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Not a Game
  • Word Count: 55,872
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release Date: 07/15/2016
  • ISBN: 978-1-942184-58-4
  • ASIN: B01IC2BGB4

An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.

A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second’s hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.

A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there’s an emptiness in Jaime’s heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.

An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little misunderstanding.

Word count: 55,872

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  • Length: 6 hours and 4 minutes
  • Price: $19.95
  • Release Date: 11/07/2016
  • ASIN: B01MREJXV0
Not a Game
  • Page Count: 220
  • Price: $13.99
  • Release Date: 07/16/2016
  • ISBN: 1-942184-60-3

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Chapter 1

 

He had chosen the bar because of its name: The Bookstore. It was clever and unusual and he had laughed internally at how happy his mother would be if he told her he was spending time at the Bookstore instead of in front of his computer. Oliver’s entire life, she had mourned the fact he wasn’t a reader, and even though he had now moved two thousand miles away from their home in Oklahoma City, she still sent him books she was sure he’d love. Maybe someday he’d open one of them.

For now, he glanced down at the only book he had read countless times and adjusted it at the edge of his table to make the spine as visible as possible. The title—Coding—wasn’t as clever as the bar name, but the information and the way it was phrased had clicked perfectly in Oliver’s…

Reviews

When you sign on to read a Cardeno C. novel, you are positive to get three things in return: first, a romance that is sweet and rewarding; second, a happy ever after that comes with very little angst or troubles; and third, a feel good emotional reward that leaves you smiling long after the novel’s end. Cardeno C. is a master at romance—sweet, sometimes sappy, yet always a complete story where boy meets boy, boy gets boy and they both live happily ever after....This author dares to create a happy ever after for an average guy, with an above average man who desires him. In the end, Not a Game becomes a magical fairytale romance that delivers all the feels and emotions with a twist—characters who are, for once, utterly real and worthy of love.

The Novel Approach

I fell in love with both of these men. Jaime never once made Oliver feel inferior. He was an amazing man and brought Oliver out of his shell. Jaime was tender and passionate. He gave Oliver everything he craved. Watching then fall in love made my heart melt.

Alpha Book Club

I love Cardeno’s emotional stories and the writing is excellent as always. I couldn’t put this down and in fact started reading it again as soon as I’d finished....I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a sweet, somewhat unique, low-angst romance. It’s funny, terribly sweet and somewhat thought provoking.

The Blogger Girls

These two are so RIGHT for one another, I had a huge grin on my face the entire time I was reading this book.

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