Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Happy Happy Release Day!!! eARC Review & Author #Giveaway: Jesse's Diner (Hope #2) by Cardeno C.

We would like to thank author Cardeno C. for donating an ebook copy of  Jesse's Diner (Hope #2), to 1 lucky commentator who gets chosen. Make sure to leave a comment below to get a free ebook copy of Jesse's Diner.

Jesse's Diner

Published: September 29th 2015 by The Romance Authors
Cover Designed by: Jay Aheer

Two men with a shared history and a mutual attraction must be honest with themselves and each other so both their dreams come true.
Quiet, unassuming Tanner Sellers spends his time running a diner in Hope, Arizona. Not particularly social, twenty-two-year-old Tanner keeps to himself and enjoys his simple life, but he longs for someone to call his own. In his most secret fantasy, that someone is sexy Steve Faus. But Steve is his friend’s father and mentor’s widower and therefore off-limits.
Despite some challenges, thirty-nine-year-old Steve Faus has had a good life. He’s extremely successful at work, has a great relationship with his college-age son, and lives in a wonderful town. Eighteen months after losing his partner, the one thing Steve lacks is someone to share his life. If Steve is honest with himself, that someone is the young man he has known and cared about for years. Steve and Tanner want one another, all they need is a little push in the right direction to make both their dreams come true. 

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

This is a May-December Romance and color me tickled pink while reading this. Let's just say, when CC decides to write a story to make the heart throb... thud thud thud... oh yes :D

Tanner is twenty-two and running his own diner left to him by mentor, Jesse, whose son, Mike, is his one best friend. Tanner is quiet, shy, and had harbored a huge crush on Mike's father and Jesse's widower, Steve, since he was sixteen. 

Steve had loved Jesse from the ripe old age of nineteen. Twenty years later and now a widower, he realizes there are some things in his new life he has to change or lose out on a chance. He had cared for Tanner for a long time and is now ready to move on. 

What does it take to get these two together? A little push is all it takes but from whom and how? 

If you want to read a book where your face splits into a grin to an almost painful point from start to finish, this is it. The way Tanner and Steve got together and how Steve had to reach down and deep to figure out how to woo Tanner, that was almost hilarious if it were not so cheesy romantic in the best, dark chocolate way. I mean, seriously, yummmm!

Tanner, he is no typical twenty-two year old. His life story made him mature beyond his years so maybe that is why he is who and what he is right now. His life decisions are seen from eyes wide open and even if he deprecates himself to the point where I just wanted to shake him to realization, he is very logical. He does not question his feelings, just makes sure to hide them for fear of how it would be seen by others. That Steve returns his appreciation and feelings, that was surprising to him and more than welcome. If only the 'buts' did not haunt him too much, then again, they should, otherwise there would almost be no angst to this read.

You want to feel good? This is the book for you. Sweet, romantic, and erotic, this was read in one sitting. 

Warning: Do Not Read In Bed When Sleepy! 

Note: Stand alone, even if second book to series.

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About Cardeno C.

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.

Heartwarming Stories. Strong Relationships. Forever Love.

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To get a chance to win an ebook copy of Jesse's Diner (Hope #2), leave a comment below and don't forget to leave your contact email address.

We will randomly pick 1 lucky commentator and Cardeno C. will email them their ebook version of choice.

To claim prize, we will be sending an email to the address provided by the lucky commentators. Don't forget to tell us what format you prefer.

Game ends October 6.


  1. I'm a big fan of Cardeno's books. I can't wait to read this!

  2. Love , love, love this cover! Congratulations on the new release and looking forward to reading it!


  3. Wow, this sounds good. Love Cardeno's writing style.

  4. Congrats on the new release, CC! I'd love to read this, age-gap stories are one of my favourites. =) Thanks for the chance! Pdf would be my choice this time.

  5. congrats CC..love your stories

  6. Congrats CC on the new release. I can't wait to read this one!


  7. Congrats CC on your release. I love the cover. I'm looking forward to reading this.

    flutterfli01 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  8. Congratulations on your new release! I love Cardeno C.'s books! I am looking forward to reading this one too.

    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Angela:

    Congrats on the release of Jesse's Diner. I've read McFarland's Farm and loved it :) Thanks for the giveaway chance and if i'm lucky enough to win i would prefere an ePub format.


  10. Congrats on the new release CC! It sounds great and the cover is cute.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  11. I thought the excerpt was interesting and I can't wait to read the rest. pdf bibbiesparks@yahoo.com

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  13. Have read everything CC has wrote, many times, and can't wait to read this one. If I am the lucky winner I would like it in epub. thank you. bekkalynn@hotmail.com

  14. Love your books! Hot guys, great stories, the best! Jim Evans lakeviewfella@yahoo.com

  15. Love Cardeno's books!

  16. CC is my favorite author of all time, and this book sounds as beautiful as we've come to expect!!

    Cvbt99(at) gmail(dot) com

  17. Excited to read this new one! ahoover51@yahoo.com

  18. congrats on the latest release


  19. I love romances with an age gap, and I love Cardeno C's books, so this sounds really great. Thanks for the review.

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  21. Huge fan of C Cardeno's books. A few of them are on my comfort read list. A great story teller that makes you want ot read more. Thanks for the chance.


  22. Love Cardeno C.s books.

    avaliereads (at) aol (dot) com

  23. I love Cardeno C's books and can't wait to read this one as well. It sounds fantastic! Thank you for the chance!


  24. I love the cover and please count me in for the giveaway.


  25. I love Cardeno's books and I'm always looking forward to the next one.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

    1. If I won I would like either PDF or mobi format.

  26. This sounds like an wonderful story! I would love a chance to win.


  27. Game Over!

    Congratulations: Caroline

    You have been sent an email. Please respond to confirm win and don't forget to tell us what format of ebook file you would like. The author will personally send you your file as soon as she gets the confirmation.

    Thanks everyone for joining in the fun!