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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5 Stars, Cardeno C., Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kathie, The Romance Authors

Review: The One Who Saves Me by Cardeno C.

Title: The One Who Saves Me

Author: Cardeno C.

Publisher: The Romance Authors

Pages/Word Count: 212 Pages

At a Glance: An amazing and frustrating journey.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: 2nd Edition

At fourteen, Andrew Thompson and Caleb Lakes become best friends. As the years pass, they stand by each other through family trauma, school, and the start of their careers. They share their first sexual experiences, learning and experimenting, and they talk each other through countless dates and breakups.

Decades of trust and loyalty build a deep and abiding friendship, one that surpasses any relationship in their lives. But when the parameters of their unique friendship change, neither man knows how to break out of their established roles to build something new. After all, boyfriends come and go, but best friends are forever.

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Review: Oh, how I love Cardeno C.’s work. I love the characters, love the sex, love the HEAs and the slow build up to that happiness.

The One Who Saves Me has all the above components. It takes decades to build this relationship; decades of boyfriends, family, and, most of all, decades of learning to trust. This story is so intense, and Cardeno C.’s amazing storytelling keeps you going until the end, when all is explained. And what an explanation it was. I had trouble breathing as Caleb was describing and touching each of the tattoos and piercings Andrew had gotten over the years, which is intertwined with some of the best sex ever written in a story.

This amazingly frustrating journey follows the lives of two young men, one a genius following his Dad’s dream of becoming a doctor, the other following his own dreams of becoming a photographer. What stays consistent throughout the journey is the friendship that remains true, and the side benefit of no-strings-attached sex . The frustrating part for me was how long it took for both of them to realize that they belonged together, and to stop looking for “the one”. But, as I mentioned earlier, it was really worth the wait.

Read the Home series. Read all of Cardeno C. Books. Enjoy the sex. Enjoy the love. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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