Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ARC Review: More Than Everything (Family #3) by Cardeno C.

More Than Everything (Family #3)

Expected publication: November 4th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Review Format: ARC

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

A Book in the Family Series

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 moves unexpectedly and doesn't return.

Years later, Chase meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets. When they're still together after eight months, Chase is convinced Adan returns his love. But then the time comes to be open about their relationship, and Adan walks away instead.

Time heals all wounds, but when Charlie runs into Scott and Adan and realizes 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. And even if he can, why would Scott and Adan want Charlie when they already have everything with each other?

First off, I have to be honest and admit that when I saw the blurb for this Family Series installment, I hesitated to read it. No, not because it is a menage - so throw that thought away. It was the hint of drama that the blurb brought with it. I did not want to cry my way through another romantic story, I wanted something light to read. I mean, who would not hesitate with this type of blurb? And after reading Something In The Way He Needs and Strong Enough where the first book sent me to tears and the second took me for a whirlwind ride? 

My first reaction once I started reading the first three chapters was to send a Tweet to the author asking why I was giggling my way through this. Was this not supposed to be a drama? 

For those who have read the first two books and pre-concluded the way I did, it's time to do an about face and just be prepared for wild ride of laughter and a little bit of tears. This was an awesome, hilarious romance between three men. 

Based on the blurb, Charlie did have Scott and then Adan as his boyfriends when they were younger and yes, they each broke up. Fast forward to the future, the two exes find each other and fell in love, built a life together, and then rediscovered Charlie. They promptly begged him on their knees to get back with both of them. This is a scary thought, right? Add in a complicating factor: Charlie now comes with two kids!

One has to read through this diary of pictures and thoughts to get the full impact of the whys and why nots. One must consider that Charlie's relationships with either men happened when they all were quite young in years and if not in years, definitely in emotional maturity, as in the case of Adan. However, one thing was quite certain, Scott and Adan, despite their solid and forever love, they never really let go of their love for Charlie - he was always the one that got away. As for Charlie, well, he may have moved on, but he had never let go of his love for his exes, either. Broken heart or not.

This story line hinted of pure romantic drama but for some reason, Cardeno C. did not do the usual and instead surprises us readers with a lot romance, lots of laughter, some ridiculously hilarious situations and the Lentils Misadventure. That particular chapter had me giggling and laughing so hard I was crying. Of course the dogs were kind of weirded out as I was doing that at 3 a.m. Yes, 3 in the morning! Once I picked this up again after a suddenly and unexpectedly busy day, I just could not put it down. 

I absolutely loved that first book and I really thought the author would not be able top it. I was wrong. 

More Than Everything is an incredible story of love, humor and life. It has topped all of the other books written by the author, become my Family Series favorite, and set up the bar higher of readers' expectations for the author's future works. Definitely outdid herself with this one!

Review based on an ARC sent by author.

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