5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book class difference College/University Construction Worker Contemporary DA Exploration Gay Handyman Heat Index Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort Insta Love Little to no angst m/m May/December May/December Morgan New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Standalone Teacher

Strong Enough (Family Collection) Audiobook by Cardeno C Narrated by Ezekiel Robison






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When a casual hookup turns into the potential for love, staid Spencer realizes he wants to build a life with vibrant Emilio.

When twenty-two-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn’t difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.

Spencer is surprised when he’s approached by the gorgeous construction worker he’s admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his thirty-eight years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he’ll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.


This was a dark horse favorite of mine.  When I first read the e book, I liked this but I never loved it (as much as others by this author).  Later, after hearing the original audiobook by Aaron Pickering, I liked it more but I didn’t Love it.  When Ezekiel Robison re-narrated this – I fell in LOVE!

First, I absolutely love Ezekiel’s narration style and his use of accents.  OMG!  Emilio’s accent is to DIE for and is so adorable and sexy at the same time!

Second, the story itself, while 100% fantasy material, is so over the top sweet that when I find I need a comforting book to listen to – one that will warm up my heart and make me smile – even when I’m really down – this is one I turn to.  It’s just so nice and easy.  No conflict.  A fair amount of sex.  Some humor.  Great secondary characters.  It’s just all around comforting and sweet and really can turn my day around.

This book does have a bit of “tough” in it: erectile dysfunction, rape, bigotry. But it definitely doesn’t overwhelm the story. It only enhances it.   There’s a lot of humor –  I laughed out loud at the “do you have to wear flip-flops to those meetings?” comment and the “blow-job discussion”.

As for the audio, Ezekiel Robison ROCKED Emilio’s accent and the Spanish pronunciations- especially carino – *swoon!   I absolutely loved this narration and highly recommend it as well as the others done by the same narrator. I don’t LOVE Spencer’s voice as much as Emilio’s, but I think it suits him.  

If you’re looking for something to lift your spirits, if you’re a fan of the author or the narrator, if you love nerd/jock pairings – this is the book for you!  You won’t be disappointed.

5 of 5 stars


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