If Ben wants to find love with Micah, he'll have to own up to the truth of who he is.
People-pleaser Ben Forman has been in the closet so long he has almost convinced himself he is straight, but his denial train gets derailed when hotshot lawyer Micah Trains walks into his life. Micah is brilliant, funny, driven…and he assumes Ben is gay and starts dating him. Finding himself truly happy for the first time, Ben doesn't have the willpower to resist Micah's affection.
When his relationship with Micah heats up, Ben realizes has a problem: his parents won't tolerate a gay son and self-confident Micah isn't the type to hide. If Ben wants to maintain his hold on his happiness, he'll have to decide what's important and own up to the truth of who he is. The trouble is figuring out just what that truth is.
I'm not gay. I'm not gay. I'm not gay.
I know you're thinking that's a weird chant for a straight guy to have as his mantra. But I figure maybe if I think it over and over again, it'll actually be true. I mean, I don't look gay or anything. I'm six feet three inches tall, muscular, and have broad shoulders. That's not small or girly. And I'm athletic. I played varsity sports all through high school, intramurals in college, and I still play in a men's baseball league. I have a deep, strong voice. No lisp in sight. Plus, women like me. I always have a girlfriend. Always.
So I'm not gay, right? There must be some other logical explanation for why I'm standing in the bathroom with my hard dick in my hand fantasizing about the new guy at work. For the third time today. And it isn't…
Themeatticly, this is a story about coming out, which is kind of tired and over used, but I loved this version. Ben is very introspective throughout the story, but his self-depreciating humor makes it very entertaining. He often speaks to you, the reader, in a most endearing way. Micah was such a wonderful character. Strong and steady. And what made him so wonderful was that he melted into such a lover at just the right times. There is plenty of erotic sex in the book, but it never seemed gratuitous. It always just seemed fit the flow of the story as both men learned to love and feel comfortable with themselves and with each other. Perhaps the funniest character was Micah's mom. What a hoot! Micah's depiction of talking on the phone was hysterical. And then when you meet her, she's just as funny. The perfect Jewish mother!
I love sexy, fluffy goodness, and all CC books have it in spades.
I loved this book! C. Cardeno kept me frustrated with Ben, laughing with him and sometimes sobbing right along with him on his journey to self awareness and a life worth living in every respect. C. Cardeno's characterizations and spot on dialog were so wonderfully executed that the story zipped along and I was finishing the end before I knew it. ...And the other characters C. Cardeno created to assist/love Ben into making the life adjustments necessary to become a whole man happy with who he is? They are just so real, so alive that they jumped off the pages at you. ... In fact C. Cardeno has laid out a beautifully realistic book of one's man's' journey to a happy fulfilled life, and the pitfalls he encountered or put up himself that had to be overcome before he could achieve his goals. As I said I loved this book and I think you will too. Don't pass it up.
This was, truly, one of the best coming out journeys I've read and I loved taking it with Ben. I adored him and Micah, with the added benefit of seeing Ben grow closer to Noah and Clark. This was an excellent addition to the series and I'm so very glad the author wrote a story for Ben. Thank you, Cardeno, I loved it.