Trusting Cade ( Custos Securities 1) by Luna David

Title : Trusting Cade         Word Count : 380 pgs

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb: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?

Author’s Note: 111K words/approx. 444 pgs. For those of you that prefer warnings (trigger or otherwise) for your books, please use the “Look Inside” feature to find the warnings within the first few pages. For those of you that hate warnings–don’t “Look Inside” . . . Happy reading!

My Review: From the very first moment  ex army Special Forces Captain Zavier McCade, meets Braden Cross he knows they are meant to be. Braden raises all the protective instincts that Zavier possess.  Braden has been through a lot in his past  relationship where his last boyfriend almost killed him when he beat him and raped him for the last time. Through strength of will and a desperation to live, Braden had the forethought to tape the whole event. He used this as blackmail to get his bastard of an  ex Eric to leave him in peace by threatening to expose him for the monster he truly is.

Braden is content being single , he feels truly free when he is baking for his cafe which he co-owns with his best friend Maya. He runs ultra marathons and tries to be as healthy as he can  be by keeping his type 1 Diabetes in check. 

Braden has to face reality when his best friend Maya discovers some letters that he has been hiding. Maya sees the danger in the letters that he has been receiving from a stalker. Braden has to face up and realize that he needs help from security professionals. It so happens that Maya’s brother Cooper co-owns  Custos Security with his best friend Zavier McCade. They step in and take control of the situation so that Braden can feel safe again.

From the very first moment that Cade meets Braden,  he realizes something within himself that he has never experienced before. For him , it’s love at first sight and all he wants to do is to protect Braden and take care of him. This comes as a surprise to Cade, because he is used to dating guys who have a similar body type to himself. Braden is very small in stature and comes off as being delicate. Cade’s interest in Braden is noted by Maya and she warns him against hurting her best friend.  Braden also notices Cade’s interest and feels a bit intimidated by his size. Cade is physically imposing and this scares Braden, because he is afraid of all that strength being used against him.

It doesn’t take long for Braden to realize that Cade would never do anything to harm him physically or emotionally . He takes care of Bray like no other, always putting his needs first. Bray starts feeling really comfortable around Cade and reciprocates his feelings. It is amazing to watch their love blossom into something indestructible. They really start feeling comfortable with each other and this boosts Braden’s self esteem.  Cade is very positive that Braden will be his future husband. Cade can definitely picture his sweet Braden fitting in seemlessly in his life and with his close knitted protective family.

Before they can take their relationship to the next step, disaster strikes when Braden is kidnapped by his deranged ex Eric. Eric viciously beats Braden causing him to fall in a diabetic coma from insulin deprivation. Cade heart breaks when he sees all the bruises on Braden’s body. He stays by his side and prays  and hopes for the best. Cade’s security team continues the search for Eric , but his main focus remains on getting Braden well. Everything is left hanging in the balance with Braden’s recovery, but the strength of Cade’s love for his sweet man can surely overcome anything. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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