Monday, March 2, 2015

Walk with me by Cardeno C - Shining Star Award

Title:     Walk With Me

Series title:  Home, Book 7

Author:    Cardeno C

Publisher:    The Romance Authors, LLC

Genre:    GLBT, Contemporary

 (M/M, oral sex, anal play/sex, masturbation, toys)

Page Count: 288

Reviewer: Cassiopeia

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Publisher Blurb:

When Eli Block steps into his parents’ living room and sees his childhood crush sitting on the couch, he starts a shameless campaign to seduce the young rabbi. Unfortunately, Seth Cohen barely remembers Eli and he resolutely shuts down all his advances. As a tenuous and then binding friendship forms between the two men, Eli must find a way to move past his unrequited love while still keeping his best friend in his life. Not an easy feat when the same person occupies both roles.

Professional, proper Seth is shocked by Eli’s brashness, overt sexuality, and easy defiance of societal norms. But he’s also drawn to the happy, funny, light-filled man. As their friendship deepens over the years, Seth watches Eli mature into a man he admires and respects. When Seth finds himself longing for what Eli had so easily offered, he has to decide whether he’s willing to veer from his safe life-plan to build a future with Eli.

Review of book:

I was sad to reach the final book in the Home series by Cardeno C.  These seven books had my emotions running the gamut – angry, happy, sad, and yes, even hot and bothered.  I couldn't have asked for a better ending though, and was thrilled to see that the author had saved Seth and Eli’s journey for last. These men were opposites in so many ways; Seth seemed to be more for quiet pursuits than a night out dancing, but I feel that he found in Eli, a true friend that over time he fell deeply in love with.  I’ll admit, I fell a little in love with Eli too.  He was vibrant and funny, but so unbelievably mature under the seemingly recklessly youthful exterior. It was so touching to watch him make the tough decision to lay off his overtly ardent pursuit of Seth in favor of a lasting friendship, knowing full well it wasn't at all what he wanted. That took a lot of guts to do – even more to stick to his guns.  I'm not sure if I were in his position that I could have stayed the course. 

Seth surprised me though. I thought he'd have a more difficult time coming to terms with his sexuality, but as with everything he undertook, he was methodical in his analysis.  You'd think that would make him come off as dry and distanced, but the author did a fantastic job with infusing him with warmth, making him really come alive for me. His wry sense of humor at the number of mishaps occurring at the weddings he was called to officiate was hilarious.  It made me look forward to the mock invitations at the beginning of each chapter.

Even though there was a healthy dose of dirty sex between Eli and Seth, it took them quite awhile to get there (together at least). I think the slow build up to their physical relationship was exactly what this story needed to put it over the top.  Walk With Me was my absolute favorite in the series, and a perfect way for Cardeno C to bring it all to a close. 
                                       Shining Star Award and Five shooting Stars

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