Monday, November 3, 2014

Aaron's Awakening by Lavinia Lewis

Title:Aaron’s Awakening
Series:Shifters’ Haven, 4
Author:Lavinia Lewis
Publisher:  Totally Bound
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/M
Word Count:33,846
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb:
How do you prove to someone who has been hurt in the past that you are worth taking a chance on?

Werewolf Aaron Drake is delighted to learn he is finally moving to Texas with his father and father's mate. Aaron is even more excited to meet his mate – Panther shifter Cary - on the very first day in his new home. But Aaron’s happiness is short lived when, upon their first meeting, Cary runs away from him, distraught.

When Panther shifter Cary Lewis discovers Aaron Drake is his mate, he is absolutely terrified. Mate. The word fills him with dread. Cary Spent two years being abused by his mate Gill and the last six months trying to get over his death. The last thing he needs or wants is another mate, especially one who appears to be as aggressive and dominant as Gill had been. But the mating bond is hard to resist and so is Aaron Drake. Just when Cary begins to come to terms with their union a representative from the supernatural council shows up, and Cary learns that cross species mating is strictly forbidden.

Forced to hide their relationship from the council or face dire consequences their bond is further tested when they discover gay shifters in the area are being targeted and killed by a group of local thugs. Are there too many problems for two such young men to overcome or Is their blossoming relationship worth taking a chance on?

I really enjoy Lavinia Lewis’s Shifters’ Haven series.  This series does not need to be read in chronological order and I have found myself jumping around within this series with no problems.  I really liked Ms. Lewis’s characters in Aaron’s Awakening.  Both Aaron and Cary were relatively young shifters who had to deal with heavy issues.  Cary has been lied to and abused. His ability to trust anyone, especially a strong and dominant male is severely damaged by the shifter who lied to him and nearly killed him.  So when Aaron, his true mate, comes along the battle he faced seem insurmountable.  Taking his relative inexperience and youth, Aaron needed to grow up fast.  Ms. Lewis than gave the young lovers the additional challenge of having a forbidden love.  I think she handled all these competing issues quite well.  Ms. Lewis took her readers on Aaron and Cary’s journey of growth.  Aaron had to learn a patience that was not necessarily in his nature.  And Cary had to learn to trust himself and Aaron.  The journey was well written and clearly laid out.  I enjoyed this addition of the Shifters’ Haven series and look forward to reading more from Ms. Lewis.

                                 Four Twinkling Stars!!

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