Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past their society's rules to realize they are destined for one another.
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. But despite his best efforts, Samuel can't relate to people, including those he's supposed to lead.
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 throwing him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then desperately avoids him. What he can't do is forget Korban's warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.
When a battle between their fathers ends tragically, Samuel struggles to lead his pack while Korban works to break through Samuel's emotional barriers. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past their society's rules to realize they are destined for one another.
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|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)|
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Samuel and Korban are two very different shifters - one is very logical and methodical, knows exactly what he must do to become an Alpha and works hard to do so, the other seems more fun and carefree and completely ruffles up Samuel the wrong way. I absolutely loved this story although it did bring tears to my eyes on more than one occasion. There are some great lines in here as Samuel tries to figure out Korban, to no avail. I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing and hearing about other characters that I already have met. The two main characters, though, worked absolutely perfectly with each other. It was definitely a case of them completing each other! A heart-melting love story about receiving the greatest blessing a shifter can get - that of a true mate. I received this book from WLK Book Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Oh Boy I adored this book especially Samuel. At first his booksmart ways were getting in my way of liking him and then they turned to be one of his biggest assets and likeable qualities. Samuel was raised to become the next Alpha of his pack. He took to this responsibility like a dog takes to water but the one thing Samuel lacks is his social interaction with others. Korban is the neighboring packs next in line Alpha with a uber personality but has a douche bag dad/alpha. Korban doesn't care about the responsibility of being the next alpha. Even from kids Samuel doesn't trust Korban because he is always smiling and trying to be friendly with him. He thinks he is only being nice to him to learn things about their pack. However, once they chum together in and out of being a wolf, Samuel learns to be at peace and enjoy being with Korban even though he doesn't trust him. As the years go on Samuel still can't figure out decipher why he feels different when he is around Korban but he also can't really gel with anyone as friends or lovers. The more he doesn't find a lover though to 'tie with' the more he loses his ability to shift at ease. Then tragedy strikes and due to his non shifting it causes a rift in his pack. "Tying isn't about males and females. It's about connecting with someone who can better you, someone who can give you what you're lacking, someone who can fulfill you and make you whole." After this tragedy Samuel wants retribution but only the problem is he has to face Korbin and for some reason he can't bring himself to hurt him. "We tie with our mates on all levels-physical and emotional- so we can become the best versions of ourselves. That's what makes us complete, and then we're stable enough to bind both our forms-wolf and human." After this realization Samuel is forced to deal with his feelings and takes what he needs from Korbin only to find out that he really didn't take but it was freely given. I really did enjoy this book and I will definitely be reading more from this author and this series.
I do believe that In Your Eyes may be my favorite of the Mates series. As much as I enjoyed the previous books in the series, I think that Samuel's story is my favorite because he undergoes so much personal growth and flourishes in the face of all the challenges he meets. That his social awkwardness reminded me of myself at the same age helped me to connect with him more than the characters in the rest of the series and likely contributes to his being my favorite character thus far. Samuel is a book learner. He has been groomed for the position of Alpha since childhood and has immersed himself in studying all that he could regarding shifters in general and his pack specifically. While his intelligence and learning is well known and respected by others, his aloofness and inability to connect with his pack emotionally concerns both him and his parents. When circumstances force him to take over as Alpha long before he is ready, he does the best he can in an unbelievably difficult situation. When things yet again do not go according to plan, Samuel finds himself face to face with his true mate ... his MALE true mate. To say that Samuel was shocked to learn who his true mate was would be an understatement, but he was absolutely devastated by the way in which he learned the truth. But as is the case with true mates, tying with Korban completed Samuel in such a way that he was finally able to understand the lessons his father tried to teach him about connecting with his pack. It is the strength of Korban’s love and humanity that gives him the frame of reference he was sorely lacking. The character development that Samuel undergoes is astounding. It should have felt rushed because so much happened in such a short time, yet the author wrote the scenes in such a way that they felt perfectly paced. As expected, the sex scenes were hot and I swear I could feel Samuel's enthusiasm pouring off the pages once he embraced his sexuality and his mate. In Your Eyes has such a great balance of romance, sexual heat, action and intrigue that I was engrossed from beginning to end. Cardeno C. has written yet another great installment in the Mates series and I can only hope there are more to come. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
All work and no play makes Samuel the smartest presumptive Alpha around. It takes more than intelligence to be a good Alpha, and connecting with his pack on an emotional level is something that Samuel just doesn't understand, no matter how hard he tries. As a child, Samuel was an old soul in a small body. Serious to a fault and quiet around others, he would rather study pack history than play with the other children in the pack. After all, it would be his responsibility to watch over them some day, so why not start now? The only person who seems to be able to draw Samuel out of his shell is Korban Keller, presumptive Alpha of the neighboring pack. Korban, outgoing, boisterous and always smiling, seems delighted each time he sees Samuel. Determined to befriend the boy whose personality couldn't be more opposite than his own, Korban is frustrated by his seeming inability to break through Samuel's shell. Years later, when tragedy strikes Samuel's pack and places Korban in his path once again, Samuel is disturbingly drawn to the patient yet charismatic man Korban has become. Will they be able to work together to solve Samuel's problems or will history repeat itself and drive them apart once again? A well-written and steadily-paced storyline that spans over a decade of time, IN YOUR EYES is written mostly from Samuel's perspective. I would have loved to hear more of Korbin's side of the tale, as we are only given brief glimpses into his own growing up years. Although I believe that further development would have enhanced the story further, as it stands, I still loved the emotional depth of Samuel's character and his earnest nature as he struggles to become the best Alpha possible. 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. My OFFICIAL REVIEW written for The Romance Reviews