Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Places in Time by Cardeno C.

Author:Cardeno C

Publisher:    The Romance Authors, LLC

Genre:    GLBT, Contemporary, Paranormal

Heat level: (M/M, anal play/sex, oral sex)

Page Count:66

Reviewer: Cassiopeia

Publisher Blurb:

A relationship-challenged actor unexpectedly finds love in the arms of his childhood best friend.

"Sexiest Man Alive" and Golden Globe winning actor Ethan Baker lights up the screen but fizzles in his personal life. When his latest girlfriend breaks up with him, Ethan turns to his one "forever" person - Jude Harrison. But as Ethan makes the familiar drive to his best friend's house, an unexpected detour and a bewildering passenger take him through places in time he'd long forgotten. Suddenly Ethan sees Jude's actions over the years from a different perspective, but it's his own reaction that's the biggest surprise.

Review of book:

This story made me smile.  It was definitely scorching in portions of the plot Cardeno C writes sex scenes guaranteed to raise your temperature but what I loved best about Places In Time, was its quirkiness.  The Christmas Carol-like flashbacks really made the plot, and made me fall in love with the premise all over again.

Under the guidance of his otherworldly hitchhiker, Ginger, Ethan is offered a second chance to see the full picture of his life, enabling him to catch up on all of the behind the scenes stuff that he'd missed the first time around.  I loved the play between Ethan and Ginger; I found their snarky sarcasm hilarious.  It made me want to alternately hug and shake the heck out of them.  Still, as funny as they were, I was eagerly waiting for Ethan to finally make the connection his subconscious had always known.  Jude was his best friend throughout it all, from the very first audition to Ethan's walk down the red carpet.  I found it a little sad though, that he was okay living a watered down version of his life, rather than risk being upfront about his feelings.  On the other hand, I can appreciate the struggle he must have faced, and I feel a little in love with him myself.

For a novella of just under 16,000 words, Places In Time packs a punch with a well written plot, relatable characters, and passion that burns up the pages.  It's well worth the read, over, and over again. 

                                               Five Shooting Stars

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