Posts Tagged With: Series – Mates

Book Review: To Touch You by Cardeno C.

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: To Touch You
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Mates #4
Heroes: Salvatore Rossi/Yoram Smith
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 260 Pages
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: May 4, 2017
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: “His name is Salvatore Rossi. He’s a vampire. And he’s my true mate.”

By not relying on anyone except himself, Salvatore Rossi escaped a dead-end existence and reached the height of corporate success. But just when he has everything he always wanted, fate throws Salvatore a challenge he can’t solve alone and a young wolf shifter comes to his rescue.

Since childhood, Yoram Smith’s family was certain he would grow to become Alpha and save their beloved pack from its slow demise. When the time comes for a new leader, Yoram is forced to juggle his duty to care for a splintering pack with his duty to care for an absent mate, and his own strength suffers.

Being turned into a vampire didn’t alter Salvatore’s life philosophy: if you don’t rely on anyone, nobody can let you down. But when the boy who saved his life becomes a man who needs his help, the icy vampire must find his humanity.
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Audio Book Review: In Your Eyes by Cardeno C.

Reviewed by Morgan

27313123Title: In Your Eyes
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Charlie David
Series: Mates #3
Heroes: Samuel Goodwin/Korban Keller
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. But despite his best efforts, Samuel can’t relate to people, including those he’s supposed to lead.

When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for throwing him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then desperately avoids him. What he can’t do is forget Korban’s warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.

When a battle between their fathers ends tragically, Samuel struggles to lead his pack while Korban works to break through Samuel’s emotional barriers. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past their society’s rules to realize they are destined for one another.

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Book Review: Until Forever Comes by Cardeno C.

Reviewed by Susan65

25926739Title: Until Forever Comes
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Mates #2
Heroes: Ethan/Miguel
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 204 Pages
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: A sensitive wolf shifter and a vicious vampire challenge history, greed, and the very fabric of their beings in order to stay together until forever comes.

Plagued by pain and weakness all his life, Ethan Abbatt is a wolf shifter who can’t shift. Hoping to find an honorable death by joining his pack mates in a vampire attack, Ethan instead learns two things: draining his blood releases his pain and his wolf, and he has a true mate—a vampire named Miguel.

Over four centuries old, strong, powerful, and vicious, Miguel Rodriguez 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 being with him comes so naturally that Miguel can’t resist for long. Their challenge is staying alive so they can be together until forever comes.

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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.
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Audio Review: Until Forever Comes by Cardeno C.

Reviewed by Morgan

1Title: 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.
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Audio Review: Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C.

Guest Reviewed by Morgan

1Title: Wake Me Up Inside
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Charlie David
Series: Mates #1
Heroes: Zev Hassick/Jonah Marvel
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: Book – 250 Pages / Audio – 7 hours, 20 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – August 15, 2012 / Audio – August 19, 2013
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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.

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Giveaway Winners!

Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C. eBook

The winners of the first two books in Cardeno C.’s Mates series are… Continue reading

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Honorary Blogger Cardeno C.: Mates Series Inspiration Songs + Giveaway!

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Mates Series Inspiration Songs

by Cardeno C.

Most of my book titles are inspired by songs I listened to while writing the book to put myself in the right mood and mindset. With the newest standalone novel in my Mates having been recently released, I thought it’d be fun to go over the songs that inspired my books in the series.

In Your Eyes – Inspiration Song: Animal by Miike Snow

It’s hard to come up with a better song to inspire a book about wolf shifters than one called Animal, especially when one of those shifters – Samuel – struggles not to stay in his animal form and leave the human world behind. Samuel was always a good man who wanted to do right by his pack, but in many ways, he lived in a world dark from a lack of emotions and empathy, which was a danger to him and those he was meant to lead.

Teasers - Page 017From the first moment Samuel saw Korban, he knew there was something in the other shifter’s eyes, but it took him many years to identify what it was. In the end, Korban can fill the hole that has always lived in Samuel. Korban’s strength, while different from Samuel’s, compliments the Alpha well and allows him to be the strong leader he always longed to be.

The last thing I loved about this song for this book is the happy vibe in it. In Your Eyes has some sad scenes and battles, both internal and external, that the characters have to fight. It felt good to hear a peppy song as I wrote it.

Until Forever Comes – Inspiration Song: Chasing The Sun by the Wanted

Until Forever Comes is a novel about Ethan a young, ill shifter who realizes his mate is an ancient, dangerous vampire and Miguel, an intelligent, blood-thirsty vampire who realizes his salvation comes in the form of a spirited young wolf. Ethan has never been right in the eyes of his pack. He is a shifter who can’t shift, something that shouldn’t happen.

Teasers - Page 016Being different and physically weak has given him more than his share of sadness and pain, but it also gave him something rare among his people – the ability to look past what’s supposed to be and see what is. Ethan has lived his whole life in a way that doesn’t make sense by shifter law, so when he learns he is mated to a male and a vampire at that, he manages to look past the complications that block stronger shifters and see the simple truth: Miguel is his mate.

That mating saves both men, bonding their bodies and making each of them stronger. Through their connection and love, they give each other life. A vampire and a wolf mated, it shouldn’t have been possible, that day shouldn’t have come. But it did and instead of running away from it, they embraced it and got to live a not-quite eternal life where a shifter can finally shift and a vampire can see the sun.

Wake Me Up Inside – Inspiration Song: Bring Me To Life by Evanescence

The lyrics of this song speak of someone whose core is numb and spirit is sleeping. They need someone to lead them out of that dark place before they come undone; they need to come home. I don’t want to give too much away for anyone who hasn’t read Wake Me Up Inside, but it’s about shifters and the concept of what true mates need from and mean to each other in that world.

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About In Your Eyes

In Your Eyes (Mates #3)Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. Taking control comes easily to Samuel, but relating to people, including those he’s supposed to lead, is a constant challenge.

When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for putting him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then tries to avoid him. What he can’t do is forget Korban’s warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.

When a battle between their fathers results in tragedy, Samuel and Korban are thrown together. With his world crashing down around him, Samuel must save his pack and show them he can lead. But first, Korban needs to save Samuel by inspiring him to feel. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past the rules they’ve been taught to realize they are destined to fit together.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance eBooks

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About Cardeno C.

Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

You can find Cardeno at these sites: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Page & Blog.

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Cardeno has kindly offered up eBook copies of Wake Me Up Inside & Until Forever Comes to TWO lucky winners!! The giveaway starts now and ends August 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway, except to verify your Rafflecopter entry.

Don’t forget to check out Nikyta’s review of In Your Eyes to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

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Book Review: In Your Eyes by Cardeno C.

Reviewed by Nikyta

22472374Title: In Your Eyes
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Mates #3
Heroes: Samuel Goodwin/Korban Keller
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance eBooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. Taking control comes easily to Samuel, but relating to people, including those he’s supposed to lead, is a constant challenge.

When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for putting him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then tries to avoid him. What he can’t do is forget Korban’s warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.

When a battle between their fathers results in tragedy, Samuel and Korban are thrown together. With his world crashing down around him, Samuel must save his pack and show them he can lead. But first, Korban needs to save Samuel by inspiring him to feel. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past the rules they’ve been taught to realize they are destined to fit together.
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