Reviewed by Nikyta
Authors: Mary Calmes and Cardeno C.
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Heroes: Vy and Robert
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: Book – 220 Pages / Audio – 7 Hours, 44 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – April 18, 2014 / Audio – December 17, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Vy Aleknos is the leader of a hawk shifter flock. Openly gay since he was a teen, Vy is proud and self-assured on the outside, while secretly worrying he’ll be forced to spend his life alone because two males can’t be mates. When bear shifter Robert Cimino appears in Vy’s small town, Vy realizes his concerns were unfounded – he has a male mate, and a sexy, dominant one to boot.
Robert is a bear shifter who refuses to shift. Immediately attracted to Vy, he deviates from his normal pattern and seeks more than a one off with the powerful, bristly hawk. But Robert’s affections are rooted in his human form, and when Vy discovers Robert doesn’t recognize him as his mate, he pulls away. If Robert wants to stay with Vy, he must convince a man deeply ruled by his animal instincts to give their relationship as humans a chance.
I originally read Control in April 2014 and I really enjoyed it. I love shifters and I love Cardeno & Mary so it was a no brainer that I’d enjoy the actual story. Seeing this in audio, I decided to give it a try since audiobooks have become my new obsession. The story is a cute one where prickly Vy finally finds his mate in bear shifter Robert. Unfortunately, Vy tries too hard to show Robert he’s a suitable mate while Robert can’t even tell they are mates because he’s essentially rejected his bear side. The story is interesting because it isn’t about insta-love because of a mating; it’s about coming to love someone for who they are as a person. At least, that’s what it’s all about for Robert, he doesn’t love Vy because he’s his mate, he loves Vy because he’s Vy. It’s definitely sweet and adorable and I loved listening to it, it brought a whole new perspective to the story!
However, I struggled a bit with this narrator because I felt like he either spoke too fast between dialogues or spoke too slow during monologues, which made it hard to differentiate who was speaking between the multitude of characters sometimes. I also didn’t like the constant ‘sighing’ he did after just about every sentence, it felt like the characters were constantly exasperated, which didn’t exactly fit the context for a majority of the story. With that said, I loved how he did his pitches for Vy & Robert. Aside from the exasperation, I actually thought Vy sounded frantic and jittery at times and Robert sounded calm and soothing at others, which was exactly how they were depicted in the story.
In the end, I enjoyed this audio of Control. I loved that Greg Tremblay was able to make the characters sound like they were acting but I didn’t exactly like that he spoke too fast during dialogues and kept exhaling after each sentence, it grew slightly annoying by the end of the book. Still, if you enjoy audios, definitely give this one a go because the story is a good one 🙂
Overall Impression: I really liked it!