Monday, November 25, 2013

The Awakening: Britton by Abby Niles

Title:  The Awakening: Britton
Author: Abby Miles
My Rating: A+

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Awakening #3
Release Date: November 2013
Main Characters: Brit and Val
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
"I would lick that man up one side and down the other."

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 Review:
OMG, I loved this book. Hands down, this is the best in the series so far and I really didn't expect that. We had glimpses of Brit and Val together in the last book so knew that their relationship is really contentious, but I had no idea just how deep it went. 

This is a deeply emotional book. Britton was a shifter, but while on the job at the SPAC, he broke the save a child's life. But according to the council, a law is a law and they are there for a reason. So he was punished with 20 years of separation from his Jaguar. They took away his shifter side so now he's a human. This book takes place four years after that time and Brit has learned to adjust. He used to be the head of SPAC, now he just works for the normal PD and Val has his job. That doesn't change the fact that he originally had the SPAC job because he was the most expert tracker...until the Council took away his shifter abilities. But now there is a job too big for Val to handle and they need Brit back on the job...but he only gets his abilities back temporarily. 

This book is heartbreaking because Brit's shifter status is only temporary. After the case is over, he loses his Jaguar again. As if the punishment wasn't cruel enough to begin with. To tease him with it like this truly is above and beyond cruel and when he realizes what this means for him and Val...well, let's just say I spent a lot of the end of the book with tears in my eyes. 

Abby Niles did such a brilliant job of writing this book. I was 110% invested emotionally with these characters and what was happening to them. The other books in this series have both been good and emotional too, but something about this one just went above and beyond. So freaking good!!!

If you like to read Shifter books, I recommend this entire series, but especially this novel. You absolutely could read this one without having read the other two. The Hero and the heroine in this one are both police detectives so both of them are absolutely badass. I haven't talked about Val, but OMG, I loved her and what she did at the end. She is definitely a heroine that you can love because of her convictions and passions. 

Finally, just BUY THIS BOOK. I don't think you'll regret it. If it comes available in print, I plan to buy it for my keeper shelf.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an  honest review.

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