Title: To Touch You (Mates #4)
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: May 4th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 260 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
“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.
Psst. Hey, come here. I’m going to tell you a secret, but you can’t tell anyone else, okay?
I read the Mates books out of order. *gasps* No, I know. But I prefer the stories in the following order: Until Forever Comes (Mates #2) , which is Ethan (shifter) and Miguel’s (vampire) story. This is also my favorite book of the series, but I have to admit To Touch You is a serious contender for my heart.
After that I like to cozy up to Zev (shifter) and Jonah (human/shifter) in Wake Me Up Inside (Mates #1) . The way Zev selflessly puts asides his own wants and desires for Jonah’s dreams? Sigh.
Then I usually top it off with Samuel (shifter) and Korban (shifter) in In Your Eyes (Mates #3) for some tears and feels.
Now, I have the final book (maybe?) of the series (say it isn’t so!) and, once again, Cardeno gets my heart gooey with shifter and vampire true mates in To Touch You (Mates #4).
Yoram Smith has known who his true mate was since he was seven years old. The only problem? Salvatore Rossi is thirty years older than Yorry.
“A true mate isn’t like a human spouse that can be picked and then dismissed. A true mate is also different from a vampire’s chosen blood donor, who can be anyone and only connects with the vampire’s life thread after the vampire drinks from him alone for long enough to bond. True mates are fated. They’re two halves of a whole, connected at the soul.”
Sal pushes Yorry away for the obvious reasons, but also because he’s always relied only on himself.
“The way I grew up taught me that the only person I can count on is me. Once I figured that out, I was safe. I got away from my father and my brothers and everyone else who wanted to pull me into a dead-end life. I got an education. I worked hard. I started a company that’s still flourishing. And I did every one of those things by trusting only myself and remembering that, if I don’t rely on anyone, nobody can let me down.”
Sal’s closed down, because he’s had to be. If I have one complaint about the story, it’s that Sal comes off cold and somewhat uninterested until his delivered blood supply dries up. He has a lot to make for, his treatment of Yorry being the biggest thing.
I’m not a people person, Yoram. Not for family, not for friendship, not for sex, not even for work anymore. That’s what I’m trying to tell you. When it comes to true mates, you got stuck with a dud.
After their time apart, time in which Yorry grows up, they finally come together. This is the one part where I would have liked a little more romance. There’s definitely a whole lot of passion once they finally get together, but not a lot of romance in the story.
“My fancy-talking vampire.” Yoram brushed his lips across Salvatore’s jaw and over his lips and then froze. “This is my first kiss.”
The words were more air than sound, but Salvatore heard them anyway; beyond that, he felt them. He couldn’t take back the callous way he had ignored Yoram in the past, but he could ensure that, from that moment forward, he would be worthy of the faith Yoram had placed in him.
Those two niggles aside, I loved so much about this story, especially how the emotion is so wonderfully woven with humor. I loved how Yorry’s cousin Toby (whom we first met in Wake Me Up Inside) offers up quite a few laughs along the way without it being over the top. Mainly because I adore humor in any story, and Cardeno delivers humor in all the right places.
I loved that CC brings back characters from the series, making it a reunion for the reader. And I loved the dual POV, because by telling the story from both Yorry and Sal’s points of view the reader gets a better understanding of where each character’s coming from throughout the story.
Yorry and Sal go through a lot, both separately and together, but even when they’re apart – they are still True Mates, literally two halves of a whole, and Yorry believes in Fate. I loved Yorry so much as a character. I absolutely loved that he is a real ALPHA, the way an Alpha should be, caring for his pack.
Overall, I loved the story, the characters, the cameos, and how everything eventually plays out.
Their road together had been long, winding, and occasionally disheartening, but in that moment, Yoram knew they had finally reached their destination.
I feel like To Touch You is a really wonderful ending to a truly entertaining series (even though I hope this isn’t the end).
“I’ll gladly give up forever to touch you.”
If you’re looking for a paranormal story with passion, humor, great multi-dimensional characters, and a terrific HEA, I’d strongly recommend this…after you read the other books in the series. (And start with Until Forever Comes, I won’t tell if you won’t.)