To Touch You (Lili’s Review)

Title: To Touch You (Mates, #4)
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: May 4th 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 260 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 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.

To Touch You by Cardeno C didn’t pan out as I’d hoped. When I found out that this was about a wolf shifter and a vampire I instantly wanted to read it- even if I hadn’t read the previous stories. Sadly for me, it was just ok for multiple reasons.

1. From my understanding, the series consists of standalones that can be read in order and out of order without disrupting reading pleasure. I didn’t find this to be entirely accurate. There were several mentions of past couples (especially Miguel and Ethan) that niggled at me. I think for ultimate enjoyment these books should be read in order. Just my opinion.

2. Sal, Sal, Sal. I wanted to slap him. For much of the book, he was just a jerk. It’s hard to fully love a story when you actively dislike the main character for more than half a story; though I admit he does eventually come around.

3. The relationship development. When Sal suddenly sees the light-it happened so suddenly, and quickly it gave me whiplash. The relationship development was lacking. I love the build-up and heightened sexual tension, and it was missing here. **But once they get it on it is steamy!

4. Toby, Yoram’s cousin and the “comedic relief” of the story- to me wasn’t funny.—> that’s a personal preference thing.

5. Pack politics. There was too much of it. I’d rather have had less of this and more on page time of Sal and Yoram as a couple.

What did I love? Yoram. He was the best part of this book. I loved his personality, leadership, and heart.

Do I recommend it? To fans of the series, yes, and be sure to check out other reviews as they’re all positive. This is likely a case of me and not the book.

2 Stars

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Galley copy of To Touch You (Mates, #4) provided by Cardeno C. in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant