Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C.

Title: Wake Me Up Inside
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Pages: 282
Characters: Zev Hassick, Jonah Marvel
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance
Kisses: 5


A powerful Alpha wolf shifter and a strong-willed human overcome traditions ingrained over generations and uncover long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny as true mates.

Regarded as the strongest wolf shifter in generations, Alpha Zev Hassick is surprised and confused by his attraction to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. A male shifter has to mate with a female shifter to keep his humanity, so shifters can’t be gay. Yet, everything inside Zev tells him Jonah is his true mate.

Maintaining a relationship with the man he has loved since childhood isn’t easy for Jonah Marvel, but he won’t let distance or Zev’s odd family get in their way. When unexplained ailments begin to plague Jonah, he needs to save his own life and sanity in order to have a future with Zev.

Zev and Jonah know they’re destined for each other, but they must overcome traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny.


Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C. is a beautifully told story that lived with me long after I finished reading it. I was quickly wrapped up into these amazing characters lives and loved every moment I spent reading this story.

I loved this book because of the intense relationship between the two main heroes. Both Zev and Jonah are compelling, likeable heroes that I couldn’t help falling in love with. They are both good men. They have to actively work HARD at making this relationship work and last. I truly enjoyed watching these two go from best friends to lovers and see how they make their relationship stand the test of time. Because they are so well-written they both make mistakes, but because of their love and adoration for one another they are able to become an even stronger more amazing couple in the end.

I also experienced an vast array of emotions as I read this story. Between laughing at some of the playfulness they shared together and even tearing up at some of the things they go through, Wake Me Up Inside has a great balance of romance, sweetness and angst. This book is definitely a keeper for me and I can’t wait to read the next Mates book just to see what Cardeno C has in store for us next!!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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