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~Review~Wake Me Up Inside (Mates #1) by Cardeno C.~


26023640Title: Wake Me Up Inside
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Mates #1
Publisher: The Romance Authors, 2 edition
Release Date: July 31, 2015
Page Count: 250 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Paranormal, Shifters/Werewolves
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5


A powerful Alpha wolf shifter and a strong-willed human overcome traditions ingrained over generations and uncover long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny as true mates.

Regarded as the strongest wolf shifter in generations, Alpha Zev Hassick is surprised and confused by his attraction to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. A male shifter has to mate with a female shifter to keep his humanity, so shifters can’t be gay. Yet, everything inside Zev tells him Jonah is his true mate.

Maintaining a relationship with the man he has loved since childhood isn’t easy for Jonah Marvel, but he won’t let distance or Zev’s odd family get in their way. When unexplained ailments begin to plague Jonah, he needs to save his own life and sanity in order to have a future with Zev.

Zev and Jonah know they’re destined for each other, but they must overcome traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny.


Wake Me Up Inside (Mates #1) by Cardeno C.

****4 Stars****4ssdf


I really have a weak for hot shifters and this book was right up my alley.

I have, to be honest though…I have read this series kind of out of order. This happens to me a lot though, and since these books can be read as standalone…it wasn’t an issue.

What can I say…I am a bit weird. 😀

This story skips between the present and past time and even though I find this annoying in most books…I didn’t in this one.

Zev and Jonah meet when they are both very very young, around 1. Jonah is playing (or more like crawling) outside and Zev is in his wolf-form. He immediately knows that the little boy is important some how…he just doesn’t know why. A very important connection exists between the two of them, right from the start.

But Zev wants to get to know Jonah in his human form too. So he does when he is a little older and they become the best of friends, even going to the same school.

Along the way of growing up, Zev learns that the connection the two of them share is because they are true mates. Problem is…true mates are never of the same gender and true mates are also always two shifters. This might confuse Zev, but he is still all in as far as Jonah is concerned. What makes matters more complicated though is that…

Zev is the future Alpha of his pack.

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Jonah is about to go to college and Zev being the future Alpha, can’t leave town. He doesn’t want Jonah to give up his dreams, and he knows that once he gives into his feelings and mates with Jonah, he won’t be able to separate himself from him anymore. So what does he do….. He decides to keep things to himself. Not telling Jonah is a shifter and not telling him that they are true mates. They do start a relationship, but Zev refuses to take things too far, which of course, in turn, confuses Jonah…

…and pisses him off a bit. (450×329)

These spend a lot of years apart…both hurting. There were times I wanted to smack Zev in the head. On the other hand…I got where he was coming from and why he did it. He just wanted what was best for Johan.

These boys were hot together before they mated but after…phhewww. 😛

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I really enjoyed this shifter book and I can’t wait to read more shifter goodness by this author.imageedit_44_8150275859


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