: a vampire named Miguel.

More than four centuries old, strong, powerful, and vicious, Miguel Rodriguez walks through life as a shadow, without happiness or affection. When a young shifter tells Miguel they’re true mates, destined to be together, Miguel sends him away. But Ethan is persistent, and being together comes so naturally that Miguel can’t resist for long. The challenge is keeping themselves alive so they can stay by each other’s side until forever comes.



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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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Jesse’s Diner (A Hope Story, Book 2) by Cardeno C

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Jesse’s Diner by Cardeno C.
A Hope Story, Book 2
Published by The Romance Authors, LLC
Released 29 September 2015
Word count: Approx. 30,000
Cover Art by Jay Aheer
Excerpt: http://www.cardenoc.com/en/book/jessesdiner
Sales links: ARe  • Amazon


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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Our thoughts:

The perfect story when you need a healthy dose of sweet loving! In Jesse’s Diner, Tanner is the new owner of the diner, inherited from his best friends father and his own former boss. Tanner is 22 years old and works hard to make the business successful. That’s why he doesn’t work on his social or love life.

Tanner has always had a crush on Steve, Jesse’s husband and best friend’s other dad. Now that Jesse has been gone for a year and a half, Tanner finds it harder to control his lust filled fantasies from consuming him. His meddlesome friend finds a way to get Tanner at Steve’s door. The rest is, as they say, history.

Steve has a desire to get to know and date Tanner. Tanner is beside himself. His fantasy of him and Steve together is coming closer and closer to reality. Steve just has to move them in that direction slowly, without pushing Tanner away by overwhelming him.

Tanner is so innocent and sweet. He’s not naïve, as his past upbringing was not the easiest. Tanner’s just an innocent: never dated, fooled around or had sex. That desire is just too strong to ignore and he’s not sure he wants to ignore Steve.  He’s just so new to the game. Steve is honest and a pillar of strength. Even widowed he exudes strength, confidence and patience. He doesn’t push Tanner at all. He’s very relaxed and easy-going. Steve has a bit of a past that he’s very forthcoming about.

Overall, I love how Jesse’s Diner pulled me in and took hold. I definitely didn’t want to put this story down until it was over. Jesse’s Diner is part of the Hope Series and we even get a small cameo from McFarland’s Farm. I also think the next book was potentially set-up at one point. I can’t wait to discover if I’m right or not. :)

Cardeno C never disappoints. Her stories are tried and true romance. They’re fun, captivating and sensual. Always a good author for good mm romance!