Dawn’s Awakening by Lora Leigh

When human Seth Lawrence began showing signs of mating heat for cougar breed, Dawn Daniels ten years ago, her male friends made sure Seth understood her past. They stressed Dawn’s trust issues especially with men since she’d been a favorite target for cruelty and rape in the labs and intimidation by Dayan, a pride brother before Callan killed him. Cassie said Dawn wasn’t ready, Seth walked away.

In the ten year span, Dawn’s avoided Seth when he was at Sanctuary but a visit from Cassie lets Dawn know she can’t hide anymore. Seth’s life is in danger and requests a breed detail but when Dawn’s assigned to lead the detail Seth withdraws the request. Realizing Seth’s her mate, Dawn reaches to touch him and is shocked to discover she can’t sense signs of mating heat arousal from Seth.

Seeing Dawn confused Seth since she knew he couldn’t commit to another. Callan, Jonas and Dash told Dawn Seth had moved on. That she was too fragile for a mate and  should let go. Dawn felt fury and betrayal toward her breed brothers, especially when she learned they’d shared her past and warned Seth away. But Dawn was determined, Seth was her mate and she was unwilling to give him up.

Spirituality, salvation, sexuality, survival and second chances were huge themes in this emotional roller coaster of a read. For my taste, the secrets revealed and the tantalizing new mystery alone is worth the price of admission on this outing. Seth’s in the understandable but not forgiven slot (maybe later, he’s made a valiant effort with soaps and stuff), intentionally or not Dawn came into her own, a vibrant woman to be reckoned with not so accepting of fate because her breed brethren overstepped their bounds.
Rating: 5stars

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