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Review – Johnnie by Cardeno C.

Review: Johnnie by Cardeno C.

Publisher: The Romance Authors
Publish Date: March 11, 2015
Reviewed by: Heller
How I got this book: E-Arc from Author

Siphon #1

Jonnie_cover1800x2700Premier lion shifter, Hugh Landry dedicates his life to leading the Berk pride with strength and confidence. Hundreds of people depend on Hugh for safety, success, and happiness. And at over a century old, with more power than can be contained in one body, Hugh relies on a Siphon lion shifter to carry his excess force.

When the Siphon endangers himself and therefore the pride, Hugh must pay attention to the man who has been his silent shadow for a decade. What he learns surprises him, but what he feels astounds him even more.

Two lions, each born to serve, rely on one another to survive. After years by each other’s side, they’ll finally realize the depth of their potential, the joy in their passion, and a connection their kind has never known.

This was such an interesting twist on shifters. I liked how it was very insulated and focused on the community. I found the Premier/Siphon relationship very different from any other shifter book I’ve read before so I’m interested in seeing how the author expands and explores it in the
further books in the series.

Poor nameless isolated Johnnie. This young man’s story was so angsty and sad. More so for the fact that not one person in the pride noticed or cared about him. I don’t blame him for his actions after years and years of being invisible.

One of the best parts of this read for me was seeing Hugh wake up and actually see Johnnie as a person and not a tool. This is a slow build and a sweet, sexy one. I wanted all the things for Johnnie who, even though he tried to make the most of the life he had, still yearned for more.

I was glad to see Hugh finally live up to those expectations. I’m so intrigued with this idea of the Siphons and where the series will go next with it. This was a great read. Lots of angst, interesting characters and storyline with endless chemistry between the MC’s. I loved it.

I’m giving Johnnie an A-

By Heller

In the United Nations of Book Pushers I represent the Canadian contingent. I've known Has, Lou, E and Minn for a few years now and I've discovered many a new author from them for which I will be forever grateful. New to me often translates to "Where has this book been all my life?" and leads to endless re-reads.

The majority of my childhood was spent with my nose in a book (not that it's any different now) and I always carried at least one with me wherever I went no matter whatever trouble I was up to. My e-reader is something I could never give up now, despite my initial resistance to it. I love my books but carrying around a library in a small electronic device is a thrill that never gets old.

I read anything and everything that strikes my fancy: Regency, Retro-Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Urban Fantasy, Post-Apoc...the list is pretty much endless. I tend to cycle through interests so it really just depends on my mood at the time. I would say that right now M/M books have me firmly in their grasp and they've been the majority of my reads for the past couple of years. I think there's nothing better than headjacking into a story and characters created by an author, I'm always up for a ride to a place I've never been before.

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