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Trusting Cade

Custos Securities, Book 1
Narrated by: Tristan James
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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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 US.   

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 Cafe 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 he can trust Cade with his life, but he finds himself wondering...can he trust him with his heart?  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Luna David (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Chris
  • 19-11-2018

Unbelievable Human Responses

First, I am going to have to agree with a previous reviewer that was surprised at the abrupt ending, after the plot taking sooo long to get rolling, to have it end in that abrupt way was jarring. Also I wanted to give kudos to Trystan James as his performance was up to his typical high standards.

Now as to my main points, let me state up front that although I have been an audible customer for many years and have listened to a great many books, and lately a great many gay romance books, this is my first actual review, which should say something about the disappointment that I felt listening to it. I think that my main beef with it is that there were just too many unbelievable aspects to it. The people were just too perfect, no real character flaws present. Everyone loved one another and basically immediately loved and trusted new people that came on the scene (excluding the main, and sole, protagonist, who only shows up during the last few chapters, and just as abruptly exits).

There were no real plot twists or clever sleuthing taking place here. The story just centered around the two main characters who, unbelievably enough, although supposedly falling madly in love at first sight, never the less spend endless chapters in dancing around that attraction. I constantly felt that enough was enough and keep thinking get on with it already, and by it I mean the plot not any hot sex scenes ;-).

Now at the risk of appearing sexist, I am going to voice an opinion I have been developing after listening to a number of these books, that being, I have found that it is the rare female author that is able to write a convincing male gay novel, or at least one that I find convincing. Many of them here are just too sappy for me and spend inordinate amounts of time on the romance aspects to the detriment of the story. And yes, I am aware that these books are in the Romance section of audible, but does that mean that there should be no other plot?

What I look for first is a good story that contains relatable gay characters (with some hot sex scenes as well, but they should in no way dominate the story ;-). The story here was basically non-existent, and the character interaction was just way too sappy and totally unrelatable. I kept getting the impression that this was originally a romance story featuring a straight couple that the author decided to change the gender of one of the characters and make it a gay romance, oh and while we are at it, let's make the hero an ultra masculine super military guy, who goes all sappy at first sight of the heroine.. This may have worked for Harlequin romances featuring straight couples, but here it just does not work, at least not for me.

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  • Playtoy
  • 03-11-2018

Wonderful series start

This is one of my favorite series. Add to that, the talented Tristan James narrating, and my world has righted itself. I fell in love with Tristan’s narration in the marshals series by Mary Calmes. This book is so exciting with blooming romance, hints of military, superb support characters, great family support, arch villain, etc. I could go on but I don’t want to give much away. I have already read the three books in this series, but I always get the audio when it becomes available so I can listen several more times to the series. I have to say the author also done a terrific job and balancing the characters so they were open, honest, and intelligent and not over the top alphas. Yes I love some alpha strength but most times it is overdone for my taste. Did not feel that way in this book at all. Loved some insight into the security firm that’s ran by out main character too. I found it fascinating. So Tristan, hope to see book 2 soon. I was never known for my patience, LOL

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  • Eugene
  • 26-12-2018

Not a complete book

The author/producer of the book only saw fit to bring the reader/listener to a dramatic point and then dropped the reader/listener like a hot stone and now expect one to go out and buy the second volume.
One can expect a book to be a complete book in a series but not ended like a 3rd rate “Perils of Pauline” serial. Going to return it for credit.

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  • Dawn
  • 13-11-2018

Great.

This audiobook was given to me for a honest unbiased review. I Loved it, was very well written, and Tristan James did a great job at narrating it. The only hitch i had was the ending a a little abrupt, other then that a great book.

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  • Denise
  • 02-01-2019

So Over The Top Ridiculous

At first I thought this book was stupid but no it's worse, its ridiculous and way over top with the actions, emotions and dialogue. The protectee is one regular guy in fear of a stalker, not some famous person or political person, judge, someone like getting threats. Noooo, he's a bakery/coffee shop owner. Why did it take 5 or 6 guys to guard him? How did these super protection specialist secure protectees apartment but not make sure someone could not get in through the window? With the running, yes they needed multiple people to do relay since he ran for ages without getting winded. I'm used to insta-love but this was so ridiculous, I want to protect and take care of you and be with you for the rest of my life in like a day. Then the protector and protectees best friend who is also is business partner treat him like a child. I mean toddler or maybe second grated child. I wonder if off the pages did the author have them changing his underwear and powdering his butt. This book was just horrible.

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  • T. Walters
  • 28-12-2018

Oh wow

I absolutely love this book. The instant connection and protective instinct that Cade feels for Braden is so amazing. I love how they are together and the way that they get along. I really enjoy the way they come together and the way that even thought it hasn’t been that long they can read each other so well. The narrator did an amazing job with this book and I absolutely loved it.

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  • Bookobessed
  • 04-12-2018

Cade and Braden's story is incredible.

I have read this book more times than I can count and hearing it come to life was incredible. From their first meeting to the ending of the book, you will be cheering on for Cade and Braden while cursing those that wish them harm. I cannot wait to hear the next story.

I enjoyed the narrator and believe he did a good job on bringing them to life.

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  • <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews
  • 03-12-2018

Trusting Cade, Custos Securities 1

I really enjoyed this book both reading it previously and listening to the audio now.

Tristan James did a great job with the narration and really made the voices for Cade and Braden stand out, matching their personalities and character traits. I really am looking forward to hearing what he gives us for the next two books in this series when they come out in audio.

Cade is former military and current part owner of a Security Company. When his Co-Owner takes him to visit his sister, Cade meets Braden for the first time and is instantly enthralled with Braden. Braden owns a bakery, has diabetes and Loves to distance run for fun. Braden has dealt with an abusive ex in the past and is not sure he wants to put himself in that position again.... Braden Fights against his attraction for Cade not knowing if he can trust Cade not to hurt him, but Cade is determined to make sure Braden feels safe and protected with him.

I really liked this book. We get the ultimate Alpha protective Male with Cade. And Braden is a really cute and sweet character who is his Cades total opposite. You cant help but love the instant connection these two guys have. They fall fully and completely for each other. Your heart will hurt for Braden hearing the things he's had to go through, but you will end up confident that Cade is the perfect Match for him in every way.

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  • Joe M.
  • 21-11-2018

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loved the story. it was a very hot story I would like to have more. didn't want it to end. sequel please please

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  • Mercedes
  • 14-11-2018

great story but missed something

the book is really great, I love this series but the narrator rhythm I didn't like: you hardly recognize who is talking and all the book is narrated with same rhythm, has no ups and downs as the story and i could not feel the emotions of passion of the characters