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Book Review: Strange Bedfellows – Cardeno C.

Strange BedfellowsStrange Bedfellows is a story of a billionaire Democrat son who falls for a very closeted and religious Republican congressman. So from this premise alone, you’d know that there’ll complications bound to happen. (Errr…)

Trevor Moga is the billionaire son of the US President and doesn’t give a hoot about politics, not big on religion and doesn’t have a tight knit family in normal ways. Bradford Hollingsworth Jr. however is the opposite aside from his party affiliation – the guy’s focused on his political career, was raised to follow his religion and is a family guy in every sense of the word.

I loved the initial approach of the author with Trevor and Ford. It was sexy and fast-paced as we get a feel right away about their characters. It’s easy to like them from the get go and their scenes together (which is 90% involving sex) are always hot.

The story goes the usual route. Trevor is openly gay, rich and does whatever it is that makes Ford happy. Then there’s Ford who’s been trying to figure out a way to come out since meeting Trevor. Then there’s the little fight about their relationship being a secret, the meeting the parents and the happy ever after.

Everything seems to fall into their rightful places. It’s a feel good story masked into a rather angsty premise but was actually non-existent all throughout the story. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing though. It was in fact enjoyable reading it the way you read the usual kid’s fairy tale where the prince arrived in a white horse to save the princess from the evil witch. It’s not even that predictable. It’s just too unrealistic and a bit anti-climactic because it totally lacks conflict so the whole dealio about coming out and being a Republican no less was like – okay, just another day in the office…

I swear, I enjoyed reading it though. Halfway through – I’ve gotten bored with Ford’s character because I was thinking that the story would go the usual route about him being in the closet but when it didn’t because the author decided to cut every angsty shit off – I thought, it was rather a wise decision since I didn’t see that coming at all. Not very clever but very convenient to say the least. I’d recommend this book for peeps that are looking for some sexy and sweet happy ending fairy-tale like romance in a pseudo-political setting.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published June 26th 2015 by The Romance Authors

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About The Author
Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Heartwarming Stories. Strong Relationships. Forever Love.

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Book Review: Perfect Imperfections – Cardeno C.

Perfect ImperfectionsHollywood royalty Jeremy Jameson has lived a sheltered life with music as his sole focus and only friend. Before embarking on yet another international concert tour, he wanders into a bar in what he considers the middle of nowhere and meets a man who wins him over with his friendly smile and easy-going nature. Accountant slash bartender slash adventure-seeker Reg Moore has fun talking and drinking with The Jeremy Jameson and can’t say no when the supposedly straight rock star makes him a once in a lifetime offer: keep him company on his tour by playing the part of his boyfriend.

Listening to music, traveling the world, and jumping off cliffs is fun. Falling in love is even better. But to stay with Jeremy after the stage lights dim, Reg will need to help him realize there’s nothing pretend about their relationship.

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There are some books where I usually complain because of the very slow pacing, some because they’re too fast. Perfect Imperfections falls under the latter – the story in my opinion was maybe a bit too fast for my liking that I ended not connecting well with Reggie and JJ. Don’t get me wrong though, they’re great characters and they have this amazing chemistry at first but throughout the story, I just lost that with them.

The story was okay in a predictable way, the premise light though a bit incredulous if you think about it and like what I’ve mentioned; the whole thing was overly rushed. Another thing, I’m still not convinced about JJ’s preference. ^_^ that’s just me though. Perhaps, I was expecting the story to be discussing more about the music (ala Conquest by SJ Frost) and the travels and not just the internal battles of JJ and Reg babying him all throughout the story.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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All Romance | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords Coupon Code: PM92R

About The Author
Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Heartwarming Stories. Strong Relationships. Forever Love.