“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.
(Book reviewed here previously)
Cardeno C’s Mates series is probably my favorite “shifter” series of all time. I have read and listened to it over and over and over – probably one of them each month.
In this world, shifters find their true mates, but they are often bewildered because the “rules” usually don’t account for whom fate has chosen for them. In this case, Yoram – whom we’ve met in the earlier three books, is only 7 we he meets his “friend” Salvatore.
I don’t want to give away the story – but I was immensely surprised by what ends up happening in this story! I could not have predicted it – at all! It’s definitely not traditional in any sense of the word and I was frankly so psyched to see how it all played out.
Because I’m such a fan girl – I loved seeing Miguel and Ethan so much throughout this story. They are sooooo adorable together and I cannot wait for the audio version so I can hear the sultry Miguel speak to us again!
We also get to see a little of Korban and Samuel as well as Zev and Jonah – so that was a nice little reunion bonus!
To me, this was reminiscent of book one in the series – our MCs met young and have to “grow up” before they can be together and that wait – many, many, many long years of wait is hard. It’s probably hardest on Yoram and that hurt my heart a bit.
If I have any complaints it’s that I never quite warmed up to Salvatore as much as I wanted to. He’s definitely a self-centered jerk at the beginning and for most of the story. Though he absolutely does redeem himself at the end and he and Yoram do finally get their lovely HEA together – I wish they’d had more time in each other’s proximity so we could see them as a couple longer.
(spoiler: When Yoram is delivering his blood for nine years I really wanted to puch Sal in the gut!)
This was a fantastic addition to the series – and can be read as a standalone- but I don’t recommend it. Reading this series in order will let you appreciate all the secondary characters and what it means when they act as they do.
If you’re new to the series, I’d start with book one or two before this – just to get the background.
Highly recommended and beloved!
4.5 of 5 stars
Charlie David has done all the others in this series, so when we have recurring characters like Miguel (swoon!) it’s all done in the way we expect! I love listening to Charlie’s narrations because he’s so good with emotions, his voice quality is so smooth and he’s great with the accents in this series too.
5 of 5 stars
Overall 5 of 5 stars
Copy Purchased for Review