Title: Aaron’s Awakening (Shifters’ Haven #4)
Author: Lavinia Lewis
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Publisher: Total E Bound
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: Paranormal M/M, Werewolves
Length: 110 pages
Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5
A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: The fourth book is this series was a disappointment, using old tropes and plot points from the other books that were not original and fresh and stalling the series in mediocrity.
Shifters’ Haven Series
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?
As I have stated numerous times, I love vampire and shifter books. I will read almost anything in this genre, good and bad, to get my fix. The Shifter’s Haven series started out as your typical werewolf trope with the bonding, mating and lovers against the world type of fare. Unfortunately, the series has stagnated with the premise and has not moved out of that trope into a more unique or creative arena.
In this installment, we finally get wild child Aaron’s story. Aaron, you will remember from book two, is Stefan’s adopted son and has been accepted into the Morgan family via his father’s mating with Cody. He moves with his father to their ranch and that is where he runs into his own mate, Cary. (You will remember Cary as the werecat from book three whose abusive mate was killed by Kelan Morgan). Just coming out of a bad relationship, Cary doesn’t want to be mated to anyone, let alone an Alpha in the making like Aaron. So their road to love is rocky. Add in some crazy homophobic townsfolk who want to kill all the gay werewolfs in the area — that would mean the entire Morgan clan — and you have the set-up for the novel.
Normally this type of Romeo and Juliet, star-crossed lovers theme would have hit all my kinks hard, but as I said when reviewing book three and this still applies to book four: “I felt there should have been some growth and depth in the story, otherwise why read it if you are getting the same old, same old.” There is nothing new and fresh in this installment. Yes, Cary and Aaron meet, fall in love and mate. Yes, the bad guys come after them. But where is the new twist to the plot? In a series, there should be growth in each installment. Yet, in Aaron’s Awakening I am not seeing that. It seems like the same plot as in book one, book two…you get the idea.
However not everything in this novel is a disappointment. I did like a new character that was introduced named Gregory, one of the supernatural council members. He added some spice to the book and I suspect he will be getting his own installment very soon. Plus most of the Morgan brothers are back with their mates and they are always a good time.
Now before anyone gets the idea I dislike this series, I don’t, and I am not trying to bash it in this review. I rated books one and two with 3.5 and 4 stars respectively and really enjoyed them. But I just figured by now the reader would be getting a little different take on the traditional werewolf trope. So, unfortunately, I cannot really recommend this book unless you are a die-hard werewolf fan.
The fifth and sixth books in this series will be released in 2012.
NOTE: This title will be released on October 17, 2011.