Blue Mountain by Cardeno C. was utter feel-good decadence. Per usual. It’s the first in her Pack series and I can’t wait to dive into the next one.
Readers jump right into the story from the get-go. Mitch is with his brother, the Blue Mountain pack’s Alpha, when they get word that an unauthorized Omega is in their territory.
There are a ton of books out there about fated mates–but there is just something so special about the way CC writes it.
Mitch is this giant, gruff, antisocial Alpha who has waited his whole life for his mate–all while knowing that because he is an Alpha he may not have a mate. So when he finds Simon, he is so thrilled (well, as thrilled as a stoic guy like him can be).
Unfortunately, Simon doesn’t feel the same way.
I felt so bad for Mitch as he struggled to understand why his mate didn’t want him, the mate Mother Nature herself chose for him. But my heart also went out to Simon for all the awful things he’d been through that had caused him to be so distrustful of Mitch.
Fortunately, because they are perfect matches for each other, Mitch shows a side of himself that few have ever seen: patience. He gently coaxes his poor, abused mate past his fear. Mitch showed Simon again and again how much he cared by actually caring about Simon and respecting Simon’s past.
Watching Simon struggle to resist his instincts because he didn’t trust them to keep him safe was heartbreaking. Omega’s are built to nurture their packs and for him to have lived so long without one was killing his very soul.
Man, I could go on and on.
There’s an amazing slow burn that ends up being so, so satisfying. But, by far, my favorite part was the way Mitch and Simon took care of each other.
I can’t recommend Blue Mountain enough. If you’re a big Cardeno C. fan like me, then you really can’t go wrong with this book. It has her signature low angst with maximum satisfaction. I will be reading the second one very soon.
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Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
Exiled by his pack as a teen, Omega wolf Simon Moorehead learns to bury his gentle nature in the interest of survival. When a hulking, rough-faced Alpha catches Simon on pack territory, he tries to escape what he’s sure will be imminent death. But instead of killing him, the Alpha takes Simon home.
A man of action, Mitch Grant uproots his life to support his brother in leading the Blue Mountain pack. Mitch lives on the periphery, quietly protecting everyone, but always alone. A mate is a dream come true for Mitch, and he won’t let little things like Simon’s rejections, attacks, and insults get in their way. With patience, seduction, and genuine care, Mitch will ride out the storm while Simon slays his own ghosts and Mitch’s loneliness.