Strong Enough by Cardeno C : Book Review

strong enoughsynopsisWhen 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.

paula review


I absolutely adore Emilio and Spencer. Emilio is such a great character. So outgoing and sure of what he wants. At 22 he is so mature and has his life together. I like how mature he was and how he just went after what he wanted, and by that I’m talking about Spencer. Spencer, dear sweet shy Spencer, he was such a brilliantly written character. His utter cluelessness at the beginning was so endearing. He was so unsure of what Emilio wanted from him, not really believing that Emilio was hitting on him. I like the joy Emilio brought to his life. Emilio’s family is full of a wonderful cast of characters. As with most Cardeno’s books this is just a sweet straight forward romance, no huge drama’s.

5 pieces of Eye Candy



denise review


It’s no secret that I love CC’s books. How I have not binge read all of them by now, I have no idea. I think my brain has decided to savor them. And I have recently started reading/listening to her Mates series (reviews on that to come), when I don’t really read shifter books. But there you go, I have decided that if CC writes it, I will read it.

I loved this one. A hookup to an HEA, always a great love story for me. These two were such well drawn up characters, and really offset each other well. May-December romance that just hits all the great feels that you want in a story like this. Two men finding love, where they don’t expect it. In CC’s hand, that always adds up to a great read for me.

5 pieces of eye candy



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