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Peek Inside Awakening: Aidan

Psychiatrist and half-shifter, Dr Jaylin Avgar has become jaded on shifter mating, just wanting to marry a human and forget about the love-for-eternity crap. Until she meets Aidan. Can he control the need ingrained in him until he’s certain she will reciprocate the bond, or will a moment of weakness doom him to hell on earth?

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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 can’t recommend it enough if you are looking for something new and different in shifter romance."- My Book Addiction Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622668069
Series: The Awakening, Book 1
Release Date: Apr 23, 2013
Page Count: 228
Imprint: covet
Genre: paranormal, werewolves
Tropes: forced proximity, unrequited love

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By Katya April 25, 2013

3.85 Stars!!!

Dr. Jaylin Avgar knows first hand what happens to shifters when the bond between mates is unfulfilled or broken. She is a Psychologist who has been treating shifters for this condition and has sworn off mating with a shifter despite being a half-shifter herself.

Then she meets Aiden,... ...more

By Shelly June 26, 2013

I started this one completely based on a recommendation. I’m happy to say that I’m going to be taking those recommendations from now on because this is a really good story, so much so that I’m hoping there’s a series coming because the premise is a good one (shameless plea #1).

Niles has built an... ...more

By Jeannie April 24, 2013

Shape-shifters and romance – great combo for me...and having never read any of Abby's work before there's the excitement when you find a new to you author.
Well, it started promisingly with lead male Aiden introduced to us right in the first paragraph. I like to get to know my “heroes” and love t... ...more

By Anna March 10, 2017

A very well written, well thought out and well executed story. So different from what you can come to expect from shifter stories, although perhaps a little too focused on the negative aspects of what can obviously become a great and enduring love, it still had truly amazing moments. I loved Aida... ...more

By Sapphyria August 29, 2013

Aidan O'Connell is still learning to deal with his roommate, his friend Liam. Liam is nursing a broken heart after his human mate rejected him and his shifter ways. This rejection has caused serious problems with Liam and the only way to help him if for Aiden to call a half-shifter psychiatrist... ...more

By Christi April 26, 2013

My Review:
This book was really good. It took a totally different spin on shifter mates and I liked it. In this world, women hold all the power in mated couples and about 1% of the time, the male's mating instinct is "off" and leaves him in a situation that will eventually lead to madness if untre... ...more

By Heather April 26, 2013

I’m always looking for a fresh spin on shifter romance, and Abby Niles gave it to me. I LOVED this!!!

Dr. Jaylin Avgar is a psychiatrist for humans and shifters. She’s recently gone to only counseling humans, because she’s burnt out on dealing with shifter grief. Between counseling shifters after... ...more

By Trish May 14, 2013

ARC provided by NetGalley

Jaylin Avgar is a half-shifter and a psychologist, who, until recently counseled grieving shifters. But the torment that they suffer when their mate either dies or deserts them has left its toll on her. And she refuses to let its claws sink into her own heart. She is thro... ...more

By Shauni April 26, 2013

What would happen if you met the love of your life but knew all the negative things that could happen if you lost said love? What would happen if you clinically looked at all the what ifs? And lost the what is? Abby Niles does a wonderful job pointing out that there is nothing worse than being af... ...more

By The Nauti October 12, 2013

Title: The Awakening: Aidan
Series: Awakening Series Book #1
Author: Abby Niles
Rating: A+
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... ...more

By Stephanie May 07, 2013

Original Post at Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

Is it Better to Have Love and Lost than Never to Have Loved at All? The Awakening: Aidan
Original Post 5/7/2013 with guest post and Giveaway

Jaylin has all kinds of reasons why she should not get involved with Aid... ...more

The Awakening: Aidan by Abby Niles is a wonderful addition to the paranormal romance genre. It’s refreshing look at the “mating bond” concept in paranormal romances, and especially among shifter romances, is not just a great read, but also a more intriguing discussion on how something like a “mat... ...more

By Jacque March 23, 2017

As a psychiatrist and half shifter, Jaylin had seen it all when it came to shifter mating and grief. She wants nothing more to do with shifters, or their pain, and will only take human patients. She doesn't even want a shifter for a mate...nice safe humans are the only ones for her. Aidan is smar... ...more

By S.J. May 06, 2013

The premise for this book and the beautiful cover was enough to hook me, but would I stay hooked? The heroine, Jaylin has seen first-hand the downside of claiming your mate. She’s taken a strong stance and has dramatically changed her professional life. Got to love a heroine who is willing to tak... ...more

By Jen January 11, 2014

So after reading this I found myself on Google looking for Hot, Red Headed men. Here's a brief synopsis of the book and then maybe you'll understand and join me in my quest for the ginger that reminds you of Aidan. Aidan O'Connell is a Shifter. He is human but can form into an animal which by the... ...more

By Wednesday May 09, 2013

When I first saw this book I was really excited to read it. I admit I'm a sucker for Shifter stories, especially werewolf shifter stories. As long as there good shifter stories and not like those other ones that are so popular with people. So to say I was shocked when I realized that this wasn't... ...more

By Wednesday April 06, 2014

REPOST~ When I first saw this book I was really excited to read it. I admit I'm a sucker for Shifter stories, especially werewolf shifter stories. As long as there good shifter stories and not like those other ones that are so popular with people. So to say I was shocked when I realized that this... ...more

By Kat August 18, 2013

3.5 awesome shifter stars! I really liked this book but went into it with some trepidation. I had read other reviews lamenting the fact that the story about Liam is more engaging than that of our main couple. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that, not only was interested in what we lear... ...more

By Crystal April 30, 2013

Aidan doesn't want to lose his friend and so he calls the only person that he knows can help him. Dr. Jaylin Avgar who is a psychiatrist-half-shifter. She has stopped working with the shifters because she has seen too much and just wants to work with humans. All that changes when Aidan calls her.... ...more

By Carrie (Book Fairy) May 30, 2013

Favorite line He looked down at her with stunned amazement as he cupped her head between his hands, "in ever thought this day would come"

What a emotionally, shifter fabulous book. In this book shifter lore goes likes this you find your mate and you go into Drall well if your mate denies you then... ...more

By Priya May 24, 2013

a smooth four-star book with a story that's very different.

Since the blurb gives what the book is about, I'm not going to dwell on it. However, I'd like to say that this book had a concept that's very different from most shape-shifter/werewolf stories out there.

I loved the new way of writing and... ...more

By Angela April 25, 2013

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, but by the fifth chapter, I was completely hooked! The hero and heroine had so much chemistry, it made it a page turner. What impressed me the most was the author's character development of Jaylin, a therapist who is a half-shifter but who ha... ...more

By JoRead January 05, 2014

I've read complaints about her use of words such as Dsershon, Fewshon, Dea, Splycer, etc. Don't let that fool you. If you read them as plain old English you won't even need to google, except for Dea, but c'mon, by way of context we can determine what it means. Some may not grasp the whole concept... ...more

By Pauline June 06, 2013

"The Awakening : Aidan" was an easy ready, very agreable. The writing was impeccable, very accessible for non-English folks. The story was interesting enough, though nothing really new or mind blowing but still sexy and satisfyng.

Aidan is a shifter. For shifters, finding a mate equals love at fir... ...more

By Holly April 20, 2013

This was a really good read!! The story was very well built and sucked me in so much that I read it in one sitting. All the characters were amazing... Jaylin, a half shifter, is a little feisty and a lot set in her ways and Aidan is a full shifter who upon seeing Jaylin, knows what he wants and r... ...more

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Abby Niles

About the author

Abby Niles

Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, sheÂ’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 didnÂ’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. ItÂ’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy? Abby is the author of the contemporary MMA Love to the Extreme series. Extreme Love and Fighting Love are available in both digital and print. Winning Love is scheduled for August 2014. She is also the author of the dark paranormal romance series The Awakening: Aidan, 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. She is represented by Maureen Walters at Curtis Brown, LTD

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