More Than Everything
Title : More Than Everything
Series : Family Series, Book #3
Author : Cardeno C
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 234 pages (e-book)
Published : November 4, 2013
Rating : ★★★★★
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?
I will get right to the point. I loved this book! It is fun, sweet, sexy, humorous, touching, sassy, playful, at times frustrating, but always entertaining. I laughed out loud, a lot. Charlie (Chase) Rhodes is an awesome character. He is outspoken, witty and he is going to be true to himself, no matter what.
He is, admittedly, a theater geek and art dork but he can “rock a pink sweater and low slung white jeans better than some trophy wives” This is Charlie, and his humor shines through no matter how bad the situation is.
The story is told predominately from Charlie’s perspective. Charlie meets Scott Boone when he is fifteen and Scott is sixteen. He is sitting in his room not teaching himself to do a new French twist on his Barbie styling head when he sees a moving truck pull up and out hops the most gorgeous guy he has ever seen. This would be Scott Boone, described as Mr. All-American, blonde and athletic. After a rather bumpy introduction they become friends. As they become closer, Charlie knows how he feels about Scott but assumes it is one sided until one night, Scott confesses his attraction to Charlie. Charlie is ecstatic. Things go well for them until Scott decides to move closer to his father, stepmom and new baby sister, in Reno, Nevada. The long distant relationship does not last and Charlie although broken hearted moves on.
He is a dancer, choreographer and is working in theater under the stage name, Chase Rhodes, when he meets Adan Navarro.
Adan is so unlike Scott. He is brash and outspoken and at times his comments seem thoughtless and unkind. He is attracted to Charlie and does not want to be. Charlie represents everything about being gay that Adan does not want to be associated with. He tells himself he is just going to seduce Charlie, get it out of his system and move on. I thought Charlie handled it perfectly. The drunken bathroom scene was priceless. Yet, Adan cannot stay away and gradually finds himself enjoying Charlie’s company, finding reasons to be with him. After several months together, Charlie begins to believe he has broken through Adan’s hard exterior, they go out to dinner and something happens that makes it clear that Adan is not really committed to having a relationship with Charlie. My heart broke for Charlie but as usual he carried on with his usual aplomb.
Tragedy strikes and takes Charlie away from his life to start anew in Las Vegas. Through a quirk of fate, Scott and Adan show up at his door, together, as a couple and it is almost more than Charlie can handle.
I really enjoyed the way the author sets up the story. We start in the present with a glimpse of Charlie’s life now, putting together a scrapbook. The rest of the story is told through a series of flashbacks as he is adding photos. It is unique and perfect for the character. When the perspective shifts to Scott or Adan telling the story, the transition is clear. I had my misgivings about Scott and Adan being a couple. Possibly because I was not as fond of Adan for the way he treated Chase (Charlie) when they were dating, but it worked for the story and made for a fun conclusion. Charlie will always have a place in my heart as he is a truly vibrant and endearing character. I highly recommend More Than Everything.
Rated 5 stars by Deb