In Your Eyes: Mates Collection
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
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.
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.
©2014 Cardeno C. (P)2015 Cardeno C.
Usually I skip by shifter stories. Sometimes they are so complicated to understand, and the rest of the story doesn’t make sense to my analytical mind. But I am enjoying the Mates collection by Cardeno C.
Samuel was a complicated, yet very simplistic character. He tries, but just can’t connect to his people. He truly does not understand people’s emotions, their need for him as a person, not just a leader. And upon his meeting with his true mate, he doesn’t connect with him then, either. He assumes that Korban is out to get him, or has some sort of agenda.
Korban waits patiently, and finally you see Samuel beginning to grow as a person, finding the connection with his mate, after the tragedy between their fathers occurs.
Watching Samuel not only become a person who can connect with people, but someone who was willing to look outside the box and see that not everything that is real is necessarily written down or visible, was so enjoyable. As a reader you wanted to see not only his HEA with his mate, but you wanted to see him find himself, see that the world is there to be lived in, not merely lorded over.
I really like Charlie David’s narration. He has strong vocabulary, and I love his voice. It has such a smooth quality that just sucks you into the story.
I can’t wait to continue to dig into this collection.
Story: 4.5 pieces of eye candy
Narration: 4 pieces of eye candy
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.
Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”
Audible copy of In Your Eyes by Cardeno C.
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