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 together comes so naturally that Miguel can’t resist for long. The challenge is keeping themselves alive so they can stay by each other’s side until forever comes.
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I’m going to confess that this here was not how I had seen the night going. Trapped in a dark—and, might I add, stinky—alley. Surrounded by bloodsuckers. Two pack mates in wolf form passed out against the wheel of a truck, not clear whether they were living or dead. The rest of our ragtag crew had already skedaddled, frantic to make it home so they could lick their wounds before they passed out. And the tall, fierce vampire responsible for fully half of the pummeling we’d taken still looked fit as a fiddle as he stalked toward me. His long black hair blew behind him while he swiped his hands on his shirt to remove shifter entrails, spit on the ground to ensure that the blood in his mouth wouldn’t get absorbed into his system, and glared at me furiously.
“Ralph, don’t,” Scariest-of-Them-All growled at the bloodsucker that…
Ethan and Miguel’s story was a great one. Full of character growth and romantic development.
What is most interesting about this novel is the description of the relationship between shifters and vampires. In most paranormal novels, it is the vampires that are portrayed and the ones feeling superior to humans. In this story/series, however, Cardeno C. portrays the shifters as the elitist and the vampires as the ones trying to assimilate into human society. What I also enjoyed is that Cardeno C. portrays Ethan as a wolf with a host of issues, but the one who, according to his sister, would save them all. My favorite part of the story is the interaction between Miguel and Katherine. I see her as a petulant, inquisitive child, even though she is well over 300 years old.
I loved so many things about this book. At the top of that list are the characters. I loved the tension when they first met, and how they were thick as thieves in relatively short order. And the sex - very hot, oh yes it was! Of course, the story was intriguing and kept me in its grip. It had a touch of humor, family drama, danger, and an ending that left me very satisfied. I think Cardeno C. is well on the way to becoming a favorite author of mine. Awesome book - I'm looking forward to so much more!
I really enjoyed this nice and very steamy shifter story. I also loved the fact that it was a shifter mating with a vampire...Damn these two were HOT for each other. Plus there is biting and knotting...These two are true mates and I loved reading about how they got together. There was also a bit of a funny element in this one, which I really appreciated.These two were pretty sweet together and I loved the shy shifter with the big bad vampire. They almost set my Ipad on fire!!!!