Title: He Completes Me (Home #1)
Author: Cardeno C and Alexander Collins (Narrator)
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Release Date: September 22nd 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Note: Originally published in audio book format November 20th 2012 with narrator: Paul Morey.
Not even his mother’s funeral can convince self-proclaimed party boy Zach Johnson to tone down his snark or think about settling down. He is who he is, and he refuses to change for anyone. When straight-laced, compassionate Aaron Paulson claims he’s falling for him, Zach is certain Aaron sees him as another project, one more lost soul for the idealistic Aaron to save. But Zach doesn’t need to be fixed, and he refuses to be with someone who sees him as broken.
Patience is one of Aaron’s many virtues. He has waited years for a man who can share his heart and complete his life, and he insists Zach is the one. Pride, fear, and old hurts wither in the wake of Aaron’s adoring loyalty, and as Zach reevaluates his perceptions of love and family, he finds himself tempted to believe in the impossible: a happily ever after.
- What an asshole! There is a scene near the beginning when Zach is freaking out because he doesn’t believe himself good enough for Aaron that he fucks two guys at a party – that he attends with Aaron. This scene still makes me rage and cringe.
That Aaron not only forgives Zach for his behavior, but takes care of him? The man is practically a saint!
But keep going….because you know what? CC does it again. She brings these human, flawed, wonderful characters to life and I became utterly invested in seeing the turnaround in Zach’s attitude and behavior (which he totally does – best redeemed character I’ve read in a long time). Also getting to see Aaron, who is honestly practically perfect in every way, actually being so well cared for (for a change) is wonderful. You need to see them get their HEA and I am so pleased with the way CC gets us to that point.
He Completes Me is tied with Walk With Me as my favorite in the Home collection series. Probably because, like Eli, Zach is snarky and wonderfully humorous. Seeing Zach grow from being a self-absorbed asshole to a loving, caring partner, while still retaining his snark, just makes me happy.
He Completes Me is told entirely from Zach’s perspective, and though I wish I could get Aaron’s perspective as well, Zach’s humor and sarcasm is enough to keep me thoroughly entertained. Collins captures Zach and Aaron’s personalities so well, he is just a pure pleasure to listen to. And my god, the sex scenes? We should have a SUPER-SCORCHER rating for them!
Each of the stories in the Home collection may be easily read as a standalone and you do not have to read them in any particular order. For me, one of the perks is getting to see characters I love from the other books in the series, like Jake and Nate (from Where He Ends and I Begin) and Eli and Seth (from Walk With Me) in particular, make appearances in the other stories – it’s just a real treat.
This story just makes me happy.