Saturday, January 16, 2016

ARC Review: Red River (Pack#2) by Cardeno C.

Red River (Pack, #2)Blurb:

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.

My rating:

I've been waiting for the 2nd book in the Pack series in what seems like forever, after devouring Blue Mountain when it came out.

Also, this is a CC book - need I say more? I'm addicted!!

So I snagged the ARC (thank you, CC) and after having just finished a very dark book, this was exactly what I needed - marshmallowy fluffy, achingly sweet romance with hot boysecksing, precisely what CC does best.

And we start out with the holy hot boysecks, Batman, when Wesley tries to drown his frustration in a pint or five, while looking for a hook-up. The colorful man he finds in the bar may be human, but he's just what Wesley needs at that moment. The attraction burns so hot and so immediate that Wesley... well, you read it for yourself.

Except this had something extra. You see, Wesley is an Alpha, but his uncle has been running the Purple Sky pack for many years, and Wesley's pack doesn't want him to succeed his uncle, because, well, Wesley has a deformity of sorts on his stomach, and because wolves need to be perfect, and he's not, the pack doesn't trust him to lead them. Wesley is frustrated but doesn't know how to get the pack on his side.

Then his uncle breaks the news that Wesley is being traded to the Red River pack, where he's going to mate with the (male) heir and become Alpha. In turn, an Alpha wolf from Red River will take the reins of the Purple Sky pack.

Wesley isn't happy about this at all, but makes the journey to Red River anyway, where he meets Jobe, his intended mate. And then... well, you'll see.

Cardeno C. gave me a fully developed character in both Wesley and Jobe. They are very different in nature, but work well together. Jobe is gentle, kind, and sweet, and he gives Wesley time to adjust, without pressure, but being solicitous toward him. And while Wesley doesn't get it at first, Jobe knows right away that Mother Nature has given him his fated mate. I loved how Wesley almost seamlessly merges his life with Jobe, without even realizing what's happening - it all just feels so very right.

There's a big twist to the story that... well, get the book and find out for yourself.

I loved the mythology here, specifically as it pertains to the Red River pack, and how in tune the pack is with nature, how they live off the land, and how reverently they treat what Mother Nature bestows upon them. It was in huge contrast to Wesley's experiences, but he comes around quickly.

I can't wait to read Ricky's story, by the way!

Seriously, folks, run and get this book when it comes out 1/19/16. This is a Cardeno C. book, so you know that the sweet romance, snarky humor, and the hot boy-on-boy loving CC always delivers will make you feel all warm and ooey-gooey inside!

** I received a free copy of this book from its author. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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