“Red River” by Cardeno C


Two Alpha shifters join together to lead their pack and build a family.

Commitment, loyalty, and strength aren’t enough to make Wesley Stone’s birth pack accept an Alpha with a physical imperfection, even if it’s a meaningless mark. Putting the safety of his pack above his own wellbeing, Wesley trades himself for another Alpha and agrees to mate with a stranger in a mysterious, insular pack.

Alphas from Jobe Root’s family have led the Red River pack from the first day shifters walked the earth. Now the time has come for Jobe to fulfill his destiny, but to do that, he needs his mate by his side. Spiritual, easygoing Jobe reveres Mother Nature and trusts in fate, yet he can’t help being nervous about how his mate will react to his new life in Red River, his new life with Jobe.

Two Alphas with contrasting personalities, different upbringings, and divergent beliefs come together for the good of their packs. But to stay together, Wesley and Jobe must see beyond the surface and embrace every facet of themselves and their union.


Have you ever read/listened to a book that should have everything going against it according to your typical tastes…but it still manages to win you over?

Enter Red River: a book about shifters (strike 1), with a kind-of-clueless MC (strike 2), and some mpreg action (strike 3).

Three strikes you’re out? Not. At. All.

In fact, I think this may be one of my favorite shifters books I’ve allowed myself to read. No sign of any borderline icky weird animal-lovin’ (I’m HYPER-sensitive about this in shifters books). Nothing that made the animal self dominate the human self (my personal soft limit). Just a really interesting story…that happens to be about wolves who are men (or vice versa). Also, a great twist on women in roles of pack leadership.

I liked the concept of 2 packs, each in search of their alpha. I liked the glimpse of history between Wesley and Jobe years before the meat of the story starts. I liked the comical take on mpreg. I found myself LOL’ing while listening!


I like the shifters “lore” laid out in the story. The pack histories and communities were fascinating.


I heart Jobe…what a kind and sweet character! I found Wesley to be sympathetic and grew to love him as well! But the best part of this? Nick J. Russo’s narration. Once again…he kills it!


Well, as I’ve mentioned in the review…there’s some mpreg action in this. I’m typically not a fan, but I wasn’t icked out about how it was handled in this book.


Shifters fans should get a kick out of this. And it’s a classic Cardeno C story, so fans of the author will dig it.


red-riverTITLE: Red River (Pack #2)
AUTHOR: Cardeno C
NARRATOR: Nick J. Russo
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner
LENGTH: 3 hours 43 minutes
RELEASE DATE: June 21, 2016
BUY LINKS: Amazon, Audible 

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