Audio Review: Cardeno C – Red River

redAuthor: Cardeno C
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Genre: MM Paranormal

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Narrator: Nick Russo

Summary:   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.
Review: Wesley Stone embraced being an Alpha from birth. He knew he’d one day succeed his Alpha, who happened to be his uncle, and yet time kept going by and there was no indication that he’d be chosen. Since he was the only Alpha in the Purple Sky pack, other than his uncle, he couldn’t figure out why. After all, they wouldn’t deny him just because of the ugly birthmark he had on his abdomen, would they? Well, he finds out they would indeed when he’s told he’s been “traded” to the Alpha of the Red River pack in exchange for one of their Alphas.

Though his heart is broken, he accepts the decision and vows to make the best of it. What he didn’t know until well after he’d arrived and met his husband-to-be, Jobe Root, was that Jobe considered him more than just a mate—he considered him a gift. When Wesley finally accepts all that Jobe reveals about the pack, their traditions, and his mate status, he finds a measure of contentment—that is, until he learns the greatest secret of all and learns just why he has that birth defect.

It’s hard to do justice to this sweet, shifter story without giving away spoilers. Suffice it to say, I was charmed by this heartwarming tale and impressed with the depth of the story and the complexity of the characters in such a short package. The audio is only three-and-three-quarter hours, and I found myself constantly listening to the voice of Nick Russo, who did an outstanding job with this audiobook. The voices were varied, the pace perfect and the overall narration interesting. Kudos to both the author and the narrator for this one. If you enjoy shifters, by all means consider this one—and definitely in audio format.

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