Blog tour for “The Awakening: Britton” by Abby Niles w/review
I’ve got a shifter romance for you all today. The Awakening: Britton by Abby Niles just released last month with Entangled Press and I really enjoyed reading this roller coaster ride of a novel. Be sure to check out all the details below, including my review. As a bonus, the author is conducting a tour-wide giveaway for a $50 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice). Click on the Rafflecopter link for your chance to win!
THE AWAKENING: BRITTON
by Abby Niles
“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.
Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, she’s been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys and knights. She never imagined that those years of reading would one day lead to her becoming a published author.
In her late twenties, after having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. Next thing she knew, she was actually submitting to publishing houses. And was immediately rejected. That didn’t stop her though. She found some kickass critique partners, honed her craft, and continued submitting.
And eventually sold.
Today, she juggles work, being a single mom, and writing. It’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy?
Abby is the author of the contemporary MMA romance, Extreme Love, the first book in her Love to the Extreme series. Fighting Love is scheduled to release in December of 2013 and Winning Love isscheduled for 2014. She is also the author of the dark paranormal romance series The Awakening: Aidanand the The Awakening: Liam. The Awakening: Britton is scheduled to release in November 2013.Both series are with Entangled Publishing. She also has a geeky romantic comedy, Defying Convention, with Carina Press.
I’m a big fan of relationships that start with the hero/heroine hating each other. There’s just something to be said for watching them fight it out until those feelings turn into lust and eventually love. This book fit the bill for me. The change-over happened a little faster than expected, but there was a valid reason for that and I was able to accept it. Val and Britton just had that kind of chemistry together that once it started, it couldn’t be stopped.
The thing that sets it off is they have to work on a case together where they must find a child who was abducted. It was good to see them learn to act as a team. They had some problems at first, but they quickly learned to put their animosity aside for the sake of getting the job done. Their looking for the child and the criminals who took him kept me in suspense. It helped me to learn about their world and the problems shifters face trying to live in it. I hadn’t read the previous books in the series so this helped me a lot in understanding how things worked.
The big thing for shifters is that they have a great ability to sniff things out. This is especially true for Britton, who is considered the best, with Val coming in a close second. They have to use their sense of smell in order to track the bad guys. My only hang-up here is I couldn’t figure out why the kidnappers went traversing the woods for days trying to throw off their scents from Val and Britton when they could have just hopped in a car and lost them so much easier. The only explanation given is they wanted to play games with the detectives, but it seemed like the stakes were a bit too high to make it worth it. Still, it did give the reader a chance to see how shifters can use their noses to track others down. Plus plenty of criminals in the real world have proven to be rather stupid so it’s not out of the realm of possibilities these guys would rather lead their trackers on a merry chase than take the easy way. Even if it did increase their chances of getting caught.
I must say the ending for this book really had me going. It’s emotional and you wonder how things are going to work out. I was definitely rooting for Val and Britton to get their happy ending. How it happens, I won’t say, but I’m definitely glad I chose to read this book. The author has me wanting to go back and read the previous books because I’m sure they’ll be as exciting as this one. I definitely recommend this series to paranormal romance fans. It’s a great addition to the genre. Five whips for The Awakening: Britton!
Note- I received a free eCopy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.