Title: Strong Enough (Family, Book 2)
Author: Cardeno C.
Published: October 13, 2015 (originally released in 2013)
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Author’s Website: link
Spencer Derdinger is a college professor who just might be the definition of shy. Which is why he has no idea how to respond when the hot construction worker he’s been watching approaches him and asks him out–right now. Emilio Sanchez is anything but shy. He’s an outgoing, confident guy who knows what he wants and doesn’t hesitate. While he knows his personality is in direct contrast to Spencer’s, he can’t help noticing that there’s something causing Spencer to hold back. Both will need patience and strength if they’re going to pursue anything together–and they’ll have to overcome some distractions and challenges along the way.
Emilio! What can I say about him? He’s unlike any character I think I’ve ever read before. He’s just so care-free and confident in the way he presents himself, and it’s genuine. Of course it doesn’t mean everything is perfect for him all the time, but he’s not going to apologize for who he is and for expressing himself. And poor Spencer finds himself overwhelmed but equally intrigued by this man he never expected to speak to–never mind bring him home. What transpires here is a sweet story of a relationship that builds organically but in a nontraditional manner. And I loved every minute of it.
This is the second book of the series, but it can be read as a standalone story. I haven’t read the first book and had no problem following the story.[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]