Control by Cardeno C. and Mary Calmes ~ Review by Caroline

Here is a book written by two of my favourite authors and the subject is shifters…..perfect!

: Control

Author: Cardeno C. and Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner

My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Vy Aleknos is the leader of a hawk shifter flock. Openly gay since he was a teen, Vy is proud and self-assured on the outside, while secretly worrying he’ll be forced to spend his life alone because two males can’t be mates. When bear shifter Robert Cimino appears in Vy’s small town, Vy realizes his concerns were unfounded — he has a male mate, and a sexy, dominant one to boot.

Robert is a bear shifter who refuses to shift. Immediately attracted to Vy, he deviates from his normal pattern and seeks more than a one off with the powerful, bristly hawk. But Robert’s affections are rooted in his human form, and when Vy discovers Robert doesn’t recognize him as his mate, he pulls away. If Robert wants to stay with Vy, he must convince a man deeply ruled by his animal instincts to give their relationship as humans a chance.

My View

Vy Aleknow is the equivalent of the alpha in his Hawk flock. He came out to his parents in his teens and apart from a narcissistic grandmother everyone offered him kindness and support. He strongly believes in the myths and destiny of a shifter and is patiently waiting for his mate but is terrified at the thought of living his life alone or worse still his chosen mate will be a woman

When he first smells then meets Robert Cimino all his senses are overwhelmed. This gorgeous man who is only passing through his small town is a bear shifter and his mate. The more Vy sees of Robert the more confused he becomes and he can’t help but wonder why this big bear of a man isn’t drawn to him by their mating bond.

The stress and worry that Vy has placed on himself over the whole mating thing has left him lacking in compassion when it comes to other members of his Ket. This only increases when he meets Robert and discovers that the bear shifter actually refuses to shift…ever!  Vy doesn’t understand this and his ideas are so ingrained he can’t see a way of them ever being together if their mating bond is not completed.

Robert is of a very different opinion and believes it is how the man feels about the other person that is important and not the animal. He is so far removed from his animal side that all he feels is fear when he think about the bear inside of him. He wants Vy to see him for what he is and not what he believes he should be. He is also terrified of what his bear will do should he ever release him.

With or without being mated the two men are very strongly attracted to each other and the sex is hot with a taste of D/s.

For their relationship to work they will be both have to open up to sides of themselves that they are afraid to show and even if that happens will Vy be enough to keep Robert in one place and cure his need to never put down roots or stay in one place. If you are a fan of either of these authors or of shifter stories this one is for you!

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I would like to thank Cardeno C. for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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