Red River by Cardeno C. is a quick read that provides an intriguing twist on the concept of m/m shapeshifters who are mated. I had a bit of trouble with several aspects of the story, including the fact that Wesley is patiently waiting to become Alpha but either refuses to face reality or has never had an honest discussion with anybody and is therefore blindsided by being ‘traded’ to another pack. I also had trouble with the idea that something that is common knowledge in one pack and so important to their existence, is unheard of with another. Then there’s the (SPOILER ahead) concept of male pregnancy. I admit that I have never been that curious about this offshoot genre and therefore this is the first story I have read that features this unusual way of promoting a pack’s survival, so I was quite startled by several aspects of the process…although this way is much more…expedient, lol. There are strings dangling which hopefully will be addressed in subsequent stories, so I presume there will be even more startling developments between these sexy males featured, but I am torn between having my curiosity piqued and dealing with more of the disconcerting concepts that I was introduced to in this story.
This erotic m/m novella centers around Wesley Stone, an alpha who is unable to take his place as leader of his pack, ostensibly due to an unusual scar on his abdomen. He trades places with an alpha from another pack, and has his life turned upside down and all of his preconceptions must be dealt with—including the implications of his connection with Jobe Root, the offspring of the alphas in his new pack. Wesley will finally find his place, but it definitely will not be the one he’s always dreamed of.
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.