When a casual hookup turns into the potential for love, staid Spencer realizes he wants to build a life with vibrant Emilio.
When twenty-two-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn’t difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.
Spencer is surprised when he’s approached by the gorgeous construction worker he’s admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his thirty-eight years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he’ll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.
“Ahem. What are you doing?”
Spencer Derdinger jumped away from his office window at the unexpected sound of a voice behind him.
“Nothing!” he shouted defensively as he turned toward the door to see Maria Lee, his colleague and friend, watching him with a smirk on her face. The wooden blinds clanked loudly against the window, making Spencer flinch.
Maria raised one eyebrow, slowly walked over to the window, placed a perfectly manicured finger on one slat, and pulled it down.
“When did you turn into such a cliché?” she asked without looking away from the window.
“I don’t know what you mean.” Spencer skittered over to his desk and started stacking the randomly strewn-about papers into equally random piles.
After turning around, walking over to an empty chair, and sitting down with her thin ankles crossed, Maria flipped her hair back over her shoulder and said, “Spencer,…
No major fall outs, misunderstandings, or life changing decisions, written in a way only CC knows how, and has mastered in a way others should take note. Its not necessary for the characters to fall out and mess up, sometimes, just getting from A to B is story enough, IF IF IF its told well. Told from both men's point of view, we get an insight into them both, which I really LOVE, mostly, because I like to know whats going on, from everyone.
This book gave me everything I was hungry for and didn't even realize I was craving! Make sure you have a strong sweet tooth before diving in. Emilio, oh my, Emilio. He's sex on legs – big, but gentle, tough but caring, young with an old soul, protective and irresistible all rolled into one wickedly hot package. ... Spencer. He's smart, shy, vulnerable, kind of messed up, completely bewildered as to why a young and sexy hunk would be interested in him, and thoroughly overwhelmed with Emilio's confidence and direct approach. ... I loved and adored these guys together. Their passion was enough to set off a raging forest fire. The age gap worked really well, especially having a super confident younger man going after the uncertain older man who carried some baggage. ... There's virtually no angst in this story and I ended up loving it that way. The relationship begins immediately and just grows stronger with each successive page. Whenever I'm craving a really good dessert, I'll be reaching for this story again. Definitely one of my favorites by this author and a keeper on my favorites shelf!!
May-December romance that just hits all the great feels that you want in a story like this.
Strong Enough held the meaning of life~ who one falls in love with can’t always be helped, a family should always be on your side, and but if there is strength of will and character, love will be found. Cardeno C. wrote strength in Emilio and Spencer and happiness prevailed.