Book Reviews

Jesse's Diner (A Hope Story 2) by Cardeno C. at The Romance Authors

Genre Gay / Contemporary / May/December / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 16-November-2015

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

"I had nearly swallowed my tongue the first time I’d seen six foot, five inch, two hundred twenty pound former college football player Steve Faus, and six years later, my reaction to the older man was only slightly less humiliating."

There are many things that attracted me to this story. One, the author, whom I absolutely adore. Two, it's a May-December romance, and I'm a huge sucker for those. And three, it's the second book in a series where I absolutely loved book one. I figured all of these things guaranteed me a wonderful read and an exciting journey. I wasn't wrong.

Tanner and Steve have got to be two of the loneliest souls I've ever seen. Tanner grew up with a mom who was a “free spirit”, enjoying partying, moving around a lot, etc. and she sent Tanner to live with her mother when Tanner was sixteen. Tanner was a parent, of himself, before he ever got to be a child. He met Mike in high school when Tanner was a junior and getting picked on by the bigger kids, and Mike was a huge freshman with two dads, Jesse and Steve. Jesse took Tanner under his wing, taught him all about running the diner, and eighteen months ago when Jesse died, he left the business to Tanner.

Steve came from a wealthy, influential family outside of Dallas, but when he told them he was gay, they threw him out at eighteen. He had a full football scholarship, but he spiraled into a bad place, partying, not going to class, screwing every guy he could find, getting kicked out of school, and winding up at Jesse's Diner in Hope, Arizona. He and Jesse fell in love, adopted Mike, and didn't let their age difference bother them. But now Jesse is gone, Steve is all alone, and he's lost. And he's feeling guilty for having travelled so much with work and it kept him away from Jesse.

When Mike calls Tanner and asks him to check on his dad for him, Tanner is in a quandary. He starts by dropping by the house in the evening with a meal from the diner and they sit and eat together. Speaking from experience, eating by yourself in an empty house after the death of a loved one is miserable. Tanner figures they can be friends, and Steve will never notice if Tanner gazes a little too longingly. Much to Tanner's surprise, Steve's been looking, too.

'Jesse's Diner' is a sweet and loving story about two men coming together, despite a lot of miscommunication, sometimes very funny at that, and falling in love. Unbeknownst to them, they've got a little help from some unexpected places. I adored both of these men and their very gentle but hot love story. Thank you, CC.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 112 pages/30000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-September-2015
Price $3.99 ebook
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