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Wake's Claim

Paranormals of Avynwood, Book 1
Narrated by: Troy Duran, Sarah L. Colton
Series: Paranormals of Avynwood, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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Wake had lived in fear for far too long. Life hadn’t been easy for him. Every day, he resisted his natural instincts to claim the one female meant for him. An event from his past stopped him in his tracks every time his primal urges pushed him toward her. 

Paige accepted the role she played in Wake’s life. She was the one he wanted but never allowed himself to have. But when someone else showed interest in her, Wake had to decide, once and for all. 

Putting his heart on the line left the shifter vulnerable, something he never wanted to be again. And just when he gave in to his instincts, fate dealt the pair a cruel hand.

Nightmares came true, causing Paige to flee to the only place she felt safe - in the arms of Wake. Pack life wasn’t an easy life, but Paige wouldn’t give up the man who held her heart. Only together could the two move forward and find the happiness they both deserved.

©2019 Michelle Dare (P)2019 Michelle Dare

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Wake Can Claim My Heart

I had already read Wake's Claim and then I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook. I feel even deeper in love with Michelle Dare's paranormal world. Wake's audiobook is amazing, Troy Duran and Sarah L Colton do an amazing job bringing the story to life. I felt all the emotions, passion, and love in Ms. Dare's words.
Wake fights his wolf, who knows Paige is his mate. He feels inadequate and self-conscious after being taken advantage of by another paranormal who put him under a spell causing his life to implode. Even though he loves and knows Paige is his. He just can't bring himself to claim her but also can't help guarding her every night. As the book progresses, Wake matures and realizes he cannot fight fate but fate may not always be kind in the paranormal world.
Paige loves Wake but feels hopeless about their situation. Trying to move on isn't easy and as she moves through the story she becomes a much stronger woman than she appeared in the Ariane trilogy.
I am the first to say I'm not usually a paranormal reader but I love this world created by Michelle Dare. Her characters have become like old friends. Their relationships are all so close and intertwined the reader gets caught up on others in the world. I look forward to each and every book set in this paranormal world.

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Not bad

I'm truly feel that this is what twilight (no hat on the book nor the movie) should of be . Good story and great Narrating. It didn't really drag at all. so I appreciate it.

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Fantastic

I just absolutely loved this story. I was listening to this the other day and i just couldn't stop listening to it.

I do highly recommend

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Amazing Story, Great Narration!

This is the first book in a spin-off series, and can easily be listened to without knowing anything about the original series. Events and characters are mentioned that appeared in the first, but for the most part the backstory is explained so you don't feel lost. Wake is a wolf shifter that feels like he's too damaged to accept his mate, Paige. Paige loves Wake, but can't tolerate the limbo they are in. To save them both from the emotional roller-coaster they are on, Wake leaves town and Paige tries to date someone else. But trouble comes calling from the past putting Paige's life in danger and making Wake realize he can't live without his mate.
The narrators are both amazing and work together well, each bringing their unique voice to the story. I'm looking forward to listening to them again in the next book in the series.

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Interesting story, amazing narration!

This is the first book in the Paranormals of Avynwood Series, a spin-off of the Ariane Trilogy. Unfortunately, I haven't listened to this first Series, and I feel like I'm missing something. Otherwise, Wake and Paige's story is interesting, and complex. The story has humans, shifters and vampires. The secondary characters are great. I like the Epilogue. Troy Duran and Sarah L. Colton did a great job with the narration. They both have a great voice, and their voices are great together. Now, I'm looking forward for the second book in the series, Ford's Fate. #AudiobookObsession

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Seriously Soloman is the best!!

At the beginning I was confused. There are many references to other horrible things that have happened to these characters mutuel times. Since I thought this was the first in the series I now have to wonder if it’s some type of spin off.

Upon getting to know Wake I am not sure why he isn’t claiming his mate. I thought that’s what all wolves waiting their whole life for? I really felt sorry for Paige. She wants him but he denies her so she tries to move on.
My favorite parts and character all include one guy....Solomon the Vamp. He cracked me up with all his crazy words. I loved his whole “best friend” thing he thinks he has going with Wake. This character was needed to lighten up the story.

Overall it’s a good story once I got past a few things. I really liked Soloman and Ford as my favorite characters. This is a first time author for me. The story was nicely done and the characters were sad, dark and a bit of fun. I did listen to this on audio and Troy Duran and Sarah L Colton did a wonderful job.

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Perfect Mate!

Wake's Claim (Paranormals of Avynwood, Book 1) begins with a intriguing prologue that takes place three months earlier. I love the array of characters which include humans, shifters and vampires. Bountiful heap of history to give you awareness. Wake's sprouting is panorama, as Paige is well equalized. The narrative had a creative spirit with a inner struggle. The writing style flows through smoothly with her character's catch the eye with peaks and valleys. Angsty moments splashdown when fated mates due to circumstances, resist. Would love more, hoping book two is turned into a audio.

Troy Duran, Sarah L. Colton dual narration was just right. Inflection and tone flowed through smoothly. I absolutely love listening to Troy Duran's deep baritone voice. Sarah L. Colton's nectarous voice is intoxicating. A luscious listen taking you to a fantasy realm.

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Shifter Vampires oh my!

Enjoyed Wake and Paige’s story. This is the first book in this series I’ve read so I didn’t understand the back story but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this book. I will definitely be looking for the previous books to see how it all began. Both narrators did a great job

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Troy Duran's Voice Though

Oh wow! Where has Troy Duran's voice been my whole life? His voice was perfect for Wake and Sarah was awesome too! This was my first book I read by Michelle Dare! What a great story and made me so emotional! Highly recommend this book!!!

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excellent listen

loved everything about this story. enjoyed the characters and their story. excellent narration. need more from this author!
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  • Shakera
  • 11-19-19

Wake's Claim

I thought reading this story, it was tragic and pulled at my heartstrings. I fell in love with Wake from The Ariane Trilogy, but putting a voice to Wake let me know my cold heart still works. When you place a personality to the characters made this beautifully tragic to me. Michelle Dare has a way with words. Sarah and Troy were magnificent! I wasn't expecting the dual narration, but I don't think it could have worked any other way. I think it would help if you read/listened to the first series, that way you can better understand Wake, but Michelle does a great job with giving enough backstory that if you haven't read/listen to them, you'll be fine.

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  • JuttaS
  • 11-01-19

Loved both the narration and the story

I loved the narration of Troy Duran and Sarah L Colton, they compliment each other beautifully.

I enjoyed getting lost in this tale of fated mates and the way they fought against it. I quite enjoyed the fact that it was not plain sailing. This is the first book I have listened to, and the first in this series, yet I felt like I had stepped into the middle of a fully formed world as things from before that affected the characters were mentioned throughout. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed that element of it as it felt like it wasn't starting from scratch but now I need to go see if those books are out there somewhere!

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  • shedevilreads
  • 10-09-19

Paranormal Romance

Wake’s Claim by Michelle Dare is a paranormal romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Troy Duran and Sarah L. Colton.

This is the first book of Michelle’s that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last. I liked this spin on the paranormal world. This is the first book in the Paranormals of Avynwood series but I feel like it would have been helpful to read The Ariane Trilogy first. Michelle does a great job of referencing previous events so it can be read as a standalone and a spin off series. I have already downloaded the first book Ashen Moon in the trilogy to dive deeper into this world she created.

Sarah and Troy did an amazing job on the narration. They really brought the story to life.


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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 10-07-19

Stick With It

I'm going to be completely honest here. I almost put this book down. The beginning of the book got under my skin so much. I just can't even begin to explain it. One of my biggest turn offs with books is the angst stuff that tends to hit lovers at random. Well, mainly when it's been drawn out in the most excruciating and painful way possible. I stuck with the book anyways. I'm glad I did. It really turned around. The only thing I want to critique is that I wish they had drawn out some of the things that happened in the book. I really adored Paige. In ways, I saw myself in her. She's sweet and loyal. I loved her friend Ari too. Wake is the problem I had with the story. I mean I get that he'd been burned in the past, but COME ON! It was a bit dramatic. All the characters were pretty amazing. Some had too much time in the background for my liking. My favorite was Solomon. He kind of reminded me of Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Both narrators were pretty great. They made a great duo. I'm not sure if I've listened to anything from Sarah L. Colton before. I feel like I have heard at least one book by Troy Duran though. I can't say for sure. Either way, I'd be willing to hear other books narrated by both of them. They have talent. The book was really great after I got past the part that was getting under my skin. I'm really glad that I gave it a chance and stuck with it. I fully encourage anybody who struggles with it to stick with it to at least the halfway point. If they still don't like it after that, then they are more than welcome to put it down. They will be missing out though. This book gets great. I see it's a book 1. I'll have to look into the rest of the books.

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  • bluepits73
  • 10-02-19

Back and Forth

We get a lot of back and forth from the main characters because Wake wants to be with Paige but is afraid of getting hurt and Paige is tired of being hurt and rejected by Wake. We are mostly told of the inner struggle of why but I would have liked if the author expressed their inner struggles with their situation better. I enjoyed the story and was very satisfied where it went and how it ended.

The narration was great. I thought their voices fit the style of the book and their respective characters well and they were.

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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 09-27-19

What a great book!!!!

Wake is a shifter... who had his confidence battered by an attack by a vampire... he knows who his mate is but is afraid to claim her. He knows she is his mate.. and he doesn’t want anyone else... but what if??

Paige lives wake and knows she is his mate.. but she is tired of waiting for him to claims her. She finally comes to a point where she is ready to move on. To find someone who truly wants her and is not afraid to be with her!

Will Wake finally come to his senses?? Or will Paige find someone who lives her and is. It afraid to be with her??

This is one of the best shifter books I have listened to!! Michelle Dare did a wonderful job writing this and Sarah L Colton did a great job, as did Troy Duran is awesome too... I love his deep voice!!!

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 09-25-19

Wake’s Claim

Wow. What a great listen. There is so much back story I this book that I believe this must be a spin-off from another series. I will definitely be looking into this and devouring that series as much as I did this book. Who would love a book that has a love so strong that no matter how you fight it, you will have to give in and find your perfect mate that was made for you. I will be looking for more of this series to come out in the future.
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  • XxTainaxX
  • 09-23-19

The Power of Fear

Audiobook review. Fear is powerful. It can stop someone from doing something as much as it can push them to do something they might not otherwise do. It’s a testament to one’s character how one uses its power.

Wake’s growth in this novel is evidenced by how he transitions from one end of the spectrum to the other. While I admit it was at times frustrating to wait for this development to happen, I respect that it takes time to establish his behavior and patterns before moving forward.

Paige was a little more balanced. I admired that while she knew what and who she wanted, she also knew what she deserved and she wasn’t willing to give up on herself.

The plot had some originality and though the pace was on the slower side for me, it worked out in the end. The writing was good overall. The narrators, Troy Duran and Sarah L. Colton did a great job with their transitions, inflections, tone and pitch.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-20-19

Shifter romance

I did not realize this was a spinoff when I began the story. Thankfully there was plenty of backstory to keep from feeling lost. I think I may have enjoyed it better if I read the original storyline but it's not necessary.

The narration on this was fantastic! Both narrators did a great job bringing their characters to life. I especially love Troy. His voice is so sexy!

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