Places In Time

Cardeno C.
Places In Time
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The Romance Authors, LLC
Release Date
July 2012
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

A relationship-challenged actor unexpectedly finds love in the arms of his childhood best friend.

"Sexiest Man Alive" and Golden Globe winning actor Ethan Baker lights up the screen but fizzles in his personal life. When his latest girlfriend breaks up with him, Ethan turns to his one "forever" person - Jude Harrison. But as Ethan makes the familiar drive to his best friend's house, an unexpected detour and a bewildering passenger take him through places in time he'd long forgotten. Suddenly Ethan sees Jude's actions over the years from a different perspective, but it's his own reaction that's the biggest surprise.

Word Count: 15,659

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author)
Jul 11, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
177 people found the following review helpful
Good read, but there's the potential for more.

Ethan Baker is an actor, a desired, popular man who's earned the title of "Sexiest Man Alive", not bad for a boy once called "chubby and dull". He's made it in the big time and he has a lot of people to thank for that, including his best friend of twenty years, Jude Harrison. Jude, who is always there for him with support and picking up the pieces when things go wrong.

And then one night, Ethan's girlfriend breaks up with him, he turns to Jude as usual for solace, and somewhere in between time changes, a "fairy godmother" called Ginger comes along to show Ethan exactly what he's missing all these years. There's definitely magic in the air that night.

I read this with an expectation that it would give me more than it ended up doing. Don't get me wrong, I loved the whole idea of someone coming along and making time change so that the scales can drop from my eyes and I can see what has always been before me. I'm a sucker for stories like that.

But for me there were a couple of unrealistic facets in this story. The fact that Ethan has known Jude for twenty years, yet never known he was gay? How in this day and age is that possible? Ethan does appear a little shallow and self-absorbed, but even so, to me, this fact just didn't make sense. Two friends as close as this would surely have shared something along these lines.

This is not a spoiler as it's already contained in a couple of previous reviews. To discover that Ethan is Jude's one and only love and he's been waiting patiently all these years to let Ethan find out what truly matters--that also rankled a little. In twenty years of male bonding, I'd have expected there to be some signs of both of the above facts.

So the story is sweet, well written, imaginative but for me, not as realistically presented as it could have been. It certainly won't detract from me reading anymore of Cardeno C's books, as I enjoy the writing, the stories and the characters that are drawn so well.
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