Aggressive, physical, and brave, Jake Owens is a small town football hero turned big city cop who passes his time with meaningless encounters believing he can't have who he really wants: Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever. Thoughtful, quiet, and kind, Nate is a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and has never been able to shake his crush on loyal, courageous, straight Jake.
After a passionate night together, Nate realizes Jake isn't as straight as he assumed, but he worries that what they shared was a fluke, a result of too much closeness for too long. For Jake, the question isn't how they ended up in bed together because he has always known that Nate holds his heart; it's how he'll convince Nate that he wants and needs to stay there.
©2013 Cardeno C. (P)2015 Cardeno C.
Avid drinker of tea and reader of all things, romance is best.
The writing is funny and cute, but character driven. The men are very clearly portrayed and the depth of their connection is absolute. The story spans the early life of the pair, from their birth on the same day to their homecoming.
All the scenes are wonderful, and as it has a dual point of view, the listener is aware of both main character;s thoughts. When Jake declares his love for Nate, but Nate is too afraid to respond in kind, it really bugged on the heart strings!
Definitely! It a very sexy book, and very emotional. There are many parts that made me cry happy tears.
A wonderful gay romance with strong characters that have a unique connection.
"Sweet and OH-SO-HOT!!"
Where He Ends and I Begin is a super-hot sexy, no angst, sweet and fluffy romance about two best friends who become lovers and are, at their core, soul mates.
"We've always been almost like one person. I've never known where he ends and where I begin."
Told in Jake and Nate's alternating dual POV, we learn Jake and Nate have been best friends literally from birth. Their mothers were the only girls in their big families and became best friends as children, sharing their lives together, marrying within weeks of each other, getting pregnant at the same time, and even giving birth on the same day.
From the moment Jake and Nate were placed together in the hospital basinet they've been together. They've never really spent any time apart, nor wanted to. That doesn't mean they're the same, though. Jake is rough, tough and can be a dick, and Nate is sweet, smart and almost always kind. Even though Jake can be a tough nut he has always treated Nate like gold. Mainly because it turns out Jake has been in love with Nate all his life, but never known how to really tell Nate that his "love" isn't a platonic brotherly love, but that he's actually "in love" with Nate.
It took me a little to get into the swing of the story. It's not only told in dual POV, in the beginning the same scene is replayed from both perspectives, which had me a little off balance. Once I got used to it though, I enjoyed seeing how each man dealt with a situation, and what his inner thoughts on it were.
I enjoyed Alexander Collin's narration for the story. He has a way of pulling me in and keeping me charmed throughout. He really made me believe Nate's reluctance to believe that the one man he's always wanted really does want him back and this isn't a fluke, or a fling. I loved Collin's depiction of Jake, who's determined to make sure Nate knows he's in this relationship for the long haul and that he loves him totally and unconditionally.
I absolutely love the emotion and romance in this; the way they both so vulnerable in different ways, the way Jake takes care of Nate, and how they both interact with one another...it just absolutely made me melt.
I also love all the sex. And a friendly warning: there is a lot of sex. I don't think there's a single chapter without some, and it's all SUPER HOT. I listened to this at work, and I was blushing.
Bottom line: Narration is good, the story is HOT, and I loved all the sweetness!
"Are you kidding me right now?!?!?!"
Why in the world aren't fans of Cardeno C. who have not only purchased audio books from this author but ebooks as well, not given the heads up that this is a story already released a while ago that was narrated by Sean Crisden who did a fabulous job?!
If I'm going to listen to a book that I already paid for and listened to, I shouldn't have to purchase it again. Having a different narrator doesn't mean the material is different, and in this case it's not!!!!
I mean I have the previous ebooks and audio book to this story and I'm unbelievably annoyed that I wasted money on a product I've already purchased!!!!!
Now, if I've missed the message that says, this story has been previously released, then that's my bad for not paying attention but I honestly haven't seen that message anywhere on audibles for this story.
I'm so disappointed in the author and whoever published this re-release of this audio book without informing fans they may have the previous version already!!!!
"What did I just listen too? Obsessive couple alert"
This story was legit bananas. BANANAS!
Just when I thought I've read the gooiest, mushiest Cardeno C. books, I stumble upon this one and this one puts all other CC books to shame. TO SHAME.
This book is like a marshmallow exploded over two sweaty, naked gay guys. It is gay fluffernutter smorgasbord!! It's feast time, baby!
I honestly would have rolled with the crazy obsessive jealousy, co-dependency, and totally bizarre psychic connection if it wasn't for a few details. I mean, I KNOW what to expect with Cardeno C., and I think I could have made allowances for the relationship to bend reality so hard that it snaps and shatters in a million little we-are-one-forever-and-ever- and-ever-OMG pieces.
But the details really killed it for me.
Picture this: you read a scene (or in my case, listen) in a book from one perspective, then you listen to the EXACT same scene from the other person's perspective. Back and forth, the same scenes over and over again. It was crazy! So repetitive, so annoying. I'm a HUGE fan of alternating POVs, but when you have déjà vu from the SAME story being told again and again, it becomes really trying.
Also, this book is all about the flashbacks. The whole plot is just an almost nauseatingly sappy series of flashbacks and then jumps to present day. I'm not a huge fan of flashbacks, and I felt like so much of this story was told that way.
One really bright spot was the narration. I enjoyed Alexander Collins's narration a great deal. He read those sex scenes (which came one after another- these guys were like smutty, smutty bunnies!!) with gusto without over acting, and I liked the differentiation between the two MCs' voices. He made the audio very enjoyable, even if I was eye-rolling at the plot the whole time.
This book was so redonculous that I don't think any other story can top it in that department. If you are into a story with some small misunderstandings followed by insane amounts of sex and sweetness, and like the idea of two guys who are probably clinically obsessed with each other and have a psudo-incest vibe going on, this story is for you. For me, it wasn't my favorite CC book, but it also wasn't my least favorite. However, I know Cardeno C. can really knock it out of the park when the stars align, so I will forever read CC's stuff. Hopefully my next CC is a hit.
*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Hot steamy sweet
When Nate and Jake got together
They're all awesome
Another hit by C.C. I absolutely love these stories and never disappointed by this author.
It was the most boring story and really I forgot I had it on. The narrator is horrible, really its just not my cup of tea. I will definitely send this book back!!!!
"Fantastic Soul Mates story."
The relationship between Jake and Nate, how they grew up together, how they love each other so whole heartedly and unconditionally.
Any other book in the Home series, they all have the same type of feel and story lines.
The way he completely emersed himself into the story, every emotion could be heard in his voice.
Where He Ends and I Begin... why mess with perfection?
Jake Owens and Nate Richardson have been inseparable since birth. Their mother's were best friends that literally got pregnant, carried and delivered at the same time. It was natural that Jake and Nate be best friends as well. Somewhere around puberty things changed, each young man wanting something more from their best friend, while certain the feelings would never be returned. Unwilling to risk that, each young man never said a word. That is until Nate has a little too much saki with his sushi and wakes up naked next to Jake.
This book was so much fun! This could have been an angst riddled travesty, with each guy holding onto their unnecessary unrequited love for far too long. Instead, what the Author did was wrote each chapter from either Nate of Jake's perspective, so not only does the reader get each guys thoughts and actions for every situation, but they actually have conversations about things without the teenage angst. It was fantastic. The alternating POV throughout really gave this story more depth and character development as it showed how each person reacted to a situation.
Narrated by Alexander Collins and what he lacks in tone he makes up for in inflection. Initially, he set a certain tone for Nate and Jake, but several times the tones blended together and it was hard to decipher which guy was talking until a name was said. Oh but his inflections, just wow. I mean moaning, groaning, crying out, the frustration... Collins can truly relay emotion with his voice and that took the story to an entirely different level than just reading the words could give.
I highly recommend this book. It's a story about soul mates and how they navigate their lives to stay together before they are together. It's flawlessly written and wonderfully told and I was just completely engaged in the story from start to finish, in fact, I was sad at the end. I wanted more. Well done CC!!
"What a great story!"
I enjoy reading stories from this author. The characters are well constructed and the writing style is enjoyable. The narration is good as well.
Plan to get more of this author's books.
I absolutely loved the storyline of this book about two friends who grew up together and then later found love together. The only drawback for me was the narration. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator's voice however sometimes it was difficult to differentiate between the characters he was playing.
I love Alexander Collins doing this series. He is one of my top three narrators. He always has distinct voices, and his pronunciation is great.
The baby, and that is all I will say. :)
Jake, his voice really embodied that performance.
I want your sex! :)
I love CC's books, and have enjoyed everything I have read from this series. This one had WAY more sex scenes than I believe I've read in any of the others in this series. These men were HOT for each other. And I do enjoy a lot of sex scenes. This one may have been a little more than I was expecting, but still a good story.
I loved the creativity of having each scene be told from both of the men's POV's. What a great idea, and I just loved it!
*** Audiobook provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***
Nate and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They are in love, but have been afraid to share their feelings for fear of rejection. When their relationship turns physical during a vacation, they will need to learn to overcome their fear if they want to share a future.
This story was very fluffy, with some light angst, told in dual POV, which I usually love. In this case, however, at least during the first chapters, it got a bit repetitive when I got to listen to the same scene twice, only told from either Jake or Nate's point of view. Still, it did get better as the story moves along. It also meant that the one scene that broke my heart, when Jake and Nate went out with Nate's friends the first time, did so twice.
Anyway, other than that, I think Alexander Collins did a great job with this audiobook. His voice is quite enjoyable and he injects a lot of emotion into his narration. While it wasn't my favorite of Cardeno C. stories, it's still a good one, and one I can recommend if you're in the mood for a sweet story.
Rating: 4 Stars!
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