Book Review: Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C.

Reviewed by Susan65

15760973Title: Wake Me Up Inside
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Mates #1
Heroes: Zev Hassick/Jonah Marvel
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 250 Pages
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: July 31, 2015 (2nd Ed.)
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Zev Hassick is surprised and confused when he finds himself attracted to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. Zev is the son of the pack Alpha, regarded as the strongest wolf in generations, born to lead. And everyone knows a male shifter has to mate with a female of his own kind to keep his humanity. So shifters can’t be gay, right?

Jonah Marvel wants a relationship with Zev, his best friend, the man he has loved since childhood. It wasn’t easy to maintain that relationship over years spent living apart while Jonah studied to become a doctor. And then things grow more difficult when Jonah becomes his own patient. Before he can make a life with Zev, he has to understand his past and cure the unexplained ailments that plague him.

Zev and Jonah know they’re destined for each other, but they’re facing traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets that may threaten any future together.


Review: Zev and Jonah are two very amazing, easy to love men, and I loved the fact they were best friends turned to lovers. Watching Zev give up everything, including his health, so that Jonah could live his dream was a bit painful. The dragged-out love affair slash mating made it all the sweeter when Zev and Jonah finally committed.

It is no secret that I am not normally a fan of sweet and fluffy, but with these two, they wouldn’t work any other way, nor if there was miscommunication out the wazoo. What they had instead was a lack of communication from Zev to Jonah, and that is where the requisite angst comes into play. I admit I was a little shocked by what Jonah tried to do, but at the same time, I totally got it. The mystery surrounding Jonah’s illness was a bit obvious, but it was the only logical conclusion, and the fact that I guessed it immediately did nothing to detract from the story.

Shifters are a favorite sub-genre of mine, and I love the whole “one fated mate for life” story line. These two guys have a lot to get through, but once they get it right, they were perfect. You are left knowing that they were meant to be together and nothing would ever tear them apart. Sometimes the fluff can be too much for me, and sometimes it just works. Here, it worked and I loved it.

Overall Impression: I loved it

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*


Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2015, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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