- Book Title: Trusting Cade
- Book Series: Custos Securities #1
- Author: Luna David
- Publisher: SelfPub (February 13, 2016)
- Book Length: 380 pages
- Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Erotica, Drama
- Reviewed by: Jill
- Rating: 2 Star
Some days, I really don’t like writing reviews. Great books are fun to review. Ugly books aren’t fun, but those reviews don’t drive me crazy. It’s the disappointments that drive me crazy. Books that start out fun and easy and get stupid. Yes, this is one of those. I really enjoyed the beginning of Trusting Cade. At 13% I was hooked. That’s almost 60 pages into a 440 page book. I couldn’t put it down.
Braden is sweet and such a great guy. He co-owns a successful bakery with his best friend, Maya. I could picture Braden and Maya with no problems. They are what all best friends strive to be: supportive and pushy, able to help no matter what the problem is. Constantly putting the other person first. (side note, they are just very good friends – this really is a M/M romance, promise) I connected with them the minute they appeared in chapter 2. See, the story starts with Cade. Zavier McCade, a 6’6” Adonis with tattoos and muscles to die for. Cooper is Maya’s brother and Cade’s best friend. I like Cade and Cooper. They co-own a successful security company, which they started after leaving the military. These two guys are so alpha, I wanted to submit. (That doesn’t happen often. Or at all.) Anyway, we have Braden and Cade as our MCs and their trusty sidekicks the brother sister duo of Maya and Cooper. Full disclosure is required here. While I absolutely couldn’t stop reading, the prose is purple and the characters are much too good to be real. Yeah. My note at 62% “Intellectually, I know there is no person on this planet as awesome as the guys in this book. I don’t care. My smushy romantic heart wants to believe. I want to pretend, if only for the time I’m reading this book, that real men are this evolved. Especially the 6’6″ tattooed all over ones. Hell, height doesn’t matter. ;)”. All the good guys (and gals) are beyond perfection. They don’t exist in nature. But who cares, the book is easy to read. By the way, I read 62% in one day that I spent 8.5 hours at work and 1.5 hours commuting. I was flying through this one and had to force myself to stop reading so I could get some sleep.
I want to add, that all the characters are fleshed out. While they may be unrealistically perfect, I can see them and follow the way they think. This includes the people who work for Cade and Cooper in their security company as well as the families of both Braden and Cade. Let me tell you, I want to be as spry and on top of things as Braden’s grandmother when I reach that age. Oh, and Cade’s family, just as perfect as Cade. However, I still connected with them. They are so supportive of each other. Like a family should be.I loved them!
There is some plot to go with the romance, by the way. As alluded to in the blurb, Braden is being stalked and Cade selflessly volunteers him and his company to protect Braden. While this plot thread is there, it’s not much of a distraction at first. The romance takes center stage for the most part. I have to point out the insta-love, because some readers really don’t like that. Also, there is just one sex scene. It’s good, but this is not erotica. It is a romance, and we follow along as the guys get to know each other. I loved that particular plot thread. How they get to know each other. Braden and Cade truly are perfect for each other. The romance is beautiful. I’m very happy with that. As the stalking moves to the primary story thread, the tension increases and the security angle becomes the focal point. Cade explains everything to Braden and Braden believes in Cade and trusts him. (did you see that? the title comes together) We, as the voyeur third person omniscient point of view, believe Braden understands why Cade does what he does and how he’s going to protect Braden and that both Cade and Braden will be alive and well at the end of the book. I mean, these guys are so evolved they actually talk to each other about the important things. It’s amazing and absolutely only happens in a book.
Now the disappointment. Well, there are really two disappointments for me. The first is the stupid, stupid, STUPID decision by one of the characters. I in no way saw it coming. Usually, I admit, that’s a good thing. In this case, though, the decision is out of character. There is no way two people in a relationship this connected and perfect wouldn’t talk things through. I hate stupid decisions made just to increase drama and tension. That’s a very lazy plot device. It ruined the book for me. Absolutely ruined it. I had to put it down at the point this stupidity invaded my over the top perfect book. I had less than 100 pages to go and I was so mad. I finally went back to it about a week later. The stupid continued and I just gritted my teeth and forced myself to finish. I mentioned a second disappointment. This is part one and ends on a cliffhanger, which is clearly stated by the author before the first page of the book. My problem is, the second book is already written. I don’t think the author will be able to take my advice for the second book. My advice is to have both Cade and Braden involved in the solution. Neither one should be making unilateral decisions that affect their relationship and lives. What should have happened in Trusting Cade is just that: trust. Braden should trust Cade and, in turn, Cade should trust Braden. They need to trust that the other is capable of doing what they need to do to resolve the stalking situation. No one should be trying to fix it on his own. Cade is all alpha, but Braden is no chick with a dick. I’m still mad.
My rating. I have a final number in mind, but as is my usual system, I will talk it out with you. I loved the over the top purple prose and perfection that is the majority of this book. Seriously. It’s a light, easy read. What little angst is there is calm and resolved as the romance moves from one stage to the next. Then there is the stupid which ruined the book for me. The first 80% is easily 3.5 stars, maybe even 4 stars. Granted, you have to be in the mood for pure fluffy goodness. Also, if you aren’t a fan of insta-love, this isn’t the romance for you. The ending gets 0 stars. Harsh? Yes. Don’t feed me fluff and perfection for 350 pages and then pull the rug out from under me. I will not put up with it. My final answer? 2 sad and pitiful stars.
At 38, Zavier “Cade” McCade has it all: a military career he can be proud of, a successful business, and a close knit group of family and friends. A former Army Special Forces Captain, Cade leaves the military to create Custos Securities, a burgeoning protection agency that provides unparalleled security for both civilians and corporations across the U.S.
After a string of disastrous relationships—and a narrow escape from an abusive partner—Braden Cross is finally putting his past to rest. Combining both his passion for baking and his knack for business, Braden owns the Sugar n’ Spice Café with his best friend who concocts exotic coffees and teas that pair perfectly with his decadent confections.
When a stalker sets his sights on Braden, the young pastry chef’s world is turned upside down. More frightened than he cares to admit, and not knowing where to turn, Braden is relieved when Cade steps in to offer his protection. Caught up in a maelstrom of threats, break-ins, and vandalism, the two draw closer together. Braden eventually realizes that he can trust Cade with his life, but he finds himself wondering… can he trust him with his heart?