5 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Janet, The Romance Authors

Review: Strange Bedfellows by Cardeno C.

Title: Strange Bedfellows

Author: Cardeno C.

Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC

Pages/Word Count: 226 Pages

At a Glance: Strange Bedfellows is definitely a story I can recommend highly.

Reviewed By: Janet

Blurb: Can the billionaire son of a Democratic president build a family with the congressman son of a Republican senator? Forget politics, love makes strange bedfellows.

As the sole offspring of the Democratic United States president and his political operative wife, Trevor Moga was raised in an environment driven by the election cycle. During childhood, he fantasized about living in a made-for-television family, and as an adult, he rejected all things politics and built a highly successful career as far from his parents as possible.

Newly elected congressman Ford Hollingsworth is Republican royalty. The grandson of a revered governor and son of a respected senator, he was bred to value faith, family, and the goal of seeing a Hollingsworth in the White House.

When Trevor and Ford meet, sparks fly and a strong friendship is formed. But can the billionaire son of a Democratic president build a family with the congressman son of a Republican senator? Forget politics, love makes strange bedfellows.

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Review: Every book by Cardeno C. is an event. It is a guaranteed happy ending and a journey of the heart with some of the best characters I have met. And it shouldn’t be, really. The characters are introduced to us and we are intrigued, but it doesn’t seem real. I mean, a rock star and a barman/accountant? Or a Republican and the son of the Democratic President? Yeah, right!

What is so amazing is the talent that Cardeno has to create these characters and make them real. Yes, Trevor has more money than most of us can ever imagine, but he is built and explored in multiple layers, and within just a few chapters, we believe in his character and are invested in his life. He is a real person, one who just happens to be rich and connected. The same is true of Ford. We may not have many republican sympathies, but he is a real man and his politics are just a reflection of him as opposed to a symbol of his life. This ability that Cardeno has to present us with real characters to respond to and be invested in is truly awesome.

I can’t say that there is a complicated plot unfolding in this story. I would be lying. This book is a character driven love story. And I loved it. There are plenty of conflicts to overcome, lots of angst to work through, especially for Ford, but the MCs are on the same page. They realize they are heading towards a committed relationship, and they step up for each other. If there is a formula to a love story then I suppose all the boxes are ticked, but it at no time felt contrived. The world building is rock-solid and reinforces the characters at every stage of their love story; the details about hotel rooms and chartered planes are spot on and accurately portrayed on the pages. The amount of detail that Cardeno C. provides the reader with is so well done. We are a part of two men’s lives and can picture each scene and conversation they share, and it all resonates with us. This story is almost 60,000 words and it flew by so quickly, smooth and rich, and my only regret is I would have liked it to last longer.

Strange Bedfellows is definitely a story I can recommend highly, and one I will look forward to reading again. Sweet and clever is always a winning combination for me, and as a bonus, it is not cloying at all, and it gave me yet another favorite couple to add to my list.

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