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REVIEW: “Where He Ends and I Begin” by Cardeno C.



Jake Owens, aggressive, physical, blunt and brave, is a football hero turned city cop. Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever, is thoughtful, quiet, and kind, a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and that Jake is the love of his life—and loyal, courageous, straight Jake has never had a clue.

But Jake has been nursing his own case of the unrequiteds, and he’s never been as straight as Nate assumes. Nate may think their passionate explosion is a fluke, a result of too much closeness for too long, but Jake is bound and determined to prove to him otherwise. For Jake, the question isn’t how they ended up in bed together… it’s how can he convince Nate that he wants and needs to stay there.


PSA: This book has a lot of sex. I mean…A LOT…of sex. And when I say a lot of sex, I mean A. LOT. OF. SEX. And if I failed to really get my point through, let me just leave it at this…SEX. SEX. SEX. SEX. SEX. Come-multiple-times, don’t-need-to-touch-my-dick, inside-outside-anyway-I-can-get-it-or-give-it SEX. Not a chapter and nary a page goes by without some…SEX.

Now, what amazes me is that if you took away ALL THAT SEX, the 10 or so pages of story you’re left with are actually my crack. We’re talking soul mates…2 guys born to be together. A relationship SO codependent that therapists worldwide are chomping at the bit…and I am lapping this shit up. I love it.

Jake & Nate were destined to be together before they were even conceived. Their mothers were best friends. Their fathers became best friends. They were conceived and born together and grew up inseparable. They were 2 halves to one heart. And when they finally realize that, duh, destiny planned from the start that they’d fall in love…let all the I’ll-do-anything-for-him choices and actions and life decisions.

I’d tell you more, but…there isn’t much more. That’s pretty much the story. Yeah, there are a few misunderstandings along the way. There’s some adjustment and all. There are some blissfully over-the-top romantic gestures and declarations that had me a puddle of goo. And then there’s sex…A LOT OF SEX.

Oh yeah…one beef with this book (besides the, *ahem*, amount of SEX)…the chapters alternated from Nate’s and Jake’s POV’s. I typically don’t mind this style at all. But, entire paragraphs of dialogue were replayed, cut & paste style, in each chapter. And this started to get, obviously, repetitive. And I started to get, predictably, annoyed.

Still…this could have been…this would have been…this should have been a story MADE for me. It is Cardeno C after all. And Cardeno C is very often my drug of choice. If it weren’t for all that…




11332900Title: Where He Ends and I Begin (Home #3)
Author: Cardeno C
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 250 
Release Date: June 6, 2011
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, Amazon, ARe

2 comments on “REVIEW: “Where He Ends and I Begin” by Cardeno C.

  1. Jennifer B
    January 15, 2015

    Is this a YA novel? Cuz I don’t remember you mentioning any SEX in your review. LOL

    Great review!


  2. Jody
    January 18, 2015

    Oh yummmm! I really loved the connection between these two characters and the goo.


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