Until Forever Comes, by Cardeno C, is the second installment in the Mates Series. I have not yet read Wake Me Up Inside, but have been told that reading this book first is better, since it is set chronologically before the first book. Having read Cardeno’s Home and Family series, I was looking forward to reading more of her work.
The book starts slow, until about chapter 8, 30% into the book, when I could get into the groove of the story. The background information about Ethan and the reasons he goes to town with his friends and how he is treated by everyone in his pack, other than his family, is cursory. But once Miguel accepts Ethan, the story seems to flow along.
What is most interesting about this novel is the description of the relationship between shifters and vampires. In most paranormal novels, it is the vampires that are portrayed and the ones feeling superior to humans. In this story/series, however, Cardeno C. portrays the shifters as the elitist and the vampires as the ones trying to assimilate into human society.
What I also enjoyed is that Cardeno C. portrays Ethan as a wolf with a host of issues, but the one who, according to his sister, would save them all. My favorite part of the story is the interaction between Miguel and Katherine. I see her as a petulant, inquisitive child, even though she is well over 300 years old.
Even though one of the lead characters in this paranormal LGBT novel is a Latin man, none of the story line actually focuses on that. The references to Miguel’s heritage are minor. It is almost as if the fact that Miguel is of Latin descent is ancillary.
I have just begun reading the first installment in the series and will definitely continue to read Cardeno C’s work.
-Reviewed by Selina