Book Reviews

Love at First Sight (Home 4) by Cardeno C. at The Romance Authors

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 26-February-2015

Book Blurb

The moment naïve, optimistic Jonathan Doyle glimpses a gorgeous blue-eyed stranger from afar, he believes in love at first sight. Unfortunately, he loses sight of the man before they meet and then spends years desperately trying to find him. Just as he is about to give up, Jonathan gets a break and finally encounters David Miller face to face.

Successful, confident David turns Jonathan’s previously lonely life into a fairy tale, giving him more than he ever imagined. But the years spent searching were hard on Jonathan, and he’s terrified his young son and scandalous past will destroy his blossoming relationship. For David and Jonathan to build a future together, they’ll both have to dig deep: David for the courage to share himself in a way he’s never considered and Jonathan for the strength to tell the truth.

NOTE: This book was previously published by Dreamspinner Press in July 2011.

Book Review

I knew before I even started this book that I was going to love it. It's written by Cardeno C., whom I am a giant fan of, it's the fourth book in the 'Home' series and I have loved the three previous books, and the premise of love at first sight is something I believe in and which happened to me when I met my husband. So, before I even opened the book, I had a trifecta of goodness happening.

It took me about two paragraphs to fall completely in love with Jonathan. He's shy, sweet, gentle, naive, clumsy, easily distracted, loving, lonely, hates to disappoint anyone, and he doesn't do confrontation. These characteristics made for an amazing man, but they also helped to create the mess that Jonathan found himself in at the age of eighteen. He let his best friend accost him on the night of their graduation and take his virginity because she was angry at her boyfriend. During his graduation/class trip to New York, Jonathan saw a man and fell in love at first sight, leading Jonathan to move to the city in hopes of finding him. Because of his oopsie with his best friend, he finds out he's going to be a father, and in his loneliness and despair Jonathan ends up involved in internet gay porn. That's a lot to have happen at the age of eighteen. Luckily for Jonathan the police raid one of the porn sets and he meets Officer Jake Owens. (Ring a bell, fans? 'Where He Ends and I Begin')

Jonathan gets his life together in time for his son, Samuel's, appearance. Jonathan is a wonderful dad and after three years in New York he decides it's time to give up his foolish hope of finding his soul mate, the man with the blue eyes he saw that one time, and he returns home with Samuel to build a life where his son has family. On his birthday his parents send him out the door and he finds himself in a bar, a place he hasn't been in years, and just Jonathan's luck some jerk recognizes him from his porn days and tries to make Jonathan come home with him. Jonathan is saved by the bar's owner who happens to be.....ta daa.....his soul mate, the man with the blue eyes. Jonathan faints right at his feet. I love him, he's so stinking adorable.

David is fascinated by this gorgeous young man who makes him want things he's never desired before. Jonathan makes David think of forever and that this honest guy who embarrasses so easily and blushes at a dime might just be his for life. David is a little older, established in his life, and there are things he doesn't discuss with other people: his family, his childhood and his feelings being primary. So David is a little shocked to realize he wants to open up to Jonathan. When Jonathan leaves early the following morning and tells David he can't spend the weekend with him, it sets off a chain reaction leaving David to do a whole lot of soul searching so he can get Jonathan back in his life. Of course, David has no idea about the worst (the porn) and the best (Sam) things in Jonathan's life as Jonathan doesn't want to scare David away.

There wasn't anything that I didn't love about this book. I realize I say that a lot about Cardeno C.'s work, but the author really is that good and I feel as if I'm right there immersed within the story. Watching David and Jonathan fall in love was intense and amazing. Seeing what happened after Jonathan told David that he'd fallen in love with him when he saw him in New York, and then revealing about his past porn life, just reinforced my belief that there are good, decent people in the world who know how to love through thick and thin. Thank you, Cardeno, for the much needed reminder and another beautiful story!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 69000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-February-2015
Price $4.99 ebook
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