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If short-tempered Jason can open his heart and life to optimistic Abe, he might finally find the family he craves.Short-tempered, arrogant heart surgeon Jason Garcia grew up wanting a close-knit family, but believes he ruined those dreams when he broke up his marriage. The benefit of divorce is having as much random sex as he wants, and it's a benefit Jason is exploiting wIf short-tempered Jason can open his heart and life to optimistic Abe, he might finally find the family he craves.Short-tempered, arrogant heart surgeon Jason Garcia grew up wanting a close-knit family, but believes he ruined those dreams when he broke up his marriage. The benefit of divorce is having as much random sex as he wants, and it's a benefit Jason is exploiting when he meets a sweet, shy man at a bar and convinces him to go home for a no-strings-attached night of fun.Eight years living in Las Vegas hasn't dimmed Abe Green's optimism, earnestness, or desire to find the one. When a sexy man with lonely eyes propositions him, Abe decides to give himself a birthday present—one night of spontaneous fun with no thoughts of the future. But one night turns into two and then three, and Abe realizes his heart is involved.For the first time, Abe feels safe enough with someone he respects and adores to let go of his inhibitions in the bedroom. If Jason can get past his own inhibitions and open his heart and his life to Abe, he might finally find the family he craves....

Title : The Half of Us
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The Half of Us Reviews

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-02-15 08:28

    4.25 starsThis is a perfectly lovely story with a seriously dirty edge. Jason is a self-proclaimed fuck-em-and-leave-em kind of guy. He's been married, couldn't stay faithful, and now does only one-night stands as a matter of principle. Jason is looking for a quick fuck when he hears Abe laugh. That laugh: Jason can't let it go. That's how Jason, a 36-year-old surgeon, and Abe, a 26-year-old math teacher, find themselves coming back for more. Soon, Abe if falling for Jason, and Jason is thinking of no man but Abe. Jason has two teenage kids and an ex-wife with whom he's still friends. Normally, I don't like the ex being in the picture, but I really liked Angela. She was a realistic and endearing character. Jason's kids also felt like real teenagers: Kristen with her math ambitions and good nature, and Donny with his ever-present sullenness and temper. The relationship between Jason and Abe develops slowly. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but to my joyous surprise, there was no crazy self-inflicted angst with Jason pushing Abe away. There are family issues with Jason's son Donny, but Jason lets Abe in, and the two make a great team. I giggled often at Jason's cluelessness and Abe's subtle manipulations. The fancy coffee machine? Classic. The way Abe moved in? Even better!The alternating POVs helped me understand both guys, and the sweetness and steam between them were wonderful. And the dirty talk? God, the DIRTY TALK. Jason has a filthy mouth on him, and the plentiful sex scenes were explosive. Naughty and nice, and highly recommended!

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-01-25 12:27

    *Price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US, 2/12/18*Cardeno C. nirvana.The angle was different, which made Abe gag, but Jason didn't slow down. "Take it," he growled as he slid over Abe's tongue, "Fucking choke on it."Cardeno C. in all of C.C.'s fluffy, sexy, dirty-talking glory. I'll take a well done, smexy as hell C.C. book any day of the week. There is nothing new or outrageously inventive about this story, but that is just fine with me. This book featured scorching hot chemistry between the two MCs, a size/age difference that worked for me, and a filthy-mouthed doctor. Me likey.Though the lust is there from the start, the relationship develops slowly over time, and I appreciated how that aspect wasn't rushed. This book was also pretty angst free, with only a tiny misunderstanding that is resolved quickly. Low drama is how I like to roll. Kids and an ex-wife can derail a book in a hot second, but C.C. made the side characters interesting, important to the plot, and, most importantly, NOT annoying. A fab easy, dirty read with zero missteps, this going in my mental "Cardeno C. for the win" file.*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

  • Rosa, really
    2019-02-05 16:51

    Stand back, people, I’m about to cuddle the shit out of this FLUFF.And then I'm going to write a long, meandering review about it.And then I'm going to pointlessly apologize for my long, meandering review.Okay. Now that that's out of the way.I gotta tell you (for perhaps the 217th time), I love Cardeno C.’s books. They’re my fluff nuggets, my corn syrup baths--my only expectation is to feel like I’m high on book-love. Giggly and flushed and happy. And slightly aroused because she writes some of the absolute hottest sex scenes in MM Romance. It’s just like her bio says—her books make my day a little better.That’s a wonderful thing but I don’t expect to get much more from a Cardeno book. It probably, definitely, maybe, makes me a bit of a snob but I don’t have high expectations of romance novels--I expect them to be repetitive. I don’t want to learn or grow as a person, I want to be soothed. I want to feel like the world is a simpler place.Having said that, it dawned on me while reading The Half of Us that Cardeno C. manages to surprise me in almost all of her books. In most MM, it’s the bigger, more dominant partner who tops, but I find I can’t predict who’s going to top in her books. In Until Forever Comes, Miguel (the more dominant appearing MC) and Ethan switch it up a lot. And really, it would be a shame if Ethan didn’t top as for a small guy he’s hiding quite the dongadoodle in his cut-off jean shorts. In Perfect Imperfections, Cardeno not only waits till practically the end of the book to start the sexy times (something that would normally bug me in an author I expect to whip out the lube and buckets o' come within the first 20%), but she added a fleshlight (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]. Two fucking fleshlights! I don’t know why that surprised me--I can only guess that I don’t expect any type of sex toy beyond the very occasional dildo or a vibrator when reading this type of sweet romance. But my reaction was WELL DONE YOU. And then I proceeded to read that scene 8 times in a row.Okay, both those examples are of the sexual variety--I can’t help it, that’s just where my mind goes. But in The Half of Us it isn’t the sex that surprises me, it’s the plot and the romance. Frankly I was expecting a bit of a rehash of the first book in this series, Something in the Way He Needs. Which basically went something like this: Mr. Alpha Asshole Who Just Wants to Get Off & Get Lost, who's super successful and a workaholic, meets Mr. Super Hawt Guy Who Doesn’t Quite Recognize His Own Hotness, they do it and then do it A LOT and Mr. Alpha Asshole discovers that he just can't let Mr. Super Hawt go, he's never felt like this before and everything he found annoying in other men he doesn't find annoying in this guy and why is that?--but who cares the sex is fucking awesome and they do it some more and then Mr Alpha Asshole develops FEELINGS OMG and has a major freakout which leads to MAJOR ASSHOLE ACTIONS which leads to a breakup, but then the Asshole realizes that every dickhead thought he had about relationships and love was WRONG and that love is worth it even if it is scary and then the Asshole and the Hawt Guy get together and live happily ever after. The end.Yes, there is some of that in this book. MC Jason is very successful and a workaholic. When he’s not working he just wants to find a man to fuck and that’s it. He doesn’t believe in relationships between men. Then he meets math teacher Abe, who’s everything Jason normally avoids in a hook-up--a little too shy, a little too interested in actual conversation—and quelle horreur—relationship-oriented. But their one-night stand turns into more. At this point I kept waiting for the misunderstandings, for Jason to freakout over OMG FEELINGS, for him to act like Abe is pressuring him just by acknowledging they’re in a relationship. For there to be a major blow-up followed by epiphanies and assurances of eternal love and devotion.That doesn’t happen. Okay, love, devotion, yes. A bumpy road to love and happiness, yes. Yes, Jason has the Alpha Asshole role in this book, but there’s no major epiphany followed by a sudden turnaround in personality. He’s always going to be the guy who’s more comfortable making demands then requests, but as he falls in love with Abe he gradually makes small changes in himself and in his personal life. It leads to a better life for not just himself and Abe, but for his ex-wife and children. It’s not just the story of two men falling in love, but the story of how falling in love helps Jason realize that families don’t have to be heteronormative. He can love Abe and still have a family, with Abe, his ex-wife and their two children.Which is yet another reason this book surprised me--I don’t really like books about families. I’d rather not read about ex-wives or children. So many ex-wives in these books are one dimensional bitches who seem to have nothing better to do than “get their man back”--and use their children to do it. Ugh. Just...ugh. Please don’t write about women if that’s the only shit you can come up with. Also, children. Do they all have to be little geniuses who practically raise themselves? Precocious little brats who know more than the adults? Do none of them crash after a sugar-high, refuse to eat their vegetables and have a meltdown when they can’t find their favorite toy? And yes, in real life meltdowns are followed by adorable kid stuff--by why do books have to show the adorable kid stuff ALL THE TIME? Kids are just like the rest of us--and we all have our moments (or weeks) of unmitigated assholery.Fortunately, Cardeno doesn't go that route. Jason’s ex-wife is a more complex character, she accepted he was gay way before Jason ever did and she doesn’t use his orientation against him. Her greatest fault might be that she’s too forgiving--if my ex pulled the shit Jason did, especially if we had children together, it would take me a lot longer than 5 years to feel like I could be his loving best bud. As for the children, yes, there is one that’s rather on the perfect side, but the other definitely is not. He’s a fairly typical teenage boy with some issues that need to be dealt with. It’s not a major part of the book, but it’s there and I appreciated that little bit of realism.So I came for the sex, for the fluffy romance, and I got that, but what I’ll take with me is the formation of a family. This isn’t a book about overwrought declarations of love (view spoiler)[which is a nice change, but I must say I missed there not being an actual “I love you” said between Jason and Abe—I need that in my romance novels (hide spoiler)], but a quieter book about showing that love, feeling it in the small everyday events of life. Is that going to lead to any major changes in my own life? Well, no, it seems unlikely. But I did learn one lesson--don’t underestimate fluff nugget romance novels or authors like Cardeno C.*Copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*
    2019-01-27 14:46

    3.5 Stars!This was only my second Cardeno book. The first was cheese-city, so I was a little hesitant to try another one. I'm pleased to report, that while at times cheesy...this one was in no way as cheesy as the last one. A girl can only handle so much cheese. I haven't read the other books in the series, but found this one to be a very easy and low angst read. High steam factor. Seemed like there was sex nearly every chapter. And it was definitely hot. I kind of thought Jason was a bit of a douche. But I only wanted to punch him a time or ten. I loved Abe. He was super sweet and really stole the show. Overall, a decent read but not necessarily wowing read!

  • Susan
    2019-02-07 15:29

    Cardeno C is a master in low-angst stories.This story is about two people who were not expecting to fall in love with each other. Jason, a surgeon, was expecting to have an amazing hot one night stand with the sweet guy he picked up from the bar. Jason is used to relieving his tension with a bunch of random hookups, but he never expected this particular hookup to become something more.Abe is taking a chance for once in his life by bringing home the sexy guy he meets in the bar. Abe is a relationship kind of guy, but for once he promises himself to be spontaneous, a birthday present to himself.When their one night stand turns into two when they accidentally meet again a few weeks later, they still tell themselves it is just sex.. But somehow it doesn't feel like just sex for both of them.And somehow Jason finds himself frequenting the coffee shop Abe mentioned to see the beautiful man again...Abe and Jason were incredible together! Their interactions with each other were so intense from the start, just how I like it.And Jason had such a dirty mouth on him. The sex scenes were deliciously dirty.I loved how Jason's children (13 and 15) also played a big role, but were never front center. The relationship between Jason and Abe was the main focus, and it stayed that way throughout the entire book.I just loved how these two slowly went from a hookup to a loving relationship. It all happened slowly and before Jason knew it, Abe had moved in and they were in a steady monogamous relationship.I loved how there was no relationship angst. Jason was struggling with his feelings for Abe at first, but Abe just gave him time to figure things out without pushing. And Jason never wanted Abe to be far from his side. So they figured it out as they went along. But the strong attraction, the friendship, the love, it was all so very obvious from the start (well, they grew into the love, no insta-love here).I absolutely loved this book and I have to say the audiobook is pretty amazing too!

  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
    2019-01-25 10:34

    Jason is a 36 years old successful surgeon. He’s a hardworking guy, divorced with two kids and for some time out as gay. He share the custody with his wife, remaining friends with her after divorce and having a very good, mature relationship. Jason doesn’t do relationships. From time to time he has one night stands and that’s it. One night he meets Abraham (Abe) in a bar. He immediately is captivated by the blonde gorgeous man with big blue eyes. Abe is 26 years old. He’s a teacher and he liked to talk...a lot. What was supposed to be a one night stand becomes two, then three and so on. They fall for each other, even if Jason doesn’t believe in a “home” when two men are involved. What comes next in a slow build relationship, some great steam and a little drama. I really liked this one! I didn’t have any expectations since this was my first book by this author, but I’m really glad I decided to try this one. I liked how Jason and Abe's relationship progressed and the fact that’s no stupid drama. Abe is a great character. He’s sweet and caring, not only with Jason, but with his two kids too. He accepts Jason is a father and he has responsibilities. He’s not pushy, he is patient, he knows when and how to talk with Jason and with the two kids. I really liked him. Jason was a great guy too. I liked how he grew up and how Abe changed him. With Abe he becomes a better man and a better father. Angela, Jason’s ex-wife was fantastic. She was very mature with all the situations. She is supporting with Jason and very accepting with Abe. The are many sex scenes between these two - hot, and sometimes a little emotional, because Abe is a little sensitive at times and they all are pretty great. I also enjoyed the sweet moments between Jason and Abe and how they communicate with each other. I really liked how in the end all learn to be a big family. The insta-love at the beginning between them didn’t bother me at all. At least it wasn’t insta-love!Overall, it was a really good read! If you are looking for a sweet comfort read, with two endearing main characters, little drama, great supportive characters and great stem this is definitely the book for you.

  • ☆ Todd
    2019-01-25 14:35

    Overall, a pretty adorable story.Abe should teach a freaking master class in "how to get what you want without the other guy even realizing it." Or maybe in spite of his dark hair, it was really Jason that was the true 'blond'. ;- )The book basically is the tale of a self-professed man whore, Jason, who could never keep it in his pants -- until he meets the one that he never saw coming.Jason meets Abe in a bar and Abe breaks his rule of never doing a hookup. Then as the book progresses, Jason breaks his own rule of no repeats, then no threepeats and so on.They're dating before Jason even realizes, then living together before he realizes, then building a life, home and family together. Again, before Jason realizes. Lord, to be a doctor, that one should really go in for a brain scan or something.But it's all, as I mentioned, adorable, with Abe turning into the proverbial catnip to soothe Jason's normal short-tempered, (whoring,) savage beast nature.My only real complaint about the book would be the sheer number of sex scenes, which were back-to-back in a few places. It got a bit tiresome and caused me to page-flip my eReader until I no longer saw cock, ass, "God, yeah" or cum on the page. (Eww. No pun intended, but you get my gist.)A highly-recommended 4 1/2 stars, rounding up because I'm a big fan of Cardeno's collective work.

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-02-13 14:51

    I'm in love and his name is Ezekiel Robison. This new (to me) narrator blew me out of the water. HE IS AWESOME. Robison takes all of the awesome hot dirty talk and the smoking' hot sexy times and turns it all up to eleven!Jason, a 36-year-old surgeon, is looking for a one-off to help him forget his bad day. He walks into a bar and immediately hears 26-year-old math teacher Abe laugh and is instantly drawn to him. Even though Abe never does one night stands he decides there’s something about Jason and takes him home for a night of explosively hot sex. A couple of months later Jason goes to another bar for a hook-up and hears Abe laugh and, again, he’s immediately drawn again to Abe.“Wow.” Abe coughed and then cleared his throat. “I’ve heard the phrase ‘undressing someone with your eyes’ but I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen it happen until just now.”I absolutely love that Jason and Abe's relationship develops naturally over time and how perfectly Robison narrates every stage of their relationship. Not to mention how fantastically hot he makes the sex scenes. “Why would I want you to leave?” Jason said after several moments of silence. “Nobody would want that.” He straightened his posture and ran his gaze up and down Abe’s body. “You’re a wet dream come to life. The sweetest, most patient man on earth, like a damn angel. Until the clothes come off, and then you’re filthy and sexy and so damn horny you make my balls ache.”Stories like this are why Cardeno is my crack. I cannot get enough!Bottom Line: Lightly sprinkled with just a soupçon of angst this story has it all: humor, romance, amazing characters, character growth, and then you also get hot sex and dirty talk!This audio is perfection. 5+ Stars!! It is immediately going on my favorites shelf, and, more importantly, going immediately into my monthly rotation. Robison is also going on my favorite narrator list.Highly Recommended!Audio review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.E-Book Review Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.E-book review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  • Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
    2019-01-23 11:28

    3.75 Enjoyable Stars!The Half of Us was a cute, low on angst, medium on steam MM romance. Jason is a successful heart surgeon when he meets a younger Abe in a local bar. Divorced father of two, Jason finds quick hook-ups are his best bet for his insatiable sex drive. He cheated on his ex-wife all the while denying his homosexuality. So in order to avoid history repeating itself, he decides no-commitment relationships are the best bet. What he didn't bank on was that Abe he wanted a repeat with...a three-peat. Abe is a high school Math teacher when he meets Jason in the bar. Not having sex for almost three years following his last relationship, he throws caution to the wind and decides this one night hookup will be his birthday present to himself. Jason is everything he wants in a man but it's also clear he's not a relationship guy. He woke to an empty bed and damn if he has an empty heart in the end. One-and-done...until he sees Jason again at the same bar. Self control be damned, two-and-done it'll be.I enjoyed the gradual progression of the relationship in this book. It wasn't insta-love and the author did a great job of building their feelings in a believable pace. It's clear Jason fears repeating himself and does not fully comprehend his feelings of commitment to Abe until it's too late...and he's fully committed. Secondary characters were fantastic. From the understanding ex-wife with whom Jason seemed to have a great friendship with, to the two kids they share, The Half of Us provided a realistic view of life with a blended family- drama with teens and organizing of "who gets the kids this week" all being a part of their daily grind. An all-around enjoyable read with a fantastic HEA. I look forward to more from this author in the near future. Advanced copy received by The Romance Authors via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  • Vivian
    2019-02-17 13:50

    Conflicted reader ALERT.To not like this is like kicking puppies. Nothing upsetting or offensive at all, and that's the problem. Conflict is hinted at and then voila! Disappears. All problems swept under the rug or fast-forwarded past. Time is kept via Jason and Abe boink sessions. Overall, totally enjoyable, but don't look for anything toothy.

  • Susan
    2019-01-24 09:36

    3.5 starsSee...Cardeno C is my guilty pleasure. So there's not much else I can say after reading a CC book other than, "I liked it!".  Because I typically do. And I typically give every CC book 3.5 - 4 stars. And I find myself almost always happy at the end of each book.And that's what happened with "The Half of Us". The Family series is one of my go-to's when I need something to read that will be sweet, hot, and make me smile. Low angst, high readability (= easy). The books work as standalones and this is true for "The Half of Us".We have hard-working, successful, divorced father, commitment-phobe Jason. He meets younger, less-experienced Abe at a bar on Abe's birthday. He's immediately drawn to Abe's laugh first and foremost (yup, this made me gawwwwww), and talks him into a hookup. And then another. And soon Jason finds himself pursuing more from the sweet-on-the-outside, kinky-minx-on-the-inside Abe.It's an insta-lust to quick-love storyline which I'm totally fine with. It's a generic bigger man / smaller man combo but made more complex with an age difference (I like how CC writes older MC's in this Family series), and 2 pre-teen kids added to the mix. There is a LOT of sex in this book, which sometimes actually turns me off. But it played a role into their storyline and what they find attractive in one another.The story progresses quickly, the relationship has pretty much zero tension, and I just liked the 2 MC's so much that I was happy to go along for the smooth taking a drive through a quiet countryside on a newly paved road in a brand new car...while watching porn. Yup...that's what this book felt like. :)Want an easy read that will make you both smile and blush?This is it.

  • Gigi
    2019-02-14 15:27

    Not what I expected. Review tomorrow.

  • Bev
    2019-02-03 15:47

    ***Mini audio review. Quite liked Ezekiel Robinson as a narrator, but even he must have been rolling his eyes at the sheer amount of sex. ;)*** Well, this was a sex fest!! 4 stars from me and a medal for Abe and Jase for their invention, endurance and just all-round hotness, hehe!!Talk about opposites attract!! Jase, a 30's something divorced cardiothoracic surgeon with 2 teenagers. A bossy, domineering, arrogant slut of a man, King of the hook up who only does one night stands with absolutely NO repeats...until he meets Abe, who is out celebrating his birthday with some of his friends. Abe is a 20's something teacher, quiet and reserved who dreams of meeting Mr Right and falling in love. He's had enough of the noise at the club, and is on his way out when Jase gets in his way after hearing Abe laugh, and a hook up is on the cards. One hook up turns into 2, 2 into 3 and suddenly things are getting very interesting indeed. Has Jase finally lost his marbles??I liked this one a lot. Great supporting characters in Angela, the ex wife and the kids Kirsten and Donny. In fact, towards the end I was kind of thinking of Jase as a little boy lost figure, seeking approval from the ex wife who'd had a lot to put up with from him...including some fairly obvious Male Chauvinist Pig behaviour when he insisted that her career was in some way less than his (she was a gynaecologist for goodness sake AND looked after 2 teenagers). I tell you if I'd have been her, he'd have had a frying pan around the head then!!

  • Heller
    2019-02-07 12:26

    4.75I loved this story.Jason never sleeps with a man more than once but he’s drawn to Abe over and over again. After his divorce he’s been playing the field and he never thought he could have a stable relationship with a man but he’s willing to try because he wants Abe in his life. Abe is patience personified. He’s not one for casual sex but there was something about Jason that caused him to break that rule. The more time the men spend together the more Abe is seeing a future with Jason and he can’t help but feel he’s setting himself up for a big fall.This is a sexually and emotionally charged story about two men who have what they think is a one time encounter and then they have another and then another. They’re drawn to each other time and again and while the sex is off the charts there’s an attraction that exists beyond the physical.Reading about these two men falling in love was so enjoyable for me. On the surface they’re very opposites attract but at their core the men are so similar in their desires and in what they want out of a relationship. It was just such a moving and passionate read that I know I’ll go back to it again and again.**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

  • Isabel
    2019-01-25 10:40

    Loved it! This is one of those books that I won't get tired to read. It's light, funny, has amazing characters and it made me create another shelve: "sex-fest". Hot and steamy sex, dirty talk..."baby"... perfection!Jason only wants one night stands... Abe don't, he wants a steady relationship!Jason never imagined that that "one" night would become the most safe and perfect relationship! He never thought that he would find his perfect match... and trust me, they are really perfect together!!!

  • *P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
    2019-02-14 09:25

    ~Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review. ~This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.My first book by Cardeno C. was Strange Bedfellows which I read last year and liked enough to try smth else by this author and to be honest- the breathtaking cover played a big part in it. Just like SB, The Half of Us was a hot, fast-pacing, drama-free doctor vs. teacher romance which I read in one sitting.~ Why 3 stars? Reason no. 1: I prefer slow-building and slow-burning romances. Abe & Jase hooked up right in the beginning and not until the 2nd half of the story did they start to open up and connect outside the bedroom, at least not enough for me to make their connection and chemistry belivable.Reason no. 2: How much sex is too much sex?Who am I to say no to lots of dirty talk and sexy times, but at some point the story turned into sex scenes overload making me count how many pages I had left and that's never a good thing. In my opinion the story was too much focused on the sexy time and less on Jase's and Abe's bonding outside the bedroom and the emotional family time parts didn't make up for that.Reason no. 3: It took me some time to warm up to one of the MCs- the arrogant, dominant and at times overbearing doctor Jason, a man in his late 30ies who from time to time behaved as a horny, immature teenager.Reason no. 4: My previous read was Cam Girl By L. Raeder which finds itself right now on my ultimate favorite books shelf. No offense, but this book didn't stand a chance.

  • Jonetta
    2019-02-01 11:35

    Originally posted on The Book NymphoQuick summaryHeart surgeon Jason Garcia doesn't believe in relationships. After his divorce (when he finally had to acknowledge he was gay), he's only subscribed to sexual hookups, one-nighters as a means to reduce stress. That is until he connects with Abe Green, a sensitive man whose values and ideals are almost polar opposite of Jason's. What I really likedAbe! I just adored him. He was the perfect opposite of Jason, who at least had enough sense to recognize his special qualities and sweet nature. I also loved the strong family themes that were pervasive in this story...Abe's relationship with his family, Jason's with his ex-wife and children, and the new relationships formed when they became a couple. Jason wasn't all that likable for quite a bit of the story and I loved having my opinion of him evolve as he did. It was one of the strengths of the writing. The bottom lineThis transitions from steamy (off the charts) encounters to a relationship of substance that works on so many levels. Abe helps Jason find his way in the most unobtrusive manner. If there was any downside it's that some of the sex scenes almost eclipsed the story at times. No matter, though, as it is pretty hard to ever forget Abe. (I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review)

  • Lena♥Ribka
    2019-02-05 09:27

    DNF at 40%Recently I've decided not to rate books I couldn't finish. This one started Cardeno's-like, and I SWEAR, I was in the mood for a Cardeno's book.We have Christmas soon, right? It's why I wanted romantic, easy, sexy.But this one was not my cuppa. I tried, I really tried. Then I had a look at my TBR and thought: "Why SHOULD I struggle?! The life is too short."Too much sex with a too little content.(I am not against too much sex, but it has to complement a storyline, and not just fills the pages).Boring MCs. A shallow romance.All in all- BORING.**Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

  • aksana-4 - 8 - 15 - 16 - 23 - 42 -
    2019-02-05 11:27

    3.5 Stars

  • Kazza
    2019-01-20 16:38

    Cor! This was a hot tamale of a read. Really. I am going to have some fun on the blog. Jason and Abe scorch up the sheets together in The Half of Us and then go back for seconds...and thirds.... But there is more, there is the family aspect of the series. Jason was married to (the wonderful) Angela and has two children, fifteen year old Kristen and thirteen year old Donny. Kristen is the perfect teenager, Donny has some issues. Jason is a heart specialist in Vegas, he is grumpy, a one night stand kind of guy. Marriage, to a woman, then having a family, is the right life. But hey, fucking is fucking, you can do that with men to blow off steam and stress, especially when you are gay - but you don't think about it. And you don't go fuck the same guy more than once. However, the sexy Abe grabbed Jason by his (other) head and balls and worked his way up into Jason's walled-off heart and gave him no choice.Nice reading. I grumbled at Jason on a few occasion but it's all good. That man can certainly talk dirty in bed. I loved sweet 'n' sexy Abe and I swear I was going to run off myself with Angela. Cardeno C, can she please get (laid)a partner some time? She deserves it. NSFW 18+ review (told you it was sexy) at -

  • ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★
    2019-02-15 12:52

    Bubble'ly Sweet!I loved the Banter of the Bubble bathGosh, this was so cute! The bubble bath scene shows that Abe is perfect for Jason. The scene was delicately written...because there was no door-mate in was simply a sweet compromise, written in a way I could do nothing but smile. And the (view spoiler)[ demand of Jason to Abe, after a long hard day, when he was driving home, when he was just trying to say...weird...but, I like the(hide spoiler)] " I need you more than ever " I had not choice but to laugh. Loved!This book was a sweet and easy read, and what I have come to expect with this writer....and what makes me crave her writing. But, in between the sweetness, this one has some added spice~Dirty talk....yum! I love it! And...OMG, do they ever burn the sheets...this one is HAWT, and I loved that! In reading this I found a non-stress, angst-free huggable lovable read. The MCsboth are lovable & perfect and their persona is well this book, I laughedI smiledI dancedAnd then....I had a few niggles, but still I hugged the book.This is MY FAVORITE C.Cardeno book, to date 11/23/14~Re-read 9/11/2015P.S. If cheating is your pet-peeve demon, you might want to take a pass on this book~thier is a small off page bit of it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Sandra
    2019-02-05 08:50

    4.5 starsThe Half Of Us, CC's latest installment in the Family series, took me by surprise. After the first few pages, I wasn't sure whether I would like Jason's cocky attitude, his love 'em and leave 'em MO, but I should have trusted CC to make me care about the character, like I usually do.Jason and Abe start out as a one-night stand, meeting in a bar, with Jason attracted to Abe's laugh, going home to Abe's apartment, something Abe decides is his birthday gift to himself, and then falling under each other's spell.For all his intelligence, Jason is clueless when it comes to matters of the heart, but I could explain that away based on his cheating past, his marriage to a fine woman (I really liked her portrayal in this book), and the fact that he doesn't know himself well at all.But Abe sees behind the mask, sees the man Jason can be, and quietly, with clever sort-of-manipulations, finds his way into Jason's heart, without Jason noticing.I loved this book because there were no huge conflicts, no contrived miscommunication between the characters, no break-ups for some stupid reason, no fights. What we are given here are two things - a sweet love affair that may start out with sexy times but becomes so much more, and sexy times that nearly torched my e-reader with their heat. Jason's dirty talk? *fans self*Yeah, it's fluffy, sure. I expected that. What I didn't expect was that these characters, including Jason's two kids, who are portrayed much like kids are, would get so under my skin, that I found myself rooting for their HEA.And yes, we get that too.A wonderful addition to this series, I highly recommend you get your copy when it's available. ** I received a free copy of this book from its author. A positive review was not promised in return. **

  • Gina
    2019-02-02 10:36

    I love Cardno stories, they simply tug at my heart. this one was no different!*sigh*

  • Elsbeth
    2019-01-19 13:44

    BR, November 4th with Susan ♥♥♥ I could easily just let my preview gif stand in this review cause I just felt like this… Eating popcorn with my bestest friend and watching a great movie!!!This was fabulous!!Our MC Jason Garcia, a 36 year old heart surgeon is divorced for 5 years. He has always dreamed about having a family. Though he has his children, he feels an intimate relationship with a man is out of the question.“Look, I know it’s not popular to say it with everyone shouting about equality this and marriage that, but the reality is, you and Daniel aren’t going to have kids, you aren’t going to limit your sex life to just each other, and you’ll be lucky if you’re together for five years, let alone fifty. There’s no woman pushing for a ring.” He shrugged. “Why bother?”So, he has random sex with various men and thinks this is it for him the rest of his life. One day he picks up this beautiful and shy man, Abe Green. Abe is a 26 year old math teacher. Although Abe is not quite the man for one-night stands, he decides to give himself a birthday present and have this encounter with Jason.Being used to always having sex with a man one time, Jason is surprised he feels he must see Abe again…Man, I loved Jason… Loved his dirty, filthy mouth… He was so passionate ♥♥♥“I love your mouth and your hand, baby, but tonight I want to be inside,” Jason said as he moved his hand beyond Abe’s balls and tickled his fingertips over the wrinkled flesh around his hole. “Are you into that?And Abe, sigh… He was just perfect for Jason. Being brought up as “a wanting to live a white-picket-fence life with a forever guy”. He fell real hard for Jason.I loved that the story was without any angst. I was waiting for it….Sometimes one just needs a good, sexy story with a HEA…Highly recommended!!

  • Debra
    2019-02-02 16:32

    This had everything I want when I go to a Cardeno C. book. Watching Jason and Abe go from one night stand to can't live without you was funny, sweet and hot. I loved the way Abe accepts Jason's gruff sometimes obnoxious behavior for what it is rather than having it become unnecessary drama and the fact that Jason owns up to it. Jason's ex-wife and children play a big part in the story and the relationships felt realistic. The story progresses nicely and the sex and dirty talk was plentiful and hot. Another well done story from Cardeno C.

  • Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
    2019-02-08 08:27

    The Half of Us by Cardeno C alone read4.5 stars This book can absolutely be read stand alone; the Family series is about the story’s theme not the characters; if you love gay romance where the men are meant to be together; where you can feel the attraction through the pages then I highly recommend you 1-click The Half of Us now!The Half of Us is the story of heart surgeon Dr Jason Garcia; yes think ego and Abe Green; I will not tell you Abe’s profession because the how this ties into the story was too much fun experiencing while reading it; so I don’t want ruin it for the reader. I loved that I got to know these men while they got to know each other; CC bonded these men with rich dialogue, dialogue that came as Jason slowly opened up to Abe.Witnessing Abe opening up in the bedroom, feeling so comfortable with Jason was hot and endearing. You think Abe is the shy one to Jason big personality but was they come together Abe’s opening up makes him even more desirable to Jason (and the reader). I adored how the changes in Jason were because of Jason, Abe never pushed. Jason wanted Abe, he wanted to be more for Abe; he wanted to be with Abe and he slowly made more and more room for Abe in his live.The use of Jason’s cousin Asher and ex-wife to get Jason to embrace what was happening between he and Abe was really well done. And Jason’s children played pivotal roles in this story a story about a Dad, a man who was so alone, alone until Jason opens his heart to Abe. Jason’s opening up allows him to see all he was missing in his life.Jason’s journey was so powerful, in the end he knows he wants Abe in his life and he starts to fear what if Abe does not want this; this is such growth for Jason!Jason’s children play another pivotal role toward the end of the book, it was so well done. And in the end the way Jason folds Abe into his family, the family Jason wasn’t sure he would ever have was powerfully poignant. Jason learned that family is about love; the kind of love the grabs your heart, makes your toes tingle, and is all encompassing.Thank you CC; this story it warmed my heart, touched my soul and made me believe in love!

  • Heidi
    2019-01-20 14:46

    When you want hot steamy sex, two nice main characters (ok Jason did have his moments), low and I do mean low angst/drama then this is one to consider. Easy M/M contemporary romance - *Aaahhh*

  • Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
    2019-01-22 13:48

    10/10/2014 Books like this are the reason I read Cardeno C's books. I loved every part of this.07/19/2015 having a Cardeno marathon weekend apparently

  • Lelyana
    2019-02-01 12:35

    This book has easily become my favorite of the series. I didn't even like Ash's story.I really liked #3. And between More Than Everything and this, kinda hard to choose which one I love the most.Guess, Abe, since the first time they slept together, had become Jason's rock.Jason, oh the short tempered man, can he make Abe afraid and run away? Nope. I liked this quality in Abe. He has a quality of a Lion tamer. Ha ha.I mean, it was how easily he make Jason's rant turned off, and he just said "“Okay.” The response was so quiet and mild, Jason wasn’t sure he heard correctly. “Okay?” he asked, still panting from his rant. “Come home,” Abe said, and if it was possible, his voice was even softer, calmer. “I’ll take care of you.”"And Jason just came home and let Abe taking care of him. No over the edge drama in their relationship, which I liked very much.Jason has filthy, dirty mouth that need to be bleached ! Ha! And that turns Abe's on. So, I think they're really made for each other. I liked Angela, Jason's ex-wife. She's reasonable and not annoying like some of female exes in my MM books.I liked how Abe handle the kids (it's almost like how I taking care of my kids and nieces). He's not that saint, or patient like an angel, but he treated them like every parents should be.Oh ...and the 'moving in' he did, it was smooth ! And tricky, and Jason just said, Oh, "Good". No drama. Abe is just supposed to be there. In his house.No Abe in the house, Jason became cranky and lonely.You got it bad, don't you, Jason?From a bed-hopper to a committed man? That's cute.And loved the promise Jason made for Abe ! That's sweet and know the way he love Abe, he'll keep his promise.This is why I love reading CC's books. Fluffy, and sweet. There's some drama and twist in some books that I didn't really like, but mostly, CC's is one of the author I keep her books for my comfort read.This one, is really good !

  • Ellen at Book Bellas
    2019-01-31 08:26

    4.5 stars! I don't think I could love this author any more. Sexy, sweet, loving - - this book has it all.Cardeno C. has become my go-to author when I want to read a sexy, beautiful m/m story that I know will be filled with heart, well-written characters and tons of emotion. The Half of Us is no exception. This is a hot, sweet and gorgeous story that I absolutely loved from beginning to end. Jason is hiding his loneliness behind a tough exterior and thinks he only deserves quick, one-night stands with nameless and faceless strangers. He feels guilty for breaking up his family when his wife divorced him, and has closed off his personal life from his kids. Even though his ex-wife told their kids long ago that their father was gay, Jase still feels uncomfortable forming any kind of lasting relationship with another man.Abe thinks his hot night with Jase is just a one time thing, which is something he normally doesn't do. Abe is a traditional relationship guy. But when they get together again, Abe thinks that maybe Jase will recognize that they are really meant for each other. These two have some SCORCHING hot sex scenes together and I absolutely loved watching Jase's love for Abe slowly unfold throughout the story. Seeing Abe really care for Jase's children also brought tears to my eyes. These two really made a family together, and that is the real heart of this story. Treat yourself to a fantastic, beautifully written and sexy story and read The Half of Us. You will love it!(*ARC provided by the author in return for an honest review.)