Jesse’s Diner (Hope Collection) by Cardeno C. #LGBT #Review

Sam reviews ‘Jesse’s Diner (Hope Collection) by Cardeno C.. Published by Romance Authors on September 29th, 2015 and is 112 pages long.

This book was provided free of charge by the author for an honest review.




Two men with a shared history and a mutual attraction must be honest with themselves and each other so both their dreams come true.

Quiet, unassuming Tanner Sellers spends his time running a diner in Hope, Arizona. Not particularly social, twenty-two-year-old Tanner keeps to himself and enjoys his simple life, but he longs for someone to call his own. In his most secret fantasy, that someone is sexy Steve Faus. But Steve is his friend’s father and mentor’s widower and therefore off-limits.

Despite some challenges, thirty-nine-year-old Steve Faus has had a good life. He’s extremely successful at work, has a great relationship with his college-age son, and lives in a wonderful town. Eighteen months after losing his partner, the one thing Steve lacks is someone to share his life. If Steve is honest with himself, that someone is the young man he has known and cared about for years. Steve and Tanner want one another, all they need is a little push in the right direction to make both their dreams come true.



Other than the Mate series that I just recently finished, Jesse’s Diner is one of the first books written by Cardeno C. that I had the pleasure of reading.

Tanner is a 22 year old shy virgin. Since Tanner was sixteen he has harbored a crush on his best friend’s dad, Steve.   Steve is 39 years old, muscular and very attractive. About a year and a half ago he lost his partner suddenly to cancer.

One afternoon at the diner Tanner gets a call from his best friend, Mike.  Mike is worried about his dad and wants Tanner to check up on him to make sure he is alright.   Tanner immediately questions why me? He is well aware that he can barely hide his attraction to Steve in public, to be alone with him is asking the impossible but there was no way to explain that to Mike. Knowing how close Tanner is to Mike and the fact his family has done so much for him there was no way he could refuse.

Tanner decides the best way to approach Steve would to bring him dinner. Tanners nervousness increases even more so when realizes that when around Steve his filter is pretty much non-existent.  Which makes things a little awkward for Tanner at first but Steve was great at putting him at ease and keeping up the conversations.

Since Steve enjoyed the dinner and company Tanner repeats it night after night. When Steve starts flirting with him a little here and there Tanner isn’t sure what to think. Finally, Steve informs Tanner that he in fact is also attracted to him and wants to date. This is how their incredible sweet love story begins.

Jesse’s Diner was so refreshing to read. I loved how well the story flowed and how easy it was to connect to the characters. As I read this I couldn’t help but adore Tanner and Steve but in the back of my mind I was wondering what was going to happen when Mike finds out that his dad and best friend are together. But once again it was I wasn’t disappointed.

The only thing I would have changed about Jesse’s Diner would be the length of it.  I wanted to see their journey continue. There is also a very touching dedication the author wrote at the end of the book that you don’t want to miss. I have definitely become a big fan of this author and look forward to reading a lot more soon.

I highly recommend reading Jesse’s Diner by Cardeno C. you won’t be disappointed.





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/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.”


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