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Saturday, 10 January 2015

REVIEW, AUDIO BOOK TOUR & GIVEAWAY - Blue Mountain (Audio) by Cardeno C

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Blue Mountain
by Cardeno C
Audio Book Tour

Blue Mountain: Pack Collection, Book 1


WLK synopsis

 Exiled by his pack as a teen, Omega wolf Simon Moorehead learns to bury his gentle nature in the interest of survival. When a hulking, rough-faced Alpha catches Simon on pack territory, he tries to escape what he’s sure will be imminent death. But instead of killing him, the Alpha takes Simon home. A man of action, Mitch Grant uproots his life to support his brother in leading the Blue Mountain pack. Mitch lives on the periphery, quietly protecting everyone, but always alone. A mate is a dream come true for Mitch, and he won’t let little things like Simon’s rejections, attacks, and insults get in their way. With patience, seduction, and genuine care, Mitch will ride out the storm while Simon slays his own ghosts and Mitch’s loneliness. ©2014 Cardeno C. (P)2014 Cardeno C.

I worte this review when I READ this book.

Simon is a rare Omega male. But when it's discovered, he is banished from his pack, and spends the next 13 years fending for himself and his mother. Mitch moved to be with his brother, his twin brother, to be Alpha in the Blue Mountain Pack. Mitch is an Alpha male, but has no plans to become ALPHA of a pack. When Simon is discovered on Blue Mountain land, and injured, Mitch steps up. But Simon can only go on his past experience. Will he let Mitch be his mate, or will he run away again?

As I've said before, I love Cardeno C's work. And I will probably say it again, and again, until you get the message :-P

This is the first in a new series, about a wolf shifter pack on Blue Mountain. Cardeno C's work of the non-shifter variety works slightly differently to her shifter work. The shifters have issues, problems, drama, denial, and all the angst that does not tend to appear in the non-shifter work.

BUT BUT and its a big but!

Most of the drama and denial comes at the beginning of the book, NOT the end. As in here. Simon is afraid, going on his past experience with Alpha shifters, and rightly so. Mitch is 6 foot 7 inches of pure muscle, he and his brother, Freddy, have a reputation, and Mitch embodies all of that reputation and more. While Simon is in denial, Mitch is not. Mitch learns he has patience, he can love and be loved, and Simon just needs time. So he gives all he can, in the hope that Simon will see sense.

I loved the house twist, I really did. And that Mitch won't allow anyone in there besides himself, and Simon, once he arrives. Freddy's wife, Donia is amazing too.

Once Simon makes up his mind to stay, all bets are off and they take their relationship to the next level. One thing I noticed though, there was no biting! Not in the mating, anyway. Made a change. In a very good way, I might add!
I also had the opportunity to review this book in  AUDIO form, and it was just as delicious that way, as when I read it!

Sean Crisden narrates, and in the beginning, I wasn't sure he was gonna work for me. He has a higher "reading" voice than other male narrators, and I have a hearing problem that is specific to speech tones. HOWEVER, once I found myself fully immersed in both the story AND the narration, all was good. Sean's ability to flip from Simon and Mitch's voice was clear, and even, and very obviously different. It was easy to listen to converstions with multiple speakers, and there was no confusion as to who was speaking. I will certainly listen to other work narrated by Mr Crisden.

When I began using audio books, I tried to keep to either listening to it, or reading it, but not both. Since then, I have been asked to audio reviews books I have already read and I am finding that I get different things from both reading AND listening. I'm fast changing my ways!

WLK Author Bio
Cardeno C - Logo
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.

Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."

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