Title: All Of Me
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: Novella (84pg)
Genre: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shifters
When Abel ran from Kai, Abel never stopped yearning for him. When Kai returns, Abel must look past what he saw and trust his heart.
Bonded by their parents before they were conceived, Abel Nasa and Zakai ‘Kai’ Berura 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 fel betrayed and ran from Kai instead of completing the mating bond.
Years pass with no contact between the two, but Abel never stops yearning for the man who was supposed to lead by his side. When Kai returns, broken and on death’s door, Abel must look past what he saw and trust his heart so they can fulfill their destiny and merge their packs.
This is an excellent short read that packs a full story into a novella length.
The story is told from Abel’s point of view and the author successfully draws us into Abel’s feelings of loss and betrayal as we slowly learn about how he and Kai were bonded before they were born and just grew closer and closer as they grew up until Kai comes of age and they can complete the bond. For Abel the world then falls apart when he sees some things that lead him to believe Kai no longer wants to be with him and he runs away vowing never to see him again. Life continues and we see how even 10 years later Abel has never gotten over the loss of his bondmate.
Perhaps I should point out that both Abel and Kai are alphas of separate werewolf packs and that their parents bonded them in order to make both packs stronger. When we join the story Abel has already inherited rule of his pack although both his parents are still alive and he often considers how much easier being in charge would be if he was mated, in other words if Kai was at his side. Although as Kai was also destined to become alpha of his own home pack it would have been a pack twice the size.
When Abel and Kai are finally reunited I did initially struggle with Abel’s instant forgiveness of Kai and his perceived betrayal. However the more I thought about it the more it made sense, after all Abel would not have still been grieving over the loss of his bondmate had he not still loved him.
I may have been somewhat swayed into the rapid acceptance of the relationship when Kai in wolf form instantly goes from rabid angry vicious wolf to calm cuddling sleepy wolf when Abel appears and offers him safety. The picture of Kai curled up asleep in Abel’s lap on the floor is probably my favourite in the whole book even if I did have reservations about the speed of Abel’s change of heart.
The end of the book neatly ties up all the loose ends with a good dollop of vengeance and happy ever after which makes this a really nice bedtime read.
Reviewed by Smidgeson