Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book #Review: Dawn's Awakening (Breed 14, Feline 8) by @LoraLeigh_1

Book Title: Dawn's Awakening (Breeds 14, Feline 8)
Author: Lora Leigh |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Parnormal Romance
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cost: $5.99
Pages: 281
How I got it: Purchased from library book sale
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: Feb 2008
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The runt of the lab she was created in, Dawn Daniels endured years of torture by her pride brother and the council soldiers. Finally freed from her torment, she's now a Breed Enforcer, in control of her own life. Until she's assigned to protect the one man destined to be her mate—and realizes it's far too easy to lose total control. One of the Breeds' most important supporters, Seth Lawrence has spent years trying to forget Dawn, knowing that her lost innocence has made it impossible for her to get close to anyone. But suddenly neither of them can find the strength to fight the overwhelming passion between them. At least until the most brutal tormentor from Dawn's past reappears—and threatens to destroy their newfound love, along with their lives...
This was my most anticipated book in the series; and this is because Dawn has been in so many of the books previously and you can see her journey to here.  As the youngest of the original pride she as deeply betrayed by her pride brother, victimized and deeply abused, she kept what as happening hidden to protect Callan.  Eventually it all comes out, she believed as the runt of the pride she deserved what happened.  **At this point, trigger warnings for those who need it**

Dawn's story broke my heart from the very beginning. I wanted so badly for her to get a happy ending, but one in such deep pain can't just 'get over it' and move it on.  This is a another of the books that deals with the deep abuse the women of the prides, and packs where subject to from the very beginning of their lives within the facilities.  Given free reign over those they don't consider human, and therefore not worth being defended and protected, monsters are let loose among the children.

Dawn's always know who her mate was, however she's not in the best place to be a mate to someone, and so the Pride brothers trying to protect her in fact aide in making her issues worse because they never challenge her ideas of who she is.  Instead Dawn hides herself away by becoming a powerful enforcer, she becomes a warrior who creates a have for the women in the compound who need to feel in control again.

She's thrown for a loop when she discovers that her mate is moving on.  Heartbroken she confronts him and she's pissed, Her mate Seth Lawrence is willing to continue to support the Breeds, but he wants someone who will love him and he's ready for a family and with Dawn never claiming him, he's going to find someone who is willing.  Seth has always known Dawn's deepest pain and was willing to wait as long as she needed, but when she never claims him he's begun to realize Dawn's fears own her far more than he ever could and he refused to live a half life because his mate rejected him.  Which is of course unprecedented.  Seth tries many times to get to know Dawn and each time she meets his efforts with rejection; forced out by the need to protect his mate and of course not within range for the hormones to continue the bond, Seth begins to move on

When circumstances force them within close confines and Dawn realizes what is happening she begins to awaken, first to her power as a Breed, then as a mate, and of course in her sexuality and as a woman.  She begins to look beyond her past and see how her rejection hurt her mate, she also began to awaken to her place within the Breed community, instead of floating on the edges, she's beginning to see how integral she is to the Pride and of course to Callan.

I loved how Lora handled the story of the trauma, and journey to thriving and not just surviving which is what Dawn was doing for over a decade.  I'm glad she made them their own unique couple in how they handled their sexuality, their need for each other, and how they would handle being a couple among the pride.  She made them work through their issues including the dynamics of power within their relationship.  Dawn was able to learn to own her womanhood and not fear it, and I loved every second of that journey.

In this one, we get our first glimpses of the man who will be claimed by Cassie.  We see the deepening intrigue surrounding her, we begin to see her grasping onto her power and what she needs to become her own woman.

There are so many plots taking place around her an so many threats against the Pride, the Packs & Cassie herself, from within and of course without.  I can't wait to read Cassie's story, but more importantly to see how all the people fall into place.  I highly recommend, make sure to be ready for heartbreak and to rage against a world here a young child would be abused and it be considered par the course.
Happy Reading my loves, 

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