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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Until Forever Comes (Mates #2) [Ethan & Miguel] by C. Cardeno

Well, I liked this one, but not as I did the first one. Which is a part of the problem - I'm comparing! I"m not sure what I would have thought if I'd read this one as the first in the series.. I loved Zev and Jonah SO MUCH. But here Ethan felt a bit "weak". He is sweet, I'll give him that, but he is also very childish and needs a lot of taking care of / teaching the way of the world which I wasn't very fond of. Miguel was sort of sweet in a creepy sort of way ;) He is a "bad ass" vampire, very strong and old, Ethan totally takes him by surprise. He is attracted to him, he wants to protect him - what's up with that? Ethan calling him his "true mate" doesn't really help because Miguel doesn't believe in these things.. In general he isn't very impressed with the shifters (which was really interesting actually, getting the story from a vampire's perspective). But it doesn't take much for both of them to realize they are "it" for one another - Until Forever Comes.

In the previous one we met Ethan and Miguel as "friends" of Leah who is actually Jonah's aunt. But there is also an interesting connection between Ethan and Leah, to be discovered in the ending of this one. It was closing a circle basically, because up until that point there was no apparent connection between the first and second installment. The setting of this one is 30+ years PRIOR to the first book, meaning, the MC in the first installment weren't even born yet.. I liked the way the thread connected. It made more sense when you realized the forces behind it all. 

As with the previous one, I can also "complain" about the sex taking too much space in the story. Not only that, there is no "fade to black" so we experience with them the OTT sexual connection - which is fine! Great for them! But the way I see it, it didn't move the plot, or the general connection between the MC so there was no need for so much of it. I DID like that even though Ethan is much smaller it didn't necessary mean he will be the bottom. Also there was a surprising detail about their sexual encounters than wasn't mentioned in the first one. I don't want to say what it was, but I'll "hint" by saying it has to do with the fact Ethan is a wolf shifter. 

The story was mostly told from Ethan's POV so his life was more clear to us, but near the end of the book we also got Miguel's story which was unexpected and very interesting. I like the world Cardeno built in this series. I also liked the special condition Ethan had that allowed him to be what Miguel needs and by that being the perfect match for his own needs as well. 

I'm still not sure about the rating of this one though I finished reading it last night. I guess because of my issue with Ethan the story was less engaging as I wanted it to be which is why I'm hesitant of giving it a full 4 star rating. My issue is I felt a bit disconnected from Ethan, I didn't really like him or feel he was a "worthy hero". I wonder how I would have perceived the book from Miguel's POV.. 

Well then, off to start the next one :)

Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 204 pages, 24-25 November 2015 / On GoodReads

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