Jesse’s Diner (Ele’s Review)

Title: Jesse’s Diner (Hope #2)
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: September 29th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary
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Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5

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.

Cardeno C. is my crack. You know, I need it from time to time to keep me going. If you need something uplifting, fluffy, warm and aww inducing, this is the book the author for you.

Despite some niggles I really enjoyed this story. Because :

The “I have a crush on your hot dad” or “I have the hots for my son’s best friend” theme is among my favorites.

Delicious age gap. Steve is 39 years old and Tanner is 22.

Comfort-healing theme. Steve is a widower and Tanner is a loner who never felt he belonged somewhere. I liked the fact that Steve has no hang-ups about pursuing Tanner. He did love his late husband but he didn’t let his ghost haunt his new relationship with Tanner.

Very steamy scenes. Tanner was a virgin, he hadn’t even been kissed before and Steve was all about showing him the tropes.

Then there is the issue of Steve’s health. This is a big deal, it concerned both men and I felt it was downplayed a little. I think that this plot point should either be discussed properly or not be there at all.

Tanner was adorable but way too naive, sometimes it seemed almost too much. But then again, it’s not everyday that your friend’s hot dad wants to date you.

This is a short story but despite the length, all CC’s stories seem complete to me.

Recommended for a quick, warm read that will leave a smile on your face.

P.S I have to mention this. This dedication …it slayed me!


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