Wake me up inside

TITLE: Wake me up inside
AUTHOR: Cardeno C.
PUBLISHER: The Romance Authors
GENRE: Paranormal
SERIES: Mates book 1 – 2nd edition
PRICE:  $ 5.16 on Amazon
LENGTH: 250 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 31st 2015


BLURB: 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.



Normally I don’t like the “insta-love” aspect that we are given in paranormal storylines. I usually prefer the “gradual build” of contemporary books, but this time, the “insta-love” aspect worked really well.

Jonah is Zev’s “soul mate”, so he fell instantly in love with him. It was meant to be, fate is fate. But this book was different from the norm, they were away from each other and because of this, they were forced to gradually build their relationship and this worked really well for me.

Zev has always been aware that Jonah was the other part of his soul – his true mate, even though he was human and a male! Two big problems for the future Alpha of his Pack.

Jonah never knew what was waiting for him, but he knew over the years that something inside of him was changing. The distance he had from Zev was becoming increasingly difficult to manage. He started to become sick and did try to sort out the problem himself but it didn’t work, he had to go home to Zev. At home the mating bond is inevitable but it was a shock to both to find out that Jonah may not be so “human” as they both believed.

This was a very sweet love story – 100% pure Cardeno’s style.

Zev was a fantastic character. He was willing to loose his human side for his love of Jonah. He would not ruin Jonah’s dreams of becoming a doctor. However, when Jonah finds out just how much Zev risked for him to follow his dream of becoming a doctor, he doesn’t know if it’s “The sweetest, most honourable thing or the stupidest, most reckless decision of all time!”

This was my first fantasy read of Cardeno C, but I have to say that Cardeno is an author that never disappoints and this book proved that point.

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***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reviewing this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book***


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