Cardeno C.—CC to friends—is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few awwws into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.
Red Riverby Cardeno C.
Commitment, loyalty, and strength aren't enough to make Wesley Stone's birth pack accept an Alpha with a physical imperfection, even if it's a meaningless mark. Putting the safety of his pack above his own wellbeing, Wesley trades himself for another Alpha and agrees to mate with a
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Two Alpha shifters join together to lead their pack and build a family.
Commitment, loyalty, and strength aren't enough to make Wesley Stone's birth pack accept an Alpha with a physical imperfection, even if it's a meaningless mark. Putting the safety of his pack above his own wellbeing, Wesley trades himself for another Alpha and agrees to mate with a stranger in a mysterious, insular pack.
Alphas from Jobe Root's family have led the Red River pack from the first day shifters walked the earth. Now the time has come for Jobe to fulfill his destiny, but to do that, he needs his mate by his side. Spiritual, easygoing Jobe reveres Mother Nature and trusts in fate, yet he can't help being nervous about how his mate will react to his new life in Red River, his new life with Jobe.
Two Alphas with contrasting personalities, different upbringings, and divergent beliefs come together for the good of their packs. But to stay together, Wesley and Jobe must see beyond the surface and embrace every facet of themselves and their union.
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Wesley has a funny-looking scar on his stomach that marks him as 'defunct' as the Alpha, even though there is absolutely nothing wrong with him. For years, he works hard, trying to gain the trust and respect an Alpha needs and deserves, whilst his uncle holds onto the reins. When it becomes clear that things won't go the way Wesley wants, he agrees to move to the Red River pack in a swap, so that his old pack can have an 'unblemished' Alpha. I loved how this story started, and then continued through the lives of Wesley and Jobe. With hints given of reasons why things have happened the way they did, this is one packed story, full of innocence and passion, of sweet romance and hot shifters. Red River is the second book in the Pack series, although you don't have to have read book 1, Blue Mountain, to appreciate this story. I would recommend it simply because both books are excellent, but that's just me. I am simply loving this series and can't wait for the next. Excellent job and highly recommended. * I received this book from WLK Book Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Wesley's birth defect, hidden though it is, makes him different from his pack, and they don't want him as their Alpha, even though its his right. Swapping with another Alpha, in another pack seemed to be the only way Wesley will fulfill his right. Jobe's pack, however, is very different to Purple Sky, and life at Red River will take some getting used to. Book two in the Pack series and you don't need to read book one, Blue Mountain. Mitch is mentioned, Simon not at all, and the Blue Mountain pack itself pops up, but only in a passing mention. So you don't need to read it. But you should. Just because I tell you to; because its Cardeno C and because its a five star read. As is this one!! I do love Cardeno C, ya'll know I do and the shifter books are by far my favourite of all the series. The Mates Collection, the Siphon Collection and these are all 5 star reads! I loved this one, especially, because it takes a turn I did not see coming! Considering I am in CC's fan group on facebook, I am blown away that that was kept secret! Loved it!! More generally speaking, I loved that Jobe knew straight away who Wesley was to him, and that it took time for Wesley to get it. I loved that Jobe knew so much more the Wesley about shifter lore, and that it took time for Wesley, and indeed, me, to get it all. I loved that Wesley threw himself into life in Red River, even though, at first, he really did not wanna be there. Following a solid CC track, no major break ups/ make ups, no nutty ex, just the *ahem* minor misuderstanding which is more to do with a huge gap in Wesley's knowledge, than a fall out. Steam and passion a plenty, and lots and lots of CC love. Thank you, CC, for another favourite, best one yet, that will undoubtably be ousted off the top spot when the next book comes along. 5 stars **same worded review ill appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Kobo**