Sometimes to find love, you must first learn forgiveness A dozen years, two thousand miles, and a law degree after high school, Rafi Steiner continues to harbor resentment toward Isaac Jones, his childhood bully turned NBA star When Isaac appears at Rafi s favorite restaurant acting like a long lost friend, Rafi bluntly dismisses him But Isaac is tenacious and he has hiSometimes to find love, you must first learn forgiveness A dozen years, two thousand miles, and a law degree after high school, Rafi Steiner continues to harbor resentment toward Isaac Jones, his childhood bully turned NBA star When Isaac appears at Rafi s favorite restaurant acting like a long lost friend, Rafi bluntly dismisses him But Isaac is tenacious and he has his heart set on the grown up version of the boy he always wanted and never forgot The way Isaac sees it, he and Rafi are perfect for each other, if only he could sink the most important shot of his life his one shot at forgiveness Word Count 17,536
A Shot at Forgiveness Sometimes to find love you must first learn forgiveness A dozen years two thousand miles and a law degree after high school Rafi Steiner continues to harbor resentment toward Isaac Jones his chil
Boy, did I pick the wrong book to start off my week of Cardeno C.! This pushed every one of my "NO" buttons.I was so excited to see that this book was being republished, especially after seeing some mixed reviews from the first edition. Enemies-to-lovers is one of my favorite themes, especially when the two were high school bullies/bullied. I just LOVE when a person who bullied someone has to grovel for forgiveness and prove themselves, even more when the person was closeted to begin with. It tu [...]
3.75 HEARTS--Okay, now I can see the appeal of this author.As my second Cardeno C, it went a lot better than expected.Maybe I needed to listen rather than read? This narrator Robert M. Clark did a really great job.Or maybe it was the stalking and possessiveness a la crazytrain territory?Don't judge. ;PI have a weakness for those types in romance. (Do not condone it in real life)And this was all subtle crazytrain: Level 4 or 5 from a certain basketball player hero. Nothing outrageous compared t [...]
I'm going to rant a bit and be very spoilerish so read at your own risk. :)Rafi had a difficult time in school, now not learning, since he's a lawyer I'm guessing that part went well, no he was bullied and tormented all through school.Name calling, stuffed in lockers, teasedyou know the usual. :( One of the guys in on making his life unpleasant was Isaac, a popular athlete, who is now a professional ball player.Ok, that's the set up, now, Isaac has been keeping tabs on Rafi all these years becau [...]
~3.5~I am unabashedly a huge Cardeno C fan. I adore the blend of naughty and sweet that's the trademark of a CC novel. That being said, I understand why this novella has such mixed reviews. The people who liked it praised the sauciness and humour, and those who didn't focused on the bullying/pseudo-stalking aspect, which undoubtedly plays a big role in the plot. I'm torn. On the one hand, I wanted Isaac to apologize much more than he did for his high school torment of Rafi. No, not just apologiz [...]
3.5 starsI don't know why I keep reading short stories. I'm never ready for them to end when they do and this book was no exception. Especially considering this book was about forgiving a past bully.Not only did Rafi forgive Isaac way to quickly, but he was even willing to let Isaac keep their relationship a secret so that his basketball career wouldn't suffer. Isaac says no to that, but still, I didn't like that Rafi was willing to make that sacrifice for someone who spent years bullying him.Gi [...]
I'm the only person who think this story is wrong in so many ways? The person who bullied you and abused you verbally for years in now cooking in your kitchen and making himself at home?And you didn't even invite him to your home but he actually saw you typed your front door code and waited for you to get in into your home, and when you are having a shower he gets into your house without your permission and started cooking dinner?? WHAT THE !!!!Then you had sex with that person the same night an [...]
Stalker, creeper, personality disorder, and insta love. Yeah no.
There are so many things wrong with this novella that I don't even know where to begin. I'm speechless with the depth of the problems in this story. First, if you're going to write an enemies-to-lovers story based on the fact that Character A bullied Character B in high school, you probably shouldn't have them fucking within 15 minutes of the story's start. Second, if they are going to screw that fast, that first scene should be hate sex, not a Hallmark-lite (isn't that a wonder?) scene of tende [...]
Holy shit, batmanI don't even know if there is enough space in this review to list all the things that was wrong with this, so I'll just sum it up and say everything was wrong with it.Except Isaac's dicksize. Nothing wrong with that. Just unbelievable.
ZERO stars. Let me start with a background note -- under no circumstances will I ever positively review a book that attempts to glorify or justify the actions of a bully. Never! I was a victim throughout my junior high and high school years, and there is no amount of empathy that I can generate for an aggressor to find them to be a sympathetic character. Ok . . . With that out of the way, let me say that I normally love Cardeno C's stories. But this story was just plain stupid and I simply hated [...]
This is a sort of insta-love wish-fulfillment fairy tale, wherein our slender, geeky hero is swept off his feet by his childhood bully, a 6'7" NBA star. (The bullying is brushed aside with an "Oh, sorry.") I know there's only so much you can fit into a short story like this, but it seemed very rushed, and the relationship was weirdly stalkerish and possessive. Maybe we weren't supposed to take it that seriously? Either way, it didn't sit right with me.
No, no, no, no this story is just wrong. After years of verbal and mental abuse an intelligent lawyer like Rafi jumps into bed with the man who made his life miserable? Way to fast, to convenient and plain stupid no matter what Isaac says about the past or who he has become. I think Cardeno C. is a terrific author but this story carried reality and sensibility right over the cliff for me.
Let me start by getting some fangirling out of the wayRobert M. Clark's narration for this is a SLAM DUNK! He brought Rafi and Isaac to life. I was absolutely impressed and can only say the narration was so good for this short story that as soon as it ended I immediately started it over and listened again.My original review.What I love most about this sweet short (now my 7th time re-reading) is how I find something new to appreciate about it every time I read, or now listen to, it.I love how Raf [...]
3.5 StarsI'm a sucker for the "Jock bullies little guy because he is sekritly in LURVE with him and doesn't know how to deal with The Gay" trope. (Ah, Dave, I'll never get over how your story on Glee was short-changed for the safe and fluffy, teen-approved romance instead.) I kinda maybe just rolled with the punches here when it came to the Insta-EVERYTHING. Plus, Hot Cover is HOT.
2.5. I have a feeling I may be in the minority regarding my feelings on this book. I am a serious fan of the bullies to lovers theme and so was very excited about this. Rafi and Isaac went to school together, where Isaac made Rafi’s life a living nightmare. Regardless of what he said, Isaac’s actions just didn’t seem to show any remorse or apology for what he put Rafi through for years in high school Rafi may have bluntly dismissed Isaac the first time at the restaurant, but he caved prett [...]
I really enjoyed this story. Sure, I had to park my concerns that Isaac was a total stalker and wasn't exactly sure what Rafi saw in him, but that was relatively easy to do. I prefer to think that Isaac, instead of being creepy, was just madly in love which accounted for his stalkerish behaviour. I chose to believe that he was truly repentant for his school boy bullying and accepted the fact that his actions were driven by his fears about his own feelings. The physical side of the guys relations [...]
I am really cracking up at the reviews where people are morally offended by the stalkery behavior of Isaac. If this happened in RL, we know we'd all get a restraining order. But this isn't RL, this is CC world. And in CC world, this not only flies, but is considered romantic. Come on people! If you read CC, you know this! And if this is your first CC, wellllll, it really shouldn't be your first CC. Should've started with something else.This was adorable. Not the best from Cardeno, but only becau [...]
Uhm This is weird. I get it, this is one of those childhood enemies turned to the-one-and-only lovers trope. But the way the plot turned up just really mind-boggling for me!My rule for repeated offences - past or present included - is A LOT OF GROVELLING. That that one rule was not done and no explanation given for the why grievances made in the first place was a big no. Major no. No. No. No.Up to when he slammed the door on Isaac's face, I still applauded Rafi on his reaction to Isaac's weird i [...]
OohMy Gosh, I Loved This Book 2 Pieces!It was.Fabulously Cute'Adorable Lovable FunSweetness❤ What I Love Best.This book had me LMAO.I loved it to pieces BUTI wish it was longer ended waaaaaay to soon, and waaaaaay before I wanted it to end.rtheless. Loved!❤
Oh, wow! Such a sweet read. It might seem like they're moving to fast, for some people, but honestly it really touched me, so I'll be rereading it for sure ! (+ it has one of my favourite themes ever: ex bully with bullied :3)
This review can be found at The Armchair Reader.3.5 starsStill harboring bitterness toward his high school bully, Isaac Jones, Rafi is flabbergasted when Isaac stumbles across him and acts like they’re long lost friends. While Rafi just wants to get as far away from Isaac as possible, Isaac has something else in mind, a secret he’s been keeping since they went to school together. Determination doesn’t even begin to describe Isaac when he’ll do whatever it takes to win Rafi over once and [...]
What a perfect modern-day gay fairy tale this story is! It goes from bad memories about being bullied to realizing that maybe there was more to years and years of growing up together than either of the main characters realized. In line wit that story arch, the tone evolves from a snarky, somewhat funny "protect myself from harm" narrative to a much softer tone that reflects the changing mood and feelings between to men who are clearly meant to be together. It just takes them a while to realize i [...]
Like Dani reminded me in her review, I had to put on my CC heart shaped glasses and blinders for this story. So I did.There are so many reasons that could make me hate this book. The stalking, the bullying, how easy Rafi forgot about the past and gave ins, I get all the bad reviews. BUT I FREAKING LOVED THIS STORY!!!Isaac 's possessiveness and jealousy, the sex, Rafi's funny and witty internal monologueWould I have liked Isaac to grovel more? Yes. But I think his actions spoke louder than words. [...]
*** 3.5 Stars ***Yeah, okay, so Isaac is a total stalker. *shrugs* Whatever. I chose to suspend my sense of disbelief and in return this smexy short story totally turned my crank. It had enemies-to-lovers (a favourite trope of mine), a multiracial couple (which caused so many delicious visuals to dance through my head), and an MC who, as soon as he's honest with himself about who he is and what he wants, fearlessly goes after it. To top it all off there was some growly possessiveness, rimming, a [...]
3.5 stars rounded to 4 because I love this theme.Alrighty then. Firstly, this is not a theme for everyone - I however, adore the whole bully-becomes-lover plot. It totally appeals to me. This then totally fed my fetish. Isaac even knows his bullying was to hide his secret crush. And he is possessive. I love possessive heroes. It was a bit rushed and fast paced beyond the credible, but it was a short story, well-written and it hit many of my personal preferences, so of course I liked it!
4.5 starsThis is a sweet yet humorous story. The one-liners had me laughing out loud more than once. Initially I wasn't sure if Isaac deserved a second chance but as the story played out I found myself rooting for him. The characters are charming. The sex is hot as hell. The ending is perfect. A very good read.Full review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews. This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Oh my goodness!!Longer, pleeeaaase Pretty please?
Can forgiveness be given this short a time? To a bully? Hmmmmmmm.A dozen years, two thousand miles, and a law degree after high school, Rafi Steiner continues to harbor resentment toward Isaac Jones, his childhood bully turned NBA star. When Isaac appears at Rafi’s favorite restaurant acting like a long-lost friend, Rafi bluntly dismisses him.But Isaac is tenacious and has his heart set on the grown-up version of the boy he always wanted and never forgot. The way Isaac sees it, he and Rafi are [...]
Loved how the author executed this storyline. It's a funny thing how our memory can play tricks on us over the years, we form a mental memory of how, what and when and stick to it. Then out of the blue, someone reminisces about the younger years and we see that maybe, just maybe, we might have got it wrong and this is what this storyline is about. Isaac made Rafi's younger years a misery. Years later on a chance meeting (maybe, maybe not) they meet again. Did Rafi misunderstand Isaac all those y [...]