Title: The Half of Us (Family #4)
Author: Cardeno, C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Page Count: 249
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A Story in the Family Collection
If short-tempered Jason can open his heart and life to optimistic Abe, he might finally find the family he craves.
Short-tempered, arrogant heart surgeon Jason Garcia grew up wanting a close-knit family, but believes he ruined those dreams when he broke up his marriage. The benefit of divorce is having as much random sex as he wants, and it’s a benefit Jason is exploiting when he meets a sweet, shy man at a bar and convinces him to go home for a no-strings-attached night of fun.
Eight years living in Las Vegas hasn’t dimmed Abe Green’s optimism, earnestness, or desire to find the one. When a sexy man with lonely eyes propositions him, Abe decides to give himself a birthday present—one night of spontaneous fun with no thoughts of the future. But one night turns into two and then three, and Abe realizes his heart is involved.
For the first time, Abe feels safe enough with someone he respects and adores to let go of his inhibitions in the bedroom. If Jason can get past his own inhibitions and open his heart and his life to Abe, he might finally find the family he craves.
Hands down, my favourite book in the Family series. The characters were complicated, the sex was the hottest yet, the dirty talk was the dirtiest of the bunch, and I loved the way the storyline evolved. Best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jason was a neurosurgeon who came out late in life, after cheating on his wife for years. He came off as the guy who went to clubs to scratch an itch in a damn near obsessive way. I almost thought he had a sex addiction, no joke. He met Abe on one of his nights out and went home with him. Abe was sweet and shy but completely transformed in bed. The timid little guy became a sex-crazed hussy and boy were they hot together. *fans self*
The MCs didn’t jump into a relationship. Obviously, Jason was a commitment-phobe. He truly believed that there was no reason for two men to be monogamous since all men want is sex (what a dick huh?) Abe, on the other hand, wanted the relationship and the flowers but with Jason he made an exception because he felt that he couldn’t stay away from him. One hook-up turned into two, two turned into a weekend together, and before Jason knew it, Abe had practically moved in with him without Jason realising.
I absolutely loved how this story was laid out. While the guys had a lot of sex, Jason started mellowing and showing emotion in a very heart-warming way. He fell in love with Abe and that started to freak him out a bit because as big of an a$$whole as he initially was made out to be, he actually felt very guilty over how he treated his wife and their marriage and did not want to do that to Abe. I had quite a few awwww moments with him when he admitted his insecurities and fears to Abe.
I think the kids’ sub-plot was handled very well. I missed that in the third book of the series where the kids where pretty much a backdrop. Here, the kids were actually Jason’s and getting them involved in the relationship was an issue that Jason and Abe had to make a conscious decision over. There was some delicious tension and a few suspenseful moments that were just perfect to showcase just how deep Jason’s feelings ran for Abe and vice versa.
I cannot recommend this enough. It has everything you’d want in a mm romance. Emotions galore, raunchy steamy scenes, and very solid relationship development.
I will definitely be rereading this in the future.