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Strong Enough: A Contemporary Gay Romance (Family Collection) by [C., Cardeno]
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When 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.

Word Count: 61,177

About the Author

Cardeno C.—CC to friends—is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few awwws into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3737 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Romance Authors; 2 edition (Oct. 14 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016OXY29Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a great read ....A true sensitive romantic story....The characters are people you would love to have as friends ...the sex is gentle and sizzling at the same time ....The author certainly understands the gay mind and the journey of gay men I'm going to order more of his books
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I just finished reading this book and I had to write a review. This story made me laugh and cry and hurt my heart. Spencer is so strong. He's been dealt a sorry hand by life but has remained sweet and loveable, not bitter or angry. Emilio is perfect for Spencer being such a loving and protective man.

The secondary characters are also great. Maria, Spencer's friend from work, is in your face and great at it. Emilio's brothers are so typical of siblings in a loving home. They laugh, insult and fight with each other. They have each other's back against the world. Emilio's dad is precious.

One of my favorite parts of the story was the perfect use of an eight ball to the left of a pocket. You had to be there. Read that part and tell me it wasn't perfect.

This is a story that I will read again as it's going directly in my favorites collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29a99cc) out of 5 stars Wonderful Sept. 4 2013
By Christy Duke - Published on
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The visual in my head when I started reading this story was the Diet Coke commercial from the 90s where all the ladies gather at the office windows to watch the construction workers take their morning break. I loved that commercial. I mean, what could be better than watching hunky construction men, sweat dripping off them, jeans low around their hips, taking off their shirts…oh my. Okay. So, apparently, construction men are a hot button for me. And, for Spencer, too, I see.

Spencer is thirty-eight, a math professor and his last relationship ended when his ex informed him that he'd been cheating on Spencer for the entire time and that, somehow, it was Spencer's fault. Huh. Serious jab to the ego. Spencer is shy, had never been much into the bar scene, and figures he has a pretty low sex drive. It comes as a bit of a shock when he can't keep his eyes off of one of the construction workers. And when the guy introduces himself and asks him out, Spencer is completely flummoxed.

Emilio is twenty-two, total sex on a stick, youngest child of a construction company family, licensed electrician, and extremely intrigued by the hot professor he keeps seeing. In fact, Emilio was only supposed to stop by the site and check on some electrical issues, but once he saw Spencer he figured it wouldn't hurt to put in some time at this site. Emilio knows what he wants and when he sees it, whether business or personal, he goes after it. And he definitely wants Spencer.

OMG, I completely fell for Spencer. He's so sweet, a little vulnerable, shy, and totally has no idea of his own worth. He actually believed his ex and thinks he's dull, unattractive, and not good in bed. And, who couldn't absolutely adore Emilio? A hunky stud who is gentle and is looking for the long-term guy to share his life with. Emilio wants what his parents, his brothers and his sister have all found, the love of his life and he's fairly certain that person is Spencer.

Now, from reading the description a reader might assume they know how the whole story will play out. And, in some ways, they would be right. But, the author does an incredible job of throwing a few curve balls in and shaking things up. Watching Spencer and Emilio get to their happy ever after was really lovely. It was everything I had hoped for in this love story and I wasn't disappointed at all.

NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29a9aa4) out of 5 stars Not as great as some of the older books Sept. 24 2013
By amf0001 - Published on
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Cardeno C has written 3 of my all time favorite m/m romances - I just love Where He Ends and I Begin (Home Series), Love at First Sight (Home Series) and He Completes Me (Home Series) I've reread all of them frequently. So I truly love some of his/her work. But lately I haven't, and that's a disappointment for me.

Strong Enough just wasn't deep enough for me. Emilio is a very sweet 22 year old, but I would have liked it better if he were 26 (or if Spencer were 32) the 16 year age difference did bother me, as well as the life experience difference. Also, in her previous books, both men clearly brought strengths to the relationship. I felt that Emilio brought much more to the relationship than Spencer ever did, who was a bit too damsel in distress for me. That being said, I read this from beginning to end, and if it was the first Cardeno C book I had ever read, I might have liked it more, but it pales when compared to his/her older books and that makes it a weaker entry for me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29a9e04) out of 5 stars Sweetly, lovingly, and nicely done Nov. 13 2013
By Kimberly Roberts - Published on
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What a wonderful story. Done with humor, passion, compassion and sexiness, too. I found myself rooting for Spencer and Emilio from the opening pages and wasn't disappointed at stories end. Author dealt with difficult subjects without unneeded misunderstandings, contrived breakups or forced emotional breakdowns. It was a beautiful love story written very well. Worth the price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29a9cfc) out of 5 stars Amazingly romantic M/M story !! Jan. 22 2016
By D.Hart, RCIS - Published on
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I really enjoyed this sweet, loving, caring, mushy, honest book. We get deep characters that we like right away, an intriguing story, and amazing, erotic sex scenes, yummy. Everything you could want is here. This "love-at-first-sight" tale is about a construction worker and the college professor, seeing each other as they are caught looking at each other. 38 yr. old Spencer, is 5'9", 160 lbs., soft, beginning to grey, and has big dimples, and apparently just what Emilio is looking for. Emilio, 22, cut muscles, chiseled features, and perfect, is a licensed electrician, with a big Spanish family, and his targeting Spencer. Bold Emilio catches up to shy Spencer in the parking lot and asks him if he's interested in getting together. Spencer is shy, hesitant and amazed at how stunning Emilio is up close. After Emilio bulldozes his hesitation, he says yes. And so it began. Emilio knows he's the "one". Spencer has a past that makes him leery, he's socially limited and had a stifling family, but the guys get to talk everything over, explain, share, and accept, with total honesty and devotion. It does your heart good to watch the men find their passions, their deep emotions, their unconditional feelings. Loved it !
Loved Emilio, what a great character !
Emilio is stronger, bigger, rougher, gorgeous, skilled and kind, and he made Spencer feel alive for the first time in a long while. Spencer finally tells Emilio his event that causes him problems yet today, and his ex cause some trouble, there's family to meet, etc..
I highly recommend this lovely tale of needs being met, strong men taking what they want, overcoming obstacles, and true love.
Highly recommend. ENJOY !!

<spoiler>This story has non-descript, retellings of date rape of a male, and also of a female.
Plus the way it affects their lives today, each in a different way.</spoiler>
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29a9ee8) out of 5 stars Nice story - a good read Nov. 4 2013
By Frank D. Adams - Published on
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I loved the story! By the end of the 15th page, I was hooked. I wanted to know about the two characters - being the romantic I wanted to determine HOW did the writer plan for these two to find love! I wasn't disappointed! A good read.