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Wake Me Up Inside: A Book in the Mates Series | [Cardeno C.]

Wake Me Up Inside: A Book in the Mates Series

Zev Hassick is surprised and confused when he finds himself attracted to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. Zev is the son of the pack Alpha, regarded as the strongest wolf in generations, born to lead. And everyone knows a male shifter has to mate with a female of his own kind to keep his humanity. So shifters can't be gay, right? Jonah Marvel wants a relationship with Zev, his best friend, the man he has loved since childhood. It wasn't easy to maintain that relationship over years spent living apart while Jonah studied to become a doctor.
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Publisher's Summary

Zev Hassick is surprised and confused when he finds himself attracted to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. Zev is the son of the pack Alpha, regarded as the strongest wolf in generations, born to lead. And everyone knows a male shifter has to mate with a female of his own kind to keep his humanity. So shifters can't be gay, right?

Jonah Marvel wants a relationship with Zev, his best friend, the man he has loved since childhood. It wasn't easy to maintain that relationship over years spent living apart while Jonah studied to become a doctor. And then things grow more difficult when Jonah becomes his own patient. Before he can make a life with Zev, he has to understand his past and cure the unexplained ailments that plague him.

Zev and Jonah know they're destined for each other, but they're facing traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets that may threaten any future together.

©2012 Cardeno C. (P)2013 Cardeno C.

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    IslandWriter 09-16-14
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    Would you try another book from Cardeno C. and/or Charlie David?

    Charlie David, maybe. Cardeno C. No.


    Has Wake Me Up Inside turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.

    Kaje Harper does a fantastic M/M Romance werewolf series that I absolutely love!


    Did Charlie David do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It was hard to tell because this story was mostly in the main character's head.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wake Me Up Inside?

    I don't like to go all Editor on a published work, but I couldn't get into this story because of the way it was written. A few chapters in, and nothing exciting was happening. See my additional comments for more on my thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: book 1 in series
    Genre/sub-genre: paranormal/romance
    Book Format: audio
    HEA/HFN: did not finish so I don't know
    Relatable characters: no
    Abuse/Rape: no
    Violence: no
    Ratio of sex/plot: the first half was equal
    Well written/editor needed: editor needed (see thoughts below)
    Would I re-read?: no
    Personal thoughts: I couldn't get through the first few chapters. This story is all about the main character telling me what happened mostly in the past, rather than showing me what happened. The narrator was good, but even so, the story just wasn't grabbing my attention. I wanted to know what was going on in the present, but just as we'd start to get somewhere the main character would skip back to some other time. I set the audio book down for awhile, and picked it up again last night. I only got frustrated with it rather quickly and put it down again. I'm sorry I couldn't get into this. I love werewolf stories and I really wanted to like this one, but I just couldn't get into it.

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    reprobate 06-10-14
    reprobate 06-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not really"

    I wanted to like the book because of the premise of the story but this really turned me off. I thought both of the main characters are both alpha males yet they don't exude masculinity at all. Their conversations are like two teenage girls, in fact most of the characters in the story talk the same way. It was the usual fangirl story - the main characters are perfect, the sex overrated, the villain arch is just lousy and the dialogue is so monotonous. I like the narrator though, his voice is quite soothing.

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    Sheila Denver, CO, US 03-15-14
    Sheila Denver, CO, US 03-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "These two are very well matched"

    Oh Cardeno C you are making me such a fan. I really like Charlie as the narrator too.

    Zev our big strong naïve Alpha is just ALL THAT! I love that he is mature and only naïve in a few things. Zev would protect his mate from anything however... Jonah just handles himself wonderfully, he's not naïve about anything. And he tries to understand and respect his headstrong boyfriend and his beliefs.

    Their friendship is priceless from the minute they meet as babe and pup. That is still one of my favorite parts of the story. We truly suffer with both of them as they struggle to completely come together. Don't get me wrong they get their groove on as they try to get on the same page at the same time. All that darn meaningful/emotional sex is still HOT!

    Good surprise story line and I was very happy to see my other favorite characters from book one play a seriously good part in this story.

    Very happy with this purchase.

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    Ryan MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 01-12-14
    Ryan MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wake Me Up Inside to be better than the print version?

    Probably but only because Charlie David is reading it and he has one sexy voice.


    What other book might you compare Wake Me Up Inside to and why?

    None really that i have read. i like that it is in the werewolf/vampire genre but shows them in a non-threatening, simple existence with the rest of the world.


    What does Charlie David bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    sex appeal, emotion, connection, joy


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    jonah getting caught with another guy was heartbreaking, and the there final connections at zevs house and how zev stood up to his family and packs were fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall totally rereadable and something i will listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia Newark, NJ, United States 09-20-13
    Claudia Newark, NJ, United States 09-20-13

    I Luv Audible!!

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    "Truly a Must Listen!!"

    At first I was a bit skeptical about the book. However it was well written as Cardeno really opened the lives of the characters and had you going through the emotional changes that they were experiencing.

    Zev's struggle with his family and his feelings for Jonah were captivating and riveting and so was their tying and the subsequent mating between the two.

    The narrator, Charlie David was spectacular. He spoke with the emotions expected of any narrator and gave the characters depths. Truly recommended book for the romantic!!

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    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 08-27-13
    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 08-27-13 Member Since 2012

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    "I love Cardeno C"
    If you could sum up Wake Me Up Inside in three words, what would they be?

    Great, beautiful story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wake Me Up Inside?

    The scene where Zev and Jonah finally tied!


    Have you listened to any of Charlie David’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to Hot Heads, but forgot about Charlie David's performance! He is as good as Sean Crisden. He has a great job! I have read this book and now listened to it!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Zev and Jonah have a great relationship together. They have a great way with Comic relief. They are best friends, mates and are able to share humor with each other!


    Any additional comments?

    You will not be disappointed!

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