He Completes Me: Home Collection
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Not even his mother's funeral can convince self-proclaimed party boy Zach Johnson to tone down his snark or think about settling down. He is who he is, and he refuses to change for anyone. When straight-laced, compassionate Aaron Paulson claims he's falling for him, Zach is certain Aaron sees him as another project, one more lost soul for the idealistic Aaron to save. But Zach doesn't need to be fixed, and he refuses to be with someone who sees him as broken.
Patience is one of Aaron's many virtues. He has waited years for a man who can share his heart and complete his life, and he insists Zach is the one. Pride, fear, and old hurts wither in the wake of Aaron's adoring loyalty, and as Zach reevaluates his perceptions of love and family, he finds himself tempted to believe in the impossible: a happily ever after.
©2013 Cardeno C. (P)2015 Cardeno C.
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.
I was gifted both the kindle edition and the audio edition.
I'm not writing a blurby bit here, I wanna jump straight in.
If you follow my reviewers you will know 2 things.
1. I LOVE Cardeno C's work, well, almost all of it, had one or two not so love ones but still, I love their work.
2. I don't much care for single person, POV in the first person.
OH! THREE things.
3. I will hold me hand up and say, that a good story, NO, an AWESOME story will negate any or all of my dislikes.
THIS BOOK is a prime example for the third point. Its written entirely from Zach's POV and is told in the first person. I started reading it and thought...pfft...I'm not going to love this, I will just like it. But as I got to know Zach, and his way of thinking, his attitude and his thought patterns, I began to love it, and toward the end I didn't want to finish! I LOVE Zach!
I also loved Aaron, but since we don't get any of him, I cant say anything about the way he thinks, except that he loves Zach, I mean totally and utterly LOVES him from that very first meeting when Zach didn't actually say a word. I loved his nature, that is , he needs someone to look after but equally, he needs to be looked after. While I thought Zach was a nasty person to do what he did at that party, I also know he hated himself after, and I loved that Aaron didn't leave him, he looked after Zach, knowing full well what he did.
A prime example of a beautifully told story, with no major break ups, not too much drama, and an enormous amount of love that jumps off every single page.
This is a book in The Home Series, revamped, and with extra scenes and bonus chapters. There is no need to read them in order, all the time lines overlap, and all the characters pop up at some point or other in the books, and its nice to catch up with them at later or even earlier points on their journeys. I love that. I really do.
I very rarely give 5 stars to single person POV books, but I cannot, in all fairness, give this one any less. I would really LOVE to go back and LISTEN to this one too, cos Zach has a wicked sense of the reader, he talks to you! Its ace!
So, 5 full stars.
Alexander Collins narrates this book. When I listened to him narrating Walk With Me, his voices were very similar for the two main characters. Not so here. Zach and Aaron have clearly defined voices and I was able to fully differentiate between the two. His reading voice DID make me think of Seth and Eli, but only to a point. I got over that, right quick!
I loved Zach when I READ this book, and I loved him here, too. His little digs at the reader come across beautifully! Collins nailed Zach, he really did. All of Zach's thought processes, the way his mind worked, came across so much more for LISTENING to it. I did say I wanted to listen and listen I did. I was not disappointed!
5 stars for the narration
5 stars for the book
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.
Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."
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