Review: CADEN by Elizabeth Stevens

Author: Elizabeth Stevens
Series: Loving The Sykes #1
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Big Brother's Best Friend

I spent six years away, part of an elite unit, fighting for my life every day and trying to take my mind off the girl I’d always loved.
But, when an accident sends me home, I realise it might be time to shed some secrets and tell her I love her, I’ve always loved her.
I just have to hope I haven’t waited too long. And that her three big brothers, the only family I have left, aren’t the thing that finally manage to kill me.
I need to make her my girl.

I spent five years with my boyfriend, trying to get over him, telling myself he was just a teenage crush, I wasn’t in love with him.
But, the boy who left comes back a man. There’s no denying that teenage crush has grown with me and I have to admit I’ve always loved him.
I don’t know if he’ll ever see me as anything more than a little sister. Not with another in his heart. But, I’m willing to do whatever it takes.
I’ve always been his girl.

A STANDALONE big brother's best friend, second chance romance with a HEA.

*Reader Note: while this author is well known for her mature YA/NA romances, CADEN is considered an adult contemporary romance.

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Most of the novels that I have read by this author fall into the mature YA/NA romance category, but Elizabeth Stevens knocks it out of the park with Caden, a sexy adult contemporary romance.  Big brother’s best friend is one of my favorite tropes so I was chomping a the bit to get my hands on this book. 

Caden is my favorite type of hero - strong, hot, pierced, and tattooed, but also with a tender and protective side to him.  Swoon! His has been a part of Lucy’s life for years as he is best friends with her older brothers. Yes, brothers as in plural! However, for a while now, what Lucy feels for him is beyond friends. I would say the first half of the novel is more of a slow burn romance before their relationship really picks up.  

What you have with Caden is a contemporary romance that flows well with an engaging storyline and likable characters.  There is the perfect amount of drama without it being over the top and a few steamy scenes.  As with this author’s other works, the secondary characters are just as entertaining as the main ones.  Lucy’s best friend often had me in stitches and I loved her brothers as well - especially Oscar.  I am looking forward to the rest of Sykes brothers the getting their own books. 

I read an early complimentary version of this book.

Writer. Reader. Perpetual student. Nerd.

I started out writing fantasy. But, I like to write anything, honestly. These days, I mainly stick to YA and there's always at least a sprinkling of romance, if not a 'whoops, I dropped the whole packet in'. Almost all my books are set in my home state of South Australia, either in real or fictional places - gotta write what you know - with Netherfieldbeing the only current exception.

Like most writers, I love to read. Although, time for reading at the moment is hard to come by. When I'm not too busy writing, I'm usually reading a number of authors.

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