Review: Places in Time and Perfect Imperfections by Cardeno C

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.

When Cardeno C contacted the blog looking for reviews I jumped at the chance. With so many great authors and books out there, there is always some I've heard of but never got round to trying, and Cardeno C was one of those authors for me. Maybe one of the reasons I hadn't gotten to her books yet is because famous MCs are not a favourite of mine. Actors, singers, the wealthy, celebrities... those blurbs don't make me want to pick up the book. That's not to say I've not enjoyed books with these characters in, just I'm starting the book with lower hopes already. Does that make sense? We all have things that are our favourite and famous MC's aren't mine. 

Friends to more, however, is. And that is why I said yes to this book. And I'm glad I did, because it was a cute, but different, little read about an actor learning what he really wants. With a nod to Dicken's A Christmas Carol, Ethan is shown what's right under his nose by the... well, not quite ghost of past, present and future, but an entity along those lines. Oh, if we all had someone to show us the obvious!!

I did have a slight problem, in that I found it hard to see what Jude saw in Ethan - but who am I to say why one person falls in love with another?

This was a fun, short read and I'm glad it was my first foray into Cardeno C land... famous MC prejudice or not!


Hollywood royalty Jeremy Jameson has lived a sheltered life with music as his sole focus and only friend. Before embarking on yet another international concert tour, he wanders into a bar in what he considers the middle of nowhere and meets a man who wins him over with his friendly smile and easy-going nature. Accountant slash bartender slash adventure-seeker Reg Moore has fun talking and drinking with The Jeremy Jameson and can’t say no when the supposedly straight rock star makes him a once in a lifetime offer: keep him company on his tour by playing the part of his boyfriend. 

Listening to music, traveling the world, and jumping off cliffs is fun. Falling in love is even better. But to stay with Jeremy after the stage lights dim, Reg will need to help him realize there’s nothing pretend about their relationship.

Perfect Imperfections was the second book I read by Cardeno C, and again there was a famous MC (musician this time), so of course I was cautious as I entered the pages. Again, I needn't have worried, as I enjoyed this book.

I like the writing style of this author, it's very easy to read, I also like the fake to real boyfriend thing. This book needed to be read as a sweet treat, a simple story of two people falling in love despite the fact they seem at completely opposite ends of the spectrum. Or possibly because of it? I like that. The message that love is indiscriminate, because it really, really can be.

Again, I found it hard to see what Reg saw in Jeremy. It annoyed me a bit, both books, that the one MC seemed to have no redeeming qualities. i mean, he wasn't hateful but just not overly likable. Woe is me I'm famous... again, that may be my prejudice slipping in!

Despite that, I liked this story enough. I'm a sucker for a love story, and if I suspend belief a little to get it, who cares, huh?

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A copy of these books were given in exchange for an honest review.

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