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Friday, November 21, 2014

Blue Mountain by Cardeno C Review

Title: Blue Mountain
Author: Cardeno C.
Genre: Paranormal gay romance
Length:  35,000 words; 110 pages
Release Date: November 21, 2014

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.

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Twitter: @CardenoC
Short Bio: 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.
Heartwarming Stories. Strong Relationships. Forever Love.


Blue Mountain (Pack, #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in a series. There are several characters, but the main love interest of the story are Simon and Mitch.

Simon is an Omega wolf. Omegas are usually female. Shifters can scent a fellow shifter's position in the pack. Because of this, Simon was outed as a gay Omega around puberty and kicked from his pack. Mitch is an non-traditional Alpha. Most alphas lead packs, but he prefers to just help his brother when needed and keep to himself when not. He's the scary muscle behind the scenes.

Simon has had a hard life of learning and surviving on the go. Omegas are genetically submissive, but he has had to go against his natural inclinations in order to escape abuse from those who consider him abnormal. Alphas often don't have true mates because their purpose is to protect the pack. For the ones that do find their mates, it is usually an omega (kind of an opposite ends of pole, you complete me deal). Because Mitch is a gay alpha, he has little prospect of finding his true mate. If he did happen to have one, he would know the shifter as soon as he scented him.
"Males can be Omegas," Simon resentfully answered the inevitable question. "It doesn't make us weak."
"Not weak." Bottomless black eyes peered at him as the Alpha shocked him to his core by parting his lips and licking his palm. "Mine."

Because of the hard life Simon has led and the reserved life Mitch has led, they have some issues to work through. I enjoyed working through those issues with them.
"You can trust me with that part of you, pup. You're an Omega. It's your nature to submit to a more powerful wolf, but submission isn't weakness just like power isn't corruption. I will never exploit your vulnerability. You're safe with me."

I liked this story. I found it entertaining, sweet and sexy. I plan to continue with the series.

4.2 stars

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***


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