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 with him comes so naturally that Miguel can’t resist for long. Their challenge is staying alive so they can be together until forever comes.
I was looking forward to reading this story since I enjoyed the first in the series and Cardeno C. has recently become one of my favorite authors, however, this book just didn’t cut it for me. I’m not sure if it was the story, or the fact that I listened to the audiobook version and I didn’t care for the narrator.
The story is about Ethan, a young shifter who’s never been able to shift and seems to grow weaker as he grows older. He goes along on a vampire hunt in the hopes that it will end his life but not look like suicide. There he meets Miguel, a tall, gorgeous and sexy vampire. During the confrontation with the vampires, Ethan is nearly killed, and after his life is spared by Miguel, he shifts to wolf form for the first time. He realizes that the blood loss he suffered actually makes him stronger. He’s also tremendously attracted to Miguel and ultimately realizes that Miguel is his true mate.
It takes a while to convince Miguel of this fact but eventually the two figure out that the reason his body makes so much blood is because he’s destined to feed his vampire. There’s a secondary story as well— Miguel and the others are in the area to buy up property in the newly developing areas, and they will come back in the future after it’s more populated so they’ll be able to live among the humans without as much notice. During a discussion about this, Ethan discovers that his pack’s land is in the area that the humans are selling. Ethan helps Miguel buy land the pack can’t afford but allow them to continue to use it. This is the part of the story that I felt was lacking. It was very short and secondary, yet there could have been more conflict between Ethan and the pack and Miguel. I just felt that there was more about the relationship and the sex between the two than there was about Ethan and his ties to the pack which were verbalized as being strong, but the story didn’t support that.
Narrator Charlie David used a very pronounced southern accent for Ethan— the kind that made it sound like he was just a young, uneducated, poor boy, and it rubbed me the wrong way. I understand he was reading the words the way the author wrote them, but there was something about the enunciation that was just off. Maybe because I live in the south, and he didn’t sound like any southerners I’ve heard. I’m not sure. Also, even though the story was in Ethan’s POV, when he narrated the non-dialogue, he used a non-accented voice so that when the author used words like Ethan would use, it sounded odd in that non-accented voice. For example: “He done liked that” sounds wrong when said without the accent. I think he should have kept the accent even when doing the narration of the non-dialogue sections to make it more believable.
Anyway, getting back to the point— I don’t really recommend the audiobook version, but if you like hot shifter stories, you may like this one but pick up the book, not the audio.