Cam and Gareth finally get their Forever!

38327905Bitten By The Alpha by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best one yet! Full review to come tomorrow when I’m at the laptop.

Righty. So Cam and Gareth. I’ve been dying for this one (even more than Alec’s story) ever since Book One and I have to say Annabelle delivered it in spades!

Alpha Cam Harly hasn’t had life easy in the past 10 years, he lost his human wife in the Pack Wars, his Pack’s unwanted feud with the neighbouring Primrose Hill Pack has resulted in prison for their ex Alpha and the merging of the two packs, and he’s closed off his inner wolf to anything other than business.

But it’s never that simple.

One of the other great things about this world setting is the lack of drama over sexuality, the pack’s don’t really care who hooks up with who in most cases, but in this one, the prime driver of the secondary plot revolves around an old-fashioned Alpha who has issues over wasting the chance of offspring when his daughter falls for Rachel, daughter of the neighbouring pack’s Alpha and a Beta in her own right.

I really liked Rachel, who is sent off to the Regent’s Park Park to get her out of the way of the temptation of her potential bond with the unflexible Alpha’s daughter Sara (and I actually wouldn’t mind at all a book which gives her a HEA!)

Gareth’s been in love with Cam for years but, as one of his trusted Betas, he’s buried those feelings deep inside. Rachel’s arrival in the Pack, as he doesn’t know about her relationship with Sara, brings an involuntary reaction when his wolf identifies her as a potential threat as a mate for Cam and suddenly he can’t hide them any more and now his Alpha knows his secret.

I’ve always loved how Cam was willing to put himself above all else but he’s not a martyr to his cause, he truly believes that the Pack should be first in all things. He’s had love, and lost it, and he’s so scared of living with the pain again that he ignores his feelings for his steadfast Beta.

Wolf shifter behaviour in this series has always fascinated me as well, Annabelle’s shifters aren’t driven by their animal in quite the same way as in other books I’ve read. Their animals are inside them, a conscious awareness which influences but which they can usually control.

But when it comes to potential bonded mates – a fairly rare occurrence – all bets are off and Gareth’s wolf isn’t going to passively let the chance of forever slip by. The results are unintentional but when Gareth’s jealousy bursts out I have to say I was cheering inside! Then the MINE takes over and the heat ramps up!

There’s a lot of emotions in this Regents Park Pack series and it works perfectly. Their wolves are emotionally driven, whether that’s positive or negative, and there’s all sorts of delicious tension ramping up between the two men as they continue to deal with the fall of out of Alpha Newell of the P-Pack’s treacherous behaviour.

The bonding process isn’t smooth either and both Cam and Gareth are stuck in a kind of limbo until, inevitably, the emotions boil over and suddenly they’re sexing all over the place and I have to say, I don’t think there’s many shifter books I’ve read which are as good as Annabelle’s at laying down the intensity of a mating bonded pair going for it 😉

When Cam and Gareth finally give in to their wolves while out on a full moon run, let’s just say it burns up the pages and hits combustible levels. The mate bite scenes are erotic and powerfully emotional.

I really, really, really hope this isn’t the end of the Regents Park Pack shifter series. I’ve loved every single one of the books in this setting and there’s still potential for more. Luke, Jason, Will, Harry, Rachel…

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Took me a while to warm up to this one

In Your Eyes (Mates, #3)In Your Eyes by Cardeno C.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For a great deal of this book I was completely out of sorts with Samuel, who just came over as a bit of a dick. Thankfully we got an insight into his relationship with Korben and that improved things massively.

It also served me right for doubting that Cardeno C wouldn’t offer up some great steam alongside the main plot and develop a relationship between the two men. This book had a side order of devious plot by one pack alpha which loosely tied into the previous books in the series.

Otherwise, it had all the fluffy feels I’ve come to expect with this author alongside more great world building and those “mine” passions which go hand in hand with shifter books and true mates.

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This cross species mating romance is a triumph

Until Forever Comes (Mates, #2)Until Forever Comes by Cardeno C.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved book one in this series and was intrigued with the glimpse of Ethan and Miguel we got in that book. Now we get their full story and it’s an absolute beauty.

I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting of world’s in this one and the gradual expansion of just what being a true mate means and how the shifter packs exist in an old fashioned cocoon outside of society.
They feel very much like the Quakers or perhaps the Amish, living within their small communities, every one working for the betterment of the pack.

Ethan was such a sweetheart, Miguel was all hot and brooding and together they created a wonderful partnership.

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Loved this shifter romance

Wake Me Up Inside (Mates, #1)Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was brilliant. I’m not normally a big fan of shifter stories as they usually have the whole insta love thing which tends to irritate me.

Instead, what I got here was a cleverly constructed world of paranormal with specific rights and rituals which was organically delivered throughout the story and never given as an info dump.

I loved the fact this book takes place over an almost 30 year period and that there was plenty of relationship development between the two MCs.

The mystery plot never too over and there were a great bunch of secondary characters who added depth to the world setting without taking over.

Sexual tensions were kept at high throughout and the scene where Zev and Jonah finally have full penetrative sex was ridiculously hot as were all their encounters.

Lovely start to this series with enough plot hooks left for further exploration of this world. Beautiful cover too.

ETA: Anyone else have the Evanescence song running through their head or was that just me? 😀

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Yxaa…

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