A Story in the Family Collection
If short-tempered Jason can open his heart and life to optimistic Abe, he might finally find the family he craves.
Short-tempered, arrogant heart surgeon Jason Garcia grew up wanting a close-knit family, but believes he ruined those dreams when he broke up his marriage. The benefit of divorce is having as much random sex as he wants, and it’s a benefit Jason is exploiting when he meets a sweet, shy man at a bar and convinces him to go home for a no-strings-attached night of fun.
Eight years living in Las Vegas hasn’t dimmed Abe Green’s optimism, earnestness, or desire to find the one. When a sexy man with lonely eyes propositions him, Abe decides to give himself a birthday present—one night of spontaneous fun with no thoughts of the future. But one night turns into two and then three, and Abe realizes his heart is involved.
For the first time, Abe feels safe enough with someone he respects and adores to let go of his inhibitions in the bedroom. If Jason can get past his own inhibitions and open his heart and his life to Abe, he might finally find the family he craves.
There are some books that I go back to over and over again. It can be because they are comforting, they move me, they make me laugh or – in the case of audiobooks – because I just love the narration so much.
In this case, I think it’s a few things. First and foremost it’s Ezekiel Robinson’s narration that keeps me returning to this as many times as once a month! He is simply so gifted at drawing the listener in to the story and really making them “feel” what the characters are feeling.
If you’re a fan of Cardeno C, you know that there is never a lack of emotion in these books. Though it may take awhile for our MCs to admit it, the love, affection and devotion are clear in other ways.
Jason, on the surface, is not a very likable character. He’s self-centered, narcissistic, selfish, a bad father, a worse (ex) husband, and a self-proclaimed man-whore.
However, his actions, once he gets over his “one and done” rule, with Abe, are the exact opposite. He’s (mostly) considerate, affectionate, sweet, caring… and what I appreciate about the writing here, is that none of this is pointed out (well, not directly) but instead we are really along for the ride and “seeing” it as Abe does.
Abe, on the other hand, could not be more sweet, caring, loving, smart, manipulative?, and big-hearted. He’s the perfect foil for Jason but he needs what Jason has to offer to feel whole. Conversely, Jason needs Abe to soften his edges.
Another thing I really appreciate about this story is Angela, Jason’s ex. She’s not evil and in fact is a great person. So often the women (especially ex-wives) in these stories are portrayed as vindictive and bitter – and Angela would have a good reason to be so! – but she isn’t. The kids seem realistic as well and that’s another amazing touch.
Our MCs have incredible sexy times, but also very sweet and tender feels, too. It’s that lovely combination that make a good book excellent, in my opinion.
Ezekiel does a fantastic job with giving Abe a light yet not “femme” voice – appropriate to his character, and Jason a gruff and yummy growl. He handles the women and children well, and he’s great with timing and knowing how to “play” a moment. He’s easily in the top 5 of my favorite narrators and I hope we see more from him in the future!
I highly recommend this book and the entire series. It’s wonderful!
6 of 5 stars