Empty Nests

Empty NestsTitle: Empty Nests (Nested Hearts #1)
Author: Ada Maria Soto
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 12th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 214 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Neither James nor Gabe has ever had a real relationship. They might make a connection if they can get past their differences—and their fears.

At age fourteen, James Maron decided to prove he wasn’t gay despite vast evidence to the contrary. Now at thirty-two, he’s getting ready to send his son to college and wondering what he’s supposed to do next. Outside his son, his life consists of an IT job he hates and watching telenovelas with the women in his apartment building.

Gabriel Juarez is the CFO of a technology giant. He has looks, charm, fantastic wealth, a workaholic personality, and a string of boyfriends who only stick around because he’s too busy to tell them to leave.

A bad laptop/projector interface causes James and Gabe’s paths to cross. Friends, family, and coworkers jump to match Gabe with a nice guy, and James with anyone. But are they too different? Everyone will have to tread very carefully to keep things from ending before they start.


What I liked: I loved the support characters, I loved the humor, I liked and enjoyed Gabe and James’s growing relationship, and I really liked that Gabe never used his money as a hammer. Even though James had a broke-ass car, phone and apartment, Gabe wasn’t trying to “fix” anything. He just let James be James.

What I didn’t like: the story dragged in places. It could’ve used a bit more editing of content…AND I HATED THE CLIFFHANGER.


Now some may not consider this to be a cliffhanger, but it ends with a bunch of unresolved storylines, and without an HEA (or really much of a HFN either), so I consider that a cliffhanger.

ETA: After reading the excerpt for Book Two, it looks like Gabe and James are going to start fighting about money and who does what, especially when concerning James’s son Dylan. I don’t know…we’ll see.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future