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REVIEW: “All of Me” by Cardeno C



Bonded by their parents before they were conceived, Abel Nasa and Zakai “Kai” Berura adored each other since they were children. As teens, the two future Alphas took the next step in their bonding process and vowed to remain true to one another until Kai came of age. But when tragedy struck, Abel felt betrayed and ran from Kai instead of completing the mating bond.

Years pass with no contact between the two, but Abel never stops yearning for the man who was supposed to lead by his side. When Kai returns, broken and on death’s door, Abel must look past what he saw and trust his heart so they can fulfill their destiny and merge their packs.


This is where the short form really works for me. I’m not a big fan of shifter books. I’m not a huge fan of abuse-based angst. And I’m not a big fan of formulaic characters. But in smaller doses, I could be convinced. And in “All of Me”, I was. I really really enjoyed this. Moreso than I thought I might.

Abel & Kai were promised to each other from the time that they were very young. There’s such a sweetness (obviously…you have seen who wrote this right?) about all the ways they were connected since the time even that Kai was just a baby all the way through teen years. And then betrayal and heartbreak enter the mix and we’re left, 10 years later, with grouchy, mateless Alpha, Abel.

I felt emotionally connected to Abel’s feelings. I hurt for him and with him.

When Kai comes back into Abel’s life, I was actually a little surprised at the level of angst injected into the story (obviously…you have seen who wrote this right?) But, I respected the way the author handled this and being angst-allergic myself, it was shocking but not too…offensive or painful.

The reconnecting of the two alphas I found to be HOT…and it’s one of the things about shifter books I can totally get behind. Add in the ‘mine’ factor, which I’m a sucker for, and this short story really did it for me…when on paper, it probably shouldn’t have.

If you’re looking for a quick read that still feels like a complete story and you love yourself a sweet tale mixed w/ just a bit of angst, I’d recommend this one. Enjoyed it! (obviously…you have seen who wrote this right?)



22072957Title:  All of Me
Author:  Cardeno C
Publisher:  Dreamspinner
Pages: 54
Release Date:  June 1, 2014
Purchase Links:  Dreamspinner

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This entry was posted on June 22, 2014 by in PNR / UF / SF / DYS, Reviewer: Susan and tagged , , , , .

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