Hope Collection

McFarland's Farm

McFarland's Farm

Quiet but lonely Jared has to decide how much of himself he's willing to risk to keep party-boy Lucas.

Word Count: 25,561

Jesse's Diner

Jesse's Diner

Two men with a shared history and a mutual attraction must be honest with themselves and each other so both their dreams come true.

Word Count: Approx. 30,000

Smitty's Sheriff

Smitty's Sheriff

Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they're perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.

Word Count: 33,297

The town of Hope: Where the community is like family and love blooms.

These books are linked by theme or world. They are independent and can be read in any order.

My FB Group's Recommendations



Their romance is like a slow burning fire on a cold night. Everything’s heating up perfectly! There’s medical issues and emotional drama that really moves the story along. This is pretty much a contemporary story about finding love in a small town. If you’re looking for super sweet and sexy, give Jesse’s Diner a read!

The TBR Pile

The way the love grows between the two main characters is sweet, but not overly so. There is some angst, some emotional drama, and a whole lot of growing up going on.

Love Bytes Reviews

I am head over heels for the Home series and have been since I first read it nearly two years ago. I've also stated in the past that is near impossible to pick a favorite of the series, but there is one that I love marginally better than all the rest. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to Just What the Truth Is, my very favorite book in Cardeno C's Home series. Why do I love this book so much? Well, let me tell you. I'll start with the characters. If I've said it once, I've said it a billion times. Cardeno C is a master of characterization, and this story proves that. ... And the plot is engrossing. Ben's journey from momma's boy to his own man is something to behold. It is a bumpy, hard, and ugly road, but the outcome is beautiful. ... So, yes, I absolutely, hands down love Ben and Micah's story. It's emotional and lovely. In such a character-driven series, these characters are perfect. I love the story and absolutely love this series. If you haven't read any of the books in this series, don't worry. This series is written so that each story is a standalone and can be read in any order. My advice? Read them all. You won't regret it. And start wherever you want, but definitely read this book. I highly, highly recommend Just What the Truth Is by Cardeno C.

Joyfully Jay

Jason was such an extraordinary character to get to know. ...Confident and honest to a fault, he was clear as to who he was and what was to be expected of him. .....Abe was a great character too. I admired his tenacity, his caring heart and the patience he found in himself when it came to dealing with Jason. ...Cardeno didn't pull any punches in bringing forth the connection between these two. Through every stilted conversation, honest interaction and heated encounters Abe and Jason's connection never failed to be present–always growing deeper, bringing them closer each time. ...I expect it's not an easy feat to bring all these elements to the page, but Cardeno brought it all together seamlessly without taking away from any one of the elements involved. The emotions were present, intense yet subtle and correctly portrayed. The romance was slow-building but firmly established and developed. And of course, the chemistry was explored in many different ways. Cardeno managed to not only bring the heat to these scenes but also brought into it the complexity of the characters–what made them tick, what they yearned for and how emotionally invested they were in what they were sharing. Be it their first heated embrace, their flirty banter or just a simple look, Jason and Abe's chemistry jumped off the page and their emotions made themselves known.

Leann's Book Reviews

I love this book and I am still laughing about it. ... There is romance, wit, sex and it is a really good time.

Amos Lassen