The One Who Saves Me by Cardeno C

The One Who Saves MeRating: 4 Stars

Publisher: Romance Authors, LLC

Genre: Gay Romance

Tags: Friends, Lovers, HIV, Death, Humour, Real Love

Length: 259 Pages

Reviewer: Judy

Purchase At: Cardeno C,

At fourteen, Andrew Thompson and Caleb Lakes become best friends. As the years pass, they stand by each other through family trauma, school, and the start of their careers. They share their first sexual experiences, learning and experimenting, and they talk each other through countless dates and breakups.

Decades of trust and loyalty build a deep and abiding friendship, one that surpasses any relationship in their lives. But when the parameters of their unique friendship change, neither man knows how to break out of their established roles to build something new. After all, boyfriends come and go, but best friends are forever. Word Count: 63,145

The One Who Saves Me is set in the Home series where the books are linked by theme or world. They are independent and can be read in any order.


So you already know I love reading Cardeno C, and The One Who Saves Me gave me the warm fuzzies I love so much, great big happy laughs, pulled my heartstrings and excited me all at once. I just love the characters from this series, the familiar feeling I get when reading all my best friends, and catching up with where they are at right now.

This book was fairly emotional for me or maybe that was my current state of Judy's Review The One Who Saves Me 1mind. Caleb and Andrew were like that; you know, the friends you have known and seen from afar. We all know they’d be great together, but they spent their lives looking for someone to fill the place that had already been filled by each other. Seemingly clueless to the fact that they are meant for each other.

Caleb and Andrew were so kind to each other; never feeling the need to change the other. They were each other’s first; first everything – kisses, touches, lovers. Life took them in different directions only to fall back on the other when support was needed.

The men Drew sees view him as some kind of easy target, they take and he keeps on giving. Caleb sees through it every time, and he’s there when Andrew falls apart at each lost opportunity and often used his humour to diffuse the sadness and self-loathing Drew feels after a breakup.

“What do you mean? I’m totally macho!” Caleb said with an obviously fake frown. Then a bright smile took over his face. “No? Well I’m all kinds of fabulous. Now quit changing the topic.”

Judy's Review The One Who Saves Me 2With Caleb’s sense of humour and uncanny knack for easing Andrew’s often unpredictable state of mind (and often his need for release) they support each other beautifully. It was like the stars had not aligned, it wasn’t their time. Oh how I wished it was because when they were together it was magical. Their lovemaking is the best kind…down and dirty.

“I’m going to feed you my dick again, Cae. Going to fuck your mouth, choke you with it until you’re desperate for oxygen. And then I’m going to come all over your face.”

This book comes complete with the bonus chapter after the marriage legislation change. CC once again shows how profoundly these decisions impact this community. Their story isn’t any less beautiful than the characters from the previous books in this series. But what I liked is that CC fit the decision to the characters and didn’t just trot out the same old story. It was one that fit Drew and Caleb. They had built a life together and knew how the legislation would change the lives of many of their friends.

Copy supplied by the author in return for an honest review.

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Great review, Judy. I love when stories pull me in where I feel as if I’m there with the characters. I’m also a huge friends-to-lovers reader, so I can tell I’d enjoy this.

I love the pics. 🙂


Thanks Cindi, it was a great read. And CC inspires some pretty hot images, so they fit.