The Defeat of Lawson by Stephani Hecht ~ Review by Leisa

The 30th in Stephani Hecht’s exciting Lost Shifters series … the war continues …

The Defeat of LawsonTitle: The Defeat of Lawson

Author: Stephani Hecht

PublishereXtasy Books

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Ever since Marty had his first shift and nobody saw it, he’s kept his big, fat, Cougar secret to himself. After all, he has a great life. He has loving parents, he’s in his senior year of college, and he has a bright future in front of him. That all changes one night when he is attacked by a group of Ravens. 

When Lawson sees the tall man being confronted by the Ravens, he knows he has to go help the guy. Once the fight is over, Lawson is shocked to find out that Marty is a Lost Shifter. Against Marty’s will, Lawson takes the Cougar back to the coalition for his own safety. But Marty vows he’ll escape at the first opportunity. 

Will Lawson be able to convince Marty that it’s safer to stay with the coalition? If so, what will they do about their growing attraction to one another?

My View

Hawk Lawson happens upon Marty, a Cougar who recently discovered he’s a shifter instead of human when he experienced his first shift, as he’s being attacked by a group of Ravens. Marty has been trying to hide his new shifter status, and doesn’t realize that a lone feline shifter is particularly vulnerable to the Ravens who are engaged in a war with the new coalition between the bird and feline shifters. Hawk saves the seriously injured Marty, who is one of the lost shifters who were taken from their families as babies, and takes him back to the coalition to recuperate.

I’ve not read all of the Lost Shifter series, but I have read several of them (enough to know most of the back story). Marty is a sweet, fairly uncomplicated and likable character, but Hawk is one of my favorite characters from earlier books – he’s aggressive and tough, a resentful jerk with the felines, and pretty much friendless by choice. His confusion about his own attraction to the young injured feline shifter Marty is a delightful turn of fate! Marty brings out the protective side of Hawk, and he’s initially confused by his feelings for the feline. However, he soon cannot stay away from sweet Marty, and doesn’t care what other bird shifters think about his feelings for the Cougar. I just adore seeing the evolution of Lawson from a hard, embittered man into a man unafraid to open his heart!

The story line about the war between the coalition of bird and feline shifters versus the Ravens continues from earlier books, and progresses through The Defeat of Lawson. Of course, the advancement of this ongoing conflict will continue in future stories in The Lost Shifter series.

The Defeat of Lawson isn’t a terribly complex story, but it definitely is fun. I recommend that you read The Defeat of Lawson – especially if you are already a fan of the Lost Shifter series. And if you’re not familiar with Stephani Hecht’s impressive Lost Shifter series, I suggest you check them out!

Buy Links:

eXtasy Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK

I would like to thank eXtasy Books for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.


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