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I LOVE THIS STORY! This shifter story holds the elements of shifter lore that is my crack.
Wesley is an alpha wolf who’s shunned by his pack because of an odd scar on his abdomen he’s had since birth. Jobe is an alpha wolf who’s been patiently waiting for his mate to come to him.
When Jobe’s Red River pack makes an offer to Wes’s Purple Sky pack to trade alphas everyone is happy about the exchange except for Wes.
“Red River has an Alpha wolf they won’t accept as their Alpha. Our pack feels the same way about you. So Brian Berger will come take over for me, and in exchange, you’ll go to Red River and lead a pack, like you’ve always wanted.”
Wes will lead a pack, but he has to mate with a stranger in order to do it. There’s some anger on Wes’s part for feeling like he’s been sold to Red River. There’s also confusion because Wes and his pack have strayed from the old belief’s and customs for so long that they don’t even remember the old ways any more. Not the way Jobe and the Red River pack do.
Jobe’s Red River pack is tied deeply to the land and the nature surrounding it. They remember and practice the old ways and have not only survived, but thrived. Jobe knows Wes is his mate and perfect for him and their pack. When the two come together there’s great UST and a slow burn romance which eventually heats up for some major satisfaction.
There were so many things I loved about this story. I love how Jobe’s presence and calm is able to comfort Wes. I love how patient Jobe is with Wes until he finally sees. I absolutely love their HEA.
Nick J. Russo is a favorite narrator of mine. He just knows how to pace a story properly, to really infuse emotion into the character’s voices and tell the story in such a way it wraps me up and doesn’t just sound like he’s only reading from a page.
Nick manages to capture Wesley’s confusion, hurt, anger, and his longing for Jobe. He conveys Jobe’s peace, calm, love and passion beautifully.
It’s a terrific audio for an awesome story and it’s definitely going on my repeat schedule!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Cardeno C. does shifters! It's all feelings and mates and sexy-times up in here, and I'm LOVING it!
Cardeno C. is probably my biggest hit or miss author for me. I consider myself a HUGE fan of CC's work, but I think that CC has balls of steel sometimes for giving me all of these ARCs considering I'm just as likely to 1-star them as 5-star them. But this one I simply adored.
I'm actually surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did because this book is just filled with miscommunications and misunderstandings. In fact, I'd say that they were the primary factors that drove the plot! However, I was absolutely smitten by this sweet, instalove/slow burn (you'll see...) story with some seriously sexy action.
I was a little taken aback by the (view spoiler) element, which I see is included in a lot of reviews but I didn't expect it because it is usually a sci-fi thing. However, I was into it because, well, I'm weird like that! I thought that the whole book was a short, adorable slice of heaven, usual tastes be damned!
I think something that HUGELY affected my rating was the stellar narration by my new favorite, Nick J. Russo. He is seriously becoming an auto-listen narrator for me, as he has MADE my last few listens. His voices are just dreamy, and I really enjoyed his narration with this one.
All fans of Cardeno C., especially the shifter stories, should try this one. It was a very easy, satisfying listen, and I highly recommend it!
*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I read and loved the print version of this story and wasn't disappointed with the audio book. Good expressive narration with great pace that keeps the story flowing well.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I was enthralled with Wesley ave Jobe's story from the outset. Wesley, the alpha with a birth defect scar on his belly was never going to be accepted by his own, the Purple Sky pack. Born to lead, but never given the chance, he was traded with the distant Red River pack to mate the offspring of their current alpha.
Jobe had longed for, and waited for his fated mate for years.
When the deal was struck, sending Wesley to Red River, Jobe believed his long wait was over. Through a multitude of miscommunication and misunderstandings, true love won at last, in true Cardeno C style!
The narration was beautifully done, with excellent characterisation and a perfect tone for the tale.
A must listen for fans is sweet, soulful gay romance.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful