When I first started He Completes Me by Cardeno C, I admit I had high expectations. I absolutely loved his first book in the Home series, Home Again, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second book, He Completes Me. Like the first book, I was immediately drawn into the interesting lives of the two heroes, Zach and Aaron. Not only did they breathe life off of the pages they wormed their way into my heart and I loved every minute I spent reading about them. The intensity of their feelings toward one another was beautiful to experience. I thoroughly enjoyed watching both characters evolve into stronger, self-confident men because of the loyal, loving and supportive feelings they had for each other. I do want to warn anyone who is about to start this book: make sure you have plenty of time to read it in its entirety because once you start it; you won't be able to put it down.
It's been over ten years since Zach has been around his family. Since he was practically disowned by his mother and stepfather for coming out of the closet, Zach left his hometown and family without a backward glance and started a new life in L.A. When Zach's older brother, Dean, calls him and tells him that his mother has passed, Zach's immediate reaction is not to come to the funeral. But, after a lot of convincing from Dean, Zach finally relents and agrees to come back to the hometown and family he had left behind.
Even before he gets off the plane, his guard is up. Knowing that he'll be scorned for being a homosexual, Zach decides to be fully out and proud to his brother and at the funeral. Of course, there were some relatives that looked down upon him, but to Zach's surprise, his brother and his brother's family don't. Zach is confused by the sudden acceptance of him, but since he's determined to go back home as soon as possible, he chooses to try to push his confusion aside. To make matters worse, Dean's best friend, Aaron, has been hanging around Dean's household and to Zach's dismay he's attracted to the gorgeous, kind and seemingly very heterosexual man. When Zach finds out that Aaron is not only gay, but he's very attracted and already attached to him, Zach is both thrilled and scared to death because Aaron isn't the type of man who would want just a one night stand he would want much more from the love `em and leave `em, Zach.
But, as the stable, sweet and sexy Aaron worms his way into Zach's frightened and closely guarded heart, Zach starts to realize that there is more to live than the fast times and free love that he's been living. Will Zach be able to work through his hurtful past so he can have a happy future with Aaron?
Have I said I loved this book? I DID! I thought Zach and Aaron's relationship was well paced, uniquely written and sexy and hell! I adored watching Aaron break down the walls that were firmly built around Zach's heart. Zach's character changes from a self-centered, playboy to a warm and compassionate man who literally finds himself and allows himself to love and be loved. Aaron on the other hand, is Mr. Fix-it throughout the book. His kindness allows him to be run over and taken advantage of at times, but with Zach at his side, he still a Pollyanna at times, (which I loved) he also becomes a stronger more self-assured man under the light of Zach's love.
He Completes Me is told in first person through Zach's point of view. It's no secret that first point of view is not my favorite when it comes to reading romance, but I thought the author did an outstanding job writing the story through Zach's perspective. Zach is truly a wickedly funny, outrageous and lovable character and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story through his eyes. He Completes Me has earned a permanent spot on my keeper shelf. I hope the author, Cardeno C, writes more of the Home series and I can't wait to read more books written by him.
Not even his mother's funeral can convince self-proclaimed party boy Zach Johnson to put aside his flamboyant ways or even think about settling down. He is who he is, and no one can make him change. But when he meets Aaron Paulson, his brother's best friend, Zach has to step back and re-evaluate his perceptions of love and family. Aaron insists he's falling for Zach, but Zach is certain Aaron sees him as just another project-one more lost soul for the idealistic Aaron to save. Zach isn't broken; he doesn't need to be fixed. Aaron's insistent, though, and Zach finds himself tempted. Zach wants to believe in happily-ever-after, but can he let go of his pride long enough to see Aaron's heart?