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To Touch You - The Mates Series, #4

“To Touch You” by Cardeno C is an interesting twist on the forbidden love theme in multiple dimensions. Not only is there the crossing of the taboo line between shifters and vampires, there is Sal’s initial condition which makes him even mo...


Smitty's Sheriff

It was great how the author chose to write this story! It was both sad and thoughtful. To me age should not matter when it comes a relationship. What everyone else thinks doesn't matter. It's what the couple wants. In "Smitty's Sheriff" Ric...


Not a Game - A Contemporary Gay Romance Novel

“Not a Game” by Cardeno C. does a lovely job of depicting a shy young man’s blossoming under the tutelage of an older man. The familiar theme of mistaken identity and potential landmine underlying their relationship is an enjoyable ticking...

4 Stars

Red River - Pack Collection Book 2

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 be...

  • Author: Cardeno C.
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Under 45k Words, GLBTQ, * SPICY: HOT Romance
  • Publisher: The Romance Authors

Strong Enough - Family Collection

Cardeno C. hit it out of the park with this charmingly sweet romance. Emilio is the kindhearted man who sees Stephen and wants him. Stephen the shy one who has been beaten down by past relationships. He admires Emilio from afar and never th...


In Your Eyes - The Mates Series, #3

In Your Eyes is the third book in the Mates series by Cardeno C. While this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel. Samuel Goodwin was raised to become the Alpha of the Yafenack pack. He spends his time s...

4 Stars

Strange Bedfellows

What made this wonderful isn't the intimacy or the romance portion although that is great it is the struggle both Ford and Trevor go through. You get to see each of them work through something and rely on each other for strength. For Trevor...


Wake Me Up Inside - The Mates Series, #1

I admit it. I'm a sucker for a fated mates story. I've read a lot of them and this is one of my favorites. I thought it was really well done. The story starts with Zev as an adult explaining to his family that he is not going to participate...

4 Stars

Until Forever Comes - The Mates Series, #2

This is the second book in the Mates series. We saw Miguel and Ethan as an established couple in the first book. This story goes back in time and tells how they became a couple. It's a bit different for them as Ethan is a shifter but Miguel...

3 Stars

All of Me

So. I thought the boys were really sweet together and I liked the voice and setting and everything... but it never quite really gelled together for me. Mostly because it was one of those "big misunderstanding because no one bothered to find...

3 Stars

Perfect Imperfections

Perfect Imperfections is such an amazing book and the sex scenes are phenomenal. I loved how the main characters weren't afraid to explore new and exciting things. I also loved how they built up on their friendship and then went into a rela...

5 Stars

Home Again

When I started Home Again by Cardeno C, I had no idea what I treat I was in for. Once I started this book, I was immediately swept up in the fast-paced storyline and captivated by the well-written and unique characters. One thing I was tota...


He Completes Me

When I first started He Completes Me by Cardeno C, I admit I had high expectations. I absolutely loved his first book in the Home series, Home Again, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second book, He Completes Me. Like the first boo...

5 Stars

Love at First Sight - Home, #4

Love at First Sight is a sweet story about finding love at first sight, then trying to actually locate the person, coming home, getting a second chance, and all that happens in between and after. It is also, in a way, about appearances and...

5 Stars

Blue Mountain - Pack Collection, #1

The unusual circumstances that surround the leadership of this particular shifter pack form a backdrop for an unexpected relationship that forms between an alpha wolf in his own right and the damaged male he claims as his own. The sweetly u...