Control Reviews

Multitasking Mommas Mary Calmes and Cardeno C., are these two authors who have decided to band together and create a sweet story of how two seemingly disparate men overcome the odds and end up complimenting each other in every way…This was an exciting, fun and erotic read for these two men's relationship was hotter than HOT! Their love affair was sweet and romantic yet never once crossed over onto the sappy-cheesy. Their solid relationship outside of their fated mating was what made me fall in love with both men.

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My Fiction Nook Dani: I haven't read many shifter books. They don't appeal to me in theory. But this is Cardeno C. and Mary Calmes, so I was willing to put my baggage aside. And I'm so glad I did! This book was funny, just angsty enough to be interesting, totally absorbing, and sweet as hell. … What I really enjoyed about the shifter theme here is that the culture of the hawk ket came alive without getting bogged down by heavy backstory (this is how you show not tell!). … The relationship between Vy and Robert is at once tender and smoldering. Vy loves how strong and possessive and almost feral Robert can get in bed, and so do I! The lovin' here was damn good, especially at the end, with the biting and the…(go read it for yourself if you want the nasty details). … I was smiling so hard at the end, I may have split a lip. This is just a happy book, with well-rounded secondary characters, some action, lots of snarky dialogue that had me laughing aloud, one uppity, slightly insecure hawk, and one hot hunk of a grizzly bear.Sandra: So, I've always said I'm not much for shifters….Big mistake, clearly, because holy crap, I breezed through this in no time at all, giggle-snorted and lawled and snickered at the high-strung bird who found his mate and the big ole Grizzly bear who loves him back. …Also, holy hot boysecks, Batman…What I really liked about this shifter book is that it discusses choice versus fate. …. Kudos to the authors for including this, and really laying out the differences between human feelings and shifter instinct/compulsion. What also made this book such a joy to read were the two main characters themselves - both exhibiting the characteristics of their animals, what with bratty Vy being much like a high-strung hawk, and Robert being big and powerful but also cuddly like his bear. He reminded me of a big ole Teddy bear much of the time, a strong counterpoint to Vy's flighty hawk, calming down the nervous bird inside with strong hands and a countenance that induced serenity. Yet, like a bear, he also had a breaking point, and the old adage of not poking a bear was rather fitting here as well…. The dialogue is snarkily sarcastic, humorous and engaging, as with all Cardeno books I've read, but also quite emotional when the situation calls for it, and the relationship follows what I would consider a natural pace, considering that their animal natures are strong within them both. What I also enjoyed very much was the inclusion of a strong female, no matter her size, and that she had a good head on her shoulders. … The sexy times are emotionally compelling, as well as super hawt. …The book does a wonderful job of showing, not telling, and thus is one was one I enjoyed tremendously.

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On Top Down Under Book Reviews I ended up engrossed in the MC's and their story. It is a story full of love and emotion and strong characterizations. The sex is earth-movingly high on the sexual Richter Scale. Even if you are not a huge shifter lover there is a lot to like about Control as a contemporary MM romance. If you do like a paranormal with an emphasis on shifters and romance, some engaging MC's, and a few interesting secondary characters, then I recommend Control very highly to you. Control is beautifully named, the cover is beautifully crafted and it all suits the writing to a tee.

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Prism Book Alliance If you are a fan of either of these authors or of shifter stories this one is for you!

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Rainbow Book Reviews Two very strong men, both used to being in control, one who believes in fate and destiny, and the other who believes in falling in love and choosing the person to spend your life with… Buy the book. You won't regret the read, I guarantee it.

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