Title: Until Forever Comes (Mates #2)
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance/Erotica
Page Count: 204
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Note: Originally published May 19, 2013
A sensitive wolf shifter and a vicious vampire challenge history, greed, and the very fabric of their beings in order to stay together until forever comes. Plagued by pain and weakness all his life, Ethan Abbatt is a wolf shifter who can’t shift. Hoping to find an honorable death by joining his pack mates in a vampire attack, Ethan instead learns two things: draining his blood releases his pain and his wolf, and he has a true mate – a vampire named Miguel.
Over four centuries old, strong, powerful, and vicious, Miguel Rodriguez walks through life as a shadow, without happiness or affection. When a young shifter tells Miguel they’re true mates, destined to be together, Miguel sends him away. But Ethan is persistent and being together comes so naturally that Miguel can’t resist for long. The challenge is keeping themselves alive so they can stay by each other’s side until forever comes.
The world building is interesting, the pace is fast, and I loved these two characters! Ethan’s sweetness covers a core of steel and Miguel, well, Miguel is mostly steel with a tiny, tiny core of sweetness that’s pretty much only for Ethan. Their passion is so HOT!
Ethan Abbatt is a werewolf who can’t shift, is the “runt” of his pack (his small stature being a source of constant shame), and has always been sickly. On the night Ethan and some packmates deliberately go to find some vampires to attack he meets Miguel…
My whole life, I’d been warned about the bloodsuckers. They had no souls, no values, no respect for nature or community or family. And while my kind limited interaction with the half-souls as a general rule, we didn’t abuse them. They were weaker than shifters and we didn’t prey on the weak, a concept the bloodsuckers didn’t understand. The one in front of me, Miguel, looked to be the worst of their kind, hurting and terrifying defenseless half-souls without mercy.
It turns out Miguel, an over four-hundred year old vampire, is Ethan’s True Mate. Apparently, Ethan’s sickly because his body produces too much blood, because he is the one who can sustain Miguel. And even though Vampires can’t normally drink from werewolves without dying, Miguel is nourished by Ethan. It’s earth shattering for Ethan and he turns away from his pack in order to be with Miguel.
“Are you sure about this?” he asked me breathlessly. “Are you sure you want to stay with me? Don’t you want to go home?”
“They’re one and the same,” I answered without hesitation, my voice husky, want and need and something else—something deeper, stronger—coursing through me.
“Okay,” he said. “All right.” He cupped the sides of my head, petted my scalp with his fingers, and caressed my face with his thumbs. “And, Ethan? I didn’t expect you. I don’t understand what’s happening to me, what’s happening between us. But as long as you want to stay with me, you’ll be all I need. You are enough for me. Don’t ever doubt that, okay, baby?”
So if you fancy a lot of super hot sexy times, tempered with some emotional loving, and more than a little bit of action – don’t hesitate to pick this up!
Until Tomorrow Comes Excerpt
“I was right,” he said, looking up at me, his lips swollen and eyes heavy-lidded. “You’re delicious.”
I reached for him, feeling like I was going to fly right apart without his weight to keep me grounded and safe. He took my hand in his and kissed my palm before crawling over me until his face once again hovered above mine.
I took a deep breath, gathering every ounce of strength I possessed. “How much do you know about shifters?” I asked.
Miguel Rodriguez was my mate, which meant I was going to stick to his side like white on rice. I reckoned it was only fair for me to explain that to him.
“I know that none of them have ever felt as good as you.”
I frowned and a growl rumbled out at the thought of my mate feeling anyone, ever.
Miguel smirked. “That’s adorable,” he said, dipping down and tugging my lower lip between both of his before nibbling his way across my jaw to my ear. “I know quite a bit about shifters, actually. For example, I know your kind are very territorial, and based on that noise you just made, I’m guessing you’re trying to stake a claim on me.”
Oh, there was no “trying” about it. “You’re mine,” I nearly shouted. “And you best realize it right soon.”
The grin left his face, and he looked truly regretful when he cupped my cheek and responded. “I’m not a good bet, wolf. I tried to warn you before, tried to tell you to stay away.”
“That’s never going to happen,” I said adamantly. “I belong with you, and that’s all there is.”
“I’m a vampire,” he said, as if that explained anything. “You’re my mate,” I replied, knowing that trumped everything. “My true mate.”
“Vampires don’t mate, Ethan. We don’t settle down and build dens and raise puppies. We’re not monogamous. We—”
“Oh, well, you surely are now,” I told him. “There’s going to be nobody but me for you from here on out.”
“And how do you plan to explain me to your pack?” He sounded frustrated. “Like I said, I know all about shifters. I know your kind looks down at everyone different. Humans are lesser beings, half-souls; that’s what you call them, right? They can’t shift into two forms so they’re not worthy. And bloodsuckers,” he scoffed. “We’re worse, aren’t we? Dirty, soulless, immoral.”
“I never said that,” I said hurriedly, feeling sickened by his hostile tone and harsh language.
“No, you didn’t. But do you deny that it’s true? Shifters live in packs, live for the pack, and you’re never going to bring me home to meet your mother. So how, exactly, do you plan on this going?”
He was right, of course, and it wounded me deeply, the fact that he’d never be accepted by my pack, the fact that I’d have to leave them in order to live by his side.
“I don’t deny it,” I whispered sadly. “But I hope that my mama will come into town to meet you.” I wiped the back of my hand across my eyes. “Either way, I’m staying with you. That’s where I belong. That’s where my loyalty lies now.”
“You’d choose me over your pack?” he asked skeptically. “You’d leave pack lands to live with me?”
It was the only choice I could make, the only choice I wanted to make. Like I’d said, Miguel was mine.
“Yes,” I answered simply, because, well, it was just as simple as that.