Vy Aleknos is the leader of a hawk shifter flock. Openly gay since he was a teen, Vy is proud and self-assured on the outside, while secretly worrying he'll be forced to spend his life alone because two males can't be mates. When bear shifter Robert Cimino appears in Vy's small town, Vy realizes his concerns were unfounded - he has a male mate, and a sexy, dominant one to boot.
Robert is a bear shifter who refuses to shift. Immediately attracted to Vy, he deviates from his normal pattern and seeks more than a one off with the powerful, bristly hawk. But Robert's affections are rooted in his human form, and when Vy discovers Robert doesn't recognize him as his mate, he pulls away. If Robert wants to stay with Vy, he must convince a man deeply ruled by his animal instincts to give their relationship as humans a chance.
©2014 Mary Calmes, Cardeno C (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
I loved this book!! I'll be honest, I put it off because I had heard "mixed" reviews. I'm happy to say I am clearly in the "loved it" category. Robert and Vy are a great couple. This is not your typical shifter book. It tackles a question you don't often see in shifter books, what are the ramifications if a shifter refuses to shift and does not embrace his animal? What happens to the "soul bond?" I think Ms. Calmes and Ms. Cardeno did an excellent job with the story and the various "control" issues it tackles. And the narrator, Greg Tremblay, just made a good story, great. He delivered such warmth and depth to the characters, that I had a really hard time putting this down. I hope this is not the last we hear from this couple. Definitely worth a credit.
Yes, If you have not listened to Greg Tremblay, you are missing out. He could turn a badly written story into a winner. But saying that, we have Mary Calmes and Cardeno C, need I say more! Two of my favorite writers in the M/M genre. It's a good story with great narration!
Too many to state. I love when Vy recognizes his Mate and he fights to prove he is strong.
I love Vy and his second in command
I first read this book on my Kindle and then Audible offered a great price for the audio version...and because I enjoyed the book...This is a good collaboration between Cardeno C. & Mary Calmes. I am a fan of both authors and this was a great read. I had a bit of trouble in the first chapter, learning about the hawk world but once I got it...I got it. I related quite a bit with Vy, though I am as large as Robert. Great one liners and a great romance!
Greg Tremblay did a great job, but I have been a fan of his for some time...
If I had a friend that was into m/m romance, I would totally recommend this audiobook mostly because the narration is top notch.
When Robert first shifted to his bear and was cuddly with Vy.
Greg used this sexy deeper voice for Robert...yummy.
No extreme reaction because it wasn't too angsty a book, though I did tear up a couple of times.
Nice story to listen to when you can't sleep at night. Nothing too deep to make you ponder. Just a sweet story.
I have previously only read shifter stories w/ wolves, and was unsure about reading a book about Hawks and a bear. I am so glad I did, this story was so good, so enjoyable, so fulfilling. I really loved it, hope these guys write more such charming stories. Greg Tremblay did a super job.
! Love to listen to jazz, r/b and listen to erotic or a good paranormal sci-fi and " good narration is everything"
I loved this story, I found myself smiling at times, and feeling good all the way through the story and rooting for the "little bird and his bear". Cardeno C and Mary Calmes another good story GOOD JOB
I'm Married 25 years with 5 sons. I love romance anything to do with love, love and more love. I am officially a audible junkie :)
I loved this book it was so wonderful. Greg Tremblay did great, It had just the right amount of angst and they loved each other so much. Its definitely a re-listen :) I'm all into shifters right now and this was a very good listen.
I loved this coming together of authors. I have listened to books on their own by each one. I find them both to be fascinating authors. But this book, Control, took it to a whole new level.
In a lot of ways...
Definitely recommend. They should write more books together!
Only because its Greg Tremblay doing the narrating. This is one of his best works and if you aren't aroused, moved, or dying laughing - whatever - you are made of stone. He went above and beyond with this one.
Timing, Sunset, A Matter of Time - so many of both Cardeno C's and Mary Calmes works - too much to choose from.
Vy - or as Robert called him affectionately "Little Bird" - cracked me up
When Vy is so upset that Robert doesn't know he's his mate.
Just so many great scenes. One of the funniest is Robert trying to deal with one of the kids - who has hero worship issues going with Robert. When the kid shows up Robert has to do this "no you don't" "no you aren't" sing song voice that is just so funny.
I haven't read many shifter books. They don't appeal to me in theory. But this is Cardeno C. and Mary Calmes, so I was willing to put my baggage aside.Basically this boils down to a typical Cardeno C "I want to take care of you!" hero (Robert) and a not-so-typical Calmes "I've got baggage and drama" character ("Vy").
Vy, a hawk shifter who is the kaur of his ket (basically the leader of his people and that is VERY IMPORTANT because we are reminded Vy is the Kaur about fifty million times in the first few pages) who finds his mate in Robert, a bear shifter and how even a relationship that was destined to be, still requires communication and compromise to work.
Personally, Vy was pretty hard for me to like for more than half the book. Vy is so screechy (get it - he's a hawk!) with his key phrase so constant that I have actually suffered
He was awful. AWFUL. He started out bad and got worse. He was arrogant, melodramatic, irritating, immature!
5 stars for Greg's narration!
"Wooing with the patience of a saint."
This is a rather sweet story about a Halk Shifter Leader with a deep seeded need to prove that he is a good and strong leader, but inwardly is desperate for a mate's loving. And then along comes his perfect match, only to find out that what you need is hard to accept after simply just getting what you want.
Read by my very favourite author and he hasn't disappointed me! He is simply the best!
I can see myself in Vy, and i hope that my Robert is as patient is his... Really...
"Perfect shifter MM romance"
Another wonderful book! Brilliant MCs and some sharply drawn supporting charters make this sensitive, funny, emotional book well worth a read/listen. The wonderful Greg Tremblay does such a great job. Perfect.
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