Monday, October 27, 2014

The Half of Us by Cardeno C. Blog Tour

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.

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ARe  ~  Dreamspinner

Abe turned around and leaned against the peninsula. “We’ll eat dinner and then we can get in the bath and talk.”


Abe threw back his head and laughed.


“We suck at this,” he said. “Both of us.”

Jason arched his eyebrows and curled one side of his lips up. “Oh, we both suck plenty.”

“Cut it out.” Abe chuckled and lightly smacked Jason’s shoulder.

“Sorry.” Jason cleared his throat and tried to look serious. “What do we suck at?”


He reared back. “We talk.”

“We do,” Abe agreed. “But not about everything we should.”

“Fine.” Jason sighed dramatically. “If you feed me and get naked and wet with me, I’m willing to suffer through a conversation.”

“You really are a giver,” Abe said sarcastically.

Jason arched his eyebrows, brought his fist to his mouth, and coughed.

Abe shook his head. “Is there anything you can’t turn into a sexual innuendo?”

“Is there anything you can say that isn’t a sexual innuendo?”

“Apparently not,” Abe conceded. He ran one finger down Jason’s chest, over his stomach, and across his groin. “My subconscious must see you and think sex, so everything gets tainted.”

“Aww, baby, you say the sweetest things,” Jason said as he stepped closer.

Abe rolled his eyes.

“You do,” Jason insisted, his voice full of humor.

Abe shook his head and snorted.

Jason was amazed at how much better he felt. Less than an hour earlier, he had wanted to put his hand through a wall; now he was calm and happy. He snaked his arm around Abe’s waist and brought their chests together, trapping Abe against the counter. “You do,” he whispered into Abe’s ear.

Trembling, Abe turned his face into Jason’s neck and said, “You really do it for me.”

“I know,” Jason said. Abe was too earnest to play games and too inexperienced to effectively hide his emotions. His eagerness to be with Jason was evident in his every expression and action, which Jason cherished because the feeling was mutual even if he wasn’t always great at showing it. “Like I said.” He cupped Abe’s chin, tilted his head up, and then dipped down and brushed their lips together. “The sweetest things.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

“If you get a chance at happiness, don't squander it.”

It was supposed to be a one night thing. One night to ravage him.

Since his divorce Jason doesn't do relationships, he sees what he wants and takes it. His number one rule: don't ever give them a second night.

Abe doesn't do one night stands, he is a relationship kind of guy. The only two men he's ever been with he was in long term relationships. When he falls into the arms of a sexy stranger Abe gives in to temptation.

The chemistry between Jason and Abe is hot. The sex is off the charts. It's sweet and funny. Such an enjoyable read.

I am a huge fan of this series, I enjoy the little mentions of past characters. I lose myself in each book. I devour them as soon as they hit my Kindle. Cardeno C. has a permanent spot at the top of my list.

I absolutely loved this fourth book in the series – maybe more than the other three, but they are all fabulous reads. These are securely saved in my to-be-reread collection. If you haven't read them yet, then give yourself a treat!

The author manages to get under the skin of the characters and give us such exquisite insight into their feelings, that it is difficult not to become part of the story. I found Angela's behaviour to be refreshingly honest and her relationship that is there with Jason and develops with Abe is fascinating. There were some wonderful moments of humour, some moments of pure lust, some of deep emotion. Great storytelling.

LOVED this story. CC’s books just melt your heart. They are so wonderful. Jason is a busy surgeon, doesn’t want or have time for relationships, only hook ups. Abe doesn’t want a hook up, he is a relationship kind of guy, but on his birthday he gives himself a one night stand with Jason. Turns out to be the best birthday present ever!!! The relationship between the two takes time to build but it is so good and worth it. When Jason’s kids come into the picture the dynamics change but things are still good and only get better. This was a great love story and I can’t wait to see what the next book in the series is!

Characters: Well written and believable.
Sex: Yes and so good
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
We all grow up with what we believe is the American Dream firmly planted in our minds. What happens when the dream in your mind doesn't match the dream in your heart? Jason Garcia has lived the dream and lost it all when his marriage failed, or so he believes. He blames himself, for not being strong, not being the man his ex-wife needed or deserved. Of not being the father he wanted to be to his kids.

He works and seeks the occasional one night stand to relieve the tension. All that changes when he meets Abe Green. Abe is day to Jason's night. Sweet and tender and so unlike the hook ups that have been his life for so many years. As much as he tries, Jason can't forget the warm hearted Abe and seeks him out.

Abe likes Jason and comes to realize that Jason could the man for him, the one to spend the rest of his life with. He senses that Jason is torn about what he feels for him and what he believes his life should be.

I really enjoyed this story and how the romance plays out. I wish we could have seen a little more of the kids and how they adjust and interact with both Abe and Jason.

I loved this book! So far I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, but this one is by far my favorite.

Jason Garcia spent his young adult days playing by the book. He went against his true nature and lived the way he was taught to, but eventually he lost the battle. He's gay and no matter how hard he tried, he just couldn't pretend anymore. When he and his wife divorce he thinks that his chance at love, family, and forever are over so he sticks to an arrogant attitude, work-a-holic, and one night stand attitude.

Abe Green is the guy next door. He's cute, sweet, friendly, and caring, He's a teacher and all around fun loving guy. He has his values and he's comfortable with his lifestyle. He takes things slow and he knows what he wants.

When their paths cross and Abe decides to give in to a night of spontaneity they both have an amazing night and realize that it isn't enough. Soon enough that one night turns into more and Abe realizes that his heart is involved. Jason is afraid. He isn't sure anything can really work and he's afraid of failing. Can Abe's loving, supportive ways convince Jason that forever can be a reality for them?

I read this one in no time because I couldn't put it down. Jason and Abe's romance is sweet, emotional, and real. They are hilarious together and the chemistry between them is great. With the blended family dynamic, this story is well rounded and very entertaining. This is one I will probably go back and re-read. I would recommend this to M/M reader who love a fun, sweet romance story. I look forward to more by Cardeno C.

The Half of Us is another wonderful M/M romance from Cardeno C.

Jason is a doctor, divorced with two teenaged children who only does one night stands Abe is a dedicated school teacher who never does one night stands. I love the way they come together. I like the way the story dealt with the issue of a gay man who had once lived a heterosexual life. His struggle to deal with how to be in a gay relationship and how to tell his children.

If you're an M/M fan, Cardeno C's work is a must read. Solid stories, good characters and just the right amount of hotness.

Fun Facts About The Half of Us
1. It will make you want to try putting Milk Duds in your popcorn.
2. The word “balls” is used forty times.
3. After reading The Half Of Us you may suddenly notice if people move their arms as they walk.
4. Small talk before a one-night stand gets Abe right where he wants to be.
5. Jason and Abe find ways to spice up Netflix Recommends.
6. Donuts are the way to reach uncommunicative teenage boys.
7. Sometimes hugging and kissing are just as intimate as sex.

Also Available in the Family Series
Book 1
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For reviews and more info on Something in the Way He Needs,
see our stop on The Family Series Blog Tour.
Book 2
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For reviews and more info on Strong Enough,
see our stop on The Family Series Blog Tour.
Book 3
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For reviews and more info on More than Everything,
see our stop on The Family Series Blog Tour.

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 The Half of Us (Family #4) by Cardeno C. to read and review for this tour.

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