Title: Jesse’s Diner
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Page Count: 112
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.9 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.
Jesse’s Diner was just the low angst sweetness that I have come to know and love from Cardeno C.. This story was the perfect way to spend an afternoon, relaxing. Jesse and Steve were easy to like and their sexytimes were delicious.
Tanner has had a crush on his best friend’s dad, Steve, since Tanner was 16. And it was a crush he never outgrew. He feels a bit guilty for it now, because Steve’s longtime partner, Jesse, died about a year and a half ago and Jesse was the closest thing to a real father that Tanner ever had. Jesse took Tanner under his wing and taught him how to run the diner and how to cook and even left Tanner the diner when he died. Tanner has always been a little unsure of himself, but in the diner, he feels more confident. But Tanner is a lonely young man. He’s never had a boyfriend, or a date, or even a kiss. He’s so shy and no one compares to the man he feels he could never have.
Steve and Jesse had been together for 20 years before Jesse died. Jesse was a lot older than Steve, but when Steve and his friends came through Hope when Steve was 19, they connected and Steve never left. They adopted a son and lived as a family and Steve and Jesse were happy. After mourning for 18 months, Steve is feeling ready to move on. He’s changed jobs and decided to work on the rest of his life. At 39, he’s still young. And he has his eyes on Tanner. Yeah, there’s a sizable age difference, but Tanner is older than his years would suggest. He’s responsible and has always been quite mature.
I loved how clueless Tanner was during the time that Steve is courting him. It was so adorable just how innocent he was, and Steve never once made him feel inadequate for his inexperience. Steve has quite a nurturing streak. Jesse’s Diner embodies everything that a town called “hope” should. And, though, Jesse’s Diner is the second book in the Hope series, it completely stands on its own.
So if you are in the mood for a short read that is low an angst, but high on sweetness, give Jesse’s Diner a try.