The Awakening by Shane Keleher

Title: The Awakening
Author: Shane Keleher
Publisher: Amber Allure
Pages: 290
Characters: Jake Meyers, Kris Waye
Pov: 1st
Sub-Genre: Gay / Horror / Dark Fantasy / Vampire
Kisses: 4


Jake Meyers is a cop who has had to fight for everything he has gotten in life. He has also had much taken away from him. After losing his partner to cancer, he returns to his hometown, Klappison, to heal. But the demons of his past follow him wherever he goes. He is still haunted by the abusive father who threw him out for being gay many years ago, yet he has dedicated his life to protecting those who can’t protect themselves because he knows what it feels like to be defenseless. Upon returning to Klappison, Jake meets the handsome police officer, Kris Waye, and it’s love at first sight for both men. But Kris is deeply in the closet and living a life that could be taken from him if the truth of his orientation ever got out. He wants to build a relationship with Jake, but he doesn’t know if he can handle the price that could be demanded from him. But before the men can work out their personal situation, things quickly unravel as an unholy evil descends upon their little town. It’s an ages-old vampire looking to tear apart Klappison in its quest, the same as it tore apart many communities since time immemorial. Can Jake and Kris find a way to prevent the bloodthirsty monster from taking away everything they love? Or will they even survive the explosive confrontation?


Jake and Kris together are just combustible.
I expected to read about a guy, Jake, who whined a lot and fought his feelings for the sexy, hot cop.

That didn’t happen, well maybe after the first date there was a little whining but not unbearable.

What I got was two sexy cops that instantly had a mutual attraction and not long after really hot sex scenes that were well written, loving and tender.

This is not a story of a sexy misunderstood vampire, he is the stuff horror story’s are written about. He is pure evil, no redeeming qualities in him at all. We are introduced to several characters in town, some are kind of quirky, some not so nice.

When they are attacked we feel like we were just getting to know them so the violent attacks are so much more real.

The Awakening is a love story and a horror story that will keep you on the edge of your seat for different reasons. I recommend it.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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