Strong Enough is a romance that sucks you in from the first paragraph and carries you through the development of the characters as the book progresses. Spencer Derdinger is a math professor at UNLV who has had a pretty bad hand in life when it comes to romantic relationships, family relationships, and tragic occurrences. Emilio Sanchez is an electrician/contractor who works alongside his brothers in a construction project on the UNLV campus where he falls in love with Spencer at first sight unbeknownst to Spencer. Due to Emilio’s aggressive tactics, the two eventually meet and are inseparable after that.
Even though the two are complete opposites (Spencer being timid and 16 years Emilio’s senior) they have an unwavering love that is solidified by Emilio’s need to protect and love his carino. Spencer has a major wall up that is reinforced with years of pain, and we watch Emilio break him down to show that he too can be loved.
I had a few favorite scenes in the book, but the following was at the top of my list:
(Emilio continues to call Spencer “carino”, so Spencer asks the meaning)
“It means darling.” Emilio kissed his way down the side of Spencer’s neck. “Honey.” He licked a long swathe up over his Adam’s apple. “Sweetheart.” He tugged Spencer’s lower lip between both of his. “Love.” Then he pulled back and pierced Spencer with his deep, dark gaze. “Say I can stay, carino.”
That scene just made me melt. Also, the pool hall scene was a close favorite (you have to read the book to experience that one).
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to experience a “love-at-first-sight” read. This was an amazing book.
-Reviewed by Levon