Awakenings 2: Instinct

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Awakenings 2: Instinct

Awakening’s 2: Instinct left more to be desired. I did not read Jessica Freely’s first book in this series (Virgin), which left me a little confused during some parts of the second. I thought the concept was a good one, but I found myself losing interest rather quickly. There were parts throughout the novel that would catch my interest again, making it a slow read, but not enough to make me want to read this book another time. This was my first time reading a book with a main m/m character romance and it left me a little disappointed.

A point in favor of Freely’s novel is that the character conflict between the two main males, Joam and Blake, was believable, but I did not feel a connection with either characters. The story was a new take on shape shifters, so the idea was somewhat original, but it wasn’t enough to save this story.

Book Blurb for Awakenings 2: Instinct

Genre: LGBT Shape-shifter Paranormal
Length: Novel
Joam is a varnal, a shape-shifter endowed with otherworldly sexual powers. Until recently a virgin, all Joam wants to do is drive his new lover Blake, a former hustler, wild. But the hotter things get between them, the more out of control Joam's varnal powers become.
The next thing he knows, he's shifting without warning and drawing dangerous quantities of sexual energy from Blake, leaving his soulmate in a blissful, comatose state for days. Terrified that he will kill Blake, Joam withdraws, but Blake misunderstands the reason for this sudden distance, and fears that Joam is rejecting him for his past.
Meanwhile, all is not as it seems at the quiet farmhouse retreat where the two have found refuge after a traumatic experience in Joam's hometown. If Joam and Blake don't break out of their intoxicating cycle of denial and excess in time, it may be too late for both of them.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, exhibitionism, same-sex practices (f/f, m/m), ménage, sex while in shifted animal form, violence (rape of hero by villain), voyeurism.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2010 2.25