Wake Me Up Inside

Mates Collection, Book 1
Narrated by: Charlie David
Series: Mates (Cardeno), Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
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Publisher's Summary

A powerful Alpha wolf shifter and a strong-willed human overcome traditions ingrained over generations and uncover long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny as true mates.

Regarded as the strongest wolf shifter in generations, Alpha Zev Hassick is surprised and confused by his attraction to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. A male shifter has to mate with a female shifter to keep his humanity, so shifters can't be gay. Yet, everything inside Zev tells him Jonah is his true mate.

Maintaining a relationship with the man he has loved since childhood isn't easy for Jonah Marvel, but he won't let distance or Zev's odd family get in their way. When unexplained ailments begin to plague Jonah, he needs to save his own life and sanity in order to have a future with Zev.

Zev and Jonah know they're destined for each other, but they must overcome traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny.

Word count: 74,755

©2012 Cardeno C. (P)2017 Cardeno C.

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Wow. What a difference the second edition makes! The POVs between Jonah and Zev are much more balanced, the story flows better with some changes to the dialogue, and it all works really well.

I'm still not a fan of the deliberate separation in the story, I mean...I can't help but wonder that there wasn't a school closer to pack grounds that Jonah could have gone to?

But I digress. Regardless of their separation, I love how much Zev loves and lives for Jonah, only wanting him to succeed and be happy. It makes my heart gooey.

Charlie David does a great job bringing across the emotion of the story, and it's an easy story to listen and get lost in.

This series is just wonderful, whether to read or listen to.

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so cute...

so the two mc's had basically known each other their whole lives. before they are even aware of anything, they had been meant to be. so cute and so sweet. love love love.
charlie david is really fricken great, he's one of them ones that I'm just amazed af about. whew.

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Zev and Jonah

Good lord these two had a hard road to travel. Years of being connected and knowing that they are true mates had Zev going more than a bit crazy. I loved that he wasn't willing to stand in the way of Jonah's dreams of becoming a doctor. I kept wishing he'd just explain everything to Jonah. I was worried for a while about Jonah's state of mind. There's a bit of mystery and intrigue that adds an exciting element to the story.
Highly recommended author

Audiobook: Great narrator

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Very enjoyable

The connection between Zev and Jonah starts when they were very young, neither one realizing just what will be between them later in life. Both stay true to each other, while Jonah gets his degree and becomes a doctor. Along the way, questions are answered as to how a human and shifter can be true mates. It was easy to listen to once I adjusted the speed on my phone, which is what I listened with.

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Zev and Jonah's lifelong bond.

I was in serious need of a good shifters story, it had been a while for me, and this was just the perfect book to hook me in this series!
I loved how the book spans throughout Zev and Jonah's lives, and follows their evolving, yet somehow "stalled" relationship.
Charlie David is a great narrator, and I can't wait to listen to book 2!

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Great story. Loved the boys

This book was a fantastic story of Zev and Jonah finding their true mate and love. I didn’t want this to end. These boys were so sweet and what they had to go through or time wait to be able to be together was so sad as you knew they were better together.

I listened to the story as well and Charlie did a fantastic job with his narration and kept me not wanting to stop listening when I had too.

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Oh sweet mates

These are some sweet true mates and so freaking patient. I think this is one of my favorite shifter book. I haven't been a huge fan of Charlie David in the past but I think he did a really good job in this book. Now onto the next book.

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Best romance story ever!!!

This is and will always be my second most favorite love story. The first for me is “where he ends and I begin!” (Go grab that books also) this is the greatest love story. The heartache of being separated hits me in my very soul. It’s beautiful and heart wrenching. I love zev and Jonah. How sure they were. How it was them forever.

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amazing!!

love it !!!!!! amazing , funny , angsty, romantic, HOT!! on to the next one

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  • MaryD
  • 06-13-17

Great Mates

I loved this friends to lovers and mates audiobook. The story flows really well building up to when they can be together.
Charlie David is perfect. His rich smooth voice brings across the emotions, especially for Zev. Perfect.

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 03-06-20

as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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  • HMM
  • 02-01-19

Poor audio

I liked the story and the performance was good, with the exception of the one voice that was given an echo effect.
The audio quality, rated under 'overall' in lack of a 'technics' option, was poor. Most of the chapters had a humming noise in the background, and the narrator recorded all his saliva noise.

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  • DML 🤓
  • 04-17-18

I love a good shifter book.

This is the only audio I have listened to for Cardeno C and it will not be the last.
You know from the beginning that these 2 would end up together but the story inbetween is fantastic, what I thought different with this story is that you get to know the characters from a very early age and how their friendship turns into love even with all the obstacles in the way..
Charlie David did a great job narrating this book..