Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: All of Me
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: 2014 Daily Dose – Mended
Heroes: Abel Nasa & Zakai “Kai” Berura
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 84 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Bonded by their parents before they were conceived, Abel Nasa and Zakai “Kai” Berura 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 the mating bond.
Years pass with no contact between the two, but Abel never stops yearning for the man who was supposed to lead by his side. When Kai returns, broken and on death’s door, Abel must look past what he saw and trust his heart so they can fulfill their destiny and merge their packs.
Bonded before they were born, Abel and Kai were meant for each other. On Kai’s eighteenth birthday, excited to finally bond with Kai, Abel catches Kai in a compromising position that ultimately breaks up not only the merging of their two packs but shatters Abel’s heart. Now twelve years later, after Kai’s sister demands his help, Abel finds Kai almost dead. While Abel’s determined to bring his mate back to life, can he get passed the pain and misery that he’s had to live with all these years and claim what should have been his all this time?
Ahhhhh, bliss! This was the perfect story for my mood. I wanted something light with just a touch of angst, a lot of sweetness and on the shorter side. This fit the bill perfectly, as I knew it would once I saw it was by Cardeno C. The characters are sad in the beginning, heart-breaking even, with Abel miserable and dwelling on the fact that he doesn’t have his mate and never will. When you meet Kai, he’s so broken that he can’t even shift out of his wolf form. He heals quickly, though, once he’s by Abel’s side and flourishes into the alpha that he is supposed to be. You would never think the two are alphas because they don’t pull out their alpha power unless it’s necessary. Together they’re very sweet, sappy even, but adorable. They’ve been destined as mates since they were born and that soul-deep bond shows even through the limited pages.
I really liked this story but I felt like it wasn’t long enough to answer the type of questions I kept asking. The misunderstanding thing, I could understand because who wouldn’t have done exactly what Abel did if they caught their love in such a position? But the fact that Kai didn’t do anything to change the situation bothered me. Why did he never contact Abel’s dad to ask for help? Abel and Kai’s parents were supposedly such great friends so why didn’t Kai ever go to them for help? Why did he never try to explain things to Abel after the fact? Why didn’t Kelly go seek Abel’s help sooner? More importantly, why didn’t Abel realize something was up when all of a sudden Kai stopped calling him? Also, why did no one ever notice anything at the biannual pack meetings? Besides that, I found Kai’s sister Kelly really annoying at first. Although I warmed up to her once she dropped the obnoxious, all-knowing act (that might also be because she wasn’t in the book anymore, though lol).
In the end, it was a great story, that definitely hit the spot for me but I can’t shake the feeling that there was a lot of loose ends and unanswered questions left up in the air. I desperately wish it had been longer, though! I adored the characters, and while Kai’s recovery may be a bit fast for some, I won’t deny that I enjoyed his quick turnaround. I loved the concept of two alphas bonded together and before they’re born too! I hope there will be more to come of Kai and Abel, though, because I still think there’s more to their story. Plus, I’d love to experience more of them in the future.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*