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.
Review by Beth
I had read this book several years ago and once I started listening it all came back to me. It’s a good story. Ethan a weak wolf who has health problems is looking for a quick way to end it all. He meets Miguel and suddenly realizes he is his true mate and has a reason to live. Cardeno does a good job creating a world that is plausible. The interactions of all of the secondary characters are appropriate. Many situations made me want to Laugh, the humor was great! Just a nice easy read.
Story Rating: 4 Stars
This is the first time I have listened to Charlie David as a narrator and let me say he definitely made this story! His accents, his delivery, and his levels of volume, (I think it’s the first story I have heard someone whisper) had me smiling and looking for reasons to listen more than I should. I will definitely look for more books done by him!
Audio Rating: 5 stars
Overall 4.5 stars
Review by Morgan
Though this is book 2 in the series, but really it’s the prequel to book one. We meet Miguel and Ethan in the end of book one and this is their story.
Ethan is a shifter who can’t shift. He’s a runt and suffers from a debilitating condition that makes him weak, hardly able to run and makes him unlikely to even survive long into adulthood. So, he decides that the best way out of the bad situation he’s in is to volunteer to fight the encroaching vampires with some of the other young men from his pack. (Essentially a suicide mission for someone with no ability to shift.)
Miguel is an ancient vampire who “knows” shifters don’t mate vampires, even though he finds Ethan entrancing. Miguel is almost put down for being feral because his thirst is so strong that he nearly bleeds half a dozen humans trying to get his fill.
After a couple funny conversations Miguel and Ethan realize they are the solution to the other’s “problems”. Ethan has too much blood and being drained actually makes him healthier. Miguel’s endless thirst is only quenched by Ethan’s blood. (Which should be poisonous as vampires normally can’t drink shifter blood without dying.)
The rest of this super sweet story is Miguel and Ethan working out their mating and helping the other shifters with their human/land problems and then finally overcoming the bad seed vampire trouble in town.
I LOVE this book. I’ve read it and listened to it dozens of times. The chemistry between Ethan and Miguel is both really hot and so tender and sweet – the perfect combination!
Ethan is so funny and sincere – I love his simple take on life. Miguel is just jaded enough to have some rough edges that Ethan smoothens out very nicely.
I love a shifter book that actually has some shifting in it and I love the “tying” that Ethan does with his “monster cock” ☺
Charlie David does an amazing job with the narration. He’s funny and emotional and his southern accent is perfect. I could listen to this every day!
5 of 5 stars
Review by Brian
There’s a lot of interesting paranormal things going on here.
Ethan is a werewolf who’s never been able to shift, something that even
very young boys should be able to do. This essentially makes him disabled
in shifter society and he had his family have been ostracized because of
this. Not expecting to live long anyways due to his health problems, Ethan
joins the other young shifters in his pack on a poorly planned attack on
some vampires, expecting to at least die with honor. Instead Ethan meets
sexy vampire Miguel, who is his very unexpected mate, and everything
Ethan was a cute, likable lead. He’s funny and sweet, although I was a
little frustrated at how helpless and powerless he was. He generally was a
victim to be rescued every time the action picked up. His mate Miguel is
sexy, but I found his character to be drawn in broad strokes. He was
powerful and very old but I didn’t get a strong feel for his personality.
Luckily Ethan was outgoing enough he compensated for that really well.
The sex was hot, the romance moved along pretty fast, which isn’t
surprising in a true mates situation.
The shifter culture was explored enough to whet my interest for more.
Their society didn’t come off as a place you’d want to live, with false
beliefs about heterosexuality being believed to be necessary to maintain a
balance between their wolves and human nature, and the pack was
surprisingly naive about how to live among human society, but those
problems made the community a more interesting backdrop.
The conflicts between vampire and werewolf worlds were done well, although
I’d have liked to see even more of it. I haven’t read the first book in
the series but I had no problem following the story so it worked well as a
Charlie David was an enjoyable narrator. He captured youthful and innocent
Ethan and exotic worldly Miguel both well.
4 of 5 stars
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