The Hardest Goodbyes (McLendon Family Saga Series #5)

The Hardest Goodbyes (McLendon Family Saga Series #5)

by D L Roan

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Some goodbyes are cathartic; a good riddance to those things that hold us back. Some are bittersweet. It hurts to say the words, but we know the pain is only temporary, and we'll soon be reunited. Some goodbyes are forever. Those are the hardest to say.

At the height of the Cold War, Daniel and Cade's forbidden affair leads to a lifetime of love and loss, triumph and tragedy. Their ageless passion has forged an extraordinary family, and healed the hearts of those they love, but their journey was never easy. This is their story.

The McLendon Family Saga Reading Order:

The Heart of Falcon Ridge
A McLendon Christmas
Rock Star Cowboys
Rock Star Cowboys: The Honeymoon
The Hardest Goodbyes
Return to Falcon Ridge
Forever Falcon Ridge
The Legacy of Falcon Ridge

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157050139
Publisher: D.L. Roan
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Series: McLendon Family Saga Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 20,799
File size: 929 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling Author D.L. Roan loves combining fantasy with the real world, giving her readers more than just a romantic story, but a true adventure in love. She writes about life: the good, bad, the silly things, the hard things, and everything in between. "If I can give someone a break from all the craziness that comes with real life, make them smile or turn a bad day into a fantastic one, then it's all been worth it." ~ D.L. Roan

She's a native Floridian, a rare breed in a land of snow birds. Scuba diving and hunting for shark's teeth on the beach are two of her favorite things. She loves rainy days, thunderstorms and is an avid dog lover. Yes, size matters. She hopes to one day add a big ol' floppy Great Dane to her family of hounds.

For exclusive details and free stories by D.L., visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter. She loves chatting with her friends and fans on Facebook. Check out the links in the back of her books for details about her secret fan group where she hangs out with her fans who get first dibs on all her sexy stories!

The McLendon Family Saga Reading Order:

(1) The Heart of Falcon Ridge
(2) A McLendon Christmas
(3) Rock Star Cowboys
(4) Rock Star Cowboys: The Honeymoon
(5) The Hardest Goodbyes
(6) Return to Falcon Ridge
(7) Forever Falcon Ridge

Survivors' Justice Series Reading Order:

(1) Surviving Redemption
(2) One Defining Second

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The Hardest Goodbyes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know how to express how strong, how powerful this story is. I can't stop crying and it has been long time since a story caused this. This book is very well written. The way it mixes the past with the rest of the families and the present it shows how well this author writes. I have to say that I was so happy that this story was about Cade and Daniel. They went through so much, they diserved their own book. At the same time, I could not believe that they will not get a reprieve. In that sense, it is too much like real life. The title was well chosen. It was the hardest goodbye. Excellent job. Please keep writing. MR.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To many references to the previous book. I was hoping for more of their story. I did read up when the "C" word was used. But not worth the money. Wish there was a return policy.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
The Hardest Goodbyes is book five in The McLendon Family Saga by D.L. Roan. I’ve had this book for awhile now and it’s been bugging me to get to it. But now, I am so glad I waited. I have loved this family since book one. I’ve laughed and cried with them, for them. I miss them between books. Book six in now live so since I waited to read book five, I get to read them back to back. The Hardest Goodbyes is Daniel and Cade’s story. This story both made me soar and broke my heart. It does fill in lots of little gaps in the previous books, getting their side of everything. I have to say that just reading through my quotes and getting ready to write this review, I am feeling all emotional all over again so here I go. Sergeant Daniel Gregory first met Cade Candelle in 1984 in Frankfurt, Germany. Cade was on a special mission to ferret out spies. Daniel was bi-sexual but in those days, especially being in the marines, he had to keep his sexual interests private, very private. His first sighting of Cade completely floored him. He couldn’t even think straight. But Cade sent mixed signals like crazy. He’d had enough bad experiences to learn that lesson. He would keep his attraction to himself. But then, Cade let him know, with no doubt about it, what his intentions were. He wanted Daniel just as much as Daniel wanted him. “He didn’t know what to do or say. Even if he could speak, there were no words to describe what was happening to him. He was lost. He was Cade’s.” Thus began a whirlwind love affair. But their careers had an expiration date stamped on their time together. They knew they would have to say goodbye eventually but it didn’t make it any easier. After a few lucky interludes where they could meet, Daniel was sent back to the States where he had a surprise waiting for him that would change his life. Their love for one another never died but life kept them apart. Daniel suffered extreme loss but even then, he wouldn’t allow Cade back into his life. He was not the man he used to be. Until he finally had to accept Cade’s help. “All of the denial and grief, pain and guilt, love and longing he’d battled back year after year, burst from somewhere deep inside with such force he didn’t think about who may be watching, or what anyone else thought.” Daniel and Cade’s story is beautiful. It is both happy and so sad. Their love for one another transcended decades, even when they were continents apart. “He’d thought at the time, letting Daniel go was the best thing for them both. He should have known he’d never be able to erase him from the pages of his heart’s story. Their story.” Reading this moved me. I didn’t think I would feel this deeply for these two. It was also the perfect way to reacquaint myself with the McLendon Family in preparing to read Jonah’s story in book six. If you haven’t started this series and this is the type of romance you enjoy, start with book one. It’s free. And just see if you can resist falling in love with this family the way I have. You could read this as a stand alone. There are enough details to help you through. But you would miss so much.
MarySM More than 1 year ago
The Hardest Goodbyes, The McLendon Family Book 5, is AMAZING! Although, it’s a tear jerker, I truly loved it. It delves into the story of Cade McLendon, Grey, Matt, and Mason’s uncle, and Daniel, whose relationship has been alluded to in prior books. The two met during the Cold War in Germany when Cade was a spy and Daniel was in the military. The plot was very interesting and full of suspense. The romance between these two is told beautifully by Ms. Roan as it spans the decades until present time. Their chemistry is instantaneous and, as well as their love, lifelong. Daniel has been through so much with his daughter, trying to raise her and deal with the tragedies in his life, while fighting his desire and need for Cade, while Cade was always in the background waiting for Daniel. Circumstances make it so that Daniel needs Cades help, and I truly enjoyed reading how they finally came together in Grasslands. I liked reading more about all of the McLendons. Hazel, Cade’s sister, and her three husbands serve as a good example of unconventional relationships at their best. This story drew me in so deep I was turning pages until dawn because I literally could not put it down. It is heart wrenching while at the same time heartwarming. You might want to have a box of tissues handy before starting this. But even with the sadness of real life struggles, it is so worth it to get a look into this truly beautiful romance between these two great characters. The drama is intense, but love shines through. This entire series is great and worth reading. Jonah, Grey, Matt, Mason and Gabby’s son, reappears in this one and I got enough of a teaser of his story that I can’t wait to read his book when it releases and find out what that poor boy has been up to. Ms. Roan can really put her characters through the ringer, but she always redeems herself with a beautiful romance. I absolutely loved this book and cannot recommend it enough. It’s definitely on my keeper shelf. Even if you haven’t read the other books in the series, there is enough back story to catch up without being repetitious. Be warned though, it is a M/M romance and very HOT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cade and Daniel's story while so very sad is also truly unique and beautiful. To love someone wholeheartedly and unconditionally for over twenty years but to not be together for more than half of those years is such a waste, but they had their lives to live and at the time it just wasn't meant for them to be together. It was rather frustrating having to read what became a condensed version of the four books prior to this one, yeah the POVs were from Cade and Daniel's perspective but it was still the same stuff I already read. I had to skim through those chapters. I was more interested in Cade and Daniel's love story and Jonah's mysterious disappearance, that boy is so tight lipped! Overall a very sweet read, sad and a bit of a tear jerker but sweet nonetheless! SR
Rosemary1955 More than 1 year ago
Love knows no bounds or limitations . This is Daniel and Cades story that is complex and the nature of their relationship is non everyones cup of tea but to read and understand all the trials and lifes barriers that they have overcome will have you feeling for them and their love It is full of twists and turns and you will really fall in love with all the characters This author never ceases to amaze me. I was given this book for honest review and I was worried that I would not like it. This book is so well written can even say elegantly and tasteful that I was glued This book can be a standalone. D L Roan has mastered writing a book that to me is part of the saga BUT the way she wrote it you do not have to read the others. to enjoy it. , Plus the story itself is a story that will reel you in Read this ne and you will want to follow the all the books she has written . Not for under 18 I so recommend this book five stars all the way
RHolub More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! This book took my breath away. Not your typical love story but one of the best I've read, and probably my favorite DL Roan book to date. This is Daniel & Cade’s story, from the day they met until the present. I wasn’t more than a few pages in before I was literally laughing out loud. And I laughed a lot. But I cried even more. Such a fantastic story. Yes, this is a MM story, but it is also, or maybe more so, a love story. And like any great love story, you are going to cry. I sure did, many times. But this has got to be one of my favorite books of the year. The Hardest Goodbyes can be read as a stand-alone but I highly recommend reading not only the other books in the series first but also Saving Redemption. You will definitely get so much more out of the story!!!
shannybaby1 More than 1 year ago
True Love has no Bounds!! Love that stands the test of time, that 's what Cade and Daniel shared even though they had to face many obstacles in life and a separation that would test that connection. Different paths may be chosen but fate will not be stopped. I loved how the author unfolded their story and truly expresses the love and chemistry between these two strong men. Come follow the story and get a look at true love and find out their past, present and a new threat to their future!
debb323 More than 1 year ago
This book was written with class and shows a deep and unending love. I enjoyed the character development and the complex nature of their relationship. But, somehow, while reading, I could only feel their love and inability to forget each other no matter what the distance between them was. The action is never ending and is a great read. This book is not for anyone under 18, nor is it for someone who has issue with a MM lifestyle. This book can be read as a standalone. I recommend this book highly. I was given an ARC for an honest review.