Title: Jesse’s Diner
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Characters: Tanner Sellers, Steve Faus
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Two men with a shared history and a mutual attraction must be honest with themselves and each other so both their dreams come true.
Quiet, unassuming Tanner Sellers spends his time running a diner in Hope, Arizona. Not particularly social, twenty-two-year-old Tanner keeps to himself and enjoys his simple life, but he longs for someone to call his own. In his most secret fantasy, that someone is sexy Steve Faus. But Steve is his friend’s father and mentor’s widower and therefore off-limits.
Despite some challenges, thirty-nine-year-old Steve Faus has had a good life. He’s extremely successful at work, has a great relationship with his college-age son, and lives in a wonderful town. Eighteen months after losing his partner, the one thing Steve lacks is someone to share his life. If Steve is honest with himself, that someone is the young man he has known and cared about for years. Steve and Tanner want one another, all they need is a little push in the right direction to make both of their dreams come true.
If you follow my reviews, you already know that May/December romances are one of my favorite sub-genres. So when I noticed that Jesse’s Diner is under one of my favorite themes, I had to read it. I’m very happy I did because not only was this book well-written, in the end, it left this reader with a very happy and satisfied smile on my face.
Jesse’s Diner is written through Tanner’s point of view. I found that Tanner is a very interesting character. There is a lot of depth to him and because of the things he’s been through in his life, he comes off as a very sympathetic and likeable man. Tanner is also very mature for his age, but because of his shyness, he is also naïve and innocent in many ways. Tanner has known Steve for many years and has always had a crush on the older man. Steve’s partner, Jesse, was his mentor and together the two men embraced Tanner into their lives once Tanner became best friends with their son. When Jesse died, it devastated all of them, but through the past year and a half, they’ve worked through their grief and Tanner in particular, really strives to keep Jesse’s memory alive by running his successful diner with a lot of tender loving care.
When he is asked to check on Steve, Tanner is both thrilled and nervous to do it. Steve is his dream man and he’s always had a hard time keeping his attraction to the man under wraps. When the two men truly begin to become friends again, Tanner quickly finds out that not only do they have a lot in common, but Steve is harboring his own feelings for Tanner as well.
I truly loved this book. Cardeno C. writes romances with a lot of heart that never fails to give readers that feel-good feeling we all love and crave in our romance novels. I can’t wait to read the next book in the Home series and look forward to reading anything else written by this amazing author as well.
Reviewed By: Gabbi