“Golden Valley” by Cardeno C.


A generous Alpha with a tragic past and a young Omega with hopes for the future overcome mistakes to heal a pack and find happiness together.

Life has thrown more than his fair share of challenges and losses at Alpha Morgan Peters. Despite his pain and disappointment, the shifter picks himself up and does right by his pack. As the years’ pass, Morgan establishes himself as a leader who is as kind as he is strong and Golden Valley prospers. But it isn’t until an Omega shifter enters his life that Morgan sees hope for a future where he can be more than an Alpha.

When Psi Omega Ricky Marx goes to Golden Valley as a representative of his home pack, he is thrilled to find his mate—the beautiful, powerful Golden Valley Alpha. Unfortunately, their first meeting doesn’t go well and overwhelmed by his mistakes, Ricky sees no choice but to flee.

Morgan’s past makes him struggle to absorb more loss. Ricky’s youth makes him struggle to find his voice. But if these two shifters can overcome their challenges and come back together, they’ll heal the Golden Valley pack and fulfill their destiny.


I am overdue on this review. I don’t like to get behind but life has been crazy and well, I’ll catch up…eventually. As I sit down and reflect on this story, I recall scenes with vivid clarity and can still grasp the emotional pull. That alone tells me I need to finally get in gear and review it! I was super excited to dive back into this shifter world. I loved the first book and despite being thrown for a loop, enjoyed the second story. I do think it’s necessary to read them in proper order because the pack history sets a solid foundation. You could start here but, I think it holds more power reading them in sequence. They are quick reads and starting at Blue Mountain wouldn’t be a hardship.


I admit that I was unnerved with the Psi Omegas in this series. But on the flip side, I was also intrigued. I can’t say that I’m a true fan of mpreg but I’m not traumatized either. Perhaps it’s best I was blindsided last time because I would have hated to miss out on Ricky and his ‘secret’. Since Morgan lost his family in the fire, he’s had to put the Pack first. Finding his own mate was not a priority…until it happened. Then emotions, fear, and festering anger take over. Healing has occurred but is clearly not complete. It’s obvious no one can move forward until they relent and completely let go of the past. Rebuilding a home is easy. But trust? Not so much. Lots of emotions surge through the pages at a smooth pace. This is why I always enjoy Cardeno’s writing!



It’s easy to fall under Morgan’s charm. Forced to lead his pack, especially under the circumstances, harden his shell but his tender heart remains. He’s respected and honored for good reason. When young Ricky comes to the Valley, everything changed. I liked Ricky. I felt for him even when I wanted to shake him. The drama kicks things into high gear and I raced towards the finish, eager for answers. But if there’s one thing I know I can count on when it comes to Cardeno’s stories, it’s a beautiful ending. I was delighted to see familiar faces return and would love to check in on all of these marvelous couples in the future!



Lack of understanding and communication…you’ve been warned. Age gaps don’t hit my radar in paranormal stories but in case it’s a thing for you, Ricky is extremely young. And there is some push/pull and race/chase but again, I enjoy the hunt with shifters.



Cardeno fans, shifter lovers, and anyone looking for a fetching take on a fated family.



TITLE: Golden Valley (Pack #3)
AUTHOR: Cardeno C.
PUBLISHER: The Romance Authors, LLC
LENGTH: 121 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 29, 2020

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