Title: Strong Enough (Family #2)
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Page Count: 247
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When a casual hookup turns into the potential for love, staid Spencer realizes he wants to build a life with vibrant Emilio.
When twenty-two-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn’t difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.
Spencer is surprised when he’s approached by the gorgeous construction worker he’s admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his thirty-eight years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he’ll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.
Oooooooh this was such a treat and so different to the first book of the series, Something in the way he needs. I absolutely loved Spencer and Emilio.
Emilio was a hot young thing who worked for his family’s construction company. He saw Spencer at the job site on campus and totally fell in love. And I mean this literally. This was a case of insta-lust, insta-love, insta-forever, let’s live together and I’ll have your babies. Spencer, the poor thing, was a 38-year old, prim and proper math professor who had been let down one too many times by previous relationships. He did not for one second believe his luck when Emilio practically barged his way into Spencer’s life. These two were so beautiful together. If you want a simple romance, full of the standard Cardeno fluff and heart and flowers and sugar comma, look no further. This is it right here. Diabetes in e-book and done exceptionally well I might add. The sex was HAWT and the feelz went right along with it.
Just because this is a low-drama book doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any substance. I liked that Emilio dealt with Spencer’s erectile dysfunction in a mature and supportive way, allowing Spencer to express his frustration and anger over his condition. There was history of some past trauma to go along with that which was handled in a careful manner as well.
Well, there was an evil ex of Spencer’s who acted all stalkery-like and couldn’t take a hint –very OTT but at that point, who’s waiting for realistic developments? You don’t read this kind of book for how realistic it is. In fact, you read it so you can be swept along in a pretty fairy tale where a hot Latino 22-year old gets the hots for an uptight math professor with self-esteem issues. And it’s perfect!