All of Me

All of Me is Ebook Hey HEY Wait just a damn minute I m sensing some sort of conspiracy I was looking for this Because I was going to say THANK YOU to Cardeno C for inserti

All of Me is Ebook Hey! HEY! Wait just a damn minute. I'm sensing some sort of conspiracy.I was looking for this: Because I was going to say THANK YOU to Cardeno C. for inserting this song into my head for 72 hours. (No, I do not hate this song, but I JUST got it out of my head after at least 3 months of constantly mumbling "aaaaallll of me, loves aaaaallll of you..." under my breath.)But then I saw THIS:Perfect Imperfections? ALL. OF. ME?DO YOU SEE WHERE I'M GOING HERE? Dreamspinner Press and Cardeno C. are conspiring to control us using the lyrics as well as epic lulling powers of John Legend's butter tones!Unite MM readers! We have nothing to lose but....Okay, that's enough. There's only so much paranoia I can pull off before I exhaust myself. But let's just say that I truly believe Dreamspinner Press is trying to control our thoughts through MM lovin'. Generally, that's the kind of mind-control I can get behind.But not with this book. This book just frustrated me. Why the 10 year separation? The reason presented to the reader is just fuckin' weak and I couldn't get past it. After that, even if the sex is hawt, I could not enjoy myself. And I do NOT enjoy NOT enjoying a Cardeno book. One problem I had with is that All of Me reminds me of the author's first book Home Again. There's a similarity in plot: both involve a couple who suffer a serious set-back and instead of communicating separate for a few years. Similarity in plot is not really the problem, that's fine. But the unbelievable ridiculousness and unnecessary drama of the main conflict is. It shows no growth in Cardeno's writing. After reading Perfect Imperfections I expected more from Cardeno and instead this book reads like something written years ago. I'm probably being a pompous jackass expecting growth from a sugar fluff nugget author, but, well, that's what I like to see. Some sort of evolution in an author's writing. So HEE HAW! (That's my jackass impression.)Second problem: It reminded me of a Mary Calmes knock off. ✓ MC drifting off into an info dump until people yell them back to attention? ✓ Men "whimpering" as they stare at each other lustfully? Or jam their finger up each other's butts (not that I object to that - the more the awesome-er, generally)✓ MC deciding that he knows exactly what his love interest is thinking/feeling/doing and then refusing to discuss or consider any other option 'cause he enjoys acting like some kind of GD martyr?(One of the few things that stopped this novella from being a true Mary Calmes is that the MC did not constantly refer to himself as plain when EVERYONE else told them how absolutely beautiful they were. And thank fuck for that.)Here's the thing: even at her most annoying the above works for Mary Calmes. She has a very distinct voice and style. However, so does Cardeno C. They're both sugar factories, but one produces white sugar and the other brown. Or they're both Twix factories and one's caramel Twix and the other's peanut butter. Or something like that. Choose your own analogy. Anyway, I don't get it. Why the Mary-infection? I can only assume that Cardeno & Mary spent way too much time IMing and skyping while writing Control. Some Maryness must've seeped into Cardeno's typing fingers.But that's ok! I fully expect to see Cardeno up and about soon, fully recovered from this infection.However, if you're like me and you'd like to cleanse yourself of the meh feelings left by this novella, please read this angsty chunk of Cardeno goodness: In Another Life.Or just read Perfect Imperfections. Because aaaallll of me, loves aaaaaalll of it..... To bond with his destined mate, an Alpha wolf must look past what he sees and trust what he feels Bonded by their parents before they were conceived, wolf shifters Abel and Kai adored each other since they were children As teens, the two future Alphas took the next step in their bonding process and vowed to remain true to one another until Kai came of age But when trageTo bond with his destined mate, an Alpha wolf must look past what he sees and trust what he feels Bonded by their parents before they were conceived, wolf shifters Abel and Kai adored each other since they were children As teens, the two future Alphas took the next step in their bonding process and vowed to remain true to one another until Kai came of age But when tragedy struck, Abel felt betrayed and ran from Kai instead of completing their mating Abel never stops yearning for the man who was supposed to lead by his side and after years without contact, Kai returns, broken and on death s door If Abel wants to fulfill their destiny and merge their packs, he ll need to look past what he saw and trust his heart.. Bestseller Kindle All of Me 5 Sweet Stars!Right from the beginning I was drawn into this sweet heartwarming story. Not only did I enjoy the chemistry and ensuing passion between Abel and Kai, I also enjoyed the overall family (pack) element and the support and wisdom they brought along with it. Abel might have been pack leader, but his mother stilled ruled the roost, and their exchanges had me chuckling. The love this family had for each other was quite evident throughout the read, as was the love between Abel and Kai. Two characters also worth a mention, Kelly and Bernie, feisty and fun!This short has a lot to offer, not always easy to do with so few pages, but Cardeno C. manages to connect the readers to the characters and the story. All Of Me had it all; steamy sex, tender moments, witty dialogue, amusing relatable characters and a happily ever after! *A copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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  1. Cardeno C CC to friends is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few awwws into a reader s day Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations Cardeno s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily ever after sunset Heartwarming Stories Strong Relationships Forever Love.Website cardenocBlog Shared Blog caferisque Twitter CardenoCFB Profile facebook CardenoCFB Group facebook groups CardeYouTube youtube channel UCX6M Pinterest pinterest cardenoC

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  1. Hey HEY Wait just a damn minute I m sensing some sort of conspiracy.I was looking for this Because I was going to say THANK YOU to Cardeno C for inserting this song into my head for 72 hours No, I do not hate this song, but I JUST got it out of my head after at least 3 months of constantly mumbling aaaaallll of me, loves aaaaallll of you under my breath But then I saw THIS Perfect Imperfections ALL OF ME DO YOU SEE WHERE I M GOING HERE Dreamspinner Press and Cardeno C are conspiring to control u [...]


  2. 5 Sweet Stars Right from the beginning I was drawn into this sweet heartwarming story Not only did I enjoy the chemistry and ensuing passion between Abel and Kai, I also enjoyed the overall family pack element and the support and wisdom they brought along with it Abel might have been pack leader, but his mother stilled ruled the roost, and their exchanges had me chuckling The love this family had for each other was quite evident throughout the read, as was the love between Abel and Kai Two chara [...]


  3. 3.5 starsI absolutely loved Control, which CC co wrote with Mary Calmes, so I was anxious to read this book Because this story was written with the intent of including it in a Dreamspinner Mended anthology, it is quite short around 55 pages, a long short story, if you will, not quite a novella I really liked the premise of two Alphas who are mated by family ties to be co rulers of their joint packs, and CC is a wonderful storyteller The story was so easy to sink into.Abel, the older of the two w [...]


  4. Hurt comfort romance with major miscommunication misunderstanding, angst, some time apart before reuniting, bonding, hot sexy times, and getting their hard won HEA.The narration is very good and Robert M Clark does a wonderful job with timing, character voices, emotion, and tone He infuses the story with warmth, heat, and life.The simple fact is the premise of the story is just too much for me to get past in the short amount of time we have view spoiler Seriously, there are major spoilers here v [...]


  5. OMG OMG OMG I LOVED THIS SHORT SHIFTER STORY This short sweet story had me in tears, grabbed ahold of my romantic heart and left me wanting Abel and Kai were bonded to each other as kids by their parents to bring together their packs But Abel witnesses a scene that completely shatters his bond to Kai.This was short and I don t want to give anything away, but I ate up every word, every scene in this short book Not many short books get to me emotionally honestly, but this one absolutely had me [...]


  6. 3.5 starsThis is where the short form really works for me I m not a big fan of shifter books I m not a huge fan of abuse based angst And I m not a big fan of formulaic characters But in smaller doses, I could be convinced And in All of Me , I was I really really enjoyed this Moreso than I thought I might.Abel Kai were promised to each other from the time that they were very young There s such a sweetness obviouslyyou have seen who wrote this right about all the ways they were connected since the [...]



  7. Quick read3.5 stars a short shifter story There wasn t a lot of story details due to the length and I really missed all of Cardeno C s sweetness and sexy shifter fun.


  8. This was a quick, sweet shifter contemporary romance read that I thoroughly enjoyed Cardeno C has made something that could have been dark mostly light and sweet and fluffy, in Cardeno C fashion, and I thought it was incredibly sexy and aww worthy.Better review here


  9. I m a fan of tropes that feature werewolves and their destined mates and had high hopes for this It had so much potential the set up was awesome but because this is a part of an anthology, it seemed the author was stymied by the word cap There were some great emotional scenes that I loved and wanted of However, everything felt rushed too fast to make any kind of connection or impression and in the end, I was left a bit disappointed.


  10. I had no idea this was even on my Fire, and I was going through my Cardeno C collection rereading some favorites , and oh, there it was, and I was all, Have I not read this one yet And no I hadn t read this one yet And now, having read it, I wish I could erase it from my memory I loathe separations based on misunderstandings, and this was the worst kind thanks to the unnecessary brutalization of one of the MCs It just left me feeling depressed and despondent Cardeno usually lifts me up Which is [...]


  11. Another winning read from Cardeno C albeit a shorter one Part of the Dreamspinner Daily Dose Mended anthology, it just proves to me once again why personally I love Mr C s books so much Short story s can be hit and miss because the content is generally limited by the length but this endearing and tender shifter book never felt stunted or rushed, in fact it really grabbed me emotionally and within a couple of its chapters actually had me having a little weep.All the books in this anthology are ab [...]



  12. I m torn between two and three starsThis book was really, and I mean really frustrating for me I wanted to like it, and I did At least the idea behind the book view spoiler Two alpha males, arranged with an inevitable friends to lovers mating, evil stepfather Alpha , a major misunderstanding, a world of abuse for one MC and a bittersweet reunion after than 10 years of hell resulting in one abused and mentally unstable MC and the other one trying to help his hurt mate Oh gosh, I always wanted to [...]


  13. Let me start first with the fact that I really like shifter fiction, and there are some authors who really write it well There are other authors who want to dabble in shifter fiction and do a really bad job This job falls squarely into the latter category Kai and Abel are scheduled to be the alphas of their respective shifter packs When the time comes for their bonding ceremony, Abel sees that Kai is screwing around with three other men who are taking him in every possible orafice Watching his b [...]


  14. Short but strong Like a good Colombian coffee.Shifters and CC, nothing can go wrong.Yes, it is all about being bonded from their early years, and some angst and misunderstandings but it works so perfectly.So if you are not into the whole MINE don t even bother.But if you love the romantic style, the erotic tales and emotional stories CC got us used to then GO GET IT



  15. Really Abel Really You had one freakin job dude And you blew it Big timeThis story had a lot packed into it for such a short book I would have been happier if the book was a little longer so we could get some depth to the story Abel and Kai are mated from birth But when they are about to be bonded together something happens with Kai that makes Abel run back home Seriously Abel literally doesn t even try to figure out what happened with Kai for 12 years Kai shows up hurt finally, Finally explain [...]


  16. The one thing this story had going for it was a totally kick ass premise Alphas from different packs fated to come together and bond in order to solidify power and territory, making a super pack And they just happened to love each other at a soul deep level as well Friggin genius Add in the fact that they were ripped cruelly away from one another just as life was supposed to be handed to them on a platter and I was eating out of Cardeno C s hands before I had even finished reading the book blurb [...]


  17. The Blogger GirlsWow, this little short story was quite the heartbreaker I love paranormal romances and am quite comfortable with the bonded soul mates and the mine mine mine that comes with the territory What I wasn t expecting was the reason why the relationship between Abel and Kai fell apart before they were ever able to finish the bonding process that would tie them together forever.This story started out very cute and you feel the love and excitement that Abel had for Kai.but your heart al [...]


  18. This was a good if shorter story about some partially bonded Alphas who have some trouble getting it together I liked all of the characters well except the bad guys and the fun that was also injected into an otherwise pretty serious story of abuse of power and mistreatment of children and young adults I really liked Abel and Kai together


  19. The cover pic is right on target I just had a difficult time finding the chemistry All kinds of stepdad evil The mating was off The ALPHA was not a true ALPHA I tried hard to like this storyline it just did not work



  20. Note I do love this author just not this book.The book started good with the whole bonded at birth thing but then when they were older it just went off track track Kai is portrayed as sub than alpha Abel just annoyed me.


  21. A Kindle Unlimited ReviewAll of Me has all the potential of a Cardeno C shifter romance without the details I ve come to expect The story was too rushed for me to fully enjoy.





  22. Beans I love a good shifter mate book and was excited to dig in and read this novella Abel and Kai are friends and promised to each other.Abel is strong and ready for not just his mate, but to start their life together His family is supportive, loving and hopeful When his world crashes down he escapes into his responsibilities and duty Kai has done everything he could to do the right thing Even when his own mate ran from him.I really loved the premise of this story and it was beautifully written [...]


  23. This review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.Bonded before they were born, Abel and Kai were meant for each other On Kai s eighteenth birthday, excited to finally bond with Kai, Abel catches Kai in a compromising position that ultimately breaks up not only the merging of their two packs but shatters Abel s heart Now twelve years later, after Kai s sister demands his help, Abel finds Kai almost dead While Abel s determined to bring his mate back to life, can he get passed the pain an [...]


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