Title: More Than Everything (Family #3)
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: October 13th 2015 (2nd Edition)
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 234 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A Book in the Family Collection
Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.
As a teenager, Charlie “Chase” Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door. Charlie thinks he’s living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way. But his dreams are dashed when Scott unexpectedly moves away.
Years later, Charlie meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets. After eight months together, Charlie is convinced Adan returns his love. But when the opportunity comes to be open about their relationship, Adan walks away.
Time passes and life moves on, but when Charlie learns the only two men he’s ever loved are now in love with each other, his heart breaks all over again. Scott and Adan tell Charlie they want him back, but Charlie doesn’t know if he can trust two people who have hurt him so deeply. Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.
I liked it, a lot more than I thought I would, actually. Allow me to explain: it takes a really great storyteller to make me not only believe, but root for, a threesome. (Mostly because I spend a lot of time
fantasizing thinking about the logistics.) Cardeno makes me believe this is absolutely not only possible, but that it makes total sense.
More Than Everything is actually three love stories in one. Charlie and Scott, Chase and Adan, and then, finally, Charlie, Scott and Adan.
Each third of the story is told from a different POV, but each chapter is introduced by Charlie with a picture of their lives as he adds it to a scrap-book and his explanation of each photo and memory. The first third of the story is told from Charlie’s POV. He begins with the oh-so-sweet memory of the love story between himself and Scott in New York, and chronicles their six year relationship from friends to lovers. It’s such a wonderful first love story, it just made my heart melt.
The second third begins years after his breakup with Scott where Charlie, like a phoenix risen from the ashes, has reinvented himself as “Chase” and is focusing on his dancing career in New York. The story picks up the day he meets Adan: a brash, narcissistic, Columbia law student and switches to Adan’s POV. This is where I had a bit of trouble with the story. Because I hated Adan. Seriously, straight up would-have-kicked-him-in-the-nuts-and-punched-him-in-the-throat-if-I’d-ever-met-him hated.
Chase falls in love with Adan, and where Charlie and Scott’s love story was sweet and tender and made me “aww” a lot, Adan and Chase’s relationship made me rage because essentially Adan uses Chase for sex and doesn’t want to be seen in public with Chase, because he is afraid people will associate the more flamboyant Chase with the more “manly” gay Adan is trying to be. Once Chase finally wises up to this it is heartbreaking. He severs all ties with Adan and goes about picking up the pieces once again. It’s only in losing Chase that Adan finally grows up and becomes a worthwhile human being.
In the final third of the story it’s several years later and Charlie is raising his sister’s two children. The three men are brought together in Nevada where Adan and Scott own a law practice together and have been in a committed relationship for over five years. Things between them are good and solid, but they’ve never gotten over their respective “one that got away”. When they meet up with Charlie, Adan and Scott know it is meant to be that the three make their lives together. Hurt by both men in different ways and no longer the guileless innocent who was decimated by their betrayals and past hurts, Adan and Scott have a long way to go to proving to Charlie they can be trusted and a relationship between them could work.
I’ll admit, they had to make me believe it too, because at this point I was still really mad at Adan. Told from Scott’s POV these chapters bring the men together to work on getting their HEA. It sucked me in completely and had me rooting and cheering for the boys to make it.
I absolutely adored this story. I was completely and totally entranced from page one. I loved Charlie’s perspective and his snarky asides. I’m a real sucker for that kind of character, and Cardeno writes them perfectly.
Cardeno C. is my crack. Seriously.
P.S.: You ever wonder where Daniel went at the end of Something in the Way He Needs? You find out here!
Note: All stories in the Family Collection may be read as stand-alones.