Reviewed by Marieke
TITLE: Where He Ends and I Begin
SERIES: Home Series #6
AUTHOR: Cardeno C.
PUBLISHER: The Romance Authors, LLC
LENGTH: 7 hours 56 minutes
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.
I’ve already read this book a long time ago, and I jumped at the chance to review the audio version of it. Cardeno C is one of my favorite authors because her books are always full of emotion, and this one was my absolute number one. So you can imagine how exited I was to get this one.
The story is about two men who grew up together from the day they were born. They were born on the same day, in the same hospital and their moms were best friends. They lived next to each other and basically formed one big, happy family.
Nate came out when he was in his early teens and Jake accepted him unconditionally. For those who’ve read the book before, you know how many little and not so little things Jake has done to keep Nate safe from bullies and other dangers.
This book stole my heart because of the immensity of how their life and love are intertwined. There is no Jake without Nate and no Nate without Jake. They are two parts of a whole.
I won’t delve into the details here, because I could go on and on about this story. And spoilers will absolutely RUIN it. So I’ll just comment on the audio part of it.
Audio books are hard to review, by the way, because someone always reads it just a little bit different than you would’ve done. But there are a few narrators that can really bring a book to life.
This wasn’t one of them. I’m sorry to say that this one truly sucked. The tone of one’s voice should go down at the end of a sentence and not go all whiny. In the beginning of the story it was all I could hear, and it was really hard to focus on the content of what he was telling. After a couple of chapters I could almost ignore it, but it took effort. That effort took away my attention from the story, just that little bit that makes you get into the story completely.
This was probably one of the worst narrators I’ve heard so far, and I wish I could put a little mp3 here for you to hear, so you could understand why.
This story is so freaking amazing, that it should be told in the most exiting way possible. Instead we get a weird whiney voice that completely misses the mark. So sad.
But if you want to read a awesome book, go get it, it’s worth every penny. If you can’t read and want to hear a great story, I hope you can tune out the whine. For me, this was a no go, though. Sorry CC.