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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