The Awakening: Liam

The Awakening: Liam

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by Abby Niles

The Awakening: Liam by Abby Niles

Shifter, Liam Doyle knows Hell. At least he believed he did. The night he feels his mate die, he learns how very wrong he was. Nothing he'd struggled with since Ava's rejection compares to the emptiness that fills his soul by her death. Lost in his grief, he's taken by surprise and drugged. When he wakes, everything changes.


The Awakening: Liam by Abby Niles

Shifter, Liam Doyle knows Hell. At least he believed he did. The night he feels his mate die, he learns how very wrong he was. Nothing he'd struggled with since Ava's rejection compares to the emptiness that fills his soul by her death. Lost in his grief, he's taken by surprise and drugged. When he wakes, everything changes. Nothing is what it seems, and someone is dead set on making him pay.

When Ava Michaels is taken captive, she's thrust into a dark and terrifying world along with the man she was forced to leave behind. While being near Liam again is heartbreaking, the motive behind her kidnapping is gradually revealed. The more she learns, the more she worries Liam isn't the man she believed him to be. He has enemies willing to do anything to extract their revenge. Can their love survive a crazy man's vengeance?

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Abby Niles has always loved to read. After having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. She didn't plan for writing to become an obsession, but it did. Today, she juggles work, home life, and writing. It's not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy? When Abby's not writing, you can find her playing ‘Just Dance' with her kids or trying to catch up on her never-ending to-be-read list.

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The Awakening: Liam 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Today I was able to read The Awakening: Liam by Abby Niles. We all know I'm not very good at figuring out I'm in a middle of a series till it's too late. Hey that's how I roll (snickers to self). Fortunately, I wasn't too lost with this story.  So, The Awakening: Liam is about Liam Doyle who has marked his mate, but she has rejected him. WOW, tough break for him. Now he's doom to live in hell without the love of his life. Ava Michaels actually loves Liam, but had to sacrifice the relationship to save her sister. Sucks for her too. Since Liam is tied to Ava, he can feel most of her emotions. So, when she's in danger he can feel it and has the need to save her. All right, so Ava and Liam ended getting capture by this madman and we don't find out the reason why until the end. However, he tortures the two through most of the book. Plus, Liam and Ava have a lot of issues that they just don't want to solve. Surprise, surprise communication would have saved a lot of problems in their relationship, but if they had communicated with one another the complication that made story wouldn't have been there. Therefore, there would not be story, so the lack of communication was kind of important to the story. At the same time drove me nuts.  I really felt bad for Liam, because he just seem like he was thrown into the pity of despair. Ava drove me nuts, because she just wasn't willing to talk to Liam and kept pushing him away. Overall, not a bad story, but I don't think it was for me. I like towards the end when they found out the madman twist plot to extract revenge on something Liam didn't have a clue what was going on. Basically, if you like stories with shifters finding their mates and finding a way to keep their mate, you might enjoy The Awakening: Liam.  Copy provided by the publisher
Dutchess31 More than 1 year ago
Oh Liam. Not only do you have one of my favorite names, but you're emotional baggage, broken heart, and love for your mate despite her rejection had me swooning throughout your story. I wanted to just hold him and tell him over and over that it would be all better. And I'm not being dramatic. I'm being serious. We learned about Liam and Ava, and their totally messed up relationship in The Awakening: Aidan. I knew going in this was going  to be an emotional roller-coaster and I was very anxious to find out just what the heck was going on with Ava. Why did she dsert Liam? What made her push him away and throw him into the awful emotional state he had been in the first book, a state that was so bad Aidan had to find a shifter therapist to get him out of it, or at the very least, get him through it? Well, we find out all in this book. Strike that. We find out all about Liam and Ava in this book. We don't find out the answers to all my questions (like what is up with Britton and Val?! I am so intrigued by those two!) but Liam and Ava, and their story, comes to a head, and then a resolution that I was supremely happy about. There were also some seriously hot moments that not only kept the tension going between the hero and heroine, but also increased the tension with the conflict. I, like Ava, never knew if the big baddie was watching or not and that suspense added to the likeability of the book, for me. What about the downsides? Well, there was one big one that had me slightly frustrated. The prolonged miscommunication on Ava's part and her refusal to ask Liam for help or tell him what was going on, really grated on my nerves. Lack of communication is not one of my fave romance novel tropes. Or at least, not when it's dragged on for a fair bit of the book. I understand that there had to be a reason for Ava to have rejected Liam but I just feel like it went on for a bit too long. I was also disappointed to see Emma leave Ava's house. I was hoping that Liam and she would have a scene, where he saw she had grown up and was doing better, as opposed to when he and Ava had been together before and Emma had been rebelling like it was an Olympic sport. One of the plus sides of this book is the introduction of additional secondary characters to this world. Like I mentioned earlier Britton has me intrigued and I'd love to learn more about his story and why he is suffering a 20 year sentence. (I think it was hinted it, or mentioned in passing. So I know why, I just don't know everything that happened. Britton had to have a reason right?!) Anyways, the end of this book left me feeling satisfied about the state of Liam and Ava for the most part, and I did enjoy seeing Aidan and Jaylin again. He intrigues me. Hopefully we see more of the secondary characters in the future though I'm not entirely certain if this series will be continuing or not. *fingers crossed that it does* All in all this was an enjoyable paranormal romance by an author with a strong voice and strong writing skills. I look forward to reading more by this author! *I received an ARC of this book from the Published in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
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A joy to read.
The_Book_Queen More than 1 year ago
A few months ago I read book one in this series (The Awakening: Aidan) and I really enjoyed it, finding the world Niles created for her shifters to be very interesting. I was anxious to see Liam's story, as his pain was shown again and again. But upon picking up Liam's story this week, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. I still liked this book, but it fell short of my expectations. My problem with Liam's story was a combination of small things. I felt like the pace was too fast, and major issues were resolved much too quickly. I didn't quiet get a chance to connect with the characters, and felt that Emma, the sister to the heroine, was simply a blank character taking up space in the story; I had hoped that she would have played a bigger role, especially considering how important Emma's safety was to Ava. And what I really missed in The Awakening: Liam was when Liam and Ava fell in love. The story starts months after they broke up, but I didn't feel like we were ever shown why they fell in love, and how. Yes, the fact that they were mates instantly puts them together, but as Ava had to choose Liam for the bond to be complete, she would have to love him in return--right? But I didn't see why she loved him, and I need to see that for me to believe in the HEA. While this has nothing to do with why I liked or didn't like the book, I have to say--I found Liam's hope chest for Ava to be a very sweet gesture. I want a man who will make me a hope chest like that, and then say all the right things (such as "I want to make so many memories with you that I have to build another chest for you. And another.") *sigh* Despite the flaws I found, I did like Liam and Ava's story, and read it very quickly. I will no doubt continue the series in the future. Liam's book may not have been my favorite, but that doesn't mean I won't still recommend it to some readers. However, I will point out that having read Aidan's book will help you to understand this world better (plus, Aidan's book was great). If you are looking for a new kind of shifter romance, one with a new twist on the theme and rules, this is the series to try. Niles writes sexy shifters, with a good dose of dirty talk and smexy action, and who doesn't love that? 3 STARS! ~ * ~ * ~ For my full review, including favorite book quotes, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace. I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via a blog tour, in exchange for my honest opinion. TheBookQueen
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
The Awakening: Liam by Abby Niles is the second in her exciting Awakening series. If her first book (Aidan) was a great look at the interesting phenomenon of shifter mating, this was the book that told us all how utterly awful it could really be. Liam is introduced in Aidan’s book as a shifter who has been rejected by his mate before the bond is fully in place. His issues with this rejection continue here in his own book. Liam is a fairly typical shifter, with the requisite looks, beast, protective instincts, etc. Unfortunately for Liam, his mate Ava isn’t exactly the best person in the world. Oh, she’s not evil, not really, she’s just stupid – very, very stupid. For Liam, Ava’s stupidity leads to torture, heartbreak, and a whole lot of shifter police action that was utterly unnecessary. Ava isn’t painted in a good light in Aidan’s book and nothing she does here makes her look any better. Even her own internal monologues make Ava less and less of a sympathetic character. Other than Ava, there are a couple of issues with the book. First, Jaylin actually commits a grave faux pas as a counselor by revealing details of Liam’s issues to Ava. Second, the villain was pretty obvious from the moment a list was made of people who might be suspects. The plot; however, was strong with more information about the shifters coming out. The return of Aidan, Jaylin, and Britton was good to see and they fit seamlessly into this story. The new characters and their interactions made for some zingers, especially involving Britton. There was a lot of foreshadowing of Britton’s book. This actually helped to save Liam’s book, because if this book is anything to go by, Britton’s book is going to be amazing. RATING: 3 Heat Rating: Hot REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Liam was rejected by his mate and thought nothing could top that low. He is wrong when he feels her die he feels like he has as well. He goes to her and in his grief is caught unaware and drugged. When he wakes he is in a whole new kind of hell. His mate is still alive but he finds himself trying to save them both all along with trying to figure out who wants revenge on him. Ava had to leave Liam before for her own reasons and now being near him is tearing her apart. She has to deal with her feelings, try to keep him away from her, say alive and discover why she is a target. What kind of past does Liam have if they will go after her to get even. Liam is a broken Shifter. He has been rejected and doesn't think anything good can happen now. Being a shifter having his mate want nothing to do wit him is doubly hard. He wants to keep her safe no matter what even if it cost him life. Ava is scared and really doesn't know what is going on. She has her moments where you really get to see her backbone show. She will fight to protect those she loves. You may think at times she is weak but she is far from it. She had to be strong to do what she did and to survive what she is going through now. I haven't read the first book in the series but you get right away what all that has happened. It doesn't effect your reading one bit. I love a story with shifters and this one is great as you really get to see the emotional side and the effects shifters have if they are broken down. No fear the sexy side we all love is still there. This book starts right off with action as the two are taken and tortured but no clue why. You along with them struggle to see who is behind it. I will say I was surprised as I wouldn't have guessed it. This book is full of hope, longing, heartache and so much more. You really get invested in learning more about these two and what will become of them. If you love shifters or paranormal books I will say pick this up and try it.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
For the most part, I liked this book. Let me get out what I didn’t like and then I’ll go into the many reasons I did like this book. First: the villain behind it. Up until they found out who was responsible, there was almost no clue as to his identity. Yes, in retrospect, the incident is mentioned, but truly there are no other hints as to his identity. They simply catch the guy, realize who he is, and poof. No real lead-up to the big reveal. Second: I really didn’t like the slight change in spelling on certain words to give them a mystical feeling. A few of them (Dsert and Dsertion were clear, and there are others that I never did quite figure out what the letter should have been). It largely feels like the author expected everyone had read the first book, so she didn’t need to reintroduce the overall world very much for those coming into the series on the second book. I feel like the book didn’t have as much meaning for me because I’d missed something from the first book. Now, on to the good stuff. Ava is strong, despite being horrifically tortured in the early pages of this book. Yes, I wanted to smack her upside the head for being an idiot and keeping a particular secret for faaaaar too long from Liam about why she’d dumped him. I get why she might have considered it, but seriously, the shifters clearly had access to resources humans didn’t, and maybe if she’d trusted him with the truth, her reasons could have been worked around. Heck, they might have found the psycho a lot sooner, for that matter. But, she plays the hand she’s dealt and absolutely devoted to her little sister Emma. Liam – now there is a shifter I’d love to take home and curl up with. His alternate form is that of a lion, which is something I haven’t seen much of in the shifter genre. He’s passionate and I ultimately understand why he was so desperate to come together with Ava after his initial marking of her. I found the idea of what Liam and/or Ava could do with the marks on Ava’s thighs awesome. I also giggled a lot when Ava was forced to ‘fess up how/when she discovered just what she could do by touching the marks. No, I’m not going to go into further details. Read the book. Overall, good book. Not spectacular, but still really good. I’ll probably look up others in the series as they come out. I’m not sure I’m hooked enough to go back and find the first one though. We shall see. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4-star for ease of rating on Amazon, etc. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
donnas1 More than 1 year ago
This was the second book in The Awakening series. However, it is not necessary to read them in order. They are each their own complete stories. Also if you hold a grudge against a character, reading Aidan's story first might make it harder for you to like Ava in this one. I really had my doubts about her at the beginning based on the little I knew from book 1. But as you read her and Liam's story you get a very different perspective. Liam is a broken soul, he has mated to a woman who has rejected him. As a result he cant shift and keeps getting lost in her emotions. He has a one way bond that returns nothing to him but pain and suffering. When he feels his mate die he cant help run to her. While distraught and distracted he is easily overcome and taken captive. Ava had refused Liam when he tried to explain what he was to her. Her rejection has all but destroyed him. When she is drugged and taken captive, she has no idea what is going on. Only to find herself trapped with the one man she left behind and the one man she can never forget. From the moment they are captured the story takes you on a roller coaster ride of danger and excitement. It is near impossible to wait to see what happens next. Who is this mysterious stranger that has kidnapped them? Will Ava tell Liam why she really left him? Will Liam survive her leaving again or will he even let her go? Can they overcome the odds stacked against them and be together forever the way they are meant too? Once I started I could not stop reading and finished this book rather quickly. Both Liam and Ava are fascinating characters with such levels that really come out in this story. Watching them interact is pure enjoyment. You cant help but hope they can work it out to be together. As I said you do not have to read these in order, but once you read one you will have to read the other so be prepared! I am looking forward to more from this author as she creates a well developed world and intriguing characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Awakening: Liam by Abby Niles got my attention right away with her dedication. I knew I would like the book if for no other reason than her sense of humor - "to Rum and Coke".. Even if those were her pet ferrets, I was in! Turns out the book was FANTASTIC. I didn't need her cutesy dedication, she had me at the first chapter. I do not want to give any spoilers, but a tiny bit is needed to make the review right. It's a love story between two people who were torn apart by other outside forces. The bummer is only one side of the couple understands and makes that decision. The second party is undercut and crushed by the breakup. These characters made me love them from the start - Liam is a strong, loving man who is trying to build his life. Ana is a caring woman who is trying to hold onto a sister who has gone through some tough decisions. From the onset, you know their love is real and true. The series of events lead back to actions from years ago. I loved that part of the book - how every action in our lives leads us further down the path we walk. It's true for each characters back story and for their story together. This author made me fall in love with Ana and Liam. I teared up, gasped, and got really big smiles as I read this. I stayed up all night to finish this one, did not even put it down once I started. I usually will drag a book out over a few nights, but not this one. I am excited to read more by Abby. I want to see more into this world she has woven. by Karen Trail
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
A very interesting read! This is the first book that I’ve read by Abby Niles and it will not be the last. It’s a great paranormal romance that includes a very interesting mystery that kept me consumed until the very end.  Liam lost the love of his life, and as a shifter, his mate eight months ago, and life has meant nothing to him since. But his mate’s rejection is nothing compared to the moment he feels her death like it was his own. Determined to get proof that she is dead he goes to her home and his world turns black as he passes out. When he wakes he has no idea where he is, but he also knows that things are not what they seem. But he cannot figure out why someone is set on making him pay with the things that mean the most to him. Ava broke up with Liam after she found out about his secret life, but it was just an excuse because she was forced to leave him. When they are kidnapped and locked up together she knows she still wants to be with him more than anything. As the reason for their kidnapping start being revealed, Ava finds out many things that she didn’t know about Liam. Can they work together to escape the madman who seeks vengeance? Can Liam prove that the best thing for both of them is to be together, or is it too late for both of them?  I received an e-ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
CharleneCF More than 1 year ago
I did not care for the beginning of this book, I thought that it was very frightening.  If not for Liam and Ava getting together after all of the obstacles they faced, I would have just thought that it was a horror book, instead of romance.
samanthajayne13 More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. It caught my attention as soon as I started reading it. I loved how it was a paranormal romance where one of the charcters turns into a lion. It helped that the hero, Liam, was the one who turned into a lion. It was a great book because it showed how true love could withstand anything. I was very happy when Ava, Liam's mate, decided that she wasn't going to listen to the bad man anymore and help hurt Liam by not returning his love when she did love him. I know that she was trying to protect her sister from the bad guy but I thought that she needed to do something for herself. Can't wait tp read more by Abby Niles. She was great!
emmadnz More than 1 year ago
While I quite enjoyed this I have to admit that it didn't pull me in and grab me. It was an entertaining light romance with a bit of suspense and some paranormal stuff thrown in. Great read if you want a little distracting but not something I couldn't put down. Follows what you would expect and like in a paranmoral romance with a couple needing to work through issues and some unique little twists on the mating aspect but I just couldn't get involved. Did some thinking on why and I think it's just that the characters seemed a little shallow to me. Both hiding secrets that should have been shared a lot earlier and neither really fighting for their relationship at though they professed to love each other. Did find the Dserted state an interesting twist at first. Would have liked to give this more stars but while the world building was good the characters just didn't really do it for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ARC provided for an honest review 4 Stars! I didn’t read the first book in the series so I didn’t know what to expect of this. Not sure what I expected. However, I thought I might be lost but it worked rather nicely. This book was so much better than I thought it would be. You don’t have to read the first book to understand what’s going on but I guess it would be helpful. Some terms needed explaining. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I couldn't put it down and read it all in one night. I definitely recommend this book even if the shift changing theme isn't your normal type of book.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
The Awakening: Liam (The Awakening #2) by Abby Niles 4 of 5 stars Shape shifter, Liam Doyle has been suffering from “Dsertion” ever since his mate, Ava, left him.  He thought things could not get worse, until he felt her death.  Overcome with pain, Liam finds himself at Ava’s apartment, discovering Ava lying on her bed in a pool of blood.  Not knowing that he was heading into a trap, Liam is drugged and taken captive at the crime scene. Ava Michaels wakes up disorientated, being held a prisoner, bound in a strange room.  Learning that Liam is being held in the room next to her, Ava experience conflicting feelings as her captor reveals that Liam is the reason she is being held and tortured.     From the start, The Awakening: Liam, was exciting and action packed.  This book was original and not just another shape shifter novel.  Your heart will go out to the characters as the story develops.  Abby Niles did a wonderful job creating this thrilling tale.   ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4 Stars! I didn’t read the first book in the series so I didn’t know what to expect of this. I was actually not expecting much to be honest. But… I was wrong!! This book was so much better than I thought it would be. You don’t have to read the first book to understand what’s going on but I guess it would be helpful. There were a lot of terms that I didn’t have a clue what it meant. However you get into it pretty quickly and everyone with a brain will know what those shifter terms are supposed to be. Okay, let’s start the actual review. I have to apologize because I think I won’t be able to write this review without spoilers. It’s just not possible with this book. So from here on expect spoilers or quit reading. There was actually not sooo much going on in the whole book. If I had to narrow it down to the major events I would say there were three parts to this book. However this book did not lack anything. From the first page on I was hooked. There was so much action and angst and more action going on in the first part. I couldn’t put the book down. And it was not just action. Abby Niles was able to bring every emotion across so well, it was awesome. I felt what I was supposed to feel in every scene. The characters got to me and I could totally relate to why they were acting the way they were. Normally when this typical storyline occurs were one of the heroes is like “I love you so much but in order to protect you I can’t tell you and we have to separate” I feel like this: come on. Everyone knows ones you tell him / her the problem will solve itself.. blablabla… This was one of those storylines. However it worked!!The author was so good at describing the situations and bringing across the feelings I got goose bumps. I really felt Liam’s pain when being rejected by Ava. And I loved the scene when Ava returns to her room the first time after the kidnapping. It was not a major scene but I loved how the author described how hard it was for Ava to enter that room and how she did it anyway. It was great! To come back to those major three parts of the book. That was good! The book was fast paced and there was no dull moment even when there wasn’t any action going on at the moment. I can’t give the book five stars though because I had the feeling it was not super original. It was a very nice paranormal romance and I enjoyed reading it a lot. The author is very talented. But the storyline was not extraordinary and didn’t blow me away. If you enjoy a good shifter story this is your book to get your fix :)
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
This has been an amazing series so far! This book starts right off with so much action that there was no way for me to put it down. Liam and Ava's back story is explained in book one, as well as Liam's condition, which believe me will have your heart going out to him!! So I definitely recommend you start with it before jumping into this book, but if you do start with this one, I think you would be able to catch on with no problems! Liam, who has been rejected by his mate, can feel every emotion his mate has, but when he feels her death it just about breaks him. When he discovers, however, that she is not really dead, it brings out the beast in him. Literally!!! I think all their past aside, Liam and Ava were a perfect fit for each other, and the story line was beyond what I expected for Liam. I am fully vested in these characters and can't wait to see what else the author has in store for us. Will definitely be recommending this series to everyone I know! I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.
csmaxwell More than 1 year ago
ARC provided by publisher for an honest review 4 Stars I am a fan of Abby Niles and her unique shifter world. After reading the first book of the series, Aidan, I knew I wanted to follow up with book two. Liam was seen in the first book and has been rejected by the woman that he loves--his mate--Ava. Most men would typically mutter a "Screw you" and go on their merry way. But Liam is different. He's not human, but a shifter. And when a shifter finds his mate, only to be dserted, that shifter loses his connection to the beast that lives inside. Unable to completely bond with Ava when she rejects him, Liam has been falling into a coma-like state called bahrraj.  The more frequent these episodes occur, the higher the risk that Liam will not be able to return to his normal state.  It is ultimately a death sentence for the dserted shifter. At the beginning of Liam's story, Liam senses that Ava is being threatened and in serious trouble. But before he can reach her, he feels her life force slip away. When he rushes to her home, he finds her lifeless body on the bedroom floor covered in blood. Cradling her, rocking her back and forth, totally distraught, an unseen enemy approaches and knocks Liam out. When Liam awakens, he finds himself a prisoner of a mad man. And this mad man's evil plan starts to unfold with a shocker--a two-way glass revealing his precious Ava strapped down and alive. And Ava and Liam are his pawns in a very deadly game. I loved Liam the shifter and Liam the man. His alpha instincts, the caring gestures he has toward Ava, make a sexy package that Ava has a hard time resisting. And Ava has her altruistic reasons for rejecting Liam, even though she has continued to love him. Their story is beautifully told with heart breaking emotions and sizzling chemistry. Niles starts out Liam's story with nail-biting intensity and I couldn't put it down. A must read for fans of shifter romance readers out there who love a protective hero who will do anything for his mate.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Liam Doyle lost everything when his mate Ava left him 8 months ago. He was left with nothing but emptiness and despair. Now the madman behind this has struck again, he has kidnapped Liam and Ava. He wants Liam to suffer as he has. He knows that hurting Ava is the way to accomplish his goal. Their story is filled with so much danger and drama that it leaves you breathless. You see how the desire for revenge can consume a person. It also shows what the power of true love can accomplish. Liam is so loving and passionate. He will do anything to protect his mate even give her up. His vulnerability makes him appealing. I loved this shifter. Ava is his other half. She is caught between a rock and a hard place. Liam is her heart's desire but she needs to protect her younger sister. Can these two stubborn people find their way back to each other? I couldn't put this book down. The action was never ending. I felt emotionally drained after reading this book. If you enjoy reading a hot romance about shifters, you will love this book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.