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?
About the Author
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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A citric taste flooded Liam Doyle's mouth a second before a shot of terror had him jackknifing to a sitting position. He clawed at his throat and the book he'd been reading crashed to the floor.
Not your reality. Not your reality. Not your reality.
He repeated the mantra he'd used to keep from going deep into Bahrraj, to keep from being paralyzed by her emotions.
The constriction around his chest and throat tightened. A cold sweat broke out over his body as he fought the attack, fought to stay conscious of his surroundings.
Not you. Her.
Desperate to get to his feet, he fumbled with the covers, but tumbled out of bed onto the floor on all fours. Muscles tensed, threatening to lock into immobility as he struggled to escape her invading feelings. Forcing stuttered puffs through his taut lips, he clenched his eyes closed.
Not you. Her.
Ava. His mate.
The awareness of her loosened its grasp on his body and mind. He inhaled, once, twice, then pushed to his feet. Something was wrong. He had to get to her. As he stumbled from the room into the hallway, another blinding wave of terror consumed him and he fell against the wall. Her fear was so powerful, so crushing, he could barely stay on his feet, but at least his muscles were no longer trying to lock. He'd won control over the attack. Now he had to help her.
How could he help her? Goddamn it, he didn't even know where she was! He staggered the rest of the way into the living room, inhaling painful breaths into his constricted lungs.
Snarling, his beast slammed forward with its teeth bared. As always, Liam's body failed to respond to the animal's frenzy, but for the first time since she had rejected him eight months ago, he and his beast felt the same overwhelming emotion — fear for their mate. What was happening? Why was she so fucking terrified? Where was she?
The impotence of the moment made him bellow between fused teeth as he fisted his hands in his hair and pulled. An icy cold filled his veins. Everything froze. His body. His beast. His emotions. Everything. Froze. The terror slowly seeped from within him. A dark shadow crept in, replacing the essence that was Ava that lived in his blood.
His beast roared.
This couldn't be happening.
As her life force drained from him, he dropped to his knees. Tears scorched the back of his eyes. The last flutters of her life ceased to pump in his veins and he was left with nothing but emptiness.
He searched deep inside for any sign of her, a flicker, a hope someone was trying to breathe life back into her — to give her back to him. The emptiness did not shift, did not even shimmer. It lay inside him. Heavy. Cold. Dead. Even his beast lay unnaturally dormant. No growls or agitated pacing, as if it, too, knew its mate was gone.
Bile rose in the back of his throat. He shoved to his feet, making it to the kitchen sink before he could no longer hold back the contents in his stomach. The sounds of his retching echoed throughout the kitchen. Afterward, he slid down the cabinet to the floor, staring at nothing.
Where had she been? How had she died? The terror made him certain her death was at the hands of someone else. Someone she knew? A stranger?
Two bare feet came into view and he lifted his head to stare up at his roommate, Brit.
"Why are you making such a damn ruckus, man?"
He swallowed, then licked his lips, trying to form the words, but unable to get the syllables out of his mouth.
"Liam?" Brit squatted in front of him, brows knitted as he cocked his head to the side and studied him. "Is this some new fucked up symptom of Dsershon or something?"
No, this ... this was far worse. When Ava had ended their relationship eight months ago, her rejection had devastated his bond to her, sending him into a debilitating condition called Dsershon. When they were together, he'd reveled in the peace their bond had provided him. After she'd left, that peace had shriveled, replaced with anger, bitterness, and helplessness that slowly ate him alive, changed him from the happy, strong man he'd once been, to nothing more than a lost cause who was at the mercy of his mate's emotions.
He'd gladly spend the rest of his life like that if it meant he'd escape the darkness lying heavy inside him now — a heaviness that would never ease, a darkness that would never lighten. Forever.
Unshed tears blurred his vision. "A-Ava's dead."
Brit jerked back. "Fuck." He scrubbed his hand across his mouth. "Fuck."
"Terrified. She was so terrified." He rubbed the area above his heart. Silent. Still. "Gone."
His friend fidgeted, looking uncomfortable as his face scrunched into an I- have-no-clue-what-to-do expression.
There was nothing he could do — nothing anyone could do.
"It's going to be okay."
No. The nothingness inside him ensured it would never be okay. Liam shoved to his feet and strode down the hall, needing to escape the small cabin and Brit's sad, knowing expression. His friend knew what would happen to Liam now, knew the future he faced.
"Hey," Brit called. "Where the hell are you going?"
"Got to go." After he snatched the keys off the end table, he yanked the door open.
"Hey! Liam! Just stay here."
He slammed the door behind him.
Within minutes, he was behind the wheel of his truck, driving down the dark, winding mountain road, with no destination in mind. The shock of her death slowly subsided, leaving behind an overwhelming anguish.
His mate was no longer alive. Never again would he feel her course through his body, but live the remainder of his time with this silence.
Why had he given up? He should have fought for her. Now she was lost to him forever.
He slammed his palm against the steering wheel. Fucking Dsershon.
Had he been human, not stuck in the debilitating, soul-sucking obscurity of the condition, nothing would've stopped him from winning her back. But the longer Ava refused to have anything to do with him, the more the Dsershon had taken over his life, made him stop giving a shit about anything. Until he was aware of nothing but her emotions flowing through his body ... and the sinking realization that his mate had never loved him.
Except she had fucking loved him. Even as she'd tried to reject him, she'd hesitated, cried, and then his stupid mouth had supplied her with the fury to go through with it.
The real reason she'd left him had died with her.
As had his chance to fix what had driven them apart..
When he turned onto a street, he realized he'd driven to Ava's neighborhood. Even in death she still drew him to her. He stopped in front of her two-story house. Every window was illuminated. A strangled sound whistled out of his chest.
This was where she'd died.
Ava only kept the lights on when she was home. As soon as she walked into the front door, she started flipping on every switch in the house, saying the shadows gave her the spooks. A quirk he'd found endearing. But it hadn't been the shadows she should've been worried about. It was the monsters waiting outside. He should've been here to protect her. He would've killed to keep her safe. His beast would've killed.
Was her body lying on the floor still undiscovered? Was the killer still inside?
No ambulance, police cars, or fire trucks were present. Other than the bastard that had taken her life, Brit and Liam were the only ones who knew she was dead. Imagining her body, lying alone, felt like a knife to the heart. He had to go in. See for himself she was truly gone.
After he jogged up the stone walkway, he grabbed the key from the top of the doorframe and opened the door. Ava's familiar floral scent tackled him as well as the metallic stench of human blood. He recoiled, almost losing the strength to proceed, but he forced himself to follow the reek up the stairs, death taunting him the entire way. When he entered her bedroom, the smell overpowered him. He gagged, stumbling backward against the wall.
Could he face this?
Damn it, he had to.
Forcing himself back into her room, his gaze immediately went to the puddle of blood at the foot of the bed and the curled fingers lying in it — Ava's slim, French manicured fingers. His throat tightened, making it difficult to draw in air. A part of him hadn't wanted to believe it, couldn't accept it, but the evidence before him forced him to face the truth.
Ava was truly dead.
As he moved to the corner of the bed, his beast roared, thrashing violently inside. Liam moaned, and dropped to his knees beside her still body.
"Oh, A-Ava. What did they do to you?" He leaned over her, hands held out toward her, unable to believe his mate had been taken from this world in such a violent manner.
Blood drenched her turquoise camisole. The sticky substance streaked through her strawberry blond hair and puddled beneath her head and body. So much blood. There was so much fucking blood.
He reached toward her, then hesitated, afraid of touching her, afraid to find the warm skin cold as ice, scared to accept.
Tears burned his eyes. When he finally touched her, he brushed aside a lock of blood-stained hair that clung to her cheek. One touch wasn't enough. He skimmed the back of his fingers down her cheek and the side of her neck, relieved to feel the warmth had yet to seep from her skin.
Violent tremors started to quake his body. Unable not to, he gathered her against his chest and rocked. Anguish ripped past his throat and into the air as his soul shattered.
Burying his head in her neck, he hugged her tighter, aware that her arms hung limply, never to hold him again. Her eyes stared past him, never to focus on him again. Her parted lips did not move, never to speak his name again.
He sensed the movement behind him later than he usually would. As he turned his head, a sharp prick pierced his neck.
The last thing he heard was a dark, menacing laugh, and a low whisper. "I knew you'd come."
Then everything went black.
Liam groaned as he rolled onto his back. Cracking open his eyes, he flinched away from the bright florescent lights high overhead. Nausea churned his stomach and he inhaled, then exhaled slowly to calm the storm brewing in his gut.
Though his stomach settled, the careful breathing didn't help ease the suffocating compression on his chest. Where was he? What'd happened?
He massaged above his heart.
Dark. Heavy. Deathly silent.
Memories of Ava's lifeless body, the blood, so much blood, bombarded him. His therapists had warned him that he didn't know true torment yet. This vast darkness, the emptiness inside him, was the true suffering — a constant reminder of the worst moment of his life — his mate's death.
She'd been so terrified. Had she pleaded for her life? Or worse, pleaded for death?
A low rumble vibrated his chest as rage boiled deep inside him. The fury simmered, begging to be unleashed, and he wished to set it free, wished that he and his beast were reconnected, so he could allow the animal control of his feelings. Though they may be disconnected because of the Dsershon, his beast's rage gave him something else to focus on: avenging Ava's death. The motherfucker who'd killed her would pay. He forced himself to sit up and survey the room
The strange chamber was maybe twenty-by-twenty feet with no windows, except for an observation glass close to the high twenty-foot ceiling. Bright- white, padded walls surrounded him. The starkness of the color was only broken by a light gray door and a crimson curtain that spanned the entire width of one of the walls.
Where the fuck was he?
He remembered the sharp prick in his neck, the blackness that overcame him immediately after the menacing, I knew you'd come. Could he really have been waiting there for Liam? That whisper — if he'd really heard it — implied as much, made his kidnapping sound deliberate. Which made no sense to him. He could see no motive.
Did it really matter? The worst thing that could've happened to him had already happened. His mate was dead. Nothing this fucker could dish out would ever compare to that torment.
If anything, it would be Liam who tormented the killer. All he had to do was come up with a plan to get his hands on the bastard, then he could start.
Standing, he scanned the room, . Off to the left was a long, medium-sized cage a little taller than his six feet two inches. He tested the bars.
Reinforced Steel. Thick. Unbreakable. Even for him. In the far right-hand corner, a portion of the room had been sectioned off by a half-wall. As he rounded the corner, a tiny bathroom came into view. Enough room for a toilet, sink, and shower. Lying on top of the sink was a pair of gray jogging pants and a T-shirt.
He blinked in disbelief. The killer had known he was going to bring someone here. He lifted the garments, checked the sizes — a perfect fit.
What the hell?
I knew you'd come.
Had some sicko targeted Ava to get to him?
Holding his arms out in front of him, he stared at the blood that caked his flesh from fingertips to bicep. The dark red stains also saturated his clothes and stuck the fabric to his skin. Ava's blood.
Had she died because of him?
The question knotted his gut and he was perilously close to losing the contents of his stomach again. And he wanted to scrub his mind and body clean of that possible motive. Had that been the point?
Had his captor wanted to watch his victim, watch Liam, scrub himself clean and dress in clothes he'd provided? Did it make him feel powerful? The numbness bubbled with rage, not from his beast but from himself, and he relished the feeling — embraced it.
Turning his back on the bathroom, he stalked into his enclosure. He looked up toward the top of the twenty foot high wall, to the observation glass. Just in case he was being watched, he stepped back, making sure he was in view.
"Fuck you," he said with lethal calm.
Using his sensitive sense of smell, he sniffed the air, searching for the woodsy scent all shifters carried, but detected nothing except the staleness of the room. Not even the musky scent of a human.
The absence of smell, the inability to decipher if it was a human or shifter who had him, bothered him. Who the hell could it be?
He stepped over to the door, touched it. Steel again. Solid. Nonetheless, he shoved against it. The door didn't even creak against the pressure.
No space between the edges for his fingers to pry it open either. He pushed at the small opening in the middle of the door he assumed had been used to pass a food tray through. Again, nothing, not even a give.
No latch from his side. No windows. Not a goddamn thing to use for escape.
What was behind the curtains? He started toward them, making sure to keep his stride calm and purposeful. If whoever had him was watching him, he wouldn't see any panic coming from Liam. He refused to show any fear. Wouldn't give the man the satisfaction.
He'd taken no more than a few steps when the room went dark and the curtains slowly parted in the middle, drawing back. Another room identical to his appeared. Squinting, he stepped closer to the glass. There was something in the middle of the room.
It was flat and large, maybe six feet high and four feet wide, definitely made of wood. The board was attached to a rusted metal axis that connected to the floor and kept it standing upright.
Why was it in the middle of the room like that?
A person dressed in black from the neck down and wearing a werewolf mask stepped through a door on the other side of the glass.
From his height and stature, Liam assumed it was a man. Leather gloves encased his hands. Other than noting the man had a large weight-lifter build, he could discern nothing else. Not the color of the man's skin, his hair, age, nor species.
The man stopped beside the contraption and faced him. The feeling that he was being watched was unnerving, and he swallowed.
I knew you'd come.
The board slowly turned around the axis to reveal its other side.
He gave a wounded cry, and staggered forward. "No!"
Dea, he'd been so wrong. This man could torture him.
Ava's lifeless body was strapped to the board with leather bands that ran across her forehead, shoulders, wrists, stomach, thighs, and ankles. Bellowing in rage, he charged the glass, prepared to shatter it and kill this asshole. He rammed his body into the partition — and bounced off.
Stunned, all he could do was stare at the barrier between him and Ava. A fresh wave of rage washed over him and he threw himself against the glass again, shooting pain through his shoulder.
The man withdrew a syringe from his pocket. What the hell was he doing? Liam pounded on the glass. "Goddammit, leave her in peace!"
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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
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.*
Wonderful story. Nice take on shifter love matches.
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A joy to read.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.