All of Me
To bond with his destined mate, an Alpha wolf must look past what he sees and trust what he feels.
Bonded by their parents before they were conceived, wolf shifters Abel and Kai adored each other since they were children. As teens, the two future Alphas took the next step in their bonding process and vowed to remain true to one another until Kai came of age. But when tragedy struck, Abel felt betrayed and ran from Kai instead of completing their mating.
Abel never stops yearning for the man who was supposed to lead by his side and after years without contact, Kai returns, broken and on death’s door. If Abel wants to fulfill their destiny and merge their packs, he’ll need to look past what he saw and trust his heart.
Word Count: 18,207
I love this author’s style of writing and have not been disappointed yet with a story that I’ve read. I knocked off a star for how quickly things got settled between Kai and Abel but other than that, I liked it. I didn’t really get the Alpha vibe from either man but since it’s a job they are born into rather than settled with strength, that makes sense. This was a quick and enjoyable read.
Book provided in exchange for review.
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A relationship-challenged actor unexpectedly finds love in the arms of his childhood best friend.
“Sexiest Man Alive” and Golden Globe winning actor Ethan Baker lights up the screen but fizzles in his personal life. When his latest girlfriend breaks up with him, Ethan turns to his one “forever” person—Jude Harrison. But as Ethan makes the familiar drive to his best friend’s house, an unexpected detour and a bewildering passenger take him through places in time he’d long forgotten. Suddenly Ethan sees Jude’s actions over the years from a different perspective, but it’s his own reaction that’s the biggest surprise.
Word count: 15,659
OK, this story makes up for the one out of these three that I didn’t care for. This story is a mix of the ghost of Christmas past and a matchmaker. I really liked Ethan and Jude. They made my heart melt and I swear that I just absolutely love the way this author writes. I know I have said that already but each story I read just reinforces it. The little twist with Ginger at the end of the book made me laugh out loud. Loved it!
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Sometimes to find love, you must first learn forgiveness.
A dozen years, two thousand miles, and a law degree after high school, Rafi Steiner continues to harbor resentment toward Isaac Jones, his childhood bully turned NBA star. When Isaac appears at Rafi’s favorite restaurant acting like a long-lost friend, Rafi bluntly dismisses him.
But Isaac is tenacious and he has his heart set on the grown-up version of the boy he always wanted and never forgot. The way Isaac sees it, he and Rafi are perfect for each other, if only he could sink the most important shot of his life: his one shot at forgiveness.
Word Count: 17,536
Just for reference, I love Cardeno C, however, I was not feeling these characters. Rafi didn’t really have much of a personality. One minute he’s a queen and the next there’s nothing. Isaac was way too much of a stalker for my tastes. I would’ve preferred this to be a longer book so the character development could’ve been fleshed out a bit more and I could have gotten to know them better. The story was short and sweet and to the point. There was a lot of hot sex going on that I definitely liked! At the end of the story, it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t my thing either. It’s bound to happen and this won’t impact my views on the author’s books.
Author Bio & Links
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.
Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”
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