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review 2017-04-02 13:00
Just What the Truth Is (Home Collection Book 3) - Cardeno C.

Ben is the brother of Noah, whose story is told in Home Again.
Through Noah's story we already learned that their parents refuse to accept a gay son. And this is the main reason Ben has spent his whole life 'refusing to be gay'.
I basically spent the entire first half of this book hating him with a passion and also feeling that everything about him and his reasoning was so absolutely illogical. Yes, he knows for a fact his parents would not accept him being gay and they have put a lot of energy into making it clear to him that all gay people are promiscuous, slutty, incapable of commitment meaning there is no way a gay man can be a happy man.
Still, it just doesn't fit that he would keep buying into that; he is a grown man in the 21st century with a university degree living in a fairly large city and with a brother who has been in a committed relationship with his male partner for years and yet it never occurs to him to question his parents views? Nope, simply not buying it. And his 'solution' of simply just finding a girl to date for a little while is just ridiculous.

 

Then came the good part of the book when Ben and Micah actually got together - it was quite impressive (warning: sarcasm!) how Ben embraced every aspect of gay life once he got his head out his ass. He was just all in with no hesitation whatsoever. Maybe just a little bit unrealistic!
I still enjoyed this part of the book, though. They really were very sweet together. I loved how Ben was almost in awe at how good it could feel to just be with someone you care about. The little touches, waking up together etc. Very sweet.

 

And then the ending came and kicked the whole thing down one a star in my rating!

Grandkids! Seriously?! A set of parents who have ruined their relationship with their youngest son by refusing to accept his sexuality and his partner, going on to do the same thing when their older son comes out - at least they were consistent this far - but then along comes a set of grandkids and suddenly everything is just peachy. Ben is gay? Whatever, because... grandkids. He lives with a man? Oh, that's fine, he's a nice guy, because... babies.
It is not spelled out but it is implied that they still have no relationship with Noah and Clark, but then again - they don't have any babies/grandkids.
So nothing is resolved. At all. There is no remorse on the part of the parents, no apologies, no nothing. Just them suddenly being ok with being in the same room as Ben and Micah because they have provided grandkids. To say I was unhappy with this supposedly happy ending is an understatement!

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text 2017-03-31 07:25
Reading progress update: I've read 11%.
Just What the Truth Is (Home Collection Book 3) - Cardeno C.

I didn't want my younger brother to suffer through the miserable life I was leading, constantly being plagued by desires and thoughts I knew were wrong.

The irony of it all was that, as it turned out, Noah hadn't been suffering. He was happy with his life, happy living with Clark.

 

A happy gay man? Well, what do you know! [/sarcasm!]

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text 2017-03-31 07:15
Reading progress update: I've read 4%.
Just What the Truth Is (Home Collection Book 3) - Cardeno C.

I dreaded the nights when I couldn't come up with a decent excuse and I had to go to bed with whatever woman I was dating at the time.

 

There is just so much wrong with that thought....

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review 2016-07-19 13:35
Red River (Pack Collection Book 2) - Cardeno C.

Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my e-copy of this book, AND the audio version too.

Wesley's birth defect, hidden though it is, makes him different from his pack, and they don't want him as their Alpha, even though its his right. Swapping with another Alpha, in another pack seemed to be the only way Wesley will fulfill his right. Jobe's pack, however, is very different to Purple Sky, and life at Red River will take some getting used to.

Book two in the Pack series and you don't need to read book one, Blue Mountain. Mitch is mentioned, Simon not at all, and the Blue Mountain pack itself pops up, but only in a passing mention. So you don't need to read it. But you should. Just because I tell you to; because its Cardeno C and because its a five star read.

As is this one!!

I do love Cardeno C, ya'll know I do and the shifter books are by far my favourite of all the series. The Mates Collection, the Siphon Collection and these are all 5 star reads!

I loved this one, especially, because it takes a turn I did not see coming! Loved it!!

More generally speaking, I loved that Jobe knew straight away who Wesley was to him, and that it took time for Wesley to get it. I loved that Jobe knew so much more the Wesley about shifter lore, and that it took time for Wesley, and indeed, me, to get it all. I loved that Wesley threw himself into life in Red River, even though, at first, he really did not wanna be there.

Following a solid CC track, no major break ups/ make ups, no nutty ex, just the *ahem* minor misunderstanding which is more to do with a huge gap in Wesley's knowledge, than a fall out. Steam and passion a plenty, and lots and lots of CC love.

Thank you, CC, for another favourite, best one yet, that will undoubtedly be ousted off the top spot when the next book comes along.

AUDIO REVIEW

Nick J Russo narrates this second installment, he didn't narrate the first one. This is the second of his work I have listened to, and it threw me. Because in THAT book, Russo has a very NON-American speaking voice, but here, its very obviously American. It had me checking on Audible to see whether I had listened to his work before! Excellent switch though, very well done.

Russo's portrayal of Wesley and Jobe is brilliant. The voices are similar, but not so close that I, with my dodgy hearing, couldn't make out who was speaking when, without being told. Jobe's knowledge and Wesley's lack there-of comes across beautifully.

The major plot twist I did not see coming when I READ this does not have the same impact, but thats why I don't re-read. It didn't affect my enjoyment of the book second time around, and certainly did not affect my star rating, I just needed to say it.

Russo's reading voice is clear and even, and it makes for very easy listening, especially for me.

5 stars for the narration
5 stars for the book

**same worded review will appear elsewhere**

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text 2016-06-03 12:18
Saph1re's Shelf Stacking - May 2016

So here are the 17 books I added to my bookshelves in May. As usual, not enough hours in the day to read them all. Why can't I stop myself shelf stacking?!

 

 

Amazon Kindle Freebies

 

The Punch and Judy Man

 

Twisted Dreams (The Dhampyre Chronicles #1)

 

Wildflower Bay: Part One

 

Someone Else's Skin (DI Marnie Rome #1)

 

 

Amazon Kindle Bought

 

Willow Walk (Banktoun #2)

 

 

NetGalley

 

The Sister

 

S is for Stranger

 

My Girl

 

The Couple Next Door

 

Play Dead (D.I. Kim Stone #4)

 

The Gut Health Diet Plan: Recipes to Restore Digestive Health and Boost Wellbeing

 

 

Signed Books

 

(Received as a gift from the author)

 

Even Stranger

 

 

Paperbacks from Publishers

 

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

 

I See You

 

 

Review Requests Received

 

The Reflections of Queen Snow White

 

Delivered (The Monster Trilogy Book 3)

 

The Caller (The Organised Crime Team series Book 1)

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