Red River (Gigi’s Review)

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Title: Red River (Pack #2)
Author: Cardeno, C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Genre(s): Wolf Shifter Romance
Page Count: 122
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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.

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Red River is the second book in the Pack series, the first being Blue Mountain. This book can be read as a standalone.

There are so many ways I could spoil this story with a review. Many of the revelations need to be experienced by the reader as the book progresses. My suggestion is to read this before diving in too deep with reviews that contain spoilers, just in case. This is a SPOILER FREE review.

Wesley is an Alpha wolf shifter that doesn’t have the support of his pack. The current Alpha suggests an Alpha trade with another pack to which Wes reluctantly agrees. Wesley will travel to River River and become a Co-Alpha with the current Alpha-in-waiting, Jobe Root, after they bond as mates. Unfortunately, the “mate” situation makes Wes feel like a whore, but that is just the first of many misconceptions on Wes’ part.

Jobe Root, next in line for the Red River Alpha title, is a complete and total hippy. He communes with nature, eats only food provided by the land and specializes in herbs and spices from his garden. There is actually a scene when Wes firsts meets Jobe where Wes smalls the air to make sure easy-going-laid-back Jobe isn’t smoking weed. Hilarious!

Wes and Jobe, once they got on the same page, had an adorable, hot relationship. I thoroughly loved these men, both good, hardworking, caring people. They had a HUGE number of misunderstands that greatly affected their relationship. It was actually a little too much and got out-of-hand, which is why I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5.

I can recommend this sweet, touching, but often frustrating, shifter romance to all MM romance fans who like their shifter-wolves big and buff and hot as hell!

andy dwyer

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Galley copy of Red River provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.

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