Collin's Awakening is the start of a new series by collaborators Stormy Glenn and Lynn Hagen. The story feels a bit disjointed and never quites hit a stride, but there's still some fun and interesting events occuring. While I'm only rating this three stars, the series is starting to flow at a nice pace and is proving to be quite entertaining (I'm up to the third book in the series now).
The story opens up with Collin waking up... in a morgue wearing a toe-tag. He remembers shoving his lover, detective Riojos, out of the way of a speeding car, getting crushed against a building, and dying. Not a good way to celebrate one's 21st birthday. But here he is now, alive and well, though a bit chilled to the bone. He returns home to find Riojos devastated by Collin's death, drinking heavily, and even contemplating suicide. From there, the story progresses as we discover a crime lord named Mr. Donahue is out to capture Collin, Collin's not quite human, and strangers to both Riojos and Collin are fully aware of the situation and are tasked with protecting Collin.
Questions are raised, but not answered (and will remain unanswered until the third story in the series). The characters are continually thrown into action and danger at the drop of a hat, and the cast of characters quickly grows as new antagonists and protagonists flow in and out of the story like water. If anything, the story has more of a feel of an introduction than a complete story in of itself. This creates a bit of a disjointed feel to the story overall that keeps it as a three-star story in my eyes. But there are some good points to the story, the most important being that it's the start of a new series and the groundwork is laid here. The second story in the series flows a bit more smoothly, and the third ups the ante even more, developing the series to the point where it becomes quite compelling.
While it's the least favorite of the stories in the series so far, I do recommend it if you're open for starting a new supernatural erotic series. The overall series of an evil entity hunting these men/creatures, and the guardians tasked with protecting them, is turning out to be quite fun, and I'm eagerly awaiting the fourth in the series.