Synopsis: Zev Hassick is surprised and confused when he finds himself attracted to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. Zev is the son of the pack Alpha, regarded as the strongest wolf in generations, born to lead. And everyone knows a male shifter has to mate with a female of his own kind to keep his humanity. So shifters can’t be gay, right?
Jonah Marvel wants a relationship with Zev, his best friend, the man he has loved since childhood. It wasn’t easy to maintain that relationship over years spent living apart while Jonah studied to become a doctor. And then things grow more difficult when Jonah becomes his own patient. Before he can make a life with Zev, he has to understand his past and cure the unexplained ailments that plague him.
Zev and Jonah know they’re destined for each other, but they’re facing traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets that may threaten any future together.
Available at: Amazon, Dreamspinner Press, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and other book retailers.
My Reading Progress:
||“Still feeling all tingly inside. Review and my reading playlist to come soon. ;o)”
||“basking in the light that is a great book! I’m in book heaven…all tingly and happy inside.”
||“Zev had never known pain as intense as that which coursed through him as a result of the denied need to be with his mate, to tie together and join with him in all ways possible.” *sniffs*
||“Come back to me, Jonah. Our spirits are intertwined, and my body cannot endure without its other half for much longer.” *sighs*
||“I blame this on Cardeno C! Yep, song that inspired this book is AWESOME and I HAD to put it on top of my list and read it. ;o)”
Rating: 5 stars
Review: So it’s Friday night and I’m hanging out on Facebook while NetGalley loads so I can get my galleys for the week. I had all my to-read books scheduled and had decided that I would start Wake Me Up Inside after the weekend since it was a personal read and not a galley.
Then I stumbled into a post where Cardeno C. mentioned the song that inspired his current WIP and everything changed. I remembered that I had read a similar post on his blog and asked if Wake Me Up Inside was also inspired by a song. Cardeno answered that it was and was kind enough to include a link to a video with lyrics.
And that is the reason why I find myself reviewing this AWESOME title on a Saturday afternoon instead of next week. I won’t mention the song, because it does refer to one of the main points in the plot of the story and I don’t want to spoil it for you. If you’re still curious after you read it then comment below and I will gladly let you know.
Needless to say that I closed NetGalley, got my tablet out and off to read I went. Of course, my tablet froze up and I ended up reading on my computer, which I hate. Thus, the Heineken in this photo.
So inspired was I, that for the first time in my life I read while listening to music. At the end of the review you will find some of the lyrics of the songs I listened to. They somehow enhanced my reading experience, so I decided to include them here.
The blurb is very thorough so I will move along to how great this book was and why.
You see, rarely does a book affect me like this book has. I am a very emotional person and if you have read my reviews before you know that emotions and how the author expresses them on the page is an important element to me in the books I read.
“Come back to me, Jonah. Our spirits are intertwined, and my body cannot endure without its other half for much longer.”
From the first chapter the author managed to capture and express the emotions beautifully. First giving us glimpses into Zev’s feelings. His inner turmoil over having a human male mate and how that impacted on his Alpha duties, his hesitancy when he first found out that his connection with Jonah ran deeper than merely friendship and his absolute acceptance in his love and attraction to Jonah.
“Zev had never known pain as intense as that which coursed through him as a result of the denied need to be with his mate, to tie together and join with him in all ways possible.”
The story is told in flashbacks and mixed point of views, which at first was hard to get used to but it was brought together so seamlessly that I adjusted quickly to it. What really helped was that both characters were fully developed and their voices were very distinct. Jonah’s “voice” made an appearance at precisely the right time – just when I was wondering “And how does Jonah feel about Zev?”
Another very important element to me is dialog. Zev and Jonah’s was filled with humor, banter and honesty. This helped me connect to them more fully. I was laughing out loud with Zev. His sarcastic humor and some of his comments just endeared him to me so much. Their time together was playful, humorous and sensual and when they got together that first time?! I found myself thinking it was THE. HOTTEST. SCENE. EVER and I have read many, many sex scenes, but the emotion was so very palpable in this one that really, I was blown away. Kudos to the author. That Heineken was drained dry by the time I had read that scene for the third time.
As per usual, the writing was excellent. The pace was very good and the world the author created was very interesting. Very different too from other shifter books I have read. The ‘mate bond’ was believable and explained very well as was the ‘tie in’ of the mates. I got a clear picture of what the author wanted to bring across the page. Mainly Zev and Jonah’s connection and how that related to the world they lived in.
This was a great start of the series and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of it.
Below you will find some of the lyrics to a few of the songs that came up while I was reading. I can identify them to scenes in the book, but what’s the fun in that?! I hope you figure them out and enjoy.
Dido – Here With Me
“And I won’t go, I wont sleep. I can’t breathe until you’re resting here with me. And I won’t leave, I can’t hide. I cannot be until you’re resting here with me.”
Macy Grey – I Try
“Here is my confession. May I be your possession? Boy, I need your touch, your love, kisses and such. With all my might, I try. But this I can’t deny, deny.”
Alicia Keys – Send Me an Angel
“Sometimes I feel so heavy hearted, but I can’t explain ’cause I’m so guarded. But that’s a lonely road to travel and a heavy load to bear. And it’s a long, long way to heaven, but I gotta get there.”
Alicia Keys – No One
“I just want you close. Where you can stay forever. You can be sure that it will only get better.”
Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I saw Your Face
“And the first time ever I lay with you, I felt your heart so close to mine. And I knew our joy would fill the earth and last ’til the end of time, my love.”