Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Giveaway and Review: Johnnie by Cardeno C.

Swan PrinceTitle: Johnnie by Cardeno C.
Genre: Fantasy, M/M
Published March 11th 2015 by The Romance Authors
Length: 224 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Author


A Premier 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.

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Giveaway: Leave a comment to enter the giveaway for an ebook copy of Johnnie! Winner will be randomly selected via Giveaway ends midnight on July 31st.


Adina Falling

Hugh is a Premier lion shifter and the most powerful person in the pride. Hugh's life literally depends on the wellbeing of the Siphon lion shifter, Johnnie, but he doesn't know that until Johnnie almost successfully committed suicide. Johnnie's role in life is predetermined at birth to be a Siphon to siphon off a Premier lion shifter's excess power. But no one cared for Johnnie's wellbeing which leads to Johnnie attempting suicide. Hugh and Johnnie are strangers to each other but their roles require them build a strong bond between them.

Hugh is a Premier, leader of his pride, and is used to dishing out orders. He's not accustomed to waiting on another person, but he needs to wait on Johnnie to prevent another suicide attempt. I think the role reversal is fitting for Hugh because Johnnie had to wait on him and be his shadow.

It saddens me to think Johnnie didn't even have a name for twenty-six years. He was treated more as an object than a person. Johnnie attempted multiple suicides over the years. I can't even imagine how terrible his psychological wellbeing must be. The story glossed over Johnnie's problems. Personally, I think a longer adjustment period for Johnnie to become part of the pride is more realistic, but I can understand skipping it to avoid bogging down the story.

Johnnie goes through a major transformation after Hugh starts to treat him like a valued member of the pride. Before, people knew he exists but no one knows who he is. After his attempted suicide, people starts to discover him. The biggest difference between Johnnie and the rest of the pride is their views on sex. He prefers to be monogamous and gets jealous when Hugh has sex with other people. This causes some entertaining reactions from the pride since the rest of the pride don't practice monogamy and have orgies all the time.  

Overall, this is a very entertaining story. The MCs start off on a rocky beginning but their relationship and trust in each other slowly builds. There are some shining moments for Johnnie that I really enjoy and shows how important it is to give people a chance and discover hidden potential. There's some angst in the beginning but the focus is on how Johnnie becomes part of the pride. This is a light and entertaining read. Definitely recommend this for shifter fans.


  1. I'd love a chance at winning this book. It's about the only Cardeno book I've yet to read :)

  2. I would love to win this book! This is such a beautiful cover.


    1. I agree, it's a great cover. Love the lions. :)

  3. I love her shifter books. So much fun.

  4. Looks good! The cover is beautiful and the blurb sounds really interesting. I'm definitely intriguid. Thanks for this post and the giveaway chance :)


  5. Please count me in too. Thanks for the contest!
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