Monday, March 2, 2015

The One Who Saves Me by Cardeno C

Title:     The One Who Saves Me

Series title:  Home, Book 6

Author:    Cardeno C

Publisher:    The Romance Authors, LLC

Genre:    GLBT, Contemporary

 (M/M, oral sex, anal play/sex, adult language)

Page Count:259

Reviewer: Cassiopeia

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Publisher Blurb:

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.

Review of book:

This book really put me through the wringer. At times I was gritting my teeth in frustration, in tears at others, and it was a testament to just how good this story was.  I was intrigued with their history ever since I since I'd been introduced to Caleb and Andrew during earlier installments of the Home series, and was richly rewarded for my patience.  The author states that the other books in the series can be read in any order, or not at all, however I disagree.  I feel that no matter what, you should read all seven installments to get the full effect of the relationships between each couple, and their ever expanding group of friends.  You'll thank me for it, I promise.

The One Who Saves Meis written in flash back format, and I think that style is what made it so enjoyable for me.  I could see the bond at its tenuous beginning, and enjoy the way the two of them built such an unshakable foundation throughout the years.  They were the other’s best friend, confidante, and most trusted sexual partner, yet completely blind to the depth of their feelings for one another. Ignoring the very obvious elephant in the room is precisely what made me want to pull my darn hair out. Both of them had to overcome such destructive habits before they could finally have their “ah-ha” moment, and I swore at points they'd never get there.

As with the other books in the Home series, the supporting characters add a vital emotional depth all of their own to the already solid plot.  Noah’s sarcastic and often brutally blunt personality was my personal favorite.  His nickname for Andrew and Caleb, Bert and Ernie, made me choke on my coffee the first time I'd read it, and I chuckled every time it popped up.  Cardeno C has another hit on her hands with The One Who Saves Me

                                                          Five Shooting Stars

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