To bond with his destined mate, an Alpha wolf must look past what he sees and trust what he feels.
Bonded by their parents before they were conceived, wolf shifters Abel and Kai 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 their mating.
Abel never stops yearning for the man who was supposed to lead by his side and after years without contact, Kai returns, broken and on death's door. If Abel wants to fulfill their destiny and merge their packs, he'll need to look past what he saw and trust his heart.
©2014 Cardeno C. (P)2016 Cardeno C.
Ouch! Oh man. This hurt my heart to listen to. There is so much pain in the first third of this story. Most of Cardeno’s stories are like a blanket fresh from the dryer for me. So comforting and nice to wrap up in. But this was very prickly and I had to brace myself for the sad, sad, sad parts.
I really hate it when there is a “Big Misunderstanding” and though that’s not exactly what happened here, it is – in fact – the crux of the problem. Add to it years of separation and I’m just a sobbing mess.
What I appreciated was that once back together these two don’t mess around. They talk it out and get back in the program like all those years didn’t happen. Woot! Thank Goodness!
In the end, as expected, we have a great, super sappy, wonderfully happy, and marvelously Cardeno story well worth the pain at the beginning.
I am on the fence with this narrator. He sort of reminds me of Vizzini from the Princess Bride . He has a bit of a lisp that he mostly covers up but it still slips through and to me – sadly- was a distraction. I think he mostly understands and handles the emotions well. Sometimes he fell a bit flat for me – especially on the non-dialog portions – but there are times when he really shines in his grasp of the “scene” and the pacing.
So… while the story is a 4.5 of 5 stars and parts of the narration are as well, there are parts that are more like 3 of 5. I’m gonna round down the audio and give the overall audiobook experience a 4 of 5 stars. It was good, but I think in other hands it could have been great.
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
Hurt/comfort romance with major miscommunication/misunderstanding, angst, some time apart before reuniting, bonding, hot sexy times, and getting their hard won HEA.
The narration is very good and Robert M. Clark does a wonderful job with timing, character voices, emotion, and tone. He infuses the story with warmth, heat, and life.
I just love a story when it centers around fated mates. Throw in second chance romance and you’ve definitely gotten me hooked. All of Me gives us wolf shifters (alphas at that!) and second chance all in one great package, and really satisfied my want for stories of both of these types.
When it first starts out, you know from reading the blurb that something bad is coming right at the start. When that something happened, I was devastated for Abel, and desperately hoping that a good explanation would come later on.
I will confess, I did guess early on who was the cause of all the turmoil-but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story as it unfolded. There was a huge element of miscommunication, and I wasn’t fond of the large gap of time between what happened and Abel and Kai coming back together again-I understand why it wound up that way due to the ages of the characters and the setup of the plot, just for me the longer the gap the less I like said gap.
The part of the story that unfolds from the point Abel and Kai find each other again, and on until the end is where the majority of the emotion is found, and at that point there’s no denying that they should have never been apart. This and the vengeance Kai exacts on those responsible for his and Abel’s separation helped bring me back to an overall 4-star rating for the story. This one’s for the M/M shifter romance fans out there and is meant for those 18+ due to adult language and M/M sexual content.
I was very happy with the narration of this story. Robert M. Clark did a good job at voicing the characters and giving each one a unique sound so they were easy to tell apart. The narration was smooth and evenly paced, making for a great listening experience. I’ve listened to other audiobooks he’s done, and am always satisfied when I’m done listening-and All of Me is no exception-5 stars for the narration.
A hot and sweet short. Great characters and overall plot. The drama was nicely developed. It took me a while for the narration to fit comfortably on this one.
Abel and Kai were predestined to mate even before they were born, a bond created by their parents to bring their packs together. As they grew up their bond is nurtured and it's even better since they seem to adore and care for each other. Abel is the older one and has to wait for Kai to come of age before they can complete the bonding. You can imagine for Abel who has waited his whole life for his mate, he can't wait. But when he turns up to claim his mate, Kai, it seems that Kai doesn't return his feeling.
Fast forward ten years and Abel is still craving Kai but he is also bitter. They've had no contact in all that time and now Abel is the alpha of his pack. But when Kai's sister turns up with news about Kai and asking for help, can Abel really turn his back on the man who should've been his mate?
This is a great, quick, sexy, romantic M/M listen/read. I find that I enjoy this author's paranormal stories a lot more than the contemporary ones. This is one of the best. The narrator does a great job in bringing the characters and story alive. At less than 2 hours length, this is a great audio listen for a train commute. Easy to recommend.
It was ok, I would have given up if it was any longer.
No real reaction from me
hard to say because I didn't really get into the story
I personally found the narration of this to be lacking, I didn't feel that the narrator put much feeling into his reading.
I am not huge on paranormal books but thought I'd give it a try. It just wasn't for me
All of Me is not for everyone. If someone is looking for a paranormal, gay romance then it may be among the books I'd recommend to another reader, but overall it was just an okay read for me. All of the elements were there to keep my interest, but it was missing the "wow" factor that makes the book pop into your mind.
Robert M. Clark has a very relaxing, easy to listen to voice that helps to bring the story to life.
All of Me was an enjoyable read, It's fairly short and sweet and has some action to keep the interest of the reader. This is a paranormal wolf shifter romance and the bond between the two main characters Able and Kai was actually written in a very unique way that make it very interesting.
Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author.
The way Abel stayed loyal regardless
It's not my favorite, but it's still a pretty good listn
Going after step-dad
Wolf shifters Abel and Kai were born mates, promised to each other by their parents. As they will both be born Alphas, their fathers (the current alphas) plan to combine their packs, therefore combining families and resources. Abel is a few years older than Kai, but they are stuck to each other like glue as children. When Kai's father dies unexpectedly, his mom re-weds and the replacement Alpha wants to boys to wait until they both come of age to complete their mating bond. When that day finally comes, Abel and his father go to Kai's pack t claim his mate. What he finds destroys the lives of so many for over a decade.
A fast read to sink your teeth into, All of Me starts off with Abel sharing the story of how he and Kai came to be mated. What they've done over the years while waiting for Kai to be old enough to bond. And how badly what Abel saw when he went to claim his mate affected so many of them. As soon as it happened, I had an inkling of the what and why so there was a bit of predictability there. And when Kai finally confronts his step-father, I wanted that to be drawn out more. It's literally a couple of sentences and done, and I really would have preferred that Kai played with his food a bit longer.
Narrated by Robert M Clark, my first listen with this narrator but it won't be my last. I liked that he used different tones for the various characters. The surfer dude tone for Abel's brother was odd, caught me off guard. Overall this was a good read. Points off for predictability and the fast food exit step-pops made, but I liked the content, characters and the way any story CC writes pulls me in and holds my attention.
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