Bethany reviews ‘More Than Everything’ by Cardeno C. Published by The Romance Authors, LLC on October 14th 2015, 234 pgs. On Audible on February 23rd 2016 narrated by Ezekiel Robison, 7 hours 46 minutes.
Why I listened to this book: Cardeno is an auto buy for me, so when we had the opportunity to review the audio version I jumped at the chance.
Note: This audio book was provide free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
As a teenager, Charlie “Chase” Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door. Charlie thinks he’s living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way. But his dreams are dashed when Scott unexpectedly moves away.
Years later, Charlie meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets. After eight months together, Charlie is convinced Adan returns his love. But when the opportunity comes to be open about their relationship, Adan walks away.
Time passes and life moves on, but when Charlie learns the only two men he’s ever loved are now in love with each other, his heart breaks all over again. Scott and Adan tell Charlie they want him back, but Charlie doesn’t know if he can trust two people who have hurt him so deeply. Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.
So this week is comfort week, where we each picked a book that to us says COMFORT. I don’t know why but I just didn’t see anything in our vault that screamed comfort to me. So I thought what do I read or in this case listen to when I need a hug, and there are a few books that when I am down I will do a re-read. The first is ‘Gambling Men’ by Amy Lane, the second is ‘Never The Perfect Moment’ by K-lee Klein and lastly Cardeno C. Now I know what you are thinking “that is not a book but an author”, yes I know this but let me tell you something. When I want comfort ANYTHING by Cardeno is a comfort read.
Cardeno is an auto buy for me, I have read and reread their books many times. When something new comes out it is a guarantee that I will get it. I have read this series quite a few times already, so when Cardeno offered RGR an audible code I was super excited to take a listen. ‘More Than Anything’ is part of a series (The Family Series) but it definitely can be read or listened to out of order. Each book focuses on a different couple. That said I do recommend reading all of them, secondary characters are mentioned in each book, but you won’t miss anything important by reading out of order.
Charlie/Chase plays a small part in book one, ‘Something in the Way He Needs’ and to be honest I wasn’t a big fan of him. He came off as snarky and almost rude. But when you think about they why of it, it makes perfect sense. In this book he totally redeemed himself. I loved getting his backstory.
Ok so now to the menage aspect of this story, for me this is how a menage should work out. In other threesomes I sometimes felt like one of the mcs is for lack of a better word, the “third wheel” especially if two of the mcs were already a couple. Or if they all just meet and one falls harder for one mc. Don’t get me wrong I have read some menage stories that worked really well for me. But this one, just wow, I loved the history they all had with each other. Charlie and Scott as teens are the perfect “first love” romance, and Adan and Chase is a wonderfully hot “opposites attract” read. But together the three of them is, well perfection.
I felt so bad for Chase when he sees Scott and Adan again after years apart, Scott more years that Adan, but the ache for both of them is equally devastating. But what I loved so much is the unspoken agreement between Adan and Scott is awesome. They both know they want Chase, but that doesn’t mean they are willing to give up each other. No they want Chase even when that means they want him between them. I just can’t begin to tell you how much I loved watching all three of them grow together. The only thing I will I could have had more of is a glimpse of Adan and Scott’s relationship and how they came together.
Now the narration. When Cardeno sent me the code for this audio I was informed that Ezekiel is very “GUSH” worthy. And all I can say is that statement was so very very TRUE. He was the perfect narrator for Chase, Scott and Adan. The way he changes his voice was fantastic, I never once got confused as to who was talking and that was a big concern for me seeing how it was three mcs, not just your typical two. He truly was a fantastic choice for this book and I look forward to listening to more books he has narrated.
All in all another win for Cardeno.
10 for the book.
10 for the narration.
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.
Blog: (Shared Blog) http://caferisque.blogspot.com/
FB Profile: http://www.facebook.com/CardenoC
FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Carde…