‘Red River’ (Pack Collection, Book 2) by Cardeno C. #Review #LGBT

Sam review’s ‘Red River’ (Pack Collection, Book 2) by Cardeno C.  Published by The Romance Authors, LLC on January 19th, 2015 and is 122 pages long.

Why I read this book: I loved book one of the series so I knew I had to read this one as well.

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Two Alpha shifters join together to lead their pack and build a family.

Commitment, loyalty, and strength aren’t enough to make Wesley Stone’s birth pack accept an Alpha with a physical imperfection, even if it’s a meaningless mark. Putting the safety of his pack above his own wellbeing, Wesley trades himself for another Alpha and agrees to mate with a stranger in a mysterious, insular pack.

Alphas from Jobe Root’s family have led the Red River pack from the first day shifters walked the earth. Now the time has come for Jobe to fulfill his destiny, but to do that, he needs his mate by his side. Spiritual, easygoing Jobe reveres Mother Nature and trusts in fate, yet he can’t help being nervous about how his mate will react to his new life in Red River, his new life with Jobe.

Two Alphas with contrasting personalities, different upbringings, and divergent beliefs come together for the good of their packs. But to stay together, Wesley and Jobe must see beyond the surface and embrace every facet of themselves and their union.



Wesley is an alpha of the Purple Sky pack.  He is next in line to take over his pack.  Only the other members of the pack are leery and not accepting of him becoming their alpha.  This all because of a defect he has had since birth.  When he goes to confront his grandfather, the pack’s alpha, he is thrown for a loop.  Instead of becoming his packs alpha like he wanted, he is going to be traded to another pack. Where he will become alpha and run The Red River pack.  Wes can’t believe this but decides that he will do what’s best for the pack he has been part of all his life and leave.

Jobe is the next in line to be Alpha of the Red River Pact but in order to do this he needs his mate.  He has been patient and knows Mother Nature will make it happen just not as fast as Jobe would like.

When Wes shows up at Jobe’s house in Red River, he is caught off guard how much he desires his mate.  Wes thought this was basically a business arrangement between packs to make each pack stronger. Jobe and Wes are very different, from the way the packs raised them, to the beliefs they hold.   Their personalities are different as well.  These are not necessarily bad things. If both Jobe and Wes can get past the outside layer and see what is right there in front of them, they will realize that what they both are longing for is right in front of them.

I absolutely loved Red River.  I am a big fan of Cardeno C’s.  Once a gain the writing is flawless. These two men/wolves are so great together.  Even in the beginning when Wes was questioning what was happening, deep down he knew he was meant to be there and that there was something familiar about Jobe.  The author in my opinion added a new element to this book from the others I have read.  What a great surprise it was too.  As much as I’m dying to spill what it is I will let you find out for yourselves. The only negative thing I can say about this series is that I wish the books were longer. I didn’t want their stories to end.  I can’t wait to see what’s next in the series. I’m hoping Ricky gets his story soon.


10/10 Pots of Gold

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cardeno-c-logoCardeno 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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