Review: Aidan (The Awakening #1) by Abby Niles

Is the gift of eternal love a blessing or a curse?

After years of counseling grieving shifters, psychiatrist and half-shifter, Dr. Jaylin Avgar has become jaded on shifter mating. She wants to marry a human and forget about the love for eternity crap. Then she meets Aidan O’Connell, an infuriatingly laid back shifter who represents everything she doesn’t want. Yet, the more he pursues her, the more she craves a future with him. Only one thing stands in her way: death. Can she overcome her fear of losing Aidan to the one guarantee in life?

Millionaire consultant, Aidan O’Connell knows he’ll one day meet a woman who’ll awaken an unrelenting mating instinct. Unfortunately, that woman is Jaylin, who has no qualms about telling him that he and his so-called eternity can shove it. When she pushes him away, he takes a drastic step so she can no longer escape. The close proximity throws the instinct into overdrive. Can he control the need engrained in him until he’s certain she will reciprocate the bond, or will a moment of weakness doom him to hell on earth?

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

It all starts when Aiden's friend, Liam, is going through some grief about being rejected by his mate. This leaves him in a state of paralysis, which he can die of. Wanting to save his friend, he calls upon the help of specialist Dr. Jaylin Avgar. After a lot of convincing she agrees to help Liam.

Jaylin is a specialist when it comes to broken bonds between mates. But after years of seeing the extreme pain they go through, she has decided she doesn't want that. She wants a nice human man to marry and not have the fear of getting ending up in the same state as her patients.

Which would be okay, if Aiden wasn't her mate. After one kiss the mating ritual starts and while he tries to hold himself back before overwhelming Jaylin, she just refuses to even consider mating with him.

I really liked Aiden. He's smart, gorgeous, loyal and strong, without being too alpha about it. He tries to please his mate, but that can be difficult if he starts feeling like he might go down the same path Liam when Jailyn keeps refusing him.

It really is up to Jailyn to decide to give in to Aiden or not. Which by the end of the book got really tiring. Her constantly denying him, because she's too afraid when she clearly knows what the consequences will be for them, I did not understand. I wanted to knock some sense in that woman.

Overall the story was well written, the characters were well developed and the world building was interesting and very extensive. Aiden is a nice romance about shifters with plenty of steamy scenes to keep you happy.

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The Author
Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, she’s been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys and knights. She never imagined that those years of reading would one day lead to her becoming a published author.

In her late twenties, after having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. Next thing she knew, she was actually submitting to publishing houses. And was immediately rejected. That didn’t stop her though. She found some kickass critique partners, honed her craft, and continued submitting.

And eventually sold.

Today, she juggles work, being a single mom, and writing. It’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy?

Abby is the author of the contemporary MMA romance, Extreme Love, the first book in her Love to the Extreme series. Fighting Love is scheduled to release in December of 2013 and Winning Love is scheduled for 2014. She is also the author of the dark paranormal romance series The Awakening: Aidan and the The Awakening: Liam and The Awakening: Britton. Both series are with Entangled Publishing. She also has a geeky romantic comedy, Defying Convention, with Carina Press.

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