- File Size: 1413 KB
- Print Length: 168 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Covet (April 23, 2013)
- Publication Date: April 23, 2013
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CGFCEHE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved that set up, and how we learn a lot about shifter romance without info dumps. It's actually happening, and we get to see the start of a bond with Aidan, and what happens when the bond goes badly with Liam. Then it kind of went downhill from there. Liam tricks Jaylin into going on a trip to Cancun, and doesn't let her leave. This is kidnapping! I do like how shifters know who their mates are and pursue them, but Aidan goes too far. Plus, Liam needs help, so not only does his best friend leave him, but takes the doctor, too! Sure, he set him up with another one (over Skype), but still. Way to be a good friend.
While this plot annoyed me, what most bothered me about Aidan was how everyone spoke like these events were happening over weeks, months, or even years. The word choices were just really bad, since Aidan kidnaps Jaylin after just a few days of meeting her. Then they send three or four days in Cancun, and yet he has spent "weeks" trying to convince her that they're meant to be. And there's a few mentions of it being "so long" but no, it's a few days! I can get behind instalove when there's a reason for it, but don't act like it's been longer than it has been.
Aidan just didn't work for me for the most part. I spent a lot time rolling my eyes and wanting to yell at the characters for stupid things. Jaylin treats Aidan like a yo-yo, and is shocked when he's upset by this. But, of course, they get their happy ending.
Ok I'm getting off track now. So, Shifters mate for eternity with one soul and he finds his mate in a half human/ half shifter Dr Jaylin Avgar. Jaylin is a therapist who helps shifters in the grief when their mates die. A shifter will love only once and forever. She is torn between the two lives and vows to herself that she will never mate with a shifter. Can Aidan knowing she is his mate change her mind? Or will her fighting his Drall kill her? I've only read a few paranormal books but I can tell you this story sucked me right in. The writing is superb and the story flowed so well. I found myself totally intrigued with the behaviors of Shifters like they are real. They are real, Right? I know. I know but that is how well written this book is and how powerful their struggle is for each other. The ending is a nail bitter, Will she die? Will he come back? Will they be together even in the afterlife? These are questions I found myself asking the entire time I read it, and this is why I highly recommend this book. Aidan O'Connell captured my heart with his Aplha Male and his fight to stay away even though it meant never loving another being again. Read this book for yourself. Enjoy it and check out Abby Niles other titles.
5 Sharp Clawed Stars for this book.
Leading lady Jaylin is a half shifter grief counselor, who until recently included shifters and humans in her practice but who stopped treating shifters until, cougar shifter Aidan convinces her to take on his brother's case. In Aidan's brother Liam, we get to see the devastation of a rejected bond and in Jaylin's explanations of his condition we get a whole slew of cheesy terms that go along with the broken mating process - fewsion, Dsershon (say 'em out loud for full effect) - so that we know the pain that Aidan faces when he decides that Jaylin is his mate, only to discover that Jaylin doesn't see the mate bond as something wonderful and is adamant that she will never bond with a shifter ever. Of course, Aidan's instincts are not to be denied, he takes Jaylin's words as a challenge and sets out to play dirty in order to win her.
So that's where the execution of the idea work less well for me, Aidan basically kidnaps Jaylin and put her in a situation where she has to be around him and then goes all cold and controlled on her to prove that he can fight his instincts. Jaylin, who I didn't find at all likable even before that point, gets a bit muddled by his 'rejection' and starts regretting pushing him away, so they decide that their time together is going to be just about sex. Which of course insidiously forms a connection she's still not willing to commit to until events occur which cause her to see the light just as fate looks to separate them forever.
However it was quite well written and it was a very interesting idea so overall I it was good reading.
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