Gabbi Reviews: Red River by Cardeno C.

Title: Red River
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Pages: 120
Characters: Wesley Stone, Jobe Root
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Shifter, Paranormal, Romance, Series
Kisses: 5


Two Alpha shifters join together to lead their pack and build a family.

Commitment, loyalty, and strength aren’t enough to make Wesley Stone’s birth pack accept an Alpha with a physical imperfection, even if it’s a meaningless mark. Putting the safety of his pack above his own wellbeing, Wesley trades himself for another Alpha and agrees to mate with a stranger in a mysterious, insular pack.

Alphas from Jobe Root’s family have led the Red River pack from the first day shifters walked the earth. Now the time has come for Jobe to fulfill his destiny, but to do that, he needs his mate by his side. Spiritual, easygoing Jobe reveres Mother Nature and trusts in fate, yet he can’t help being nervous about how his mate will react to his new life in Red River, his new life with Jobe.

Two Alphas with contrasting personalities, different upbringings, and divergent beliefs come together for the good of their packs. But to stay together, Wesley and Jobe must see beyond the surface and embrace every facet of themselves and their union.


Red River is the second book in the Pack Collection series by Cardeno C. If you follow my reviews at all, you know this writer is a must read author for me. As a reader, I really appreciate the way she gets to the heart of and soul of her characters, and I never fail to fall in love with each and every one of them.

I immediately connected with Wesley. As the son of an Alpha, his pack expects perfection from their future Alpha, but since he is born with a rough patch of skin on his stomach, the pack considers this birthmark a tremendous flaw. Because of this, they look at Wesley as a bit of an unequal and really are uncomfortable of him one day running the pack. When Wesley’s father approaches him and says he’s been traded off for another Alpha, Wes is devastated. Although he will be an Alpha of this new pack, he feels betrayed and hurt and even vulnerable. To me, it was because of his imperfections that made Wesley a character that I found myself really rooting for. I wanted him to succeed and learn to like accept and trust himself, imperfections and all.

I also loved the way he connected on an emotional and physical level with Jobe. Jobe is one of those men who is instantly likeable. Not only is he intelligent and kind, he’s the type of man who will fight for what he believes in…and he believes in Wesley.

I loved how their relationship evolved from strangers into a beautiful, love story that lifted my heart and left me with a smile on my face. I also loved how their family grew and hopefully will continue to grow in the future.

Red River is a very easy book to recommend and I can’t wait to read the next installment in the Pack Collection series.

The Pack Series books are:

Blue Mountain
Red River

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

Click HERE to purchase Red River by Cardeno C.

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