Mates Series by Cardeno C. *Review
Posted by brriske
Zev Hassick is surprised and confused when he finds himself attracted to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. Zev is the son of the pack Alpha, regarded as the strongest wolf in generations, born to lead. And everyone knows a male shifter has to mate with a female of his own kind to keep his humanity. So shifters can’t be gay, right?
Jonah Marvel wants a relationship with Zev, his best friend, the man he has loved since childhood. It wasn’t easy to maintain that relationship over years spent living apart while Jonah studied to become a doctor. And then things grow more difficult when Jonah becomes his own patient. Before he can make a life with Zev, he has to understand his past and cure the unexplained ailments that plague him.
Zev and Jonah know they’re destined for each other, but they’re facing traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets that may threaten any future together.
I really enjoyed this book. it tells of a love that spans a lifetime, quite literally, and the fact that Zev and Jonah wait for each other for so long. the story is told of their past, and how they came to love each other, how they managed apart for so long, and what happens when Jonah finally comes home to Zev. it tells of Jonah’s past, that he knew nothing about, of Zev’s pack’s deep rooted prejudice against those who are “different” and the lengths some other packs will go to keep shifters and humans apart, devastating consequences. the plot moves along at a fair pace, with well rounded characters. the plot is slightly different to the normal shifter theme, with males being able to fully shift from birth but females only being able to shift are tying to their mate. there is a second book, which is a prequel to this book, and at some point I will get it.
with regards to the narrator, after getting over the very American accent, I loved him and the way he told the tale was brilliant. the emotions were portrayed beautifully and I was totally engrossed, laughing out loud at some points, and “OH NO”-ing at others. some of it was the plot, and some the way the narrator came across.
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 with him comes so naturally that Miguel can’t resist for long. Their challenge is staying alive so they can be together until forever comes.
Ethan is a wolf, a shifter. But he can’t shift and has been suffering with a too full feeling all his life. Miguel is a 400 year old vampire.
When the two meet, Ethan makes the connection first, Miguel takes time, but once he does, the two men are inseparable. The future of Ethan’s pack becomes uncertain, but Miguel has a solution. It just depends whether the shifters will let the soulless one help.
I originally listened to this book, and as I was reading I could hear Charlie David, and the voices of the characters. Ethan is young, just 20, and he has been sheltered. Miguel is 400 years old, a wise one. They make an unseemly match, but a match they are. Miguel needs blood, and Ethan has too much! I loved the banter between these two, it made for some amusing moments, not least, the one with Katie, Miguel and Ethan talking about life threads!
It follows a solid CC track, no major break ups/make ups. Lots of passion and heat, but drama and action too. I loved it!
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Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past their society’s rules to realize they are destined for one another.
Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. But despite his best efforts, Samuel can’t relate to people, including those he’s supposed to lead.
When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for throwing him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then desperately avoids him. What he can’t do is forget Korban’s warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.
When a battle between their fathers ends tragically, Samuel struggles to lead his pack while Korban works to break through Samuel’s emotional barriers. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past their society’s rules to realize they are destined for one another.
As eldest sons of Alphas of neighbouring packs, Samuel and Korban cross paths at the ages of 8 and 11 respectively. Samuel takes a dislike to Korban. But Korban is friendly enough, and Samuel puts up with him. When something awful happens to Samuel’s father at the hands of Korban’s, the two men are thrown together in such an tense situation, the only thing that can happen is one of them will snap. And a secret that one of these men has kept hidden is finally revealed.
This is Book Three In the Mates series, but its not really necessary to read the other two first, although it might give you an insight into the prejudice the shifters of Cardeno C’s world face. I have LISTENED to the first book, Wake Me Up Inside, and have the second one waiting to be read.
Samuel is straight laced, a geek by all accounts and does not like to be touched. He is in training to become Alpha after his father steps down and believes that all he needs to know is written in the books of his people. Korban is a little more laid back, but while Samuel WANTS to be Alpha, Korban isn’t really bothered. They balance each other! I loved that one knew they were mates and the other didn’t. I loved one of their reaction to what he did, thinking it was a bad thing. I’m not gonna name names, I’ll let you find that out! I loved how these two reacted to each other once they had tied, thinking it amusing they were spending so much time in bed! There is a real connection to the characters, and really, really recommend this book, or any by this author!
I gave it 4.5 fangs for the following reasons. When I listened to the first in this series, it was written in the third person, and this is written in the first, from Samuel’s point of view. Thats different. So we don’t get to hear from Korban, at all and i would have loved to hear what he was thinking, especially at their first few meetings with Samuel being cold towards him. And we don’t get much of Zev, from book one, just a phone conversation. Nothing at all from Jonah. I would have liked more from them both. BUT still a darn good read!
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