Dana reviews To Touch You (Mates series #4) by Cardeno C. (Published by The Romance Authors, LLC on May 4th, 2017, 260 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
“His name is Salvatore Rossi. He’s a vampire. And he’s my true mate.”
By not relying on anyone except himself, Salvatore Rossi escaped a dead-end existence and reached the height of corporate success. But just when he has everything he always wanted, fate throws Salvatore a challenge he can’t solve alone and a young wolf shifter comes to his rescue.
Since childhood, Yoram Smith’s family was certain he would grow to become Alpha and save their beloved pack from its slow demise. When the time comes for a new leader, Yoram is forced to juggle his duty to care for a splintering pack with his duty to care for an absent mate, and his own strength suffers.
Being turned into a vampire didn’t alter Salvatore’s life philosophy: if you don’t rely on anyone, nobody can let you down. But when the boy who saved his life becomes a man who needs his help, the icy vampire must find his humanity.
I’m going to start by saying that I am a huge fan of the author’s writing and of the Mates series. I listened to all the previous books, and loved them. I was so excited when we were offered a copy of To Touch You. I was also a little bit worried. Book 2 of this series also featured a shapeshifter/vampire pair and I wondered if it would if the story lines would be too similar to feel like a new book. Well, I was wrong to worry. This book was totally different than the other, and it was amazing. It’s sweet and sexy like the rest, but the characters and love story are uniquely their own.
If you haven’t read the mates books yet, I strongly urge you to read them in order. The characters from the previous three books appear in this novel and you will definitely wish you knew their stories if you haven’t read them yet. There is also a lot of information about mates and the concept of true mates that’s nice to have before reading this book. If you’ve picked up this book first, though, the author does explain again, so you won’t be lost.
Yoram’s pack, the Miancarem pack, was featured or mentioned in the past books. They are a bit behind the times, and Yoram’s uncle Ethan was kicked out years and years before for falling for a male true mate that also happened to be a vampire. Being gay is not acceptable to the wolves and vampires are their enemy. Yoram’s family is not as backward as their packmates, so at least Yoram knows he has support when he finds himself having mate like feelings as a child for a human male named Salvatore. The age difference at that point is definitely an issue but Yoram’s care for the man has long term effects for them both.
Fast forward 20 years later, and Salvatore is a lonely vampire. His previous life was never full of family and friends, so the loneliness didn’t come from just his vampire status. Not knowing what to do with the boy who crushed on him, he hasn’t had any contact with his true mate in years. I wouldn’t say both men are too stubborn to be reasonable, but it takes a lot of caring family members to make them see that they need each other and their distance must be ended.
I really love the two of them together. I could feel Yoram’s desire for his mate throughout the book. Salvatore is a bit clueless when it comes to their bond so it kind of feels like a quick turnaround when he does come face to face with an adult Yoram. His care and devotion seem like insta-love, but I can see how that would happen when finally being in the same room with your mate after such a long separation. Yoram is physically strong and he has to prove himself in this book as he works to bring his pack out of the dark ages, especially with a male vampire mate.
There’s so much more I’d like to talk about. How special the mating bond is and how both partners fulfill exactly what each other needs. I really could go on all day. The mythology that the author has created in this series is fascinating.
I absolutely love the cameos from the other characters. I felt like this story filled in a few holes in the previous books as well. It gave me a sense of completeness after reading it. Don’t get me wrong, I still hope the author will continue the series. If you are a fan of shifters and vampires, and of sweet love stories, I definitely recommend the series and this book.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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.
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