Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.
As a teenager, Charlie "Chase" Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door. Charlie thinks he's living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way. But his dreams are dashed when Scott unexpectedly moves away.
Years later, Charlie meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets. After eight months together, Charlie is convinced Adan returns his love. But when the opportunity comes to be open about their relationship, Adan walks away.
Time passes and life moves on, but when Charlie learns the only two men he's ever loved are now in love with each other, his heart breaks all over again. Scott and Adan tell Charlie they want him back, but Charlie doesn't know if he can trust two people who have hurt him so deeply. Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.
©2013 Cardeno C. (P)2016 Cardeno C.
I enjoyed this one and can see myself listening to this again. Engaging story, even though it ripped my heart out halfway through. But I knew this would happen in advance (read the blurb) and so was prepared for the heartache, and absolutely loved how the threesome came together in the latter half of the book.
I'm always a little unsure about MMM since I can't fathom how not to be jealous of the third person and worry that someone is always a little less loved than the other pair, so I don't have many other MMM to compare to. That said, as a gay fiction novel, it was very enjoyable and as good as any other Home/Famliy book Cardeno C has written.
He did - Charlie was completely different from Adan and Scott (who only very rarely sounded like each other), although I couldn't quite fall in love with Charlie's sometimes-too-whiny voice.
I would definitely read the book all in one go, maybe not listen to all in one go.
Cardeno C is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and a go-to-read/listen for me.
"YES!!! Another Cardeno C. 5 Star Book!"
Cardeno C has become a favorite M/M author, but I also find his work frustrating because too many of his stories are just one good final rewrite away from excellence AND they don't get that rewrite. Also his work bizarrely comes & goes from Audible and isn't released in order.
HOWEVER, More than Everything is one of the Really good ones that keeps me coming back for more!
The performance is excellent, Ezekiel Robison's best one yet. Charlie/Chase is narrated just as the character is described without ever becoming a caricature. Scott & Adan have completely different voices and sound like the men the are. The women even sound female.
The story builds across a long period of time but keeps your attention for the whole journey. By the time all the strands are twisted together their relationship seems absolutely reasonable as well as incredibly sexy. I love how in his best books Cardeno makes the most unrealistic premises Completely viable!
More than Everything is not only dangerously hard to stop listening to, it is a book I will keep re"reading". Is it perfect? no. Is it worth 5 stars & a credit? YES!!!
"Emotional and heavy at times, fantastic narration."
Yes, I would. As emotional and angsty as it was at times, the story and the characters really drew me in and kept me engrossed throughout the book.
Any other book in this series, they all have the same feel and narrator.
He brought the characters to life, literally. I could always tell how each person was feeling by the tone he gave them.
What's wrong with the title of the book?
Charlie Rhodes is in his thirties, going through the motions in life. Work, sleep, eat… he loves to dance, always has, but his love of dancing is the only love that has stayed with him through life. Charlie has loved two men, his high school sweetheart Scott, and a college lover Adan. When push came to shove, both men walked out of Charlie’s life without as much as a backwards glance. When his sister is killed, Charlie becomes the sole guardian for his young niece and nephew. In a strange twist of fate, it’s this traumatic time in his life when love reappears.
Scott Boone realized he was in love with his best friend and neighbor, Charlie Rhodes, the night of prom when instead of wanting to kiss his date; he wanted to rush home and kiss Charlie. The two make promises to each other that can only be broken at such a young, tender age. And that is exactly what happens when Scott moves to Nevada to be a closer to his little sister.
Adan Navarro is a player. He meets them, beds them, then gets up and walks away. Something is different about Chase Rhodes from the start though. Adan finds himself watching, admiring, wanting more for the first time. But when push comes to shove and Chase needs Adan to voice his feelings, he too walks out of Chase’s life.
The three points converge when Charlie moves to Nevada to care for his sister’s children after her death. The only two men he ever loved, the men that left him alone and killed Charlie’s need to be loved, roll back into his life like a tornado, threatening to destroy Charlie emotionally. It really is a small world after all when the two loves of one man’s life wind up together.
The story is told mainly through Charlie Chase Rhodes POV as he puts together a scrapbook of his life. The good, the bad, the ugly and the happy ever after Charlie feared he would never have. From the first day he looked out his bedroom window and fell hard for Scott, to the day Scott left him alone and broken hearted. Meeting Adan and going from skeptical to happy that his heart was big enough to love another man, only to be broken in half again when he too walks away. The death of his sister, one of the hardest times in Charlies life, a time that morphs into so much more when Scott and Adan walk through his front door and stake their claim, refuse to let Charlie go ever again. Oh he fights them, every step of the way, makes them prove that they love him and won’t ever hurt him again. What Scott and Adan give him is love, commitment, security and a family… it is more than everything.
Narrated by Ezekiel Robison and I really enjoy his style of storytelling. It took me a few minutes to get used to the voice he gave Charlie. He is flamboyant, full of life and energy, the kind of person you want to be around because his joy just spreads over everything. The twist on that, what really sold me on the choice of tone for Charlie was how Robison really brought Charlies pain to life after losing both men. Having the ability to convey that pain and hurt by literally bringing down Charlie’s voice much in the way CC brought the character down for a while there. Adan is the most accretive character so it made sense that Robison gave him a deeper, more commanding voice. Scott is the glue that holds them together, his tone was more neutral, and again fitting the way the character was written.
There is a good deal of angst and drama in this story; heartache and pain. But the balance is the happy times Charlie has with Scott, the two of them learning about and exploring their sexuality, together. Adan charging into Charlie’s life like a bull in a china shop, only to find temperance through Charlie. My favorite aspect of the story was the semantics of their relationship toward the end. Scott and Adan are very successful with their law firm, could afford any of the riches life has to offer. But what they want, what makes them happy is to support Charlie and the kids, create a safe place for them, become a family and build a home.
Definitely a must listen story, I’m certain it would read just as good. But the narration really brought each character to life and gave them a distinct voice. Either way, I highly recommend.
"Ezekiel Robison is great"
I absolutely adored this story. I was completely and totally entranced from page one. I loved Charlie's perspective and his snarky asides. I'm a real sucker for that kind of character, and Cardeno writes them perfectly.
There are some narrators who are bad, some who are okay, some who are good, and a few who are great. For me, Ezekiel Robison is great. I have consistently been impressed with his narrative skills.
It's just that he uses such great characters voices to draw me into the story. Then his narrative flow is so spot on and pitched so well that I am immediately immersed in the story. Listening to him is a real experience; one to be enjoyed and savored.
Robison is also particularly good at taking the extra steamy scenes that Cardeno C. does oh so well, and ratchets up the heat making the sexy times super sultry and delightful to listen to.
I could wax on for a while...but I'll refrain. Instead I'll tell you to buy this audio. Seriously. Go.
"Another great narration for this book!"
Charlie (aka Chase) is a dancer. He falls in love while still in high school with the boy next door and together they share all of love’s firsts. Charlie is devastated when Scott moves away to Las Vegas and their relationship slowly dissolves.
Years later, Chase meets Adan. Adan is a prick. No joke. He’s brash and crude and lacks compassion. But something about him turns Chase’s crank. They start a strange relationship that lasts months before Chase realizes that Adan won’t be seen in public with him because he’s too flamboyant. He’s crushed. Though Adan comes to his senses, it’s too late. Chase has moved and can’t be found.
Years later, in a bizarre set of circumstances, Charlie inherits his sister’s kids when she dies tragically and ends up confronted with not one but both of his past loves. He has to decide what he wants and can he really open himself up again to hurt and pain in order to risk love.
This was my least favorite in the series. I never quite felt the three men coalesce into a relationship. I saw that they could. Charlie definitely loved both of them and they loved him and each other but I didn’t get enough time to see them as a proper triad to really judge.
Adan also really needed to do a lot to make up for how much of an asshole he was and I didn’t feel he groveled enough. Charlie is so sweet – he deserves a lot of groveling!
I did love that all three ended up together, however and though it wasn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed it quite a lot.
4 of 5 stars
Ezekiel Robinson is becoming one of my all time favorite narrators. His voice is so easy to listen to! He does a great job – especially here – with giving each guy a unique voice without going over the top. I loved how he did Salina’s Bronx accent! Highly recommend this narration and so glad this book is finally in audio format!
Narration 5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars
No they're both excellent
When Charlie opened the door to what could either be a dream come true or a nightmare.
Charlie he's so sweet
I loved it
First let me say normally I'm not a big fan of first person narration but in this book it worked. This is a tastefully written M/M love and loss story with more than just sex.
It was real. It was loving. It spoke to my heart. Needed every laugh I've had, every awwww moment, every bit of warmth and tender revelation. Such an amazing listen. If you haven't experienced this one narrated by Ezekiel Robinson who really knows how to shift character in voice and personality, you're totally missing out. Get it now. It's magical.
"Excellent book about second chances"
This was a really interesting book with the way it was sort of laid out as a photo album.
I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but I really didn't feel like I was missing out on anything.
There were a lot of different biased and intense situations that were faced in this book and that's what made me love it. The fact that some people can see a person for who they are and not who they love or how they dress. The fact that yes, even if you care for someone, that doesn't make things easy in that relationship. And of course, everyone makes mistakes and we all wish we'd handled a situation differently than we had.
However, in this book, all three men get the chance to face what happened in their past and try to fix it. There is a lot of sweet romance along with angst mixed in as young love doesn't always work out and sometimes we aren't ready to share a part of ourselves when we know that it's ridiculous to try to hide such a big part of ourselves.
Each of the men go through a lot of growth because of what they go through in the book and it's just great to follow along.
The narrator did a great job of adding that little something extra and keeping the audiobook interesting and made me not want to turn it off.
Overall, a great book, great narration and can't wait for more from both of them!
I received a free copy of this book to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.
"Beautifully written and performed"
I loved this story. Got so sucked into it that the time flew by. This is one of Cardeno C's most well crafted stories, and the voice acting was extremely pleasant to listen to. Don't be afraid of the threesome on the cover - even if you don't normally read m/m/m you will like it as the story evolves in a way that will please any romance reader.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story! Some parts were just so funny I almost drove off the road, I was laughing so hard!
The narration was to die for perfect! The emotion and tone put into it was perfect.
"Loved this book!!"
This is one of my favorite books so far! I loved it!
I laughed out loud at so many parts and I loved the characters. There were parts that made me want to cry and hug Charlie! Also Ezekiel Robison is one of my favorite narrators. He did an amazing job! Love Love Love Cardeno C.
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