Friday, May 31, 2013

[Review]: "The Awakening: Aidan"

The Awakening: Aidan by Abby Niles Publisher: Entangled: Covet (April 23, 2013)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Is the gift of eternal love a blessing or a curse?

After years of counseling grieving shifters, psychiatrist and half-shifter, Dr. Jaylin Avgar has become jaded on shifter mating. She wants to marry a human and forget about the love for eternity crap. Then she meets Aidan O’Connell, an infuriatingly laid back shifter who represents everything she doesn’t want. Yet, the more he pursues her, the more she craves a future with him. Only one thing stands in her way: death. Can she overcome her fear of losing Aidan to the one guarantee in life?

Millionaire consultant, Aidan O’Connell knows he’ll one day meet a woman who’ll awaken an unrelenting mating instinct. Unfortunately, that woman is Jaylin, who has no qualms about telling him that he and his so-called eternity can shove it. When she pushes him away, he takes a drastic step so she can no longer escape. The close proximity throws the instinct into overdrive. Can he control the need engrained in him until he’s certain she will reciprocate the bond, or will a moment of weakness doom him to hell on earth?

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I'm a huge fan of shifter novels. Hence the reason I started “Shifter-a-Thon-Read-a-Long” with Wickedly Delicious. But as much as I love this genre, the one thing I love the most is finding a new author, a new world to explore, and especially a new twist on the shifters. I'm happy to say I found all of these things in The Awakening: Aidan. I loved this book!


Niles created a wonderful shifter world, one that I'm dying to visit again and again! Niles, you now have a new fan for life!


Oh Aidan, I love you! I loved how he wanted to fight for his mate, and even for his friends when they needed him to. But most importantly, I loved how he took the time to woo Jaylin. Aidan's beast wanted nothing more than to claim here and mark here; this instinct was something he could have easily given in to. He fought it instead, holding it off until he could convince Jaylin that she should claim him, accept him as her mate. I loved that; it's not just the male who does the claiming, and in fact the most important claim in the relationship is her claim for him. Without it, there can be no HEA.


Jayline was a strong heroine, and I enjoyed watching her struggle to come to terms with her feelings for Aidan. She's worked with shifters for years, seen her own mother's pain and loss after her mate died; Jaylin knows how the bond between mates can cause more pain than anything else. But after meeting Aidan, she slowly begins to question her stand on the matter. After talking to Rafael, a Wydowed shifter and friend of Aidan, she begins to see the bond in a new light—but can she convince Aidan that she wants him for eternity?


Really, I can't tell you how much I loved this book. I was completely engrossed in the story, my stomach in knots, hoping everything would work out for Aidan and Jaylin!


4.5 STARS! Not only will I be begging Niles for the next book in this series, but I will be recommending this one to other shifter fans as well! For a sexy, yet heart-warming read, this is the book to pick up! You will fall for Aidan, cheer for Jaylin, and want to stay in this new world Niles has created.

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I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Lover Of Romance said...

Great review! I am sorry to have missed out on the monthly read, but I totally spaced about it. I hope to read it soon though, it does sound stimulating. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

The_Book_Queen said...

No problem, we look forward to having you next month! I'll be announcing June's book later. Should have done it today, actually. Oops...
I think you'd like this one!