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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Brilliant follow up to this shifter series

Bitten By Design (Regent's Park Pack, #2)Bitten By Design by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know what it is about Annabelle Jacobs’ shifters but they just totally work for me. I think it’s the fact that while they have bonded mates, they’re not the insta love type I’ve read in other books which sometimes just feel a bit like a plot point.

Here, with the Regent’s Park series, the bonding comes when a pair are already sexually involved and its instant, whether they want it or not but it also doesn’t automatically come with the person being bitten turning into a full shifter.

I also like the fact these books are set in London, although there’s not really a lot of extraneous detail given to enforced that plot point, but the mention of Tesco Express always makes me laugh (although I’m a Sainsbury’s girl myself).

The sex in these, driven as it is by hot wolf hormones, is always superbly done, there’s nothing better than reading about two men who can’t keep their hands off each other. Throw in emotional connections which allow them to sense their mate’s thoughts and feelings and it just becomes all ends up awesome.

Really hoping book three will see Alpha Newall get his just deserts as painfully as possible and perhaps there’s a wee spark between Alec and the rival pack’s young gun Mark which we’ll be reading about soon.

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Really enjoyable shifter read

Bitten By Mistake (Regent's Park Pack, #1)Bitten By Mistake by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not usually a reader of shifter related books, Kendall McKenna’s Tameness of the Wolf being the exception, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

While werewolf politics played the major role in the plot for this story, it wasn’t the biggest driving force between the two MCs, that was firmly in the sexual attraction and tension front and it was very well done.

There are a few narrative plot points which don’t get explained, like how Jared bought his Camden flat, worth nearly a cool half million quid, which is never fully revealed as his graphic designer salary would have to be insanely high for him to have bought it outright. I just told myself it was probably family inheritance and moved on!

The emotional elements relating to the werewolf relationship parts of the story were well done, as were pack dynamics and the overall world building of the culture.

It’s set in London but I didn’t feel a particular British vibe from any of the characters or in the locations settings but, again, it wasn’t anything which distracted from the relationship part of the book.

And oh boy, what a relationship it was! The enemies to lovers aspect was well played out, the reasons for their confinement together made sense and I liked that the ending wasn’t the obvious choice and instead left room for manoeuvre.

Hot smexy throughout and a truly powerful connection between Jared and Nathan really pulled this story together.
I’d definitely read more about these type of shifters.

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