Marc reviews ‘Walk With Me’ (Home Series book 7) by Cardeno C. (Published by The Romance Authors, 2nd edition, February 7,2015, 288 pages)
A free copy of this second edition was provided for an honest review, though I never read the first edition and can’t compare the two versions.
Read Dana’s review of ‘Home Again’ (Home Series book 1) HERE and Dana’s review of ‘He Completes Me’ (Home Series book 2) HERE. Read my review for ‘Where He Ends and I Begin (Home series book 3) HERE. Read Dana’s review for Love at First Sight (Home series book 4) HERE and Bethany’s reviews for ‘ Just What the Truth Is’ (Home series book 5) HERE, and ‘The One Who Saves Me’ (Home series book 6) HERE.
Read my interview with Cardeno C. about here shifter book ‘Control’ HERE.
Why I read this book: Book 7 is the only one of this series that I hadn’t read yet. I listened to the audiobooks of the Home series 1-6 a while ago and I really wanted to read this last book. Perfect Timing 😉
For the Home Series Giveaway click here.
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.
I really like the title ‘Walk With Me’, because this book shows the journey of 13 years that turn a friendship into something more. You can witness as a real relationship is slowly built from trust and support. Friendship. There is no insta-love or rushed coupling. I REALLY liked that and the title is a great fit.
I already mentioned in our cover post HERE that I prefer the old covers, even while really liking the new ones. I must admit, I don’t really love the word placement on this cover. However, you can see the age difference of the cover models and it’s easy to see that the cover models are not just edited together, which is really cool! 😉
This is the last story in this series. I really enjoyed all of the six previous stories on audio and was glad to get to read this one and sad it would be the last book in this wonderful story. I really enjoyed the little things, like the cute, drawn house that appears in the text now and again. The editing was great and the book is really easy to get into.
As one of the main protagonists is a rabbi, religion is a topic in this book. It was very interesting to me to find out aspects of the Jewish faith and it seemed to be very well done and seems authentic.
I really enjoyed that the book didn’t use religious faith as something that automatically turns people evil and the characters didn’t have religious angst that kept making them turn against their own heart. There are many issues that blind religious faith and closed-mindedness can cause, but not every person of religious faith would abandon their own child and withdraw their love, just because they love someone of their own gender. I loved that the religious people in this book vere so open and tolerant.
It could be clearly seen in the very beginning, when very obvious and very un-subtle sexual advances are made towards Seth, by the freshly legal Eli. It was extremely funny and I loved how accepting Eli’s father was.
Most importantly, Eli and Seth didn’t directly fall into bed together. Seth is very careful with his heart and the social situation he is in with all the trust people put into him. He is very careful not to use his position and instead, once sex is off the table, a wonderful and deep friendship develops between the characters.
There is a bit of an age difference and for me it was wonderful to see Eli ‘grow up’ and to watch as Seth starts to see him with different eyes. It is a slow burning love stories with roots in a deep friendship that develops and a wonderfully cute, beautiful and engaging story that I can easily see becoming one of my go-to comfort book.
This book was not as filled with hot sex-scenes, but for me it fit with the book and I loved that the author took the time the characters needed to form their bond and the foundation of a truly HEA relationship.
I can strongly recommend this book and it can really be read independently from any of the other stories in the series.
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.
Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”
You can learn more about Cardeno’s writing at www.cardenoc.com.