Monday, July 27, 2015

A Shot at Forgiveness by Cardeno C. Blog Tour


Sometimes to find love, you must first learn forgiveness.

A dozen years, two thousand miles, and a law degree after high school, Rafi Steiner continues to harbor resentment toward Isaac Jones, his childhood bully turned NBA star. When Isaac appears at Rafi's favorite restaurant acting like a long-lost friend, Rafi bluntly dismisses him.

But Isaac is tenacious and he has his heart set on the grown-up version of the boy he always wanted and never forgot. The way Isaac sees it, he and Rafi are perfect for each other, if only he could sink the most important shot of his life: his one shot at forgiveness.

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“There’s mint chocolate chip in the freezer and cones on the counter.” He tilted his chin toward the counter, where I saw a grocery bag and a few cups from the coffee shop across the street. “I picked up coffee too. I didn’t know whether you liked regular or decaf so I got one of each.”

I wrinkled my nose in disgust. “Drinking decaf coffee is like watching censored porn.”

He laughed. “Good point.”

“I love mint chocolate chip ice cream, though,” I added.

“I remember,” he whispered.

He’d said that about the lasagna too, hadn’t he? And the feta.

I stared at him. “How do you know what food I like, Isaac?”

“What do you mean, how do I know? We grew up together. You were always so excited about lasagna day at the cafeteria, you asked for extra feta at that falafel stand by the park, you ordered mint chocolate chip ice cream in a cone but you never ate the cone, and—”

I started channeling a goldfish. Being a scary lurker looking for reasons to harass me was one thing, but paying attention to minute details about my eating habits and then remembering them a dozen years later? That was just creepy.

“What is going on here?” I asked.

“We’re having dinner together,” Isaac responded. Really, the man was a master of simplicity.

“Yes, I caught that, Isaac. But why are we having dinner together?” I said. He opened his mouth to answer, but I held out my hand, stopping him before he started. “And before you tell me something deep and insightful like ‘we’re eating because we’re hungry’ or ‘we’re having dinner because lunch time already passed’ or ‘we’re—”

“We’re having dinner together because I have never once, since the day you walked into Mrs. Kon’s kindergarten class, stopped thinking about you. You are the one person in the world I’ve never been able to resist, and I no longer have any interest in trying.”




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Shannan☆☆☆☆
Rafael Steiner (Rafi) was bullied throughout school. He doesn't remember much else but what it felt like to be bullied by Isaac Jones the star athlete. When he runs into Isaac a dozen years later he isn't up for small talk or polite chit chat. He's shocked when Isaac asks him to dinner and the vulnerability Isaac shows when he shows up at Rafi's apartment. Can he look past what was done to him as a child by a child to be friends or possibly more with the adult standing in his apartment?

Cardeno C. is one of my favorite authors out there. She can write an emotional, sexy, chemistry driven sex scene like no other. A Shot at Forgiveness is a quick sweet sexy read about forgiveness and seeing things from another person's perspective. It was a great little read! It's fast and contains the dreaded insta-love but it's a novella so it's expected to a point. I wish the characters had more depth but I liked what I read.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
Cardeno C. is a one of my favourite authors in this genre, and even if it were 1,000 pages long, I would want more! The writing style is so smooth and free-flowing that a short story really does pass in a moment – but it is a very enjoyable sports based, second chance love story.

This is a really cute, funny and very sexy read. Rafi has not seen his school tormentor for a dozen years, but it turns out that he maybe didn't have the story quite right ... Can Isaac show him, and straighten out the story? He is most definitely persistent! Amazing how much can be packed into a short story – including plenty of hot, delicious intimacies!


Veronica☆☆☆☆☆
This book was unexpectedly funny. It is told entirely from Rafi's point of view. We learn his opinion and memories of Isaac from when they were in school together. Rafi remembers Isaac as a bully and doesn't want anything to do with him now. Isaac however, wants Rafi and always has. We soon see Rafi's recollection of high school events differs from Isaac's.

Isaac's pursuit is very much stalker material and this is portrayed in a highly amusing fashion. With this novella Cardeno C. proves to me once again that she is an expert at writing great novellas. I'd highly recommend A Shot at Forgiveness.




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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Shot at Forgiveness by Cardeno C. to read and review for this tour.

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