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Wake Me Up Inside (Mates #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  2,012 ratings  ·  258 reviews
"A Mates Series Story"

Zev Hassick is surprised and confused when he finds himself attracted to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. Zev is the son of the pack Alpha, regarded as the strongest wolf in generations, born to lead. And everyone knows a male shifter has to mate with a female of his own kind to keep his humanity. So shifters can't be gay, right...more
ebook, 250 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
The entire plot of the book is basically described in the image below:


Okay! That's a wrap...

Wait, you want more of a review? Fine, fine...

I can tell a Cardeno C. book from a mile away. They are sap overload, true-love-fests, and sometimes that works for me and sometimes it doesn't. More often than not, the insta-love that I so often see in this author's books irritates me and I end up with mixed feelings about the story.

However, this is a shifter book, a genre where insta-love tends to be the n...more
"The white-haired boy was his. Zev's wolf knew it instinctively, and Zev's human agreed. Maybe when he grew bigger, he'd be able to find a way to play with his friend."

Oh, how I loved this story! I just could not put it down, and even taking a break for sleep was hard. It might not have been the most unique story out there or one that left me craving for more, but it was still perfect the way it is. It was such a sweet and touching story, that I'm left with a big smile and a wish to hug everyon...more
Jul 19, 2014 ❧Gwen❤❦ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone in the mood for sweets!
OMG~This Book Has a Smexy Alpha who is a Force to be Reckoned with!
" Blondie his mate is a Force to be Reckoned with as well~"

4.5 Stars~

Cuz, really really , like it! and if they would have not been (view spoiler) would have been a solid 5 Star book.

The Book~

"This Book Has Cardeno's Signature Sweetness, with an addtional bonus of a feeling of a Sweet Tribal Air in this that is Awesome ~

The flow of the time-frame jum...more
Oct 04, 2013 Mona rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
Beautiful, warm, heartfelt, sexy and endearing read!

Zev Hassick, a shifter and an Alpha in the making, is drawn to Jonah Marvel, a human, from a young age. They meet before their child minds can understand the importance of the other person. Before they can understand their need to be together. A fierce need that stays with them from childhood best friends, to lovers and mates.


Wake Me Up Inside is a story about soul mates...meeting your other half, your true mate. A story about sacrificing your...more
3.5 stars. Young Alpha Zev has always known who his mate is. Lifelong friend Jonah. But Jonah is human and dreams of becoming a doctor so even though it causes a lot of pain and anguish Zev lets him leave town to follow his dreams without telling him the truth.

Cardeno C. writes this story in a clean expository way. It's not high on descriptive passages or imagery. And it's less emotionally fraught than his previous books although it still has a lot of this author's trademark sweetness and intens...more
Really liked this one. My first m/m shifter tale. The characters were likeable and the plot was interesting. 4 stars and a big

I loved Zev and Jonah, and the fact they 'found' each other when Zev was a pup, and Jonah was crawling around at the age of 1. Lots of things conspire to stand in their way, not least of which is that Zev is in line to be the next Alpha of the pack and should obviously be getting mated to a female not a male!!

Jonah goes away to college to become a doctor while Zev stays...more
3,5 Stars for a cute and sweet little romantic love tale

As I expressed it to a friend - "two birds with one stone." Two genres I love to read: M/M and PNR, in a wonderful mix. All at once, with some new interesting variants from the shifter world.

A simple but very cute story about a wolf shifter who already as a boy meets his predetermined true mate, a blond human boy. I enjoyed a lot and loved this boys and later men.
‘The wolf cub whined with joy and pressed himself against the human baby, lic
I love Cardeno C. books but I think his style did not work for a shifter book, for me. I like sweet, loving, no angst in my human books. But shifter books, I want them faster paced, early claiming and a whole lot of 'mine' language. I don't want it to take forever to get to that.

The flashbacks were killing me too. If most of the books is in flash back, then start the book from there. I don't like a lot of flashbacks and then the last 20 % is present but that is pretty much what happened.

I wante...more
Soooo, liked but didn't love this book.

What I liked:

Zev & Jonah meet when they were just over a year old. Love the idea of fated mates meeting and establishing a relationship at this age. I really enjoyed the development of their relationship too, that they were friends until their high school graduation. I liked the way Zev found out his true feelings for his best bud and the way Jonah was willing to go all in with him even though he knew nothing about true mates or shifters.

I adored the s...more
I was challenged to read this book by Cardeno C. I avoid shifter/paranormal books, they just aren't something I enjoy so knowing this, Cardeno challenged me to give this book a try. Now let me say that I love Cardeno's books but really me? read a book about something I avoid like the plague, umm no. However, it's written by Cardeno and hey, he challenged me! so I put aside my own discomfort and decided to read it. I can now admit...I was wrong. Yeah, Yeah I know, you are smirking Cardeno, go ahe...more
Macky ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
4/ 4.5 Stars.
What a great story. I really loved Cardeno's take on the shifter world. A nice spin on the normal lore surrounding Shifters and their mates. There's not much this man writes that doesn't make me smile contentedly. The chemistry is there as always, the love scenes sizzle, the sexual tension shimmers and I'm just glad I've got the next one on my kindle ready to follow up in the near future.

Zev and Jonah's story held me captive now I'm looking forward to seeing how Ethan and Miguel t...more
This was a sweet and hot read. Just what I expect from a Cardeno C. book.

True mates are rare in the shifter world, but Zev found his at the age of one. Ever since he first laid eyes nose on Jonah, he knew there was a connection. He didn't know what it meant at the time but eventually he figured it out. The problem is that his mate is not only human but male. That's just not supposed to be possible. I really liked seeing the relationship between Jonah and Zev develop throughout their lives. I alw...more
4 Solid Stars!!!

Wonderful, sweet story that so satisfied my shifter love. I have read a few Cardeno C books and have yet to be disappointed, this was another winner.

At the age of 1 Zev in his shifter state wanders into a park where humans are, he spots a baby who immediately zeros in on him as well. The baby crawls over and immediately starts playing with the wolf. This starts the relationship between Zev and Jonah. I enjoyed the authors version of shifters and true mates, I found it interestin...more
3.5 stars Hmm, well I'm really torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one, although the abrupt ending had me leaning towards 3. Did it seem abrupt to anyone else? Since I was on an eReader I didn't realize it was almost over, and I was actually skimming yet another blowjob scene (don't get me wrong, they're hot, but anything can get repetitive after a while) when it just, ended. I guess everything had been wrapped up, but I just wanted a little more or more thorough closure. (view spoiler)...more
I really, really wanted to love this shifter story of a man who found his mate at the age of one, and that mate was his same gender, which was absolutely unheard of in his pack. But the author just drew out getting these two mates together, and I just kept getting more and more frustrated... It made the pay off a little too anti-climatic for my tastes. *sigh* So, my issue really. The writing was great, the characters fleshed out, hot and fabulous. The sex was fantastic! :)

4 stars from me because...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Zev and Jonah have been fascinated and drawn to each other since earliest childhood, not knowing or even caring why.
Their friendship and closeness shouldn't be a problem, but it is, Zev is the future alpha of his pack and Jonah is a human child. Zev's family and pack discourage interaction with humans, but Zev can't and won't give Jonah up, until he has to let him go to get his education.
I had a bit of an issue getting used to the way the story is told, at least in the beginning, it switches for...more
4.5 stars

Really loved this book. There is no doubt that Zev and Jonah are meant to be together. They have known and been drawn to each other since they were one year old. What Jonah doesn't know is that his best friend and lover is also Pup, the wolf he has known all his life.

The relationship between the two men is strong and solid, but 12 years of physical separation, while Jonah attends college and medical school, with only sporadic visits are taking their toll. When Jonah's health begins to...more
So, so, so very good :) This book made me very happy. It was off the charts hot and I can't wait to read more. My girls told me this book would be perfect for me and they were not wrong. I floated on a fluffy cloud page after page. Read.
~~D✡ni ♥ ♂♂ smex & semi-colons~~
4.5 stars

Did. Not. Want. This. Book. To. End.

No one does shifters like CC!

Loved Zev and Jonah, even if I found Zev's reluctance to communicate with Jonah sooner (rather than almost too late) a little frustrating.

But there was so much yummy angst, tenderness, smexy times and soul-baring FEELS, I was swept away.


Shirley Frances
The blurb is very thorough so I will move along to how great this book was and why.

You see, rarely does a book affect me like this book has. I am a very emotional person and if you have read my reviews before you know that emotions and how the author expresses them on the page is an important element to me in the books I read.

"Come back to me, Jonah. Our spirits are intertwined, and my body cannot endure without its other half for much longer."

From the first chapter the author managed to captu...more
Pete W
This is a love story spanning 30 years when both MC met when they were toddlers. I like this aspect of this book.

Overall I felt that this book was somewhat overly long. The sex scenes were plenty and detailed. But at time I felt like they were padding to lengthen the book. Sure they were young and horny so they will often do each other. I skimmed some of the sex scene to get to the plot.

The narration were more flashback on their life apart and together. A lot of effort were spending building up...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
This review will probably just be me rambling on about how much I enjoyed this. Childhood friends growing up together and then waiting for years to get back together. Mating bonds that shouldn't have happened. A world that includes both shifters and vampires. Add the fact that it is a m/m romance, and I really am in heaven.

There really wasn't anything in this book that I didn't love, and I must confess that as soon as I had finished this one, I went and started the next one, which I enjoyed even...more
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Nothing I didn't love in this one. I enjoyed it very much - stayed up late to finish. The main characters, Zev and Jonah, were well done with depth and heart. The build up was slow and I cannot say enough just how much I grew to love the boys as we slowly get to explore their lives and their bond. I thought it would have more angst but it was pretty low. The ending leaves open other stories and I will definitely be picking up the next one on release day!
Oct 10, 2013 Jo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jo by: Jamie
This Review is for you UM...

liked it, you should read it.

Thank you...

Dec 13, 2013 Isaac rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
Abandoned ship at 80%. Check my updates for my comments.
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
Please excuse the lazy, hot mess this review is bound to be. I stayed up too late reading this book and I'm doomed to go through my day half asleep.

Okay, so my guilty pleasure reading has sadly fallen by the wayside for the past few months. Jan Irving seems to have gone on hiatus. Amber Kell for some reason no longer appeals to me. Mary Calmes has a new book that I am not really interested in because established couples are, as a general rule to which there are few exceptions, not my thing. Yes...more
Wow, this went from good to bad in record time.

(view spoiler)...more
4.0 Stars

Zev Hassick is the son of the Alpha of his pack and regarded as the strongest wolf in generations. It a long-held belief among shifters that a male shifter must mate with a female shifter to retain his humanity. There are no gay shifters! They don’t exist. Well, that’s a problem for Zev because he’s gay and in love with his human best friend. Jonah Marvel has been in love with his best friend, Zev, since childhood. At first he’s unsure whether Zev is even gay. Then time and distance pre...more
I really enjoyed this book... a very interesting look at werewolves that kept me interested to the end. The two main characters were hot and really well explored. My only issue was the conclusion of the conflict, I became a little confused :( (I blame the meds for a bad back!)

This book has a kind of flashback style and I had this as a PDF file so maybe my Kindle struggled but there didn't seem to be a demarcation to show the switch between Now and Then... not difficult to pick up as you read but...more
I want to start out by saying that I am probably a little biased when it comes to this author. I havent read a book of hers that I haven't liked and this book was no exception. In WMUI CC does what CC does best. Character building. Making you connect and love her characters. I wasn't sure how I would enjoy the initial foray into shifters but the time spent building the world and the relationship was well done. The only niggle was I felt like there was significant time spent on the building of th...more
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Dreamspinner Press: Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C. 3 26 Sep 13, 2012 03:29PM  
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Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ev...more
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