Title: To Touch You
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Genre: Gay romance paranormal (shifter/vampire)
Series: Mates (each book is a standalone about a different couple)
Cover Artist: J.K. Hogan
Release Date: May 4, 2017
Page Count: 260
Word count: 66,181
“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 love Cardeno C. Her mates series is one of my favorite shifter series and I absolutely adored In Your Eyes. Having said that, I must admit that To Touch You wasn't completely what I'd hoped. Don't get me wrong, it was well written and I loved the premise but I just felt like I wasn't as invested in Sal and Yoran's relationship as I was in the previous couples.
I loved Yoran, he was so adorable as the 7-year-old we meet at the beginning of the book and the most loyal and sincerely caring man later in the story. His dedication to his mate was wonderful but it broke my heart since Sal was not at all receptive to their mating for most of the book. When it comes down to it, this is what bothered me about the story and left me annoyed.
I didn't dislike Sal and in the end, I liked him very much but he was extremely stubborn and oblivious to things dealing with Vampires and Shifters. He would have saved himself and Yoran a significant amount of trouble and angst had he taken the time to learn about his new life and world. Of course, not all of this was his fault since no one seemed remotely capable of explaining things to him. There were much easier ways of explaining true Mates but it was all a big vague hint for Sal and he obviously wasn't grasping it. Just spell it out for him.
With all of that, it's obvious this was a slow burn and it's a long time before Sal gets his head out of his bum. When he does though, the men are perfect together. They're a great combination of sweet and sexy and their chemistry is off the charts. After finally getting together it moves fast, very fast and almost everything is quickly resolved, leaving me with the feeling that it was a little anticlimactic. However, I was glad that the men got their Happily Ever After.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, it's hard not to like Cardeno C. It's definitely one I can recommend and if you're a fan of the series you get to enjoy spending a little time with past characters.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***