Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Until Forever Comes
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Charlie David
Series: Mates #2
Heroes: Ethan Abbatt and Miguel Rodriquez
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: Book – 204 Pages / Audio 5 Hours, 54 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – May 20, 2013 / Audio – November 11, 2013
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Ethan Abbatt is a wolf shifter who can’t shift. Plagued by pain and weakness all his life, he hopes to find an honorable death by joining his pack mates in a vampire attack. Instead, Ethan learns two things: draining his blood releases his pain and his wolf, and he has a true mate – a vampire named Miguel.
Miguel Rodriguez is more than four centuries old. Strong, powerful, and vicious, he 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 Miguel can’t resist for long. Once Miguel gives in, being together comes naturally. The challenge is keeping themselves alive so they can stay by each other’s side until forever comes.
Review: Though this is book 2 in the series, really it’s the prequel to book one. We meet Miguel and Ethan in the end of book one, and this is their story.
Ethan is a shifter who can’t shift. He’s a runt and suffers from a debilitating condition that makes him weak, hardly able to run and makes him unlikely to even survive long into adulthood. So, he decides that the best way out of the bad situation he’s in is to volunteer to fight the encroaching vampires with some of the other young men from his pack. (Essentially a suicide mission for someone with no ability to shift.)
When he gets to the fight, he’s overcome by the amazing scent of his true mate, a vampire! He’s injured by another vampire and bleeding profusely when he suddenly shifts. He puts two and two together and realizes that somehow, by bleeding, his wolf can be freed.
Ethan goes home to essentially say good-bye to his family as he knows he needs to be with his true mate, even if it isn’t for long. (He still thinks he’s dying.)
Miguel is an ancient vampire who “knows” shifters don’t mate vampires, even though he finds Ethan entrancing. Miguel is almost put down for being feral because his thirst is so strong that he nearly bleeds half a dozen humans trying to get his fill.
After a couple funny conversations, Miguel and Ethan realize they are the solution to the other’s “problems”. Ethan has too much blood and being drained actually makes him healthier. Miguel’s endless thirst is only quenched by Ethan’s blood. (Which should be poisonous as vampires normally can’t drink shifter blood without dying.)
The rest of this super sweet story is Miguel and Ethan working out their mating and helping the other shifters with their human/land problems and then finally overcoming the bad seed vampire trouble in town.
I LOVE this book. I’ve read it and listened to it dozens of times. The chemistry between Ethan and Miguel is both really hot and so tender and sweet – the perfect combination!
Ethan is so funny and sincere – I love his simple take on life. Miguel is just jaded enough to have some rough edges that Ethan smooths out very nicely.
I love a shifter book that actually has some shifting in it, and I love the “tying” that Ethan does with his “monster cock” 🙂
Charlie David does an amazing job with the narration. He’s funny and emotional, and his southern accent is perfect. I could listen to this every day!
I found both the story and the audiobook amazing!
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*