Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Run Time: 3 hours and 42 minutes
Category: Paranormal Romance
At a Glance: I like that Cardeno C. can think/write outside the box, and does it so well I can really believe the storyline.
Reviewed By: Kathie
Blurb: Two Alpha shifters join together to lead their pack and build a family.
Commitment, loyalty, and strength aren’t enough to make Wesley Stone’s birth pack accept an Alpha with a physical imperfection, even if it’s a meaningless mark. Putting the safety of his pack above his own wellbeing, Wesley trades himself for another Alpha and agrees to mate with a stranger in a mysterious, insular pack.
Alphas from Jobe Root’s family have led the Red River pack from the first day shifters walked the earth. Now the time has come for Jobe to fulfill his destiny, but to do that, he needs his mate by his side. Spiritual, easygoing Jobe reveres Mother Nature and trusts in fate, yet he can’t help being nervous about how his mate will react to his new life in Red River, his new life with Jobe.
Two Alphas with contrasting personalities, different upbringings, and divergent beliefs come together for the good of their packs. But to stay together, Wesley and Jobe must see beyond the surface and embrace every facet of themselves and their union.
Review: Red River was released in eBook in January, 2016. As I do with every Cardeno C. book, I purchased the book the same day. I always read the synopsis just to get an idea what the story will be about. Well, let me just say, don’t judge this book by its blurb. There are so many surprises!
Now fast forward to July, 2016. Listening to Red River, I had somewhat forgotten what the story was about (I read a lot of books is my only defense). Hit with the surprises again, I loved it. I like that Cardeno C. can think/write outside the box, and does it so well I can really believe the storyline. To tell you more than that would be giving away some of the surprises within the story, and I would never do that. They are too good and need to be experienced by each listener.
The narrator, Nick J. Russo, is great. His clear diction and strong voice were perfect for this audio. The voices he chooses for Wesley and Jobe seemed well thought out, and they fit. Wesley is struggling to find his place, and the voice portrays that uncertainty. Jobe is earthy and very sure of his place and what he wants, and you can hear that. Jobe has such a love for the land and his pack, and it comes through loud and clear with Russo’s help.
Cardeno C. writes great stories. Never get too comfortable with her plots, though, because there might be a twist in the next chapter. Red River is a good example of those twists and surprises.
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