In Your Eyes by Cardeno C. [Review]




Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. Taking control comes easily to Samuel, but relating to people, including those he’s supposed to lead, is a constant challenge.

When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for putting him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then tries to avoid him. What he can’t do is forget Korban’s warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.

When a battle between their fathers results in tragedy, Samuel and Korban are thrown together. With his world crashing down around him, Samuel must save his pack and show them he can lead. But first, Korban needs to save Samuel by inspiring him to feel. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past the rules they’ve been taught to realize they are destined to fit together.

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Before I go any further, I must give Cardeno C an absolutely HUGE SHOUTOUT all the way from my beautiful and sunny Los Angeles, to wherever in the world you may be, and THANK YOU from the bottom of my tiny and insignificant reader heart for putting a big smile on my face and melting my heart in the only fashion you know: WITH A KICK ASS STORY.

However with that being said, you want to know the ONE THING I DID HATE ABOUT THIS BOOK!???:


I literally DEVOURED this book in one sitting, and of course, had horrible withdrawals afterwards…..*sigh*so I must hold you accountable for my long sleepless night the day I finished this, cause I could not get Samuel and Korban out of my head!

But besides that little fact, everything about this story is nothing but absolute bliss. It’s one of those love stories, where you want to punch the main character in the face and yell at him so he can REACT! Hellooooo! You have the LOVE OF YOUR LIFE IN FRONT OF YOU! Wake up and smell the coffee!; and at the same time you want to crawl into bed with and snuggle with him because he is everything  you want in an alpha and more. I fell sooooooo! in love with Samuel and Korban. This couple was a joy to read about. Seriously. The fact that this love ignited when they were both just cubs (or kids) just enhances the story.

Though in all fairness, nothing happens so easily; and love, for it to be everlasting and epic, really needs to go through several trials.

And that’s exactly what we witness in ‘In Your Eyes’

In the third installment of the wonderful ‘Mates’ series we meet Samuel, heir to the Yafenack pack and Korban, heir to the Miancarem pack. Both have been raised to take over each other’s  packs once they come of age and both meet as boys, Korban being outgoing and spontaneous, Samuel being quiet, reserved and extremely dedicated to study and follow old traditional pack laws. Throughout their childhood and teenage years they see little of each other, but you can tell that sparks fly all over the place when they get together whenever the opportunity arises. It’s plain and simple firework effect, but it’s not until a fatal event that both of them are pushed to decide their fate in the most unthinkable way.

So I must repeat this in case it wasn’t clear enough:


I loved Samuel, and I loved Korban.  BOTH!  ——> This is the kind of characters I LOVE to read about in a book!

I love Samuel cause in a certain way, he reminds me of myself. Always thinking on ‘what will happen if’, always scared to try, strict and meticulous, always following the rules, always thinking about code before conduct.  But at the same time I loved Korban, because he represents all that I could ever wish in a man. Somebody with that carefree spirit, somebody willing to risk everything for love; that one person I know that no matter the trial, will always be the first one in the line to bungee jump in case I get cold feet.

This book was a very refreshing, inspiring and motivating M/M Paranormal Romance that will indeed leave a valuable lesson:  true love is hard to find, hard to keep and hard to replace; but when we find it, it is in ourselves to fight for it tooth and nail in order to achieve that irreplaceable feeling that only an everlasting love can bring. Samuel and Korban go through a series of events that help them mature, grow and learn how to love. Of course, Samuel is a bit clueless, and Korban might seem to be quite reckless (though you learn he has powerful reasons for it) or maybe both needed to go through all those trials to finally recognize that wake up call for what it was:  the calling of true and unmistakable love.

Cardeno C has an extraordinary gift with words and you can notice this in the way the story flows so absolutely smoothly, becoming an enjoyable and easy read. In no part did I get bored. In no part did I get confused. After just a few paragraphs, I knew all the key characters would win my heart. After a few chapters, I could not put it down. THAT is what every author seeks to achieve, and in reality, that is what makes a book as good as this one and Cardeno C has once again knocked it out of the ballpark.

  5 Bookie Rating


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