Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Defeat of Lawson

Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-77111-933-7
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

The only thing Marty knew about shifters was that they were hated by humans.  When he ends up shifting, he freaks out and knows the only thing he can do is keep this new side of him a secret.  Then he meets Lawson and learns more than he ever expected about the shifter world.

The Defeat of Lawson is one of Ms. Hecht’s newest releases.  Part of her The Lost Shifters series, this story brings one of the unlikeliest heroes into play.  Lawson has a strong dislike of the feline shifters and at times the coalition itself, and while in the beginning it was easy to see him as an odd choice for a main character, after thinking about it some, it did begin to make sense, especially when the author pairs him up with a young, newly shifted feline.  I liked watching Lawson as he became more ‘human’ as he came to care for Marty; when he realized just how ugly he had been towards the felines and at times other members of the coalition, I really felt for him. 

Marty is a young man who had everything going for him, until he has his first shifting episode.  I can only imagine the confusion Marty felt when he shifted, especially since he had no one to talk to afterwards.  With no real knowledge of the shifter world to draw on, Marty is unprepared to deal with the situation when a group of ravens attack him one evening.  Marty is also unsure what to do about Lawson, the young man who ends up saving the day. 

As fans would expect, there is an intense attraction between the two men.  This attraction, of course, leaves Lawson feeling protective of the cougar shifter, who is slightly reluctant to go with him to coalition headquarters.  Marty is full of trepidation as he walks into the coalition for the first time, which is only understandable.  It is easy to understand how he feels and when he is told that his parents and friends must now believe he is dead, I wanted to cry along with him. 

There is a lot going on in The Defeat of Lawson that will hold the reader’s attention.  There are also appearances by several former characters who help the two young men find their happily ever after.  The author also leaves a couple of crumbs behind to tease the readers and I can’t wait to see what will happen with the new assassins or the results of Marty’s blood work.  

Readers of this series are sure to love this new addition.  Although the books may be considered stand-alone, I would strongly recommend reading the books in order.  

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