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Instinct (Awakenings #2)

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  70 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews

Genre: LGBT Shape-shifter Paranormal

Series: Awakenings; Previous Book: Virgin

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 s

Published August 1st 2009 by Loose Id, LLC (first published July 28th 2009)
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Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, paranormal, romance
Instinct is the second book in the Awakenings series which began with Virgin. I said in my review of Virgin that I had enjoyed the author’s written skills and the burgeoning relationship between Blake, a young prostitute and equally young mechanic and shifter, Joam. Whilst there had been some problems in the world building in the previous book, I was interested enough in Blake and Joam to want to find out what had happened to them and want to continue reading their story. I’m sorry to say that, ...more
Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Although this is a sequel to Virgin, the story can be read alone and there is only slight continuation from the previous book. Unfortunately the problems I had in the first book continue with this second installment but are exaggerated even more. The ending has a clear resolution but also enough room for more books in the series and I wouldn’t be surprised if the story and characters were continued. The book contains sex scenes of animals in shifted form between each other and humans as well as ...more
same review given for v1: Virgin

Virgin and Instinct are a simple 2 book series about Joam and Blake. Blake's a male prostitute who ran away from the city after witnessing the murder of a friend and fellow hustler by a dangerous man. He ends up running into Joam, a varnal which is similar to a type of shapeshifter, who's lived under the thumb of one of the three men who run the small town he was born in.

I was impressed with many aspects of this short series, including the aim to create a totally
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
I can't really like this book because it contains a lot of things I avoid reading.
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Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved the fast pace of the story, and how the relationship between the two heroes continued to build. Although this is a sequel to Virgin(which I loved), it stands alone. I was impressed by how tender the love story is, considering all the action and mayhem. The decisions Joam makes lead to most of the plot complications, and that took some skill on the part of the author. Never do the characters seem to be tossed adrift in the plot.
Unfortunately, this book wasn't as good as the first one in the series. The fantasy element got even more ungrounded. The lead characters went from sweet to snipping at each other. And the major obstacle (plotline) of the story seemed more contrived. Or at least, deja vu all over again. I doubt I'll search out book three, should book three ever be published.
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Uhm, I still like the characters BUT there are many things that bother me in this book -- especially the love-making between human/varnal AND the idea of non-monogamous sex play. It's just plain stupid!! Though it turns out to be a ploy, it just drains my liking. Still, I kind of like Joam and Blake
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The 2nd book in a 2 book series. The 1st book basically introduces the characters, I think this is where most of the interesting story happens. I recommend reading both of them for an entertaining afternoon.
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More complete than the first book - good ending.
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Not as good as the first one. not bad.
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Jessica Freely can't resist a wounded hero. As a reader and a writer, her favorite stories are of soul mates finding redemption in each other's arms. Married to the love of her life in a beautiful relationship based on mutual goofiness, Jessica also warps minds as an instructor in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. Her dog, Ruthie, doesn't seem to care that Jessica's an a ...more
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