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Where He Ends and I Begin (Home #3)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  2,654 Ratings  ·  290 Reviews
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 (first published June 1st 2011)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*2.5 stars*

This story was legit bananas. BANANAS!

Just when I thought I've read the gooiest, mushiest Cardeno C. books, I stumble upon this one and this one puts all other CC books to shame. TO SHAME.

This book is like a marshmallow exploded over two sweaty, naked gay guys. It is gay fluffernutter smorgasbord!! It's feast time, baby!

I honestly would have rolled with the crazy obsessive jealousy, co-dependency, and totally bizarre psychic connection if it wasn't for a few details. I mean, I KNOW
Jan 11, 2015 Susan rated it liked it

2.5 stars

PSA: This book has a lot of sex. I mean...A LOT...of sex. And when I say a lot of sex, I mean A. LOT. OF. SEX. And if I failed to really get my point through, let me just leave it at this...SEX. SEX. SEX. SEX. SEX. Come-multiple-times, don't-need-to-touch-my-dick, inside-outside-anyway-I-can-get-it-or-give-it SEX. Not a chapter and nary a page goes by without some...SEX.

Now, what amazes me is that if you took away ALL THAT SEX, the 10 or so pages of story you're left with are actually m
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This review is for the second edition of this book, which includes a bonus chapter originally published in:

Marriage - A Home Series Celebration by Cardeno C.

Fluffy pink unicorns dancing on rainbows have NOTHING on this book.

This is the ultimate GFY, opposites-attract, BFFs-to-lovers story.

The book BEGINS with a HEA, and the rest is just layer upon layer of happy, sexy, and delicious.

Nate and Jake have been friends FOREVER. They were born on the same day in the same town to moms who were besties, and have been each other's everything always
Jun 20, 2015 .Lili. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cardeno C is a new to me author. Never read a full book of hers only tried a sample of one so I wasn't sure what to expect. The first chapter hooked me but when the second chapter started I thought-

Didn't I just read this? Yes, I had. Rather than an alternating dual POV, she'd write the same scene over from the other character's perspective. I found this really irritating and came close to DNFing it. It would take me out of the story and made me backtrack. Luckily, the whole book isn't like that
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 sc
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
2.5 hearts


Sometimes these types of books work for me and other times they just don’t. You know the type, that too sweet, too easy, too unrealistic type of relationship book. That is Jake and Nate's story.

Nate and Jake have been inseparable since birth and are as close as two people can be. They start a romantic/sexual relationship when they’re twenty eight, which is where the novel begins.

Really not much happens in this story, these two are in love and stay in love. At the beginning they
Dec 05, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, mm, comfort-reads
Cardeno C. sure knows how to write fluffy books!
This was exactly what I needed.


For the first 30% I wasn’t too interested in this couple. I mean, these guys get together on the first page! I thought it would be either filled with angst or boring fluffiness. But actually it was neither.

First of all, there is NO ANGST, none, nada, nothing..
And yes there was fluffiness all around, but it wasn’t boring as I thought. It was beautiful. Wonderful fluff.


This is the story of Jake and Nate, 2 best friends

I can't believe I finished it. At last. It was not easy!!

Where can I pick up my medal?

Susan, as already very often, expressed EXACTLY , 1:1, my opinion about this book.

I'm not sure I want to read more of this series. It's written in a comfortable author's manner - copy & paste & modify & publishing-but it's not what I'm looking for.

I think the reason I managed to listen it up to the end was a narrator, I doubt I could have been able to finish it if I had read it.
*** 2.5 Stars ***

* So. Much. Sex! My rabbits-would-be-jealous shelf was made for a book like this!

* Rotating perspectives with dialogue cut and paste from the previous section that made the story incredibly repetitive.

* Some truly WTF?! moments in which MC actions and reactions were not even remotely based in reality.

* Sweet, fluffy sugar coma - whatever your romantic heart could desire two MCs to say or do or be for each other, this book has it. I loved the idea of MCs who were together from th
Jul 27, 2012 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
My teeth hurt from all this sweetness!!!

But damnnnn, I feel good!!

This was some love story.

It’s about 2 guys who have been friends since birth. They do everything together… Nate came out in his teens and had always had a crush on his best friend Jake. One drunken night these two discover that Jake is not so straight as Nate thinks…..

They live together in New York. Nate has studied medicine and works at a lab and Jake is a NY cop.

The whole book is about how much these two men love each other!!

May 09, 2011 Rossy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sweet-romance fans
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
Nov 19, 2011 Vio rated it it was ok
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.
Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
The Title:

'Where He Ends and I Begin' is a wonderful title that fits perfectly for the soul-mate relationship shown in this book. Jake and Nate were inseparable since a very young age and for me the title was not just intriguing, but the story delivers what the title promises and so much more.

The Cover:

I prefer the old covers, even while really liking the new ones for the 'home' series. The old cover for this book shows Jake and Nate as children and as adults with an intense connection. It is be
I've gotta say, this really did not work for me. To the point where I didn't even want to deal with reviewing it, and then I let too much time go by, and now it's hard to formulate a review. But luckily, I did frequent updates for the first quarter or so before I got completely sick of everything. And I feel they sufficiently sum up my feelings:

1.0% "I like that this STARTS with them hooking up, instead of having to work up to it."


4.0% "Okay they cleared
Edina Rose
Jun 01, 2011 Edina Rose rated it did not like it
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
Oct 16, 2012 Nic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, series, zz-amazon-yes
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
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧•°**★❧ •°**★

This one is repetitious.... and it is

4 Sugar-Coated Stars!!

Cuz, yes, this book was repetitive.....

But, nevertheless, I liked it slot.

Jake & Nate we're adorable.

I love the dual POV, the repeat not so much, but, nevertheless, it doesn't stop me from reading this book over and over again.

The MCs

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

They are super sweet!

❤I love that Jake will do ANYTHING for Noah, it is a perfect love story.

❤I love the way t
Aug 10, 2012 Gigi rated it really liked it
After reading this book a second time, waiting 2 years in between, I came to the same conclusion as my initial read: Holy shit, this is the sappiest, stickiest, sweetest M/M romance on the market!

MCs Jake and Nate have been best friends their entire lives. They were born in the same hospital, their mother's already best friends, and once you get over the fact those these boys were practically brothers, you can sink yourself into the flashbacks and overly-sweet love they share. It is a fun read w
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! ;-)
May 09, 2011 Simsala rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, dnf
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!
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
BWT (Belen)
Belens Audio Book Review

Where He Ends and I Begin is a super-hot sexy, no angst, sweet and fluffy romance about two best friends who become lovers and are, at their core, soul mates.
"We've always been almost like one person. I've never known where he ends and where I begin."

Told in Jake and Nate's alternating dual POV, we learn Jake and Nate have been best friends literally from birth. Their mothers were the only girls in their big families and became best friends as children, sharing their lives together, marrying wi
♥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
Oct 27, 2011 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
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
Nov 30, 2016 Janie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This book was so sweet. I loved every second of it. A little cheesy in places but it's just what I needed at the time. I wasn't in the mood for an angst filled book and I can always count on Cardeno C's books when I'm in that mood. I loved Jake and his SELFLESS love for Nate. Nate never even knew a lot of the choices and sacrifices Jake made for him, for them, throughout the years and that's exactly how Jake wanted it. That is a pure and selfless love right there. Nate irritated me a couple of t ...more
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
May 08, 2012 Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 13, 2015 Kristie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many things I don't like about this book. None of those little things can take away all the things I loved about it. I had a smile on my face for most of the book. When I didn't? I was eye rolling, and pleading for the author to please not regurgitate the last scene through a different POV. Or I cried. The crying parts were great though. I liked that. The feeling part.

So yeah, little things that made me cringe, but mostly things that made me smile. And lots of sex. Really nice and
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“Did I expect him to think sucking my cock was anything other than disgusting? I‟d never even kissed a girl, and believe me, if someone forced me to take part in some below-the-belt mouth-to-vagina action, I think I‟d probably vomit.” 14 likes
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