Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review Request & Author #Giveaway: Mates Series (2nd editions) by Cardeno C.

We would like to thank author Cardeno C. for donating an ebook copy of one of the Mates Series titles, to one lucky commentator who gets chosen. Make sure to leave a comment below to get a free ebook copy of your chosen title.

Wake Me Up Inside (Mates #1)
by Cardeno C.
A Mates Series Story
A powerful Alpha wolf shifter and a strong-willed human overcome traditions ingrained over generations and uncover long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny as true mates.
Regarded as the strongest wolf shifter in generations, Alpha Zev Hassick is surprised and confused by his attraction to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. A male shifter has to mate with a female shifter to keep his humanity, so shifters can't be gay. Yet, everything inside Zev tells him Jonah is his true mate.
Maintaining a relationship with the man he has loved since childhood isn’t easy for Jonah Marvel, but he won’t let distance or Zev’s odd family get in their way. When unexplained ailments begin to plague Jonah, he needs to save his own life and sanity in order to have a future with Zev.
Zev and Jonah know they're destined for each other, but they must overcome traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny.

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars 
I read the first edition of how an alpha wolf shifter held on for so long on a long distance relationship with his childhood best friend and mate. It is one of the most romantic I have ever read from this author.

Zev Hassick grew up knowing he was an alpha and he asserted his dominance over the pack from day one. As an alpha in waiting, he stood proud and tall over his generation and made sure they never stepped out of line. He was a child of the modern world and seeing as their pack had to brush shoulders with human, he managed to convince his father that sending him and those his age to the human school is the best way to integrate themselves without revealing their true nature. In the process, he gets to go to school with his wolf's puppyhood friend, human Jonah Marvel.

Jonah never thought it strange a particular 'wild' wolf would come up to him at odd times to play and just be kids. As a toddler, he didn't know any better. As a teen, he never thought over the simple fact this wolf was his age and still be in its prime. All he knows is, when he needs it, the wolf is there. At school, he became best friends with Zev who seemed to be different from the rest of them but reliable and trusted by Jonah.

As the two grow up, there is the pull of attraction, trust and love which develops. Zev earlier on realizes his love for Jonah may be something out of the ordinary. Jonah just knows he loves Zev. When they declare their love for each other, one would think they would immediately get their HEA. This is not what happens. 

Zev, as an alpha, is a planner and looks to the future. He sees Jonah as part of the pack, as his mate, and the pack healer. As Jonah needs years to complete his medical training, he cannot afford to lure him in before that time. The years roll by and Jonah starts to question his relationship with Zev. It takes every bit of planning, cunning and manipulation on Zev's part to guarantee Jonah become his alpha mate and be accepted by his pack. If his plans fall through, he is ready to turn his back and be with Jonah.

I really loved this story. It spans several decades and the unfolding of Zev and Jonah's maturity is a great read. When they finally reach their HEA, I got the full blast of a romantic fulfillment that made the heart thrum. These two men are key to what unfolds in the third book.


Until Forever Comes (Mates #2)

by Cardeno C.
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.

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
I read the first edition of Until Forever Comes and it was a huge disappointment. I rated it a 1.5 stars. You can read the original review here. Thing is, the story of the wolf shifter mating with a vampire had been introduced into the first book and when it was finally their story to be told it fell short of expectations. When this second edition came out, I was ready, set, go to take a look, hoping this time, Ethan and Miguel's story would be told in the way I am accustomed to this author's style. 

Cardeno C. lived up to the challenge and came up with a truly remarkable back story to the Mate series.

Where at the first edition I complained about all sex and no story development, the author tweaked it so this time the read still has all the scenes but the story of Miguel and Ethan is given a boost and made it more comprehensible and romantic.

This book is a back story, as I have mentioned before. It takes place decades long past when the packs stayed clear away from the humans they considered half-souls, those without mates. The bigotry is there but they are becoming a dying breed. They do not yet realize they need to integrate with human society that dominated the planet for the packs to stay strong. 

Miguel is a vampire of several hundred years and he sees the need to invest in properties that would guarantee the vampire food and their anonymity. He is one strong and volatile vampire who is hungrier than most. When he stumbles and takes a sip of Ethan's blood, he is aware of the young man as a shape shifter. What he is unaware of is that Ethan recognizes the other half of his soul. When Miguel nearly destroys himself in becoming feral, it is Ethan who steps in to complete him. What both did not expect was bigotry from the shifter and vampire sides. They are the key to the whole series.


In Your Eyes (Mates #3) by Cardeno C.

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. 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.

About the Author

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."

To get a chance to win an ebook copy of one of the Mates series titles, leave a comment below and don't forget to leave your contact email address.
We will randomly pick 1 lucky commentator and Cardeno C. will email them their ebook version of choice.
To claim prize, we will be sending an email to the address provided by the lucky commentators. Don't forget to tell us what format you prefer.

Game ends September 4.


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  2. Angela:

    Thanks for this post. I've read some books by Cardeno C and i really liked them. I haven't read the Mates serie yet, but it is on my TBR list so thank you for the chance of winning a copy. If i'm Lucky enough to win i would love an ePub copy.


  3. I love all cardeno's books in particular the home series...i haven't read the Mates series yet, and if i win i prefer MOBI format.....thank you ( sorry for my english).

  4. Game Over!

    Congratulations to: Samantha Turner (FB respondent)

    We will be sending you an email. Please respond to confirm with the title of one of the books offered by the author and the format.

    Author Cardeno C. will be sending you the ebook copy of choice.


  5. Edit: I guess the declared winner forfeited.

    New Winner: giuliana demontis

    Please reply to message sent your PM. Thank you!