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Wake Me Up Inside: An Alpha Shifter Gay Romance (Mates Collection) by [C., Cardeno]
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Length: 250 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Cardeno C.—CC to friends—is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few awwws into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

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  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Romance Authors; 2nd edition (July 31, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0137I04VQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About 3600 locations and it took me about 4 1/2 hours to read...

... If you have read the books in Cardeno's Home Series and enjoyed those then I think you will like this one too. Yes, it's a shifter/paranormal book, but it's written in the same format so to speak as the Home series. If you haven't read Cardeno before, but like shifter books then I think you'll like this one because it isn't just a bunch of erotica as there is actually a plot and even a little mystery involved... Plus, Cardeno C in my opinion is one of the better writers of this m/m genre. Not as powerful/serious as Amy Lane, but Cardeno takes the cake on the sweet romance/soul-mate/love-at-first sight aspect. Now, as this is the first book in the Mates series there is a bit of "world" explaining involved, especially towards the beginning, but I think it adds to the relationship of Zev and Jonah rather than distracting from it because it involves memories/sort-of flash backs from how everything started. I don't know for sure, but I'm assuming this series is gonna be like the Home series and each book will technically be stand alone and focus on a different couple and I have a feeling book two will be Ethan and Miguel's story. We are introduced to them at the end of the book.

So, I gave this a 5 star because the writing is good, the story was interesting, I liked the characters, and I appreciate the author's ability to create a believable story in a simplistic way where the love between the two main characters is the main focus.
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I like shifter romance a lot and I'll admit that "tying" is a fetish of mine and waiting for a sex scene was what kept me reading as long as I did...but I couldn't get much further than that.

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS AFTER THIS LINE

Like I said, I like idea of true mates and angsty relationships but this was just written so poorly. It started out so well and I truly did want to see where Zev and Jonah's relationship went, but as soon as Jonah went away to college the book kind of fell apart. The middle third of the book is focused solely on the angst in their relationship and it's very frustrating just how many times Zev refuses to tell Jonah why they can't have sex and Jonah is just somehow okay with that (until he attempts to have sex with other men, but even this is handled poorly and Toby makes him feel like s*** about something he doesn't understand at all). I think too much is unfairly expected of Jonah; he's essentially kept in the dark about the nature of their relationship and feels so terrible about himself and Zev just doesn't even seem to care (or notice, honestly).

...And don't get me started on the blow jobs! Never have I thought I'd get sick of them but there are just too damn many and they offer very little to move the plot along. I feel like a majority of the scenes that happened during Jonah's time at school could have been left out and this would have been a much more cohesive read.

The transitions between the present and flashbacks also get very confusing. It got to the point where I'd have to reread a few pages to figure out if I'd skipped something or was missing pages but I wasn't, what was happening just didn't make sense.

My biggest problem with this book is the sex scene where Zev penetrates Jonah for the first time.
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Zev Hassik is running out of time. The Alpha of the Etzgadol wolf shifter pack is young for his position, but at thirty, he's lived far longer than any male shifter ever has without tying with a female. And it's slowly killing him. Well, killing his humanity anyway. It's the nature of the beast, so to speak. The females of his kind are necessary to keep the males balanced between man and wolf.

That balance is quickly slipping from Zev's grasp. If he doesn't tie, he will soon no longer be able to reclaim his human form after a shift. He will be forever lost to the wild inside him.

Despite his family's worried intervention and what they feel is his inevitable fate, Zev has no intention of tying with any female. First of all, he's gay, though his family refuses to acknowledge it. Shifters aren't supposed to be able to be gay. If it weren't for one very important thing, even Zev would worry that he was abnormal and flawed, but Zev knows something that he hasn't even told his family. He has a true mate. A male, human true mate.

A gift beyond price and rare to the extreme, Zev has held strong against his very nature for the promise of that future bonding with the man who has been his best friend since they were children. Jonah Marvel has always been his, Zev has loved him for years, but he had to let Jonah go when they graduated high school. Jonah had to leave town to follow his dream of becoming a doctor and Zev had to stay to take over the pack.

Twelve years have passed now, though, years of struggle with the agony of being separated from his true mate. And if Jonah doesn't return soon, even a shifter as powerful as Zev will lose the battle to conquer the wolf inside him.
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