Title: Trusting Cade (Custos Securities #1)
Author Name: Luna David
Publication Date & Length: February 13, 2016 – 440 pgs
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?
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Oh. My. Goodness. Wow! As a debut author, Luna David delivered an amazing, heart felt, emotional consuming, chemistry infused story. You will have ALL the feels for Braden and Cade.
The flow and timing of this story was smooth. It transitioned well. You first start with Braden getting to know him, and glimpses of his past relationship that makes you want to love him and feel protective of him. Then moving on to Cade and getting to know his personality and that he feels loved when he can protect.
When these two meet, it is like all the auras have aligned themselves and you can feel the fierce protectiveness of Cade over Braden as well as the steel cage around Braden’s heart as he fights it to trust Cade. I usually like one character more than the other when I read, but I fell in love with both of these men. Cade knew that a true relationship meant being honest from the start and he truly was in everything. They both showed respect for each other which is what ultimately won their hearts. The chemistry between these two were powerful and hot, yet filled with so much love and adoration. Cade takes on the meaning of to cherish, love, protect and respect to a whole new meaning that my heart was just filled for Braden.
This series will be one fabulous ride. The secondary characters were amazing and full of life that they were real and added depth to Braden, Cade and the story overall. I cannot wait to get to know the other men that work for Custos Securities.
This is a cliffhanger but definitely a solid HFN that will leave you satisfied for now, while counting down until Protecting Braden comes out.
Trigger Warnings: Physical & Mental Abuse, Rape
Really! A cliffhanger! I really hate those types of books which is why this only a 4 star review (could have been a 4.5 almost 5). I usually like to know that beforehand so I can make an informed decision on to read the book right away or wait until the next book comes out (I usually wait). I certainly hope the next book is not a cliffhanger.
Anyways, this is a new author for me and I really enjoyed this book. The writing was very good except for many times Zavier “Cade” McCade spent explaining/thinking about a conversation (with much detail) instead of the author just writing the conversation as a conversation. From the beginning the author drew me in with her exceptional characters even though at times it seemed the characters were being forced into thinking what the author wanted them to say. I immediately felt the connection between Cade and Braden and I loved the promise of what I believe is going to be a great relationship. This was an excellent start for a new author and I will be eagerly waiting for the next installment titled Protecting Braden.
creating her own stories, if only in her head. It wasn’t until recently that she began to believe she could actually put those stories to paper.
She is blessed enough to have wonderfully supportive family and friends and she counts herself lucky every day that she gets to not only be a stay at home mom to her kids, but to also pursue her dream of becoming a published author.