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Jesse's Diner: A Friends to Lovers Contemporary Gay Romance (Hope Collection) by [C., Cardeno]
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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.
 
Word count: Approx. 30,000

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Romance Authors (Sept. 29 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015OYC5LS
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5 glowing stars!! Another great read from Cardeno C. This was a beautiful love story that kept me smiling, so sweet :)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa44ff2f4) out of 5 stars 59 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa44440f0) out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars. Sweet Story With A Touch Of Spice. It's Cardeno C...Simple As! Sept. 29 2015
By Sinfully - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 Stars (Rounded up)
Jesse's Diner is pure Cardeno goodness with a dash of CC hot sauce! A sweet but still spicy love story that might not get the adrenaline pumping in terms of edge of your seat excitement...but then it's not always about that is it? Sometimes you just want to unwind with something uncomplicated and I'd say Tanner and Steve's warmhearted romance is the perfect recipe for soothing the sresses of the day.

Twenty two year old virgin,Tanner, is an unassuming sweetie, and all man Steve, recent widower of Tanner's mentor and father of his bestie Mike, is one of those yummy older guys (well if thirty nine is older to you...to me that's a toy boy! Lol!) who makes you think "Okay...so where do I get me one of those!!!"

When Mike rings Tanner from college and asks him to check on his dad Steve, to see if he's doing okay after losing Jesse, his May to December partner of twenty years, it's the catalyst for quiet, shy Tanner to finally get more up close and personal with the gorgeous man who has been his long time crush from the moment he met him six years before.

Using food from the diner he's inherited from Jesse as an excuse to do Mikes bidding, he calls on Steve and the two of them share dinner together. Happy to just spend time with Steve anyway he can, it becomes a regular occurrence and as time passes they get closer. But bless him, it takes a slightly oblivious Tanner a while (and a VERY illuminating decorating session!!!) to realise that he's not the only one with romance on his mind....

It's not all fluffiness. There’s a more serious thread concerning Steve, running in the background, that didn’t spoil the story (far from it) but in retrospect is the only part that did leave me pondering a wee bit. I'm not saying that every time this particular subject is brought up it has to be an emotional onslaught (I actually applaud that Cardeno didn't make a huge melodrama out of it but still treated it thoughtfully) but afterwards, in my head, I took it completely out of the equation—imagining the storyline without it—and honestly? I don't think the journey to their HEA would have changed an iota if it hadn't been there at all.

If this had been a novel and not just a novella; Steve's past up to this point could have been more deeply explored; or perhaps it might have been included as a plot twist to add some conflict before they got their happy ending? If that had been the case it might have had a different impact on me. But the whole story is actually pretty much conflict free, so because it wasn’t particularly an emotional breaker I was a tad unsure what its purpose in the story really was…or perhaps I’m just overthinking it?

Anyhoo…

Whatever your thoughts on that aspect of the novella, this is still a very engaging read that will satisfy all fans out there, who just love to finish a sweet, sexy love story like this with a big sappy grin. Like its predecessor in the Hope series, MacFarland's Farm, this small town story with it's likeable characters, gentle, not too angsty feel good storyline and of course it's dose of sizzle, definitely delivers the warm and fuzzies with bells on. It’s Cardeno C…simple as!

Reviewed by Macky for Sinfully...Addicted To All Male Romance
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa45ff75c) out of 5 stars Disappointed Oct. 10 2015
By Tankchua - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a Cardeno C book and it tells the story of thirty-nine year Steve and twenty-two year old Tanner. May/December romance has always been one of my favourite theme. Steve was a quarterback and Tanner is implied to be effeminate, a masc fem couple would push another of my hot button. So why did I find this book such a disappointment? One reason I can think of is that the story is missing the journey of how these two unlikely people fall in love. The book opens with Tanner already into his 6th year of his crush on Steve, and this crush is reciprocated. Within weeks this crush grows into love with everyone's blessing including Steve's twenty year old son and the end. Perhaps CC intended this to be a short and angst free love story but by leaving out drama and angst, the story ended up flat and unengaging.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa45716d8) out of 5 stars a beautiful love story Sept. 30 2015
By MRS M D ATTENBOROUGH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Tanner fell for Mike's dad, 6 years ago and never stopped. Steve is mourning the loss of his partner, and Tanner's mentor, Jesse. Tanner never thought taking Steve dinner, cos Mike asked him to check up on him, would change his life.

There comes along, once in a while, a book that gives you the warm and fuzzy feeling that lasts for days. THIS is such a book.

Tanner noticed Steve right away, and kept his silence all this time, because Steve was in mourning. Steve also noticed Tanner, but not quite in the same way. That they did was picked up. A single phone call pushed them both over.

Its written entirely from Tanner's POV in the first person. Not my favourite, as you know. But here?? Don't care. Tanner is so deliciously young and naïve, so smitten with Steve, I don't care. Besides, Steve has a lot to say and he more than makes up for it.

Its only short, just under and hour and a half reading time for me, but it packs quite and warm and fuzzy punch. There is no drama, no break up/make up, no danger, no crime, none of that. What there, is a beautifully love story of two men falling in love. THATS IT!! BUT I mean this in a good way, a very good way.

It's not as explicit as some Cardeno C books, but again, a good thing. What is here, is beautifully written, deliciously told.

This is book two in the Hope series, you don't need to have read book one, Jared is mentioned, briefly, so we get none of Jared and Lucas. I do wonder if the sheriff is next, after his midnight phone call??

Thank you, for the warm and fuzzies.

5 stars.

I bought my ebook copy.

AUDIO REVIEW

I was also given the opportunity to review this book in AUDIO.

Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books, I was gifted my audio copy.

Paul Morey narrates and he does a sterling job!!

When I'm READING a book, I much prefer to read books written in multi POV and in the third person. However, I've discovered, mainly with Cardeno C's help, that when LISTENING I much prefer single POV, in the first person. I loved this book when reading, and I loved it MORE when listening.

Morey's reading voice is clear and even, and I had no trouble with the sound or the reading. Morey's voice for Tanner was just as I imagined it, but for Steve, I found Morey's voice a much better fit that what I heard while reading. I do that, you know, hear voices when reading. I'm sure others do, but I do it more since using audio files. Morey's voice is PERFECT for Steve, and Mike too.

Morey narrates McFarland's Farm too, and I thought I had listening to it, but can't find the review if I did. I want to go back, and listen to it, just because :-)

2 hours and 49 minutes of warm and fuzzies all over again.

**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Audible.co.uk, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk**
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5933bd0) out of 5 stars Another Sweetly Sexy Romance from Cardeno C.!! Oct. 3 2015
By Ellen (Book Bellas) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
JESSE'S DINER is another sweetly sexy, romantic and swoon-y story from one of my favorite authors! Cardeno C. is my go-to author when I want a feel-good, sweet but very sexy romance. Jesse's Diner fits the bill and although it is a novella in the Hope series, you don't need to have read book #1 first to become involved in the story of Steve and Tanner.

Steve has become a widower at the ripe "old" age of 39 (although for me, that is young!) He and his partner had adopted Mike, whose best friend Tanner runs a diner in town.

Tanner has always had a crush on the older Steve, but never acted on it. Now that Steve is single, Tanner is afraid to make a move. For one, he is a virgin, and the other reason being that Steve is still in mourning for his partner Jesse. Tanner is also extremely shy and has no idea how to go about flirting or showing his interest in Steve.

There is a bit of tension in this book with a reveal that comes early on in the book. It is dealt with sensitively and with care by the author.

The humor in this book comes from Tanner's innocence and huge crush on Steve, who obviously has tons more experience sexually than Tanner, but Steve has never really dated either. This story is just a sexy, romantic story with a happy ending, just like all of CC's books. This novella will give you a few hours of pure pleasure and escapism, and isn't that what reading romance is all about? Another definite recommend from me for this sweet, passionate novella!

Favorite quotes:

"I want to try something," he whispered as he skimmed his fingers down my back. "Tell me if it's too much."

"I'm a twenty-two-year-old virgin lying on the sex god I've had a crush on since I was sixteen. There is no 'too much' in this scenario."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By ReaderLady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
4-4.5 stars
I loved this book!
It was sweet and well written.
The romance was there along with the innocence of finding love.
However, the only thing that really deterred this book from being a 5 star for me was length. If that author had taken the time to develop more for me as a reader, by adding 30 or so more pages, then I would have come out very satisfied.
Sadly, I felt parts of slightly lacking due to the books length. Although the story itself was beautiful and sexy.

The sex itself in the book wasn't very erotic. But the parts that weren't actual sex, were.

I'm not sure if the author intended this or was afraid to write about a (spoiler alert) HIV gay man having sex- and maybe that's why the sex itself wasn't played with more. My mother is HIV positive so I've grown up more than 1/2 of my life dealing with the virus, which is one of the biggest reasons I read this book. I loved that the author didn't make it a huge deal with Steve and Mike, that she didn't give in to mass hysteria and ignorance and focused more on the two grown adults loving each other and willing to overcome an obstacle to be together. I give her huge Kudos for that!

I would highly recommend this book.
The only thing you need to understand as a reader is the book is short and will leave you mildly unsatisfied at the end, because you'll love it so much and need more.

P.S. To the author- Cardeno C- Please write a squeal to this. I'd love to read it. (Wishful thinking, I know, but I had to note it.)