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Where He Ends and I Begin (Home #3)

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Jake Owens, aggressive, physical, blunt and brave, is a football hero turned city cop. Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever, is thoughtful, quiet, and kind, a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and that Jake is the love of his life—and loyal, courageous, straight Jake has never had a clue.

But Jake has been nursing his own case of the unrequite
ebook, 250 pages
Published June 6th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press, LLC
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Sticky, ooey gooey, sugary sweetness where everyone is beautiful and perfect!

"I understand, Nate. I get the concept of infinity. It's like the two of us, like our friendship. No end, no limit. We're forever. That's infinity, right?"

Nate and Jake have been inseparable since birth. So inseparable that they didn't know where one ended and the other began. They'd always loved each other but they've been in love since they were teenagers, unbeknownst to each other. Nate has been out since high scho
Macky ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
Cardeno C says he ( yes I found out Cardeno is male ) Quote: " is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a little Happiness and a few " Awwws" into a readers day ," well he does that for me in spades and yep, his books are full of sugar and his guys are almost too good to be true...but WHO CARES!!! I'm very happy to be transported to a place where the sex is hot, the love is true, the chemistry explodes and the endings are always happy. Third book in the Home series and granted, for some readers h ...more

This one is repetitious.... but

But, I Still Loved it to Piece's!

because of~

Jake & Nate

Oh my goodness, what wonderful MCs with a strong sense of place, and that was awesome!


I have read this book 3 times, and it's more like 4-4.5 Stars, almost perfect. The flow, and repeative scenes simply drove me bat-shit crazy. But, this book as a whole makes me smile each and every time. This book is like putting on some comfy cashmere socks, curl my toes snuggly. What's funny is I haven't read any of
This book did not start on a right note for me, just because i was a bit exasperated with one of the characters. Nothing big, just a personal niggle since i can't relate to his insecurities.
Thankfully, it didn't last for long and i was able to just suspend all sense of reality, and just enjoy the story. Which turned out to be really sweet, or more accurately sugary sweet by the end. I can deal with that though and was in the right mood for it.

So the only thing that did not work for me was how m
Jan 08, 2013 Anke marked it as dnf
Can't take it anymore. Every scene is told twice, putting sunscreen on each other values more sentences than the death of the parents of Jake, Jake the hero managed to carry injured Nate miles through the night and still keep pressure on the injury, leaving behind his dying parents and that's it? Off to the next scene of finally making love in the here and now. As harebrained as my review might sound now the whole book was for me. So this is the first DNF for me this year, I'm curious how many w ...more
Edina Rose
I feel cheated of a good story.

The blurb was simply wonderful. And since I liked the second book (5 stars) in the series, I thought the author's style was moving from the overtly emotional (1st book) to something still emotional but more balanced (like 2nd book). Now I know I was wrong.

You've got these two boys, born the same day from mothers who were best friends joined at the hips. Naturally, the two boys, Nate and Jake, get to be best friends from birth. Jake and Nate respective families li
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
3.5 stars - Warning: This is a long review. If I weren't so lazy, I'd probably go back and cut pieces of it that I repeat but I'm really that lazy. Lol. So, just read it... and I expect you to like it :P

I have to admit, this book didn't start off good for me. The first half of the book is essentially a big misunderstanding between Jake and Nate about one thing about their relationship or another. Then there's the sweetness factor. For someone who is not in the mood for a sweet, sweet, sweet and
With mothers who were best friends, Jake and Nate have grown up together, from the moment they were placed side-by-side in the same bassinet. "I get the concept of infinity. It's like the two of us, like our friendship. No end, no limit. We're forever. That's infinity, right?"

Nate is gay and has loved Jake forever until one day their friendship only status becomes too much for him to handle."He loved me, I knew that, but not like I needed him to love me. He loved me just enough to keep me from e
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
I love sweet stories. I love long stories. This is both a sweet and a long book. That means I should love it, right? Unfortunately, I didn't.

Where He Ends And I Begin is the story of two best friends, Jake and Nate, falling in love. Their friendship is cradle to the grave. They were born on the same day, their mothers gave birth in the same room, they were laid down next to each other after they were born. And so began the saga of Jake and Nate.

A couple of things in this book didn't work for me
I always know when I want a fairytale romance with lots of hot sex, Cardeno C's books will fit the bill and this was no exception. Jake and Nate were fated to be together since the day they were born. Most of that time spent as best friends each secretly longing for the other. When the finally get together, they cannot get enough of each other, as if they are two halves of one person.

Jake's devotion to Nate over the years is beautiful. Often the same story is told in alternating POV's, and if yo
My sap-o-metre just overloaded...seriously folks, Cardeno has really let the saccharine sentimentality out for this story...don't get me wrong tho', whenever I'm in mood for high sugar, over-the-top romance, this is the series I read...if you can accept these stories for what they are without having your cynicism overwhelm your hopeless romantic, then you should enjoy this book.
I`m on chapter 18 and suffering hyperglycemia.One more chapter and my teeth will rot!Unbearable...

I really liked the second book in the series but this is a huge disappointment!
I didn`t want to read it, I had to!
Unimaginable torture...

Cheered on by a friend who laughed her silly ass off - you know who you are - I somehow made it through this book. Slightly ruffled but still in one piece I managed to finish.
I can`t remember the last time I felt so relieved...

And for the fun my friend had with me while I read this book whining and bitching, the German edition gets three stars, so there....

Oh, and kudos to the translator! ;-)
This is one of those "Awwww!" books. I've read other comments where folks have stated that it was sweet........ really sweet. That is pretty much the only way to describe it. There is no real conflict, no major disagreements, no angst, no anything really except a good love story between two life-long friends who go from friends to not just lovers but life partners. Sure it was very unrealistic but who cares? Sometimes I just need a sweet story without a bunch of b.s. thrown into it.

I enjoyed wat
I really wanted to know the story of Jake and Zach. I'm not disappointed.
Both are really likeable characters and the story is really moving.
But I'm not fond of the writing style of Cardeno in this book.
Telling the same scenes from 2 different POV bothered me. I did like it when I read "When Irish Eyes..." but not in this one.
4.5 stars. Recommended.
A major disappointment, sugar overload and the dialogue was so unbelievably cheesy, all those I love yous and flowery talk was over the top and hard to take.
This book is the sequel to the enjoyable He Completes Me. Although I liked WHEAIB by the time I finished it, I do have some reservations about the book.

Cardeno C.'s unique writing style. CC uses the first person narrative style to engage the reader. The characters recount their thoughts in a sweeping stream of consciousness. It's not common in m/m romance and it gives his work a very distinctive touch.

His prose is extremely romantic.

He writes contemporary mm romance (my fave!) and long stor
Christy Duke
When Cardeno C. introduced Jake and Nate near the end of 'He Completes Me' I was hooked immediately by the thought of two people not being whole unless they were together. The author's description seemed more than soul mates to me, it was as if Jake and Nate were two pieces of a circle and only when they were joined together were all the seams obliterated. Because of my strong reaction to the small amount of these two characters that I saw, I was thrilled to discover that book three in the 'Home ...more
For those following the Home series, Where He Ends and I Begin is the third book published yet the first book chronologically. It’s a bit of a convoluted publishing scheme (it’s almost as if the books are published backwards in the timeline) but thankfully you don’t need to read the books in any particular order to understand the series. This book, like all the other books, stands alone. The writing is very typical of the other two books in the series and the tone tends to be too sweet and perfe ...more
Priscila Rocha
I can not quantify how many times I read and reread this book. Every day that I want to relax I choose this sweet story. The first time that I read I just kept waiting for something terrible to happen after they finally get to be together, but it was a nice surprise to read a story in which love is so great that even when put to the test is not shaken. I actually had to restrain myself from reading ahead because I was so curious and I really didn´t want anything to happen to them. And when I got ...more

Enjoyed this one from Cardeno C. The 'sugary sweet' isn't bad enough to require a barf bag, and the sex...OMG, the sex was frequent (read non-stop) and hot!! Jake certainly made up for the fact that he wasn't able to get into Nate's pants years earlier hehe!! Fated to be soul mates practically since birth, they endured a lot of ups and downs (including Jake going through a girl phase) before finally coming together as a couple. The ending tied all the loose ends up quite neatly. 4 stars.
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
Why did we have to get the entire story twice...was there just not enough to say about this amazing couple that that's how it had to go? I didn't mind the POV switching just the retelling... Anyway...

Other than that I absolutely LOVED this book! You know I am a sucker for Friends-to-Lovers (I'm a sucker for a lot of things but whatever!). Jake and Nate were destined to be together from the womb to tomb :)

OK so if you don't like awwwww 'toothache' sweet...this may not be for you. This one was to
Feb 16, 2013 deirdre rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
2.5 stars . . .

This was disappointing . . . . I really enjoyed the others in this series, I believe I have read 3 others. This was certainly sweet, but just lacked some oomph! I kept waiting for the story to take off, or to take me somewhere and it didn't. Both characters are likeable . . . But it was just so easy. So sweet, neat, and easy.

A cop ex-football player and the doctor . . . The sex was hot and non - stop . . . Just wish i had gotten caught up in their romance . .. .
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Mandy*reads obsessively*
Oct 14, 2011 Mandy*reads obsessively* rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mandy*reads obsessively* by: Nik
Nate and Jake were born on the same say and haven't spend a day apart since. They are best friends and love each other more than life itself! It just takes them 28 years to finally tell each other that the love they feel is more.......
This is a very sweet book, if you like Cardeno C.'s other books you will like this one!
I enjoyed this one, but "He Completes Me" is still my favorite!!
Veronica /  V
Why an Author write a 250 pages book that it's to alternate with dialogues between the two main characters? perhaps to make some of us readers dizzy? I don't mind when it's in first person narrative but to alternated them between the two that was a deal breaker for me.
I would have take at least 100 pages of this story to make it more enjoyable.
4.6 stars

This is Death by chocolate.
Strawberry ice cream sundae with a dollop of chocolate syrup on top.
Red velvet cup cake.
Lindt chocolate truffles.

This is ultimate sweetness.
this was too perfect,too sappy and fluffy and too much sex!....yes,this is coming from ME the queen of fluff and sex ;))
So lovely. A definite re-read!
Jake and Nate sigh...
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