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The books in the Series are stand alone and can be read in any order.

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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. Taking control comes easily to Samuel, but relating to people, including those he's supposed to lead, is a constant challenge.

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 putting him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then tries to avoid him. What he can't do is forget Korban's warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.

When a battle between their fathers results in tragedy, Samuel and Korban are thrown together. With his world crashing down around him, Samuel must save his pack and show them he can lead. But first, Korban needs to save Samuel by inspiring him to feel. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past the rules they've been taught to realize they are destined to fit together.

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Sexy Siren Book Blog ~ 4 Stars

Cardeno C. always manages to craft tales full of heart and love.....This book is a lovely story that portrays two very different men that complement and support one another thereby making them both stronger....This story really captured the “true mates” idea perfectly because it depicted two men who are only complete and whole when together. I love that Cardeno C really writes romantic and heartwarming tales because Samuel and Korbin’s story was so sweet, romantic and wonderfully done. I honestly loved every second and can be read as a standalone.

Redz World ~ 5 Stars

The journey that Sam and Korban take to get to their happily ever after is full of ups, downs, twists and turns, making for some exciting reading. Yes, their sexual chemistry was off of the charts, but the author’s ability to write deeply emotional characters made the bed play a minor part of the story as a whole. That, right there, made In Your Eyes by Cardeno C. a win/win for me, and guaranteed that I’ll be reading the other two books in the series.

Surrender to Books ~ 4 Stars

I loved this little sweet romance. I thought the whole thing was handled very sensitively and it was nice to watch a relationship develop and layers get peeled away. I was really invested in them as a couple and rooting for their happily ever after. A sweet love story, that had enough side story to keep it on the right side of sickly, I will definitely seek out others in this series.

Literary Nymphs ~ 4 Stars

Please note that previous characters don't play a role so it can be read as a standalone. ...There's lots of vivid imagery in this well written and paced story ... There's plenty of emotion and angst, and the danger and betrayal is woven throughout the last half which keeps the pages turning. There are several twists, and we even learn a little more about pack history, which I enjoyed.

The Romance Reviews ~ 4 Stars

A well-written and steadily-paced storyline that spans over a decade of time...I would highly recommend IN YOUR EYES to fans of the Mates Series as well as newcomers to Cardeno C.'s storytelling. While third in a series, it tells a complete story and can also be read as a standalone.

Blogger Girls ~ 4 Stars

I adored this story. It's sweet but also has some emotional moments that really grabbed my heart. I loved the contrasting characters and how well-balanced they were. ...If you're looking for a shifter story that has sweetness, a touch of angst and an intriguing plot, definitely give this one a try!

My Dirty Romance ~ 5 Stars

I seriously devoured this book in one day. It was so easy to get lost in Korban and Samuel's love story. ...As the story develops, so does Korban and Samuel's relationship. I loved these two. Both with very different personalities, yet completing each other at the same time. Together Korban and Samuel set out to destroy old ideas of what is defined as love and creating their own path together. I loved seeing Samuel's character develop through the story and how he learned to accept who he was. Korban was a fun, easy character to fall in love with. He was fun and chill, the complete opposite to Samuel's intense personality. All in all In Your Eyes was a fun and sweet read. It would be wise to read books #1 and #2 but I started in book #3 and I had no problems following along. It really doesn't matter where you start, just read it and love it. I Promise you'll love it.

Oh My Growing TBR ~ 4 Stars

Although In Your Eyes is part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. I thought it was a great story, and I loved seeing Samuel's transition from completely closed off to a man coming alive in so many ways after he and Korban truly found each other.

G & the Diva Girls ~ 4 Stars

This was new for me, MM Paranormal and I really enjoyed it. I love the logic in finding the person who makes you better and stronger, regardless of gender! ....I am really liking Cardeno C's writing style! I am a total fan!

Smoocher's Voice ~ 5 Stars

very single title in the series thus far has been pure pleasure to read. If you like, love, or are merely sitting in a ‘meh' position on the fence of the paranormal genre, Cardeno C.'s lyrical, mystical, and gossamer web of words is sure to leave you wrapped in satisfaction. ... get ready for one hell of a read in the latest installment of this exquisite series. The third book in this series, In Your Eyes, is perhaps a tougher read than the first two… but like all things one has to work a bit more to acquire, the pay-off at the end is greater as well. Pfft, whatever you do, be prepared to fall in love over and over and over again.

My Fiction Nook ~ 4 Stars

Cardeno C's books are like a balm to my soul. I don't mind angst and drama when I know the payoff is a glorious HEA. ...This book blends tenderness with hawtness (CC's trademark!). ...The secondary characters, especially Samuel's gentle father, were wonderful! There was some conflict and angst, but once the guys found each other, they didn't let go! Wonderful writing, wonderful wolves, wonderful book!

Kimichan ~ 5 Stars

CC is a brilliant storyteller. This author expertly blends the characters together and tells the of their lives. CC does not simply start at the middle or end, but at the beginning. That way, you are able to see the journey these men take that makes them who they are....CC expertly injected and balanced action, steamy sex and and shifter politics into this story without dragging it down. ...There are no silly misunderstandings that tear them apart or unnecessarily drag out the angst. The characters come to realization that they love each other and move forward. ...there are so many delicious layers to this. This book is fantastic from the cover to the last page. I highly recommend this book in addition to others written by this author.

Hearts on Fire ~ 4.5 Stars

There is knotting in this book (yes!) and sex in wolf form. There is confusion and faith in another person. There is facing off against bigotry and there is a lot of love, even if it's not written in a history.

I'm With Geek

The plot of the book is extremely good and well developed....Cardeno C, however, has combined the paranormal, fantasy and homosexuality to create a unique series that keeps you entertained and glued to the pages. ... Cardeno C has created a great M/Romance novel..... If you take anything from this article, it should be that you should read this book and revel in the magnificence that is Cardeno C and his Mates series.

Guilty Indulgence ~ 4 Stars

Once again the author has given us a story of love that didn't come easy but was so worth the effort.

Swept Away by Romance ~ 5 Stars

Korban Keller, who was absolutely adorable with his sweet and pleasant disposition, is next in line to be the alpha of his pack. Samuel and Korban meet at a young age and run into each other fairly often. Samuel is convinced that Korban couldn't possibly have good intentions and is always leery of everything Korban says. This made for some very interesting interactions between the two of them. ...Korban brings out the passionate side of Samuel that nobody had ever seen before. For the first time in his life, Samuel understands what it means to truly love and care about somebody. These two alphas made an amazing team, and you can easily envision their future together. I really enjoyed the action that takes place as the pack alphas fight to gain control. Although this is part of a series, each of the stories can be read on its own. However, I highly recommend each of the three stories. They are each uniquely told, and this is one of my absolute favorite paranormal series. I love the concept of one true mate, and this story delivered it beautifully.

Because Two Men Are Better Than One ~ 4 Stars

One of the many things that make this particular Cardeno book enjoyable is main character Samuel Goodwin. ...He's like a shifter Mr. Darcy. A shifter Mr. Darcy who hates Korban Keller.....He's never seen any proof that two males may tie together and therefore the possibility doesn't exist for him. Which makes it even sweeter when, after a series of dramatic events, Samuel finally realizes that what he's feeling is love....What I like most about this whole series is the way Cardeno deals with the ever popular shifter mates theme. As I stated above according to the shifter lore found in this series there is only one correct combination that makes up a mating; males and females. But Cardeno shows that not only can two men love each other, two men, even two species within the series, can complete each other..... this book was the fluffy, romantic & sexy good time you can expect from a Cardeno C. book.

3 Chicks after Dark ~ 4 Stars

The love and romance hit the mark in that perfect Cardeno C way! ...The chemistry and fervor between Korban and Samuel doesn't disappoint. It might take them a long time to get there but they don't lose any time after they've figured things out. Let's just say they are enthusiastically making up for lost time. They are loving and learning together. They are two halves finally making one whole. Korban's fun side is the perfect complement to Samuel's serious side.

Joyfully Jay ~ 4.75 Stars

In Your Eyes is a lovely story that looks at the way two men with different strengths complement and support one another, making them both stronger. ....we see how Korbin helps Samuel connect with his heart, to finally make room for emotion and feeling in the midst of all the intellect. It is the perfect true mates fantasy, two men who are only complete when they are together, who need one another to become whole. Outside of the relationship, the story also focuses on the larger pack conflicts... Cardeno C really writes such romantic, heartwarming stories and In Your Eyes is no exception. I loved both Samuel and Korbin, and especially loved the way the two men make each other full and whole. I especially enjoyed seeing Samuel finally find the other side of himself, to learn to feel instead of just think with Korbin's help. It is sweet and romantic and really wonderfully done.

Book Suburbia ~ 5 Stars

everything about this story is nothing but absolute bliss. ....This couple was a joy to read about. ....This is the kind of characters I LOVE to read about in a book!....This book was a very refreshing, inspiring and motivating M/M Paranormal Romance that will indeed leave a valuable lesson: true love is hard to find, hard to keep and hard to replace; but when we find it, it is in ourselves to fight for it tooth and nail in order to achieve that irreplaceable feeling that only an everlasting love can bring....Cardeno C has an extraordinary gift with words and you can notice this in the way the story flows so absolutely smoothly, becoming an enjoyable and easy read.

MM Good Book Reviews ~ 4.5 Stars

I thought this story was brilliant...This story has everything you could want in a shifter story: action, conflict, power struggles, confusion and danger, but it also has the warm fuzzies of true love, understanding, forgiveness and making things right. ...I recommend this to those who love shifters, difficult times, trusting your feelings, overcoming danger, accepting love, hot sex and a great ending.

Sinfully Sexy ~ 5 Stars

Cardeno C tells great stories. They're sexy, sweet, moreish and satisfying and that's why they get high ratings from me. A Cardeno book is my go to happy place when I want to read something really feel good. ...I always know that I'm going to get loveable characters, a great (hot) romance, a well thought out back story, just the right amount of conflict to stop the story going into the realms of saccharine, tummy rolling love scenes and last but not least; the perfect happy ever after that never fails to leave me sighing happily. ...I'm getting really enamoured with these recent paranormal, shifter books that Cardeno has started writing and the 'Mates' series is turning out to be a very addictive read. ...There was a fulfilling build up of sexual tension but this was when the passion and romance side of the story came into it's own and as always it was pure Cardeno magic.... The chemistry between them sparked, the heat level reached boiling point and the sex was cold shower worthy, but still, always bolstered by a real sense of romance and love.

My Fiction Nook ~ 4 Stars

I adored this book....What impressed me most in this book is how much Samuel grew into himself and into his feelings, learning that book knowledge alone doesn't make a leader, and that compassion and understanding is often better than commanding and demanding. Loyalty is earned, as is respect. But Samuel also learns to open his heart, to listen to it more than his mind, and to trust in his mate....And CC has this special talent to infuse the holy hot boysecks, Batman scenes with so much emotion, so much heart, that I tend to feel like an unwelcome intruder watching them unfold. But I can't stop reading, either, because they make me choke up and sniffle as well. I've come to know to always have a box of tissues ready when reading one of CC's books. ... Fully fleshed out characters, excellent side characters (friend or foe), and an engaging, nicely flowing plot - what's not to love?

Multitasking Mommas ~ 4.5 Stars

This book is a beautiful balance of heartbreak, romance, eroticism, political intrigue, action and mystery. The story developed so well it did not drag once. It was lightly written (despite the events unfolding), making this a fast read. It's action packed scenes were not limited to the shifter battles and fights but instead extended deeper into shifter politics. Twists into the plot turned this unpredictable and very intriguing making it a harder read to put down ... this is definitely a must read. For those who have not read the first two books, it should really not be a problem, but it would mean missing out on a great series.

On Top Down Under ~ 4.5 Stars

While In Your Eyes is part of the Mates series, it can most certainly be read as a standalone. It is a lovely contemporary shifter read with engaging, fully realised MCs, and well developed secondary characters. I fell for Samuel and Korban and I had some really strong reactions to events in the book as well. It tugged at my heartstrings and it made me smile. The well named In Your Eyes delivers a well paced, gay shifter romance with much love and a HEA.