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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Empty Nests (Nested Hearts: Book One) by Ada Maria Soto

Empty Nests (Nested Hearts: Book One) by Ada Maria Soto
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 12, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632169932
ISBN-13: 978-1632169938
Amazon: Empty Nests (Nested Hearts: Book One)
Amazon Kindle: Empty Nests (Nested Hearts: Book One)

Neither James nor Gabe has ever had a real relationship. They might make a connection if they can get past their differences--and their fears.

At age fourteen, James Maron decided to prove he wasn't gay despite vast evidence to the contrary. Now at thirty-two, he's getting ready to send his son to college and wondering what he's supposed to do next. Outside his son, his life consists of an IT job he hates and watching telenovelas with the women in his apartment building.

Gabriel Juarez is the CFO of a technology giant. He has looks, charm, fantastic wealth, a workaholic personality, and a string of boyfriends who only stick around because he's too busy to tell them to leave.

A bad laptop/projector interface causes James and Gabe's paths to cross. Friends, family, and coworkers jump to match Gabe with a nice guy, and James with anyone. But are they too different? Everyone will have to tread very carefully to keep things from ending before they start.


This book was sheer enjoyment, lightness and depth, humor and seriousness in perfect balance and so romantic. I loved it. Slow and easy, a teeny bit dragging in parts. Good sense of time and place with the different living conditions of the romantic leads. Characterization almost perfect in my opinion, except James is a little bit too good to be true. Smoot, easy and flowing. 

I really liked this story.  It was well done and anyone who likes to read stories dealing with men finally able to come into their own.  The characters are realistic and I loved the way James’ son helps move things along, especially the way he acted when Gabe showed up to take James out on a date.



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