AUDIO BLOG TOUR REVIEW ~ Strong Enough & Love At First Sight by Cardeno C.


Strong Enough

Strong Enough: Family Collection

    • Written by: Cardeno C.

  • Narrated by: Ezekiel Robison


  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins




When a casual hookup turns into the potential for love, staid Spencer realizes he wants to build a life with vibrant Emilio.

When 22-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn’t difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.

Spencer is surprised when he’s approached by the gorgeous construction worker he’s admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his 38 years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he’ll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.


It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to an audiobook.  I love reading a book.  Letting my imagination get the best of me.  Especially when it comes to reading my favorite genre of late, M/M Romance.  So when my partner Kathy sent me the email for sign ups to listen/review Cardeno C I jumped at the chance.

Getting used to listening to someone narrate a story is a very interesting feeling.  As a reader you tend to make your own assumptions on the characters voices and sounds.  But actually hearing it?  Very neat.  I think that’s part of the reason I fell in love with this story.

All that aside though, the love story that blossoms between Emilio and Spencer was really fun to watch.  I will say that Emilio’s maturity really outweighed the age factor.  For Spencer, I understood why at times he seemed more passive but what I really loved was watching him come into his own toward the end.

I have read Cardeno C before and while yes, I usually like to read, I truly enjoyed listening to Emilio and Spencer’s story.  Can’t wait to read more of this great author in the near future.

4.5 (2)

I received an Audible copy of Strong Enough from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Love at First Sight: Home Collection, # 4

    • Written by: Cardeno C.

  • Narrated by: Alexander Collins


  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins




The moment naïve, optimistic Jonathan Doyle glimpses a gorgeous blue-eyed stranger from afar, he believes in love at first sight. Unfortunately, he loses sight of the man before they meet and then spends years desperately trying to find him. Just as he is about to give up, Jonathan gets a break and finally encounters David Miller face to face.

Successful, confident David turns Jonathan’s previously lonely life into a fairy tale, giving him more than he ever imagined. But the years spent searching were hard on Jonathan, and he’s terrified his young son and scandalous past will destroy his blossoming relationship. For David and Jonathan to build a future together, they’ll both have to dig deep: David for the courage to share himself in a way he’s never considered and Jonathan for the strength to tell the truth.


Another audiobook from Cardeno C. and I knew I had to have it.  I’ve read books from them and just recently listened to another audiobook but after the last one, I wanted more.

Jonathan and David’s story was everything I’d hoped it would be. There was just the right amount of angst, sexual tension, and romance.  Jonathan made me sad the most though.  I wanted him to find his happily ever after.  Especially after all he went through.

 I love reading stories like these.  Stories including families that are supportive and loving regardless of who their children love. It makes me hopeful that even though the pages of the story ended, their happiness lasted beyond that.

4.5 (2)

I received an Audible copy of Love At First Sight from the author in exchange for an honest review.

US / UK / iTunes

ebook links

All Romance eBooks / Amazon / Amazon CA / Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo / Smashwords


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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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