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In Your Eyes

(Mates #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,552 ratings  ·  320 reviews
Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. But despite his best efforts, Samuel can’t relate to people, including those he's supposed to lead.

When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack's Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect f
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 226 pages
Published July 15th 2015 by The Romance Authors (first published July 13th 2014)
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Sophia Triad
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wolves-lycans
I knew I would love this book from the first line:

The first thing I hated about him was his smile.

And a couple of lines later:

My clearest memory about him was of his eyes.

Samuel Goodwin is the son of the Alpha from Yafenack pack.
Korban Keller is the son of the Alpha from Maincarem pack, their neighborhood pack.

They met when Samuel was eight years old and Korban was eleven. Samuel knew that there was something wrong with Korban straight away. Korban was too friendly, too happy with Samuel
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
4.25 stars

Good things comes to those who wait patiently!

Cardeno C's books are like a balm to my soul. I don't mind angst and drama when I know the payoff is a glorious HEA.

I loved the other two books in this series, and this one certainly didn't disappoint.

Told from Samuel's first-person POV, this book seems to be set a couple years after book 1 ends. There are references to Zev and Jonah, as well as Ethan and Miguel, but there's no on-page interaction with the other two couples besides one ph
3.85 stars


-True mates

-Two Alphas


-Arkward geeky clueless Mc and patient loving Mc

-Hot Sex

- Candy Coated sugary fluff

- Cuteness overload

-Childhood crush

After reading too much fluff.. i believe its time for dark and heartbreaking-tear inducing read.
Rosa, really
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cardeno & shifter fans everywhere

Are you excited?

‘Cause I’m excited.

New Cardeno C., people! I love the Mates series and would possibly consider sacrificing a finger just to read more of them. So it’s a forgone conclusion I would enjoy this book.


One of the many things that make this particular Cardeno book enjoyable is main character Samuel Goodwin. Samuel is the son of his pack’s alpha and takes his role of presumptive alpha extremely seriously. He’s in love with facts and knows exactly how an alpha should act at all times. Bu

Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Samuel came across as someone on the autism spectrum. Having a child with autism, I know what it looks like in some ways. I could feel his frustration and lack of connection with those around him, his dislike for touch, and his love of the rules all painted a very clear picture. Korban knows that Samuel is his mate from childhood. I liked that he reaches out to others for help and guidance. His sacrifice, knowing his mate would never hurt him, made him a true hero. Once they finally come togethe ...more
❧ *´¸. A BookishBerkeleyGirl ❧ ‘•´¸.* ❧ Gwendolyn
4 Star Claw-Worthy Sweetness!

Now, that is Samuel, and he' s running to (view spoiler) and it was awesome to read! But, what I love best~

Is The Whole Love Story of Samuel & Korban~

They Are True-Mates~No Matter What~

A Sweet and SCRUMPTIOUS Love Story~

The Book & What I Loved

♥I loved Samuel he was PURE AWESOMNESS !

♥I loved Korban he was SIMPLY ADORABLE !

♥I loved that these two were made so very opposite and, yet PERFECT

♥I loved that they fit perfectly and wer
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Maybe I was just in the right mood, but I absolutely loved this story. Samuel and Korban were so perfect together. I have a big smile on my face and my heart is happy. Highly recommended!!
Now I'm ready for book 4. Bring it!!

-------Original 30 Nov 2014-------
In Your Eyes is the third book Cardeno C.'s Mates series. The story is told from Samuel's POV and thank goodness, because otherwise I don't think we would have been able to distinguish him from a robot. He had a wee bit of a problem processing and understanding emotion and interpersonal connections.

Samuel was raised to someday take over as Alpha of the Yafenack pack. He has spent all his time studying history and pack law and
Wendys Wycked Words
Loved this one. I liked it better than the previous book. Also this one was more fun !! There are 3 books in this series and they are all different.

In 1, we have a shifter and a human, in 2, we have a shifter and a vampire and in this one we have 2 delicious alpha male shifters together.

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Korban is the sweet and fun loving one, while Samuel is the smart, distant and cold one. They are both in line to be the next alpha of their packs, since both of them are sons of the current alpha's.

Korban figure
4 Stars

I’m at the end of an intense week of reading, which has been solely focused on devouring Cardeno’s Mates series. I just finished. So, the question is – now what do I do?! I equal parts hate and love being so into a book (or series) that upon completion I feel a little lost. I love that it happened and that I was consumed by the storytelling, but I hate that it stalls me from moving on to new books, because my mind is still living in the previous stories world. This is the ultimate booklov
Trisha Harrington
I adored the second book in the Mates series, but I haven't read the book because I don't think it would be for me. In Your Eyes is up there with Until Forever Comes, book 2 in the series. It's so good and I fell in love with it easily. I love the characters, the story, and also the cover (I'm a cover slut, I can admit it).

I love a good shifter story, and the two books I've read in the series are perfect for me. I like shifters and I love true mates. And this is what this series has. But it also
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Ok, I will admit to having a soft spot for Cardeno C.'s books and I also have a thing for shifters.
So this is has my name written all over it.
It didn't disappoint.
Samuel is smart, dedicated and takes his responsibility very very seriously.
But emotionally he's a little off, he doesn't quite get people ( or you know, wolves) or emotions and isn't social at all. Which for a future alpha isn't all that helpful.
Korban is all those things, and it really felt for him, even when we didn't get his P
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shifter lovers
5 Stars for audio!

Belens Audio Book Review

This is what you get when you put together a story I already love with a narrator I love.

In your eyes say anything

Samuel Goodwin and Korban Keller are both the prospective Alphas of their respective shifter packs and they meet initially at an interpack council meeting when Samuel is eight and Korban is eleven.

Told entirely through Samuel’s perspective, he's initially distrusting and suspicious of Korban and how bright, sunny, smiling, and seemingly carefree he is. Duty and responsibility is v
* A Reader Obsessed *
If you've gotten this far in the series then you know the basic premise - werewolves finding their "true mate" is a rare and beautiful thing. I admit that I wasn't so sure about this in the beginning, especially since it seemed 8 year old Samuel had the biggest chip on his shoulder. He was defensive and unfriendly and it took awhile for him to grow on me. However, one just had to realize that he didn't know how to process his feelings when he came across openly effusive Korban.

So you have MC Sam
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
I'm such a sap for Cardeno C. books. I can't even claim to not be biased. I loved it. Sue me. ...more

Title: In Your Eyes
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Mates, Book 3
Narrator: Charlie David
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Audio Release Date: 10-26-15
Release Date: July 15th 2015, 2nd Edition
Genre(s): Male/Male Romance, Paranormal/Shifters
Audio Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
Reviewed by: JLoves2Read for Gay Book Reviews and Alpha Book Club
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5

Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past
~Mindy Lynn~

This series was a bit of a hit and miss for me. I liked the first one. I really enjoyed the second one. Unfortunately this one was just a miss.

The book was a real struggle for me to get through. I didn't like Samuel and I didn't warm up to him as the story went. Korban wasn't a big part of the story until towards the end. Even then I didn't believe in the relationship they had. I didn't feel the chemistry between the two guys. With the ending being so abrupt you never really got to know the
Jun 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Best one of the series!

The author really found their voice and did an excellent job balancing romance with plot and finally succeeding in ending the book well. My issue with the other books has been that the last quarter seems disjointed and often rushed. This installment succeeded in being enjoyable throughout. There honestly wasn’t anything I can recall disliking. It’s still all fluff, but done well.

Samuel and Korban are fated mates and they are so clearly two halves of one soul. I just a
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters, mm
3.5 stars

This book felt different than the other two in the series. Less fluffy.

I was mostly disappointed with the first half of the story. Samuel and Korban spend hardly any time together. They see each other 4 times in 15 years. The first half revolved mostly about pack laws and although interesting, I just wanted the wolf love, not the wolf lore.


These guys were incredibly cute together and once they do get together it does get a little fluffy.

But I would have liked it if the relationship actu
5 Peter Gabriel playing over my head through a boombox - Hearts!

You can’t give me a book with the title “In Your Eyes” and have me not automatically start singing the song by the same name by Peter Gabriel. I am a music nerd and like, totally an 80’s girl so it’s bound to happen. You also can’t give me a book about a sweet but clueless young man destined to be his pack’s alpha only to realize the boy he thought was a threat for years is now his true mate. AND YOU CAN’T give me all the feels tha
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG I loved this book! I finished this book in a day, I absolutely couldn’t put it down! I love Cardeno C, and I especially love his shifter series and this story didn’t disappoint!

Like the blurb states Sam has dedicated his life to learning and studying everything he needs to be alpha of his pack when he comes of age. The only thing he doesn’t seem to do well is interact with others. Sam quickly meets Korban, the son of the alpha of the nearest pack. Sam and Korban are kids when they meet and K
Denise H.
Cardeno C has brought me some wonderful stories, and this is another.
We like these upcoming Alphas, who are so different from one another. Korban, blonde and blue eyed, a white wolf shifter, of the Minancarem Pack, is their Alpha's son. He is bright, charismatic and happy. Samuel, 20, with green eyes, an Alpha, is the son of the Yafenack Pack Alpha. He's been serious, stiff, a genius, and dedicated to the pack rules and lore, seeking only to be the best, next Alpha, but his people skills are l
This is a pretty clever twist on the theme of this series and the story certainly kept me guessing what would happen next. Good characters and an interesting romance between the two main characters.

Audio performed by Charlie David he does a really nice job with the different voices, and he manages to build the tension well up to the climactic challenge scene.

an audiobook copy of In Your Eyes was generously provided by the author for the purpose of my honest review
Federica Lemme
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Samuel and Korban are the respective Alpha sons of their Packs. They are like night and day, chalk and cheese.

Samuel is the serious one – he totally focused on becoming the best and truly worthy of being his father’s successor. Korban on the other hand, has a much lighter disposition and far more social than Samuel, as I said, night and day.

They first meet when Samuel is just eight years old and Korban eleven and then on further visits over the years when their fathers met to discuss va

- Narrator: Charlie David

*2,5 stars*

IMO this was the weakest of the series. I kinda enjoyed the first half but then it changed to pack.lore.pack.lore.....

Maybe I shouldn't have finished this audio after reading such a swooning story??

And man... I know this is about shifters and mate bonding but this was really quick.

I just recognized you as my mate, you're hotttt, let's bond and I luuuuuuve you so much, let's have SEX!!

Let's move on!!

♥️Victoria ♥️ ♥️love books♥️
Overall book review 4.6 Sad stars
Audio book rating: Narrator Charlie David - 5 Amazing stars
Book Cover: 4.3 Stars


This book was different but then again that's why I loved al 3 everyone is different.

Samuel and Korban wow!!!

I just need more of this asap!!!!

Another great installment in this series, and one that takes the whole concept of opposites attracting and true mates being the other half, the part that completes a person, to a quite extreme example.

At times I loved how literal Samuel was, how he would be given information or a lesson from his father and be so determined to incorporate it into his education on becoming the best alpha for his pack that he sometimes missed the heart of the matter...the underlying message. Other times I felt as f
If anyone reading this follows my reviews, then you already know that I absolutely, 100 percent adore Cardeno C. I have yet to read a book by this author that hasn't impacted me emotionally and left me wanting more. I'm so very, very, very grateful that Cardeno writes a lot of series because I'd be really lost otherwise. And, frankly, I think Cardeno is tired of me whining about wanting more, more, and even more! So, with all of that in mind, you can imagine the giddy squealing that emitted from ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off I have to say – Cardeno makes you work a little more for the “awwww” in this one. This is told in first person from the point of view of Samuel, a shifter in the Yafenack pack and heir to the Alpha.

We meet Samuel and Korbin when they are children, 8 and 11 respectively. Where Korbin is sunny, smiling and kind, Samuel is awkward, suspicious and sort of cruel. They are both the heir presumptive to their packs, Yafenack and Miancarem. They meet at an interpack council meeting, where
Gwen ~the Book Diva
Well hello, Alpha!

Check out the video trailer below, too!
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*ARC provided to G the Book Diva blog in exchange for an honest review*

This was new for me, MM Paranormal and I really enjoyed it.

To be a good Alpha to his pack, that is all Samuel has ever wanted. He's studied his entire life for this role but books can't teach him how to connect with people on an emotional level, an area he is severely lacking in. He also has no idea why he is so drawn to the future Alpha of a neighboring pack an
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