Thursday, April 17, 2014

Control by Cardeno C and Mary Calmes

Title: Control
Authors: Cardeno C  and Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 216
Genre: Contemporary, MM, Paranormal Shifters,
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher Blurb:

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.

Control by authors Cardeno C and Mary Calmes has two very different men paired up. We have the lonely, calm bear shifter Robert Cimino. He has a tortured past with his shifter abilities and refuses to use them now because of it.  Vy Aleknos his mate is a Ket leader to a group of Hawks.  Vy might lead in his everyday life but he is more than willing to submit to his mate. But what happens when your mate doesn’t feel the same connection you do?  Robert doesn’t because he refuses to connect with that side of himself.  Will that be enough for Vy?     
I liked how these questions were answered, and how this is not your typical shifter story. There is a lot of depth of character in this book that made me want to turn the pages and want more.  I like how they learn to be friends and lovers.  It is cute to see them work things out and the misunderstandings along the way just bring them closer in the end. 
There is a lot about trusting yourself and letting yourself be who you really are.    That and the great storyline makes this book one for the keeper shelves.  Highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a different kind of shifter story you can fall in love with.

                                                Five Shooting Stars!!

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