This audiobook depicts graphic sexual situations and language.
The chances of Jacob and Allison ever meeting are against all odds. Jacob is a billionaire philanthropist from Scotland and Allison is a horse trainer from northern California. One transatlantic flight later and their shared destinies are now entangled in unimaginable ways. A new ferocious passion has been ignited in both and denied through time and distance. Transformations dim the fires of desire in one and ignite a conflagration in the other. One can heal the damaged soul and one can awaken the other. Will they decipher the riddle of their united genetics before it is too late for either of them? She licked her lips. Why didn't he kiss her? Why didn't he touch her? He just kept staring at her, breathing through his nose and pulsing his jaw as if he were trying to make a choice. Was touching her a choice? To her, it felt more like a biting need, something mandatory and so acute it was killing her...
Please look for Omega Rising and Lumen in the Dormant Desires Series as the second and third installments in this story....
©2013 Payne Hawthorne (P)2014 Payne Hawthorne
When I orginally READ this book,Aug 2013, I wasn't much into writing reviews, and didn't write one for this book. I rated it 3 stars.NOW, since reviewing this book in AUDIO, I'm upgrading my rating to 4.5 and writing a full review.Allison meets Jacob on a plane trip to Scotland. the chances of them ever meeting were astronomical. But meet they did, and they were both thrown into a world that neither of them knew about.Such a different take on the werewolf theme, and I loved this! Allison and Jacob's meeting triggers something in them both, and they know nothing about it. Its all very scary, Allison slips into some sort of coma, and stays that way for much of the book. Jacob, however, changes, SHIFTS into something that legends are made of. The legends here, though, are true and Jacob discovers he is descended from a line of werewolves going back centuries. There is a prophecy, long ago forgotten. Said prophecy comes into play now, and its all change for those descendents.The single scene between Jacob and Allison is the plane ride, the rest of the book they are apart, and while it seemed odd while reading, its perfect for this book. What there is between the two of them, is hot off the charts, and very well written. Joshua Story narrates. His accent drove me nuts trying to place! Its very proper English, with no hint of a regional accent, and it made for delicious listening. He speaks clearly, with well defined character voices. His ability to convey the right amount of feeling, and emotion in his voice is a beautiful thing. I will certainly listen to more of his work.4.5 stars for the book, 5 for the narration.
Amazing, hot, and awesome!
I haven't listened to this narrator before but I loved his accent!
I had already read the book but the audiobook was better with the narrator's accent!
Take a chance on this one! HOT and sexy!
"A authentic, tantalizingly sexy story."
Tantalizing, Lascivious, Authentic.
Alpha Awakened by Payne Hawthorne, is not like any other book I've read. It's an original story with strong, independent characters.
This was my first time listening to Joshua Story. I enjoyed his voice/s, which surprised me, because I usually steer clear of audio books, as the one's I've previously heard were less than impressive. This one was fantastic, and I guess that has a lot to do with the fact that I loved this story.
I enjoyed the story immensely, it's paranormal/shifter/werewolf genre.
I loved the scenes between Jacob and Allison and especially their first meeting and conversation on the plane, it was funny, interesting and there was a lot of sexual tension.
I couldn't wait for them to finally 'do it'. I absolutely loved the super HOT sex (and Jacob's self-pleasure scenes, hot, hot, hot.) The sex scenes are so well written it's hard not to feel something while you're reading them! There was a fair bit of sexual tension throughout the story too.
I really love Jacob, he's strong, sexy and oozes charm and raw sexuality.
The scenes where they're between human/werewolf form are perfectly written and I enjoyed hearing about Jacob's struggles to understand what was happening to him, and how he dealt with it.
Allison was strong, independent, sexy and not all whiny or needy like some female characters I've read about in other books (by other authors.) I really wished Allison was 'awake' more during the story, as I wanted to know more about her, although there were some clues/bits about her past, I liked hearing her 'speak' and I found even though the story was short, I missed her 'voice'.
I've never read a werewolf based story like this one before, and I found myself more and more interested in not only Jacob and Allison's story but the history of the werewolves too.
I loved the way the author went back and forth between the characters, rather than focusing on one character the whole way through. This is something I LOVE in a story. It gave a great insight into them and made me feel more connected.
I was disappointed the story ended, (not how it did, just the fact that it did end!) and I can't wait to read/hear the next book in the series. Amazing work Payne Hawthorne!
"This book is in one word HOT!"
OMG, loved the narrator of this book. His accent made the story come alive!
Originally read this book, but the audio version was in one word HOT!
It started with just a look - like a lightning strike
Jacob had everything, and he wanted Allison
On a long flight to Scotland their unexplained sudden explicit attraction to each other scares them both. After an in flight sexual encounter that rocks both of their worlds, Jacob promises to get in touch with her at her friends house near Inverness.
Instead disaster strikes keep them separated and almost killing them both.
"Sexy new series!"
Allison is a woman more content with finding fulfillment from her work than from a man, and Jacob is a busy corporate billionaire with no time for love. When fate puts them on the same flight to Scotland, the pull to one another forces them together, and their passion ignites. I instantly felt the connection between Allison and Jacob during their flight, they were hot! Neither wants to be away from the other, and both are completely absorbed while also wondering how they can be experiencing this intensity. Jacob's responsibilities are such that they need to separate so he can take care of them and so Allison can visit with her friends before they reconnect in 10 days.
Tom, Jacob's assistant/best friend, notices changes in Jacob, and they both worry that his symptoms are becoming alarming. Figuring he may have a clue as to what is going on, Jacob contacts his Uncle to discuss the "family history." Tom, Jacob and his uncle frantically try to find some reference as to what is going on with Jacob. Meanwhile, Allison has fallen into a coma. What are the odds that both Jacob and Allison would be going through some insanely weird stuff at the same time?? To make things worse, another man comes into play when Allison is hospitalized. He feels drawn to her, wants to be near her, touch her, smell her and snuggle with her.........weird right? He doesn't understand the pull to her, considering he doesn't know anything about her and the fact that she is in a coma! But he lovingly cares for her while she is in the hospital and wants to care for her always.
(MINOR SPOILER, BUT NOT REALLY IF YOU LOOK AT THE COVER): This book is about two wolf shifters who have no idea they are wolf shifters. Their meeting awakens their dormant shifter DNA and stirs the transformation within them. The story of how they became dormant was pretty interesting. The whole world building for the lycanthropes started with a strong foundation which lead me to believe the current state of the transformation that Jacob was going through. So now we have a race to find out what is happening to our H&h, a race to reunite with Allison, and a pre-destined claim to stake for his woman, as alpha, and world domination!! Wahahahahahaha!!! OK, the world domination was not true, I just got caught up in the moment! (END OF MINOR SPOILER)
Awesome story. Can't wait for the next installments!
Narrator Review: The audiobook is 3 Hours and 29 minutes of virtual bliss.....sigh Joshua Story does an OUTSTANDING job with his narration skills. He speaks in an English accent, then switches to a panty-dropping Scottish accent when speaking as Jacob, and OMG! The deep but smooth Scottish tone is just mouth watering. I had to try really hard to stay focused on the story at hand while listening, because you could easily doze off into a daydream of lying in Jacob's arms while he is combing your hair with his fingers and reading the phone book to you with that oh so sexy voice, whet! Joshua's female voices were nicely done with the lighter tone, but not with a high pitched effort, that was just enough to notice the difference with who was speaking. (OK--I was totally tickled while he spoke as Jacob's uncle because that character reminded me of Fat Bastard from the Austin Powers movie! I don't know why, ok...........apparently I have a weird sense of humor and association! This wasn't a bad thing by any means, it was just a funny haha kinda thing that ran through my head while listening.)
Joshua performs American English, UK English, Scottish, in both male and female voices effortlessly! Joshua is a true delight to listen to and enhanced my listening pleasure by 10! I happily give Josh a 5 Fang rating!!
"Refreshing, outside the box story line"
The story was clearly written for a woman fantasy audience. With that in mind, I endured the first few chapters introducing the main characters. The average, frumpy, middle age female, and the hunky "Alpha" male character depiction, who judging from his physical attributes should be on People Magazine's most desired guy in the world, and hold the Guinness world record for penis girth and length. - eye roll
Okay, moving past that... The story took many interesting, and eyebrow raising, twists and turns. Usually I can figure out the whole plot in the first few chapters, but I kept being surprised. I loved the open, unabashed language and sexuality. Guys like that too!
The narrator's voice is clear with a pleasant accent. At times the flow seemed stammered, but not enough to distract from the story.
I'm new to the paranormal, romance genre, and looking forward getting more of the Dormant Desire Series. Male, female ... you won't be disappointed!
Alpha Awakened is a brilliantly written story and perfectly narrated. The narrator and his accents had my full attention. Listening to Jacob and Allison's story, Had me feeling like I was transported into the story and was allowed to watch it all take place. The way they met and where automatically drawn to each other, had me believing love at first sight could happen. The hot and sexy scenes had me wishing I met a Scottish man myself. Usually I don't really like corny parts of a story but the way it was written, I was smiling and laughing along with them. If you love paranormal romance, this is a Must for you! I for one can not wait to listen to more.
I Give this a 5 Star Rating
since this is my first experience with audiobooks, it definitely ranks on top. I love the narrator's voice...so sexy.
I love all of the characters. They each play such a large role in the overall scope of the book.
hehe...the wonderful accent he has. I could only imagine it when reading, but listening; that only brings up the rating.
yes, and I did. Even had the earbuds in while making and eating supper, and taking a bath.
love this book, but am on pins an needles for the next stage in their lives. I need more! I hope you continue with this story line (feel like I've been left hanging off of a cliff). This went off on a way I never expected, but loved. Don't change your style of writing.:) I love it
I had originally read this in 2013, and have recently had the pleasure of listening to it through Audible. I love the narrator. He has a sexy accent that could really get your juices flowing. Am looking forward to reading/listening to the next episode of the series
"My first audio book! (to write)"
When I started as a writer, my goal was to write audio books. I personally rarely read, but my listener profile is chalk full of books by Kresley Cole, LKH, Diana Gabaldon, Stephanie Meyers, Jeaniene Frost, Jim Butcher, J.R. Ward, Kevin Hearne -- and the list goes on. I never read any of these authors, but I listened like a fool, and in the process I learned not only how to tell a great, fictional, fantasy story, but I also garnered an incredible appreciation for these awesome narrators.
I fell in love with the many and talented voices of: Khristine Hvam, Robert Petkoff, Tavia Gilbert, Kate Reading, Xe Sands and Luke Daniels etc.
I love paranormal romance because I kind of detest formula, "Normal," romance. I crave different and unique, but at the same time I ache for passion and the joining with a soul mate.
So, I write just that, and this title, Alpha Awakened, is my very first foray into this genre. I wrote it almost three years ago, and I've revised it more than 4 times in the time span in-between. I found the talented and unknown Joshua Story shorty after listing my Dormant Desires series on ACX. Because he is as of yet the aforementioned--unknown--I could afford him. Together we learned together what it takes to produce an audio book(s). Its been a steep learning curve, but doing it with him was a wonderful experience!
I'm confident he won't remain unknown much longer. He is an uber talented guy and was able to execute everything I asked and hoped for from our joint freshman endeavor.
This story, Alpha Awakened, is just the beginning of a very fun journey of mated love and I couldn't be more excited about my first audio book going live in the year 2015. Look for more from me and Joshua. I have a lot of already written works that just need to make it to this audio platform. Thank you for listening to my first offering and please come and find me on social networking for promotions and free audio books to my fans. :-) Payne Hawthorne
"Unique point of view! Entertaining!"
I think I liked it even better with the various voices and accents. The narrator did a stellar job with the main characters.
The first encounter on the plane... and when Jacob said, "Tae meeting each other." Sigh
He did awesome with the different accents and voices. Stellar job especially with the scots accent and Jacob. grrrrrr. Sexy characters even through his narration which is tuff to accomplish when you narrate this kind of romantic fiction mixed with erotica. High marks to him for accomplishing it!
The whole story was moving. I didn't like how short it was, but the author says part two will be out soon. The entire story moved along quickly with just the right amount of tension mixed with erotic moments.
I really like this new author and have been following her on Kindle. She's improved dramatically in her story execution, but her stories are always the most unique I've ever read. Her point of view is totally different from any others in this genre, which I can totally appreciate. She is never formula romance, thankfully! I also find myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions when I am reading her often funny take on things.
I highly suggest Payne Hawthorne's works as great, fun, sexy entertainment. Guaranteed to arouse as well keep you wondering what's to come next.
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