Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Awakening: Britton by Abby Niles

Britton (The Awakening, #3)
Release date: November 25, 2013
Publisher: Entangled: Covet
Genre: Paranormal (Shifter) Romance
Series: The Awakening #3

Half-shifter and lead SPAC agent, Val Calhoun, has listened to women gush over the Don Juan of the precinct for the last four years. Yeah, Detective Britton Townsend is hot and has stunning blue eyes, but that foul mouth he saves only for her? What a waste of good looks. And no way does Val want that mouth anywhere near hers.

When the shifter community is threatened, Val is assigned to the case…and fails. So the High Council turns to the rogue shifter they'd sentenced to twenty years as a human--that same obnoxiously sexy Detective Townsend. And sends the two arch-enemies deep into the North Carolina Mountains-—together, and alone.

Being stuck in a tiny honeymoon cabin with Miss Castration and only one bed is definitely not Britton's idea of a good time. But the High Council doesn’t take no for an answer. After his shifter abilities are restored, Brit is once again susceptible to the dreaded, irreversible bonding instinct, the Drall. Thankfully, all he’s ever felt for Val is intense loathing, no reason to worry. Right? All he has to do is solve this case pronto, and he can go back to his footloose Casanova ways. That is, if they don’t kill each other first. Or worse...fall in love.

My Rating: 4 Roses

A lovely paranormal romance, The Awakening: Britton was a fantastic read. It had sweet and steamy romance, surprises, and a mystery. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book.

Val was a good heroine. At first, she was a bit shrewish because, whenever she was with Britton and his insults, the claws came out. But, as the book went on and they began to resolve their issues, we see the nicer side of her and she became very likable. She was strong, fiercely protective of those she loved, and determined to get what she wanted. I really liked her.

Britton was also great. Like Val, we don't get the best first impression of him because, as soon as he saw Val, his sneer would come out and an insult would be at the ready. But, when I found out the truth of why he was so repelled by Val, I couldn't fault him because it really wasn't his fault. And, again, as the book went on, we saw more of his nicer side and it was a VERY nice side. He was sweet and determined to protect his loved ones. He was just wonderful and I adored him.

The romance was great. There was years worth of passionate hatred between these two, and you know what they say about passion and the thin line between love and hate. With these two, they jumped right over that line and all that passion came right along with it. There was some serious chemistry and some steamy scenes. But, they also actually got to know each other as they resolved the issues between them and they truly fell for each other. They were very sweet together. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced. I was kept interested the entire way through, but I wasn't totally hooked. The mystery of who had kidnapped the shifter child should have added thrills that really drew me in, but it seemed like it was put on the back burner and only occasionally returned to in between the relationship stuff. So, I didn't get totally drawn in. Regardless, I still enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was great. Despite any issues, I still really liked this book.

The Awakening: Britton was a wonderful paranormal romance. I really enjoyed reading this lovely book. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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