All of Me

Cardeno C.
All of Me
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Publisher
The Romance Authors
Release Date
June 2014
ISBN
9781942184164
Genre
LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
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 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.

Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
Sep 19, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
161 people found the following review helpful
ALL OF ME is a brief story exemplifying how pride, honor, and assumptions can all get in the way of lifelong happiness.

Abel and Kai were both in line to become Alphas of their powerful packs. Before they were born, their parents decided to bond them so the two packs could eventually become one. The two were immediately friends and quickly became attracted to one another growing up. Neither could wait for Kai's eighteenth birthday so they could complete the bonding.

However, the death of Kai's parents had changed things in his pack and when Abel went to find Kai on his birthday, he saw that Kai had betrayed him and their bond. Ten years later, Kai's sister, Kelly, shows up blaming Abel for everything that has gone wrong in Kai's life. Abel tries to dismiss Kelly because she clearly does not understand that Kai is the one who betrayed him, not the other way around.

Despite his upset and anguish over Kai's betrayal, Abel's bond to him makes it impossible for Abel to walk away when he sees Kai hurt. Now that the two of them are face to face again and Kai is sharing his past, Abel has to decide whether or not to trust Kai and open himself up to heartache all over again.

The incredibly strong emotions throughout this whole story kept me from wanting to put the book down. The author did a magnificent job of making the emotions--from anger to depression to lust--leap off the page with the characters. The story went from being sweet and innocent, when Kai and Abel were sending each other love notes and sneaking phone calls, to desperate and angry, when Kai escapes his abusive stepfather and Abel finds out what he's been doing to Kai and Kelly.

The other component of the book that was written exceptionally well was the relationships. In a short amount of time, I could feel how important the friendship between Kai and Abel's parents was and how upset Abel's parents were to lose their friends. There is a fierce and protective relationship between Kai and Kelly, and a fun and honest relationship between Abel and his brothers. Abel also has a dynamic relationship with his parents. And, of course, the relationship between Abel and Kai that spans the entire spectrum of emotions.

This was a very fulfilling story that contained love, heartache, bitterness, hatred, revenge, humor, and forgiveness.
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