By not relying on anyone except himself, Salvatore Rossi escaped a dead-end existence and reached the height of corporate success. But just when he has everything he always wanted, fate throws Salvatore a challenge he can’t solve alone, and a young wolf-shifter comes to his rescue.
Since childhood, Yoram Smith’s family was certain he would grow to become alpha and save their beloved pack from its slow demise. When the time comes for a new leader, Yoram is forced to juggle his duty to care for a splintering pack with his duty to care for an absent mate, and his own strength suffers. Being turned into a vampire didn’t alter Salvatore’s life philosophy: If you don’t rely on anyone, nobody can let you down. But when the boy who saved his life becomes a man who needs his help, the icy vampire must find his humanity.
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By Debbie Attenborough on 21-01-18
a fitting end!
I purchased both the ebook, AND audio copy of this book (November 2017)
This is book 4 in The Mates Series, and the last one. You don't need to have read the other three, but there is some overlap with books one, Wake Me Up Inside and book 3, In Your Eyes, so there may be spoilers, sorta, kinda.
Yoram Smith is 7 years old when he first meets Salvatore Rossi, and he knows nothing but the pull of his scent. Sal is, in Yoram's eyes, his friend. It takes a turning of Sal to vampire and over 20 years before Sal finally admits that Yoram is his mate.
I LOVED this final installment in the Mates series! I really did. But I can't split the narration from the book, so the lines might be a bit blurred on this one.
I read this book, in December 2017, and I was going through a rough patch, so didn't actually write a review for it, then the audio came through the blog for review, and I had credits available, so I grabbed it. SO glad I did!
I loved Charlie David's narration, his voices especially. Yoram is 7 when we first meet him, and I was curious how David would change his voice as he grew. Nailed that one, I tell ya! At7, at 14 and as a full groan Yoram, his voice is the same but different, if that makes any sense? I could tell it was Yoram at every step of the way.
And trust me, it's a very long way these two took to finally get together! Sal doesn't fully understand the workings of being a vampire, he finds no joy in feeding and certainly not socialising with them, but he HAS to feed. Until the blood turns up on his doorstep, and THAT blood is different. Takes him a while to figure out where it's coming from!
I loved that Zev and Jonah ( book 1) and Samuel and Korban (book 3) play a part here, but I especially loved that Ethan and Miguel are a HUGE part of this book. When I read this, I could hear the voices of these guys but they weren't right, not at all. So it was great to be able to catch up with them here.
I loved that, once Sal finally dug his head out the sand and returned to Yoram, he was all in, totally and utterly.
Like I said, I can't really split the narration from the book, so
5 stars all round!
**same worded review will appear elsewhere**
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By Keith b miller on 20-11-17
i love this series
this is one of my favorites series i wish it would never end it is that good you will not be disappointed
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By Deanna Weatherstein on 02-01-18
I'll gladly give up forever to touch you.
Salvatore Rossi is on the fast track with his career. He has no time for friends, family or relationships. Then a chance meeting with a 7 year old boy in an alley in Miancarem sets his life on an entirely different course. His only salvation is choosing the long life of a vampire over the decidedly shorter life of a cancer riddled human.
Yoram Smith is a strong wolf, and he's know since he was seven years old that he has a true mate out there. He's even met the man, but as the years go on and Yoram grows into an alpha wolf he begins to wonder if his mate will ever come to him. 27 now, he hasn't seen his mate in a decade with no signs of the man. He feels like he's about to come apart at the seams now that he's the Alpha and he's being pulled in a million directions with no relief in sight.
Salvatore has made it a point to stay away. He doesn't do any kind of relationship and he doesn't understand the "true mate" thing everyone keeps telling him about. What he does know is that the pull to be near Yoram is getting harder to deny. When he can't take it anymore he makes the trip from Vegas to Miancarem. He doesn't expect to find his mate about to unravel at the seams. The stress of juggling pack needs with his own needs are wearing him down.
Sal and Yoram will need to work together to get the pack to embrace change and their relationship while learning to trust each other with their own needs.
This story is amazing. When Sal and Yoram were apart my heart was breaking for Yorry. You could feel his despair and hopelessness as if it were a tangible thing. It made me want to throttle Sal for being so damn stubborn. Once they got it together, hot dog the chemistry was off the charts. If this is where the Mates series ends, it was a great story to end with.
"I'll gladly give up forever to touch you."
How does your heart not melt?!?
I'm a big fan of Charlie David, I will listen to anything he narrates. He brought this story to life in such a great way. I was up until 3 am listening to this one, I just couldn't bear to hit pause.
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