In Your Eyes is the third book in the Mates series by Cardeno C. While this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel.
Samuel Goodwin was raised to become the Alpha of the Yafenack pack. He spends his time studying shifter laws, learning from his father the pack alpha, and making himself as strong as he can. Samuel reacts to another shifter in a different pack and it throws him off. He can’t forget Korban. They struggle to work together to make a relationship between them possible.
The beginning of the story leaves you wanting to know more. By the close of the first chapter, I excited to finish the book. The author did a good job of creating a world that was both realistic while bringing in shifters. I was able to picture the place and time easily. The writer did a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the story. The pace of the story was a bit slow at the beginning and starting to speed up toward the end. The main characters and the secondary characters were stimulating genuine. I loved that both main characters come across as realistic even through they had faults that they each had to deal with making them realistic.
The point of view alternated between Samuel and Korban, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat story lines. The main conflict of the story is Samuel stepping up and filling his father’s shoes as pack alpha as well as coping with his attraction to Korban, the son of the man who killed his father. The characters seemed to fit the story line well. The level of conflict was perfect, anymore and it would have detracted from the storyline. The dialogue between the characters was genuine and distinctive. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. The ending was a bit predictable but journey there was filled with twists and turns that keep the reader entertained all the way through. I hope we get to see these characters again in the future.
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. Taking control comes easily to Samuel, but relating to people, including those he's supposed to lead, is a constant challenge.
When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for putting him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then tries to avoid him. What he can’t do is forget Korban’s warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.
When a battle between their fathers results in tragedy, Samuel and Korban are thrown together. With his world crashing down around him, Samuel must save his pack and show them he can lead. But first, Korban needs to save Samuel by inspiring him to feel. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past the rules they’ve been taught to realize they are destined to fit together.