Sometimes to find love, you must first learn forgiveness.
A dozen years, two thousand miles, and a law degree after high school, Rafi Steiner continues to harbor resentment toward Isaac Jones, his childhood bully turned NBA star. When Isaac appears at Rafi's favorite restaurant acting like a long-lost friend, Rafi bluntly dismisses him.
But Isaac is tenacious and he has his heart set on the grown-up version of the boy he always wanted and never forgot. The way Isaac sees it, he and Rafi are perfect for each other, if only he could sink the most important shot of his life: his one shot at forgiveness.
I hated him. Unequivocally, absolutely, and in every way possible. He was responsible for making my teen years a living hell—if not single-handedly, then at the very least, he held the starring role. Or, in terms he would have understood, he was the quarterback, the pitcher, the forward, the…fuck it, he led the “hey, faggot, nice hair” brigade. Not that it was always about my hair. Sometimes it was my clothes. Other times it was the way I walked or the way I talked. I lived in anticipation of the day he’d come up with some way to taunt me for breathing. Ass. Hole.
So you can imagine how thrilled I was when he walked in the door of my favorite restaurant, two thousand miles away from where we grew up, and had the nerve not only to recognize me, but to not pretend like he didn’t. I mean, who…
I really enjoyed this story. The descriptions and scenes had me laughing unexpectedly in places. Rafi is a character that I would love a full-length novel about, he was great. Isaac is brilliant, too, just in a much different way. They were perfect characters together making this a very good story. I loved seeing Isaac remind Rafi of the times that he helped Rafi, of the revelation that Isaac's behavior hid his real feelings and that Isaac tried so hard to please Rafi. I absolutely loved that Rafi didn't fall at Isaac's feet because he was rich and famous, that he didn't want anything to do with Isaac, and, although he wanted to hold a grudge he still gave Isaac a chance. I recommend this to those who want a great short read, giggles and laughs, great characters, hot sex, brilliant descriptions and a great forgiveness story.
Who knew that Isaac was sweet, kind and so vulnerable where Rafi was concerned. Seeing these two men together and seeing them working on understanding their past was a delight for me. To go on their journey with them I ended up adoring Isaac and was rooting for him to have his chance.
Beans: I am a romantic and love stories that make me smile, squirm in my seat, and leave me with a huge smile sighing like a girl. For me this novella hit all right buttons. It had fun, larger than life characters. ... Oh yes, and Cardeno C didn't allow a limited word count to stop the sexy times from burning up the pages. As sweet and beautiful as Rafi and Isaac were outside of the bedroom, inside they were hot, aggressive, dirty and completely perfect. A great story by Cardeno C. The perfect bite to escape from the worries of the day and allow a little romance to help you smile.
Cardeno visits Emile City again! And I couldn't be happier. In this short story we meet Rafi and Isaac. In school, Isaac tormented Rafi mercilessly. Suddenly he shows up in Emile City and acting as though he and Rafi were friends. Rafi is offended that Isaac would dream of coming near him again, after all he put him through. Isaac is kinda stalkerish scary but you know what? It totally works for me. The whole plot of the story makes sense, and I found myself hoping that Rafi wouldn't dismiss a chance at happiness, especially after Isaac comes clean about what he's doing in Emile City.... Cardeno knows how to pull my heartstrings and does it very well.