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  • Posted May 7, 2013

    Jaylin has all kinds of reasons why she should not get involved

    Jaylin has all kinds of reasons why she should not get involved with Aiden. The author lays them all out really well and we can understand the push and pull of the relationship forming on both characters.

    They're both a bit pigheaded so I didn't like them very much. In the use of a language which sounds much like ours but it's spelled differently the writer pays an homage to JR Ward for example the word fusion to designate a blending of the souls of two people is spelled FEWSHON but is the word fusion.

    It's what happens to a partner when the other person passes away which is the crux of the story. As a therapist who has treated the mate who has left Jaylin thinks it means that one's life is over. The has to undergo a deep psychological shift quickly in order to realize the truth of the bond between mates and the emotional connection between her and Aidan.

    Niles has created a different shifter taxonomy with a female deity (Dea) creating a perfect mate. Sometimes the mate is purely human and other times it is a half shifter. Bonding allows one partner to feel the others while fewshon is what a dually bonded couple experiences. If one partner bonds and the other doesn't the bonded partner gets really messed up and can be left catatonic. The shifters an be different animals: Aidan is a cougar, one of Jaylin's colleagues is a tiger

    I didn't see any big holes in the world building. One or two bad word choices remain post editing. There's a lot of intense pre-sexual encounters and some even hotter sexy encounters.

    I found Aidan way too arrogant, rude and Machiavellian. I thought Jaylin was actually correct in her professional demands to stop his constant advances. I would have slapped a restraining order on his furry shifter ass. He would probably have bought the judge. Eventually they both become more bearable people and, well, you know...

    I am interested in what direction this storyline takes -- there are a few more characters with the potential for stormy stories.

    This Review originally appeared on my Blog Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust on 5/7/13

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    As a psychiatrist and half shifter, Jaylin had seen it all when

    As a psychiatrist and half shifter, Jaylin had seen it all when it came to shifter mating and grief. She wants nothing more to do with shifters, or their pain, and will only take human patients. She doesn't even want a shifter for a mate...nice safe humans are the only ones for her. Aidan is smart, rich and relentless in getting what he wants. When his friend is rejected by his mate and is in desperate need of help, Aidan contacts the closest psychiatrist - Jaylin. Despite her misgivings, she reluctantly agrees to help out. As Aidan comes face to face with Jaylin, he realizes she is his mate. When she rejects him, he takes a drastic step so she can no longer run from him. The close proximity throws his instincts into overdrive. Unable to resist, she finds herself craving a future with him. Will Jaylin over come her fears if being with a shifter and accept the gift of eternal love or will Aidan be cursed to live hell on earth?

    I know everybody always says `this is a new twist on an old story' but truly, The Awakening: Aidan was for me. Several elements author Abby Niles introduces to her shifter story were ones I hadn't encountered before. It made for a nice refreshing change. I really enjoy a story that has two solid strong lead characters. I was not disappointed in Jaylin and Aidan. Both stubborn, both determined, neither one giving an inch on the subject of love. Thank goodness, opposites attract. The pacing of the story was very well done and kept me riveted. I'm not sure if this is to be a series but if it isn't it should be. I found several secondary characters so engaging I would like to see them get their own story and HEA.

    This is definitely one book I will be suggesting my friends read. Get The Awaking: Aidan, I'm sure you won't regret it.

    I received this book from JeepDiva in exchange for my honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.
    Stars - 4 Flames - 3

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

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    The Awakening: Aidan by Abby Niles is a wonderful addition to t

    The Awakening: Aidan by Abby Niles is a wonderful addition to the paranormal romance genre. It’s refreshing look at the “mating bond” concept in paranormal romances, and especially among shifter romances, is not just a great read, but also a more intriguing discussion on how something like a “mating bond” would work in the real world.

    Aidan’s best friend, Liam, is dealing with a failed mating: Liam has mated, but his mate Ava, has not. The result is a nasty brew that causes personality shifts, loss of consciousness, the loss of his ability to shift, and loss of personal freedom for Liam. And, that doesn’t even take into account the broken heart he is nursing. When Aidan finally reaches out to help Liam by contacting a psychologist who specializes in shifter mating issues, he gets more than he bargained for; he gets his mate.

    Dr. Jaylin Avgar is a half-shifter and she is dead set against mating, period. The pain of failed matings that she has seen as a result of her practice and the pain of loss from a mating (her own parents) have irrevocably turned her against the whole idea. When the instinct to mate causes Aidan to begin the process, Jaylin is horrified and fights with everything in her to avoid further damage. But, Aidan will not be denied and he is bound and determined to win his mate. When tragedy strikes and everything is on the line, can they find the strength in themselves to be mates?

    The Awakening: Aidan is not your typical paranormal romance, but a thoughtful discussion on the pros and cons of mating in the shifter world. Jaylin and Aidan are hopefully the start of a new series. There certainly seem to be enough characters for at least a sequel, especially with Liam and Ava. It’s not the shifter world that makes this book, though the world building is well done. It’s the frank look at the mating bond that is prevalent in paranormal romance and the unique take on it that really makes this book shine. It is what gives this book its 4.5 rating. I can’t recommend it enough if you are looking for something new and different in shifter romance.

    RATING: 4.5

    Heat Rating: Hot

    REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves,My Book Addiction Reviews

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  • Posted April 27, 2013

    In The Awakening, Abby Niles makes you believe in the power of d

    In The Awakening, Abby Niles makes you believe in the power of destiny and desire. Jaylin Avgar (love this name) is a half shifter psychologist who treats humans and shifters alike. She has recently cancelled the shifter side of her practice as it has been too emotionally draining. Enter, Aidan, a shifter who has contacted her to help his friend (Liam) who is suffering from his bonded mate rejecting him. Jaylin is a soft touch and despite her conviction in no longer treating shifters, she cannot turn away from Liam's suffering. Aidan realises as soon as he meets Jaylin that she is his true mate but faces quite a few obstacles convincing her of that fact. An emotional and sensuous battle ensues. Utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic, I definitely recommend you add this one to your collection.

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