Gabbi Reviews: Strong Enough by Cardeno C.

Title: Strong Enough
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Pages: 247
Characters: Emilio Sanchez, Spencer Derdinger
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, May/December Romance
Kisses: 5+


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.


When I am in the mood for a feel-good, romantic story I will reach for just about anything written by Cardeno C. There is something very special about her well-written, sexy characters that really resonate with me as a reader. Each and every character Ms. C creates will live in your heart and mind long after you’ve finished the book.

It’s no secret that the May/December sub-genre is one of my favorite themes to read, and I’m thrilled to say Strong Enough is one of my all time favorites within this genre. I truly loved the way Emilio and Spencer connected on both an emotional and physical level and I also believed they honestly liked one another too.

At first glance, they may seem like polar opposites. Spencer is a gorgeous, uptight professor and Emilio is a sexy younger man who works in his family’s construction business. I LOVED that even though Spencer is older, it was often Emilio who was the patient one. Emilio knew when he met Spencer he wanted him in his life, and let me tell you when Emilio sets his mind to something he wants…he gets it.

Between the sexy banter and the honest conversations these two men shared together, I found myself really rallying behind this couple. I loved how they communicated, both in and out of the bedroom, and I believed Emilio and Spencer really belonged together.

Strong Enough is a sweet and sexy read that will leave you with a smile on your face. Strong Enough is a very easy book to recommend and I know once you read this gem of a story you’ll want to read more books written by this amazing author.

Strong Enough is the first book in the Family collection series and I can’t wait to see what Ms. C has in store for us next!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi


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