by Cardeno C
Narrated by Sean Crisden
Length: 3 hours and 38 mins
Exiled by his pack as a teen, Omega wolf Simon Moorehead learns to bury his gentle nature in the interest of survival. When a hulking, rough-faced Alpha catches Simon on pack territory, he tries to escape what he’s sure will be imminent death. But instead of killing him, the Alpha takes Simon home.
A man of action, Mitch Grant uproots his life to support his brother in leading the Blue Mountain pack. Mitch lives on the periphery, quietly protecting everyone, but always alone. A mate is a dream come true for Mitch, and he won’t let little things like Simon’s rejections, attacks, and insults get in their way. With patience, seduction, and genuine care, Mitch will ride out the storm while Simon slays his own ghosts and Mitch’s loneliness.
©2014 Cardeno C. (P)2014 Cardeno C.
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.Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”
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What did I think?
I had the pleasure of being introduced to the first story in the Pack collection via audio book. Blue Mountain is the first book in the series and is a short and sweet introduction to the Blue Mountain pack.
The story: this a sweet shifter story. It’s not particularly action-packed, more a slow exploration of characters and emotions. It introduces the Blue Mountain pack and it’s Alpha, Frederick and his family, including his brother Mitch who is also an Alpha. But the story mainly focuses on Mitch and his finding his mate, Simon. I enjoyed the contrast in characters – huge, strong, and protective Alpha, Mitch, and Simon, an Omega who is strong in his own way. The characters displayed characteristics that contrasted with their set roles in the pack and it was interesting seeing Simon learn to trust and the relationship develop. There were moments of humour which I also enjoyed.
The audiobook: the audio version is just over 3 hours long, so perfect for a quick ‘read’ (sometimes I find the ten to twelve hour novels are too long). The narrator, Sean Crisdon, did a wonderful job of performing. His narration was spot on in terms of capturing the voices of the various characters and bringing the characters to life. He had to manage the deep and strong tones of the Alphas, the sweeter voice of the Omega, and the voices of women and children. I found this was done well and found his deep voice particularly appealing. My favourite scene was the argument between Mitch and Frederick where Mitch stood up for Simon and told Frederick to back off – well done.