Reading The Awakening: Britton by Abby Niles was a happy accident, normally I would have bypassed it thinking that it was another somewhat pedestrian, formulaic paranormal romance, I would have been wrong. Disguised behind a somewhat innocuous cover is a fascinating unlikely romance between bitter rivals.
The shifter community lives in secret following sacred archaic laws, of which Britton Townsend has been the recipient of their particular brand of justice. Val Calhoun was appointed to head their secret police after Britton’s downfall which only added fuel to the fire of their mutual dislike.
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.
We have seen it in the media countless times where that attraction simmers just waiting for the right spark to set it aflame. I took it for granted as a universal truth until I conducted one of my lightning surveys and found out of the group of people I spoke to that I was the only one who had personally experience with this phenomena. Granted I was a teenager at the time and like all had more than my share of angst. My close friend’s brother irked me, curly blond hair and blue eyes not withstanding and the feeling was mutual! I remember going to call on her and being told unceremoniously that she wasn’t home and then HE CLOSED THE DOOR IN MY FACE!
When it becomes apparent that Val will be unable to neutralize the threat to the shifter community without assistance. The High Council temporarily reinstates Britton, and then it would not be an understatement to say the fur started to fly. Having to answer to Britton makes Val realize how condescending and cruel she has been and Britton with his newly awakened shifter instincts rather than feeling repelled which he always has by Val is strangely attracted to her.
The Awakening: Britton was part Taming of the Shrew, with a delightful twist of the paranormal. As for me, you might ask…well when I confessed my secret attraction to my friend, she of course, like any 14 year old girl sworn to secrecy, immediately told her brother and we ended up dating that whole summer.
AUTHOR: Abby Niles
RATING: 4 Stars
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.
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