The Awakening: Liam
Author: Abby Niles
Date of Publication: August 25, 2013
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?
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.