Book Reviews

Gage's Awakening (Lost Shifters 16) by Stephani Hecht at C&J Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 08-August-2018

Book Blurb

Hawk shifter Gage has never felt like he fit in—not when he was a teen struggling to survive on the streets and not now that he’s part of the coalition. But he puts on a happy face to hide his feelings and his battles with his inner demons. The only thing that brings Gage any happiness is Branson, a blind Lion shifter who is sexy as hell and smarter the rest of the coalition put together. Too bad Branson has made it clear that he wants nothing to do with Gage.

Branson has no idea why a hot young Hawk shifter would want damaged goods like him. For years, the rest of the coalition has ignored Branson and he’s gotten used to the solitude, making Gage’s attentions particularly unsettling. Despite his misgivings, Branson finds himself becoming more and more drawn to Gage.

Then a shocking secret from Gage’s past is revealed—a secret that could destroy not only the Hawk, but the whole coalition. Branson finds himself facing the biggest dilemma of all—does he choose the coalition or the man who’s managed to capture his heart?

First edition published by eXtasy Books in January 2012.

Book Review

It seems like it was just yesterday that I stumbled onto the 'Lost Shifters' series by Stephani Hecht. It's even more amazing to me that I'm up to book sixteen and still haven't lost interest or gotten bored. That's pretty remarkable! I enjoy these stories and even though there is some predictability within them, the author has written the series in a way that I am attached to each of these characters and really want to see their happy ever after. I was excited about reading Gage's book because a hawk and a lion? Hmm.

I fell for Gage...oh, a number of books back when I saw how kind, protective, loyal, and loving he was with his mismatched group of shifters who all banded together out on the streets. Now, of course, he's been with the feline coalition for awhile and is an active soldier in their fight against the Ravens. Gage is a hawk and he basically doesn't think he really fits in anywhere, a feeling he's had his whole life. He's lost his heart to Branson, a blind lion shifter who can only see in his animal form, but Branson hates the Hawks for their involvement with the Ravens all those years ago. Branson is in charge of the historical archives and for months Gage will sneak in, steal a coin, and wait for Branson to come after him. It's the only way Gage can get Branson to even acknowledge his presence. But, it's been weeks now and Branson hasn't come after his coin, and it's breaking Gage's heart knowing his mate wants nothing to do with him.

Poor Branson. Born blind, he hoped he'd regain his sight after his first change, but no such luck. What good is a blind man, even a lion, in the war against the Ravens? So, Branson is bookish, and kind of a nerd (I love him!), and he doesn't like bird shifters, at all. Maybe because he's always been on the receiving end of such horrible taunts and mean-spirited mischief. Branson figures Gage is just like the rest of them so even though he's attracted to Gage, Branson can't believe that Gage could actually want him. But when someone else shows interest in Gage, it sets off all of Branson's primal instincts to claim Gage.

I loved these guys! Gage and Branson are adorable together and the little extra suspenseful twist to the story made reading this book even more entertaining. Just like with all the previous books, now I'm looking forward to the next installment.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 84 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-July-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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