Monday, September 25, 2017

AotM: Wake Me Up Inside & Until Forever Comes by Cardeno C. (Reviews + Giveaway)

Wake Me Up Inside 

A powerful Alpha wolf shifter and a strong-willed human overcome traditions ingrained over generations and uncover long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny as true mates.

Regarded as the strongest wolf shifter in generations, Alpha Zev Hassick is surprised and confused by his attraction to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. A male shifter has to mate with a female shifter to keep his humanity, so shifters can't be gay. Yet, everything inside Zev tells him Jonah is his true mate.

Maintaining a relationship with the man he has loved since childhood isn’t easy for Jonah Marvel, but he won’t let distance or Zev’s odd family get in their way. When unexplained ailments begin to plague Jonah, he needs to save his own life and sanity in order to have a future with Zev.

Zev and Jonah know they're destined for each other, but they must overcome traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny.

Word Count: 74,755

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Zev and Jonah are life-long friends, even if one of them is a shifter and the other a human who doesn't realize his friend can turn into a wolf. There has always been a pull between them, but because of all the shifter lore Zev has been fed since childhood, he doesn't recognize that pull as attraction and even when he finally accepts it and the fact that they are true mates, he is unable to do much about it because they have to stay apart while Jonah completes his studies to be a doctor.

There's more to their story than initially meets the eye, though, especially in the second half of the book where many twists are thrown into the mix.

I loved Zev. He was loyal to a fault, loving, caring, responsible and strong. He sacrifices so much and is willing to do just about anything in order to be with Jonah.

I wanted to strangle Jonah a couple of times, especially with the cheating, even if he couldn't go through with it and I wished there had been a bit more conflict with that than just Zev being so understanding.

Other than that, I really enjoyed the story. The secondary characters, especially Toby and Lori were great and really added up to the story. It was a good start for the series, very hot, sweet, with a few surprising turns here and there.

Rating: 4 Stars!!! 

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Until Forever Comes 

A sensitive wolf shifter and a vicious vampire challenge history, greed, and the very fabric of their beings in order to stay together until forever comes.

Plagued by pain and weakness all his life, Ethan Abbatt is a wolf shifter who can’t shift. Hoping to find an honorable death by joining his pack mates in a vampire attack, Ethan instead learns two things: draining his blood releases his pain and his wolf, and he has a true mate - a vampire named Miguel.

Over four centuries old, strong, powerful, and vicious, Miguel Rodriguez walks through life as a shadow, without happiness or affection. When a young shifter tells Miguel they’re true mates, destined to be together, Miguel sends him away. But Ethan is persistent and being together comes so naturally that Miguel can’t resist for long. The challenge is keeping themselves alive so they can stay by each other’s side until forever comes.

Word Count: 60,702

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Ethan is the runt of the pack. Weak, unable to shift and sick, he is intent on dying a somewhat honorable death, which makes him join other young members of his pack and fight against some vampires that have settled in the town near their pack lands. What he didn't count on was that one of those vampires would be his true mate.

Miguel is a 400-year old vampire, very powerful and not all too happy about the little wolf that keeps following him, but unable to turn him away as the attraction between the two burns bright.

I adored Ethan, he has the kind of voice that is a mix between sarcastic, self-deprecating and fun that I love and it was entertaining as all to see all that was happening through his eyes. He was a jealous little thing and determined to get his man.

Miguel was a bit prickly at first, but once he gave into Ethan, he was so sweet and protective.

Miguel and Ethan together were just perfect for each other, even when they didn't agree on vampire and shifter issues. And I also adored Chrissy and seeing how this book tied up with book one in the series. That was a lovely touch.

Until Forever Comes is fun, fast-paced, sexy, with enough angst and action thrown in to keep it interesting. Definitely recommendable!

Rating: 5 Stars!!!

Meet CC

Cardeno C.—CC to friends—is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few awwws into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

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