More Than Everything

I ve read both the preceding book Strong Enough and the next book The Half of Us and gave both of them stars Those books were perfect pick me ups low angst funny and sexy I was sure that

I've read both the preceding book, Strong Enough, and the next book, The Half of Us, and gave both of them 4 stars. Those books were perfect pick-me-ups - low-angst, funny, and sexy. I was sure that 'More Than Everything' would be a winner too. But this book was just barely two stars for me.I had two main issues: Adan, and the last third.Put simply, Adan is a douchebag. If he were straight, he would be a homophobe. As it is, I'd say he's a bit of a misogynist. He reminds readers many times that Charlie's feminine actions disgust him. He also has no trouble thinking of Charlie as a hole to put his dick in. He's not a "straight" guy in the closet, he'll openly admit that he's gay, but Charlie's mannerisms just make him less of a man than Adan. And Charlie takes it, because somehow he was in love. I have no idea why. Adan apparently does change, but that happens off-page during the years before the big reunion. I just never warmed up to Adan, and I couldn't understand what Charlie saw in him.Which brings me to my second point: the reunion. I didn't buy it. The author tries to squash the idea that it was two tops looking for a convenient bottom, but that's exactly how I saw it. There was no emotional chemistry between the three, with the romantic connection hinging on brief relationships that ended years ago. I also felt like Adan and Scott lost their distinctiveness. They were carbon copies in the last third, barely distinguishable from one another. There's no emotional development to explain how Scott and Adan fit together, or even how Charlie fits as the third in the relationship.The two stars here are for the first section of the book, during Charlie and Scott's teenage years and first romance. The emotions felt real, and it's the only part of the book where I thought Charlie actually had a backbone. I also can't deny that the author was able to pull off the sexual chemistry between the three well. There's no side-lining or jealousy when the three get down and dirty.I don't read many MMM books, but I do tend to enjoy the ones I do read. 'More Than Everything' was missing the emotional connection I need to believe in a relationship, threesome or otherwise.Bestseller More Than Everything Author Cardeno C. Viral Kindle Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get than he ever thought possible.As a teenager, Charlie Chase Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door Charlie thinks he s living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way But hisTime might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get than he ever thought possible.As a teenager, Charlie Chase Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door Charlie thinks he s living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way But his dreams are dashed when Scott unexpectedly moves away.Years later, Charlie meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets After eight months together, Charlie is convinced Adan returns his love But when the opportunity comes to be open about their relationship, Adan walks away.Time passes and life moves on, but when Charlie learns the only two men he s ever loved are now in love with each other, his heart breaks all over again Scott and Adan tell Charlie they want him back, but Charlie doesn t know if he can trust two people who have hurt him so deeply Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get than he ever thought possible.. Cardeno C CC to friends is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few awwws into a reader s day Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations Cardeno s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily ever after sunset Heartwarming Stories Strong Relationships Forever Love.Website cardenocBlog Shared Blog caferisque Twitter CardenoCFB Profile facebook CardenoCFB Group facebook groups CardeYouTube youtube channel UCX6M Pinterest pinterest cardenoC. Bestseller Kindle More Than Everything CC is my go-to author for sexy, low-key romance. I’ve read nearly all of Cardeno’s book but picked up this one on Kindle Unlimited just this week. I found the relationship between the three men, not to mention between Charlie and Scott, as well as Charlie and Adan, to be very superficial. When Adan and Scott see Charlie again (this meeting felt entirely contrived), their first thought is that they want to fuck him. Both Adan and Scott are tops and not entirely compatible in the bedroom, while Charlie’s a willing bottom. I wasn’t feeling the love; the lust, yes, but the romance didn’t work for me at all. I also didn’t like the many femme stereotypes. Charlie is happy cooking and cleaning, while the two tops bring home the bacon. The times lapses in the story left gaping holes in the narrative. Charlie loses his sister and becomes a guardian to his young niece and nephew. This is a major life change, but it’s summarized in a couple sentences. Had I read this book when it first came out, I probably would have enjoyed it more, but I’m a more critical reader now. CC’s more recent stories have been big wins for me; this one was not.

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  1. Cardeno C CC to friends is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few awwws into a reader s day Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations Cardeno s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily ever after sunset Heartwarming Stories Strong Relationships Forever Love.Website cardenocBlog Shared Blog caferisque Twitter CardenoCFB Profile facebook CardenoCFB Group facebook groups CardeYouTube youtube channel UCX6M Pinterest pinterest cardenoC

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  1. CC is my go to author for sexy, low key romance I ve read nearly all of Cardeno s book but picked up this one on Kindle Unlimited just this week I found the relationship between the three men, not to mention between Charlie and Scott, as well as Charlie and Adan, to be very superficial When Adan and Scott see Charlie again this meeting felt entirely contrived , their first thought is that they want to fuck him Both Adan and Scott are tops and not entirely compatible in the bedroom, while Charlie [...]


  2. Oh My A m m m by Cardeno C and I m reading it Hear me squeeeeee 4.5 I don t think I m giving away any secrets when I say I was really and I mean really looking forward to reading this one I lovem nage stories really really love them and I have a soft spot for Cardeno C s books, so to say I was excited for this one, might be a huge understatement Anyway, back to the book, we have Charlie Chase Rhodes, he is unapologetically himself He might be small in stature but he really does have a huge prese [...]


  3. I ve read both the preceding book, Strong Enough, and the next book, The Half of Us, and gave both of them 4 stars Those books were perfect pick me ups low angst, funny, and sexy I was sure that More Than Everything would be a winner too But this book was just barely two stars for me.I had two main issues Adan, and the last third.Put simply, Adan is a douchebag If he were straight, he would be a homophobe As it is, I d say he s a bit of a misogynist He reminds readers many times that Charlie s f [...]


  4. Normally when I see a family story or an author who takes pride in always giving their characters a cozy HEA, or there s a baby anywhere in the building or they forgive each other all the I just don t It s an instinct and it s never betrayed me Just like publishers rejecting every manuscript that starts with Aiden Smitherson stood on top of a hill and pondered his existence, I have a few hard rules to protect my delicate literary taste buds from unpalatable stories.But occasionally every second [...]


  5. SighCardeno C has once again managed to take me to my fluffy happy place I haven t read many menage books and I did wonder of Cardeno would be able to pull it off, but I shouldn t have worried because she nailed it What I loved I love how she broke down the story into three different sections Charlie Scotty, Charlie Adan, and Scotty, Adan Charlie She gave us a glimpse into the dynamics of each relationship and why they worked I love that their love story spanned almost twenty years We were able [...]


  6. A mini plot recap behind spoiler view spoiler Two teenage boys fall in love One a flamboyant, budding dancer and the other the popular, athletic boy literally next door They think it will last forever until Scott moves away leaving Charlie crushed.Fast forward to college and Charlie meets the brooding, intense foul mouthed Adan, who makes it perfectly clear this is just sex Eight months later they are still together and both falling in love, until one night Charlie becomes aware of some secret, [...]


  7. I liked it, a lot than I thought I would, actually Allow me to explain it takes a really great storyteller to make me not only believe, but root for, a threesome Mostly because I spend a lot of time fantasizing thinking about the logistics Cardeno makes me believe this is absolutely not only possible, but that it makes total sense.More Than Everything is actually three love stories in one Charlie and Scott, Chase and Adan, and then, finally, Charlie, Scott and Adan.Each third of the story is to [...]


  8. I didn t know what to expect going into this one, since threesomes make me a bit nervous, but this was better than I expected This book is divided in three parts The first part is about Charlie and his first love Scott They start their relationship when they are still teenagers But like most teenage lovers, they eventually drift apart, because Scott leaves to go live with his father and attend college in a different state Leaving a heartbroken Charlie behind.This part was very sweet and I my hea [...]


  9. 3.5 Stars rounded upI found this book a gentle and romantic MMM story that was not all about the sex So if you like your MMM less about three bodies working together and three people coming together in a relationship you may like this story.I liked this story just fine BUT I had a couple of issues with it that ultimately made me give it a lower rating than I would have Just a quick recap of the story The story is told from all three MCs POV at different points in time, although Charlie Chase ser [...]


  10. 4.75 stars Review for the second edition.I m so happy I got the chance to write a proper review for this, which is one of my all time favorite books and the one that got me hooked on this author.Every chapter begins with a photograph Charlie is making a scrap book and every photo holds a memory, which he narrates to the reader I absolutely adore this storytelling device and it worked amazingly here.The story is basically told in three parts Keep in mind that for the third part, you will have to [...]


  11. This magnificent tale is about Charlie Chase Rhodes, ballet dancerWe see his history unfold as he tells his life story while compiling his photo album, sort of The storytelling is brilliant, the sex is smokin and the life is absolutely engaging While a youngster, Charlie met new neighbor, tall, athletic, gorgeous Scott, and he wanted a picture He ends up in a pile of boxes at his feet With his golden blonde hair, and hazel eyes, Scotthe was a dream come true for small, thin, brown haired, blue e [...]


  12. 4.5 StarsThere are some narrators who are bad, some who are okay, some who are good, and a few who are great For me, Ezekiel Robison is great I have consistently been impressed with his narrative skills It s just that he uses such great characters voices to draw me into the story Then his narrative flow is so spot on and pitched so well that I am immediately immersed in the story Listening to him is a real experience one to be enjoyed and savored Robison is also particularly good at taking the e [...]


  13. In her review, my girl Mish laid out her emotional response to this book It went a little something like this First HopefulThen HappyThen HeartbrokenThen AngryThen ResignedThen WTF Then HEASomewhere before the angry resigned period, I also came upon a level of acceptance and cautious hope, but other than that my reactions were nearly identical.This book was heavily in the 4.5 star territory until the clunkiest transition known to man took us all to Menage Town I fully appreciate an author trying [...]


  14. I absolutely adored this book As with any Cardeno C I ve read, it was just the ultimately sweet read I wanted, a good mix of humor, heartbreak and romance.Charlie Chase really is the star of this book Although there are other POV s, his voice really sets the tone He is unapologetically who he is, a bit flamboyant, snarky and honest The two great loves in his life ultimately both let him down, but eventually fate brings them all back together again Scott, is his first love and although they are b [...]


  15. 4 Hearts I love my polyamorous books and More Than Everything delivered on a lot of the aspects I love about them, but before I get into the story I really want to talk about the narration.Ezekiel Robison is AMAZING I was so lost in the story because he was reading it to me I haven t been able to say this about an audiobook yet, but I don t think I would have enjoyed that book nearly as much if it wasn t in audio.Ezekiel somehow manages to do voices for an effeminate man, a husky growly alpha, a [...]


  16. General Spoiler Warning I told myself this story could go one of two ways Either Charlie s exes actively search him out as the needed third to their relationship, OR they to run into him unplanned, and due to that happenstance, they decide to go for him I also told myself that if the second route happened, I would probably dislike this book intensely But, it did happen, and I didn t hate the book, so there you go Overall, there were just a few things that started to wear thin Redundancy I actual [...]


  17. This was an awesome book Like TOOOOTALLY AWESOME Another sure fire indicator that I am into a book is when I find myself yelling at my Kindle Characters make me mad and or hurt another character in the book I love, i take these actions as a personal insult and must be avenged And if yelling at my Kindle doesn t help, I will contact a fellow reading obsessor thanks again Macky Darling and rant and huff at them This is a menage, and I love these stories What was different about this one was the wa [...]


  18. 5 Stars for this story Audiobook The story is hot, full of Feelz and lots of heat Ezekial Robison does a PERFECT narration love this book and audio is fucking brilliant


  19. Had this on my kindle alreadyw a recommend somewhere and goshhh read it three times in a row.What can I say about the storyI think the blurb says it allWhat can I say about how i felt and what I thought while reading.I read the last 40% five timesd the whole story three times.Amazing readexcellent build upwonderful written.funny, emotional and honest.The pov s very well done A must read when you love m m m It worked beautifully I just loved it.One tiny tiny thing I would have loved it when there [...]


  20. The writing is good enough that I enjoyed some of the story, and even enough I could forgive the very unlikely, if not impossible coincidence that reunites the characters Its a story after all and I can get past a convenient if unrealistic plot device But I really disliked Adan When Charlie first meets him, he s a bossy judgmental A hole who treats him like crap and uses him Even in the start of the relationship, I couldn t understand what Charlie saw in him except he was young and stupid and he [...]


  21. Well Cardeno you ve done it again, made me fall in love with a truckload of cuteness, cut through with just enough snarky humour and mild angsty conflict to give it a slightly sharper edge and therefore less chance of tooth cavities To be fair though even though this has a CC stamp all over it I don t think it was quite as overly sweet as usual and the sex whilst still being hot and sexy didn t seem quite as frequent as in his past stories Well I didn t think so anyway Didn t stop me from having [...]


  22. 2.5 starsIf you ve read the blurb you know when you start this book there will be 2 break ups I don t do break ups well They weren t overly angsty, but my heart still broke each time.Most of this book is told by Charlie I loved Charlie He was sweet, he was so full of life and he loved with his whole being.The first 40% consists of Charlie and Scott falling in love at 16 They are together until Scott moves away when they re about 20.I loved the relationship between Charlie and Scott They were so [...]


  23. Phew That s really something else But works for me somehow.Between a heartwarming and pain, between love and hurts This is Charlie s story about his first love, his second love and both were disappointed him , hurt him, pained him, because love hurts.I didn t mind about how he and Scott broke up, they re very young at the time, but I was kinda pissed at Adan He s homophobic, arrogant and denials Aggh He made me wanna hit him on the face with chair for what he did to Charlie, and I was glad Charl [...]


  24. Well, now, this was a nice middle of the night read I loved Charlie apparently than I love sleep because I read this between one and four in the morning in one sitting Charlie was the centerpiece of this book, and as a narrator he was delightful I really enjoyed the way his relationships with both Scott and Adan unfolded and the way they were related.For me, the moment when view spoiler Adan and Scott walked into Charlie s house hide spoiler felt a little slapstick meets deus ex machina, BUT it [...]


  25. 2.5 starsThis was a book told in three parts, each part worse than the one before.The first part is the story of Charlie and Scott This was the best part of the book It was your classic high school flamboyant gay boy meets super hot jock with a heart of gold story, and it was sweet and low angst and pretty much perfect I loved it, and that s what got me past the kindle sample and had me clicking to buy I had never read Cardeno C before and was pleasantly surprised by her voice in that section I [...]


  26. Do you get how amazing that is I mean, what are the odds So it s unusual and a little complicated More Than Everything was such a refreshing take on the menage theme, both due to the structure of the book but also because of the interesting situation our main characters found themselves in.It was a unique way of weaving the story with the chapter introductions and the telling had quite a personal feel with the author talking directly to the reader So, WHAT do you think of Adan so far Yeah, at th [...]


  27. MAN OH MAN I really really wanted to like this story, Charlie Chase was freaking epic, and this book was so much fun I laughed a lot and really thought Charlie Chase was an awesome character.But view spoiler the way Scott and Adan just came back and everything was honky dory ruined it for me These 2 idiots, see Charlie Chase again and they re like We want you, we re sorry for being complete dickbacks not so much Scott, but still and half an hour later, everything is forgiven ARGH, I thought Char [...]


  28. audio review only I will admit, as a Cardeno C fan, this story is not my favorite Adan could take a flying leap off a short pier Ezekiel Robinson was able to make me forget that He did such a wonderful job with the narration that I was engaged the entire time I still hated Adan, but I was able to push beyond that I have enjoyed all of narrations for this series I can t wait to hear collaborations of Cardeno and Ezekiel.


  29. OK I absolutely adored this book I was a little up and down got a little teary yea i m a freaking sap I know this Couldn t decide who I wanted to hurt But in the end it was right it was beautiful and I loved them all.


  30. 2.5 Stars, rounding up because I loved Charlie If I went by the mess of the last third of the book, it would be a 2.This was a nice read, especially before the three men got together That s where the book lost me Let s start with the good I loved the format We got to see Charlie s life through his scrapbooking memories It showed me a piece of Charlie s heart every time a new picture was added Charlie is sweet as can be and proud of who he is He makes no apologies for the way he dresses or for th [...]


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