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Strong Enough (Family Series)

Strong Enough - Cardeno C. This book was sappy, sticky, cheesy, almost-too-perfect…and I kinda ADORED IT. As a single person “of a certain age” (ha!), this book is the fairy tale. Feeling “ordinary” – but suddenly pursued by a HOT model-looking man, who not only is beautiful, but gentle, supportive, totally into you, AND the “settling down” kind. Duh…sign me up! And maybe it’s this personal connection to the story that had me smiling ear-to-ear as I read each page, but, in the end, my heart felt full. I love that Cardeno C writes characters who’ve lived life…who are older, successful, yet still lost when it comes to love. I relate to these characters. Spencer Derdinger is a 38 year-old math professor, successful professionally, but unlucky in love, suffering from erectile dysfunction, insecure, lonely, and just going through the motions of life. Yes, he’s slightly pathetic. But, I found him lovely and sympathetic…and adorable. Emilio, a 22 year-old construction worker is a larger-than-life character. He is perfect in every way and though this would typically make my eyes roll, I think he needed to be THIS amazing to build up someone like Spencer. Emilio is the prince, the dream man, and this WORKED for me. I loved them together. SWEET, KIND, TENDER, BEAUTIFUL, HOT…I loved their conversations, their interactions, and their sexual connections. All the side stories: ridiculous ex-boyfriend, caricature family members and best friends, etc. did, actually, annoy me a bit. And truthfully, the main story line itself was truly too much. But, as I mentioned…it so matched/suited the fairy tale in my head of that perfect romance, it worked for me. Make Spencer & Emilio break out into song and this could easily be a Disney movie. Cardeno C is a self-professed romantic so you know what you’re going to get when you read these books…ROMANCE…in the sappiest way possible. But, you know, for me, I need this every now and again. And I’ve never once, even in the books I didn’t like as much, walked away feeling down after reading a Cardeno C book! “Strong Enough” made me feel like I was on a fluffy cloud…and I’m still smiling…Reviewed for