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6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Heartbreaking, Funny, Action-Packed and Sexy!, BEAUTY AWAKENED,

Heartbreaking, Funny, Action-Packed and Sexy!,
BEAUTY AWAKENED, the 2nd installment of Gena Showalter's Angels of the Dark series is finally here and it was so worth the wait!

The book starts off with a young Koldo at the age of 7 years old. This was by far the most he...
Heartbreaking, Funny, Action-Packed and Sexy!,
BEAUTY AWAKENED, the 2nd installment of Gena Showalter's Angels of the Dark series is finally here and it was so worth the wait!

The book starts off with a young Koldo at the age of 7 years old. This was by far the most heartbreaking chapter I have ever read. A little boy starved for his mother's attention and love and getting nothing but hatred and abuse in return. No matter what he did to please her, she hated him and punished him more. We finally learn what happened to Koldo's wings and I sat here with a box of tissues balling me eyes out through this chapter. We also find out who his father is and I just can't decide who was worse, his mother or father. I finally decided they were both just as equally horrible. Poor Koldo!

Koldo is a warrior in Zacharel's Army of Disgrace, a group of warrior angels that are in danger of falling. I loved Koldo when he was introduced in WICKED NIGHTS but now he has my heart forever. I'm a sucker for the tortured souls and we all know Koldo went through torture when we learned his wings were removed but in this book we learn the full extent of the hell and anguish he went through. Koldo was the warrior with few words and no emotions, but he does have emotions. He just covers them up and pretends to not care because he is scared of rejection. Through everything that he has been through he still fights for what's right and he's a hero which he proved in WICKED NIGHTS when he made huge sacrifices to save his leader Zacharel. When he learns to open up and discovers his feelings for Nicola he is also very possessive but in a sweet, melt your heart kind of way.

Nicola and her twin sister Laila were born premature and with underdeveloped hearts. They have lived their lives not truly living at all due to fear of overdoing it and having a heart attack. They both know they don't have long to live but they are too weak and scared to fight. Nicola isn't a kick ass hero like Annabell was in WICKED NIGHTS but she is awesome in her own rights. Nicola is the stronger sister, always looking out for and taking care of Laila who is the weaker more afraid sister. She's easy going but not a doormat and she's not afraid to stand up for herself and let anyone push her or her sister around. She's kind, good hearted and funny and I really enjoyed her character.

Koldo first notices Nicola while on a mission in a hospital. He finds Nicola leaning over a very sick, almost dead Laila. He notices right away that they are both being poisoned by demons who are shadowing their every move and are filling them with toxins. They feed on their fear, sadness, pain, doubt and any other negative emotions and the demons are slowly killing them both. Koldo takes an interest in Nicola and decides he's going to teach her how to get rid of the demons and keep them away for good. Because to have any shot at living, they need to keep the demons away for good.

A lot of the healing Koldo teaches Nicola and Laila was all about the power of positive thinking. Some people may be put off by this but I truly believe that positive thinking does help. If you think negative thoughts then those thoughts will start to bring you down. We may not have demons sitting next to us feeding us negative thoughts and toxins like the sisters do, but to me negative thoughts and words are toxins. If you think negative about yourself you start to believe it and live it. I love how Gena incorporated this into her story.

This book is NOT full of steamy sex scenes like some of Gena's other books. There is pretty much one full on sex scene but there is plenty of sexual tension. Both Koldo and Nicola are virgins and Nicola needs to take things slow otherwise her heart can give out. This book has just the right amount of sex and tension for these two characters and I think Gena told their story perfectly! Honestly, I get tired of the hero and heroine jumping into the sack by the 100th page of books. It takes a talented author to write a romance book with only one actual sex scene and keep it sexy but if anyone can pull it off its Gena and she totally nailed it!

We get to see a lot of Axel and Thane is this book. While Axel acts extremely immature, you can't help but LOL at his crazy antics and the absurd things that come out of his mouth. Thane was on a mission to take out the demons responsible for killing someone they all cared dearly for. AND....for all you Lords of the Underworld fan girls out there, William makes an appearance! Squee!!

Overall this book was incredible! It was heartbreaking at moments and LOL funny the next. It was sexy without a lot of sex and full of non-stop action. BEAUTY AWAKENED book pulled me in from the very first page and consumed me to the last.

*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

I give BEAUTY AWAKENED 5 out of 5 skulls

posted by Book_Monster_Reviews on February 26, 2013

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25 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

CAUTION!!!! THIS IS NOT A REVIEW ON THE BOOK, BUT ON THE AUTHOR........

CAUTION!!!!
THIS IS NOT A REVIEW ON THE BOOK, BUT ON THE AUTHOR........

What to say? I feel very conflicted about my review. It feels wrong to be writing this but.... WTH! I was hoping Last Kiss Goodnight was an exception, but I guess not. It felt like Sunday...
CAUTION!!!!
THIS IS NOT A REVIEW ON THE BOOK, BUT ON THE AUTHOR........

What to say? I feel very conflicted about my review. It feels wrong to be writing this but.... WTH! I was hoping Last Kiss Goodnight was an exception, but I guess not. It felt like Sunday church school. I've deleted this sentence like 10 times because I just don't know how to continue without being harsh, but I think GS might be at a point where she is going to be acquiring a completely different kind of reader and saying goodbye to her old ones (you know, the ones that obsessed, laughed, cried and set reminders on their phones for her release dates? ya, those.) I gave her last book 3 stars because I couldn't bring myself to rate her any lower. It just felt wrong. But now I'm just so upset :( I think, to new GS readers, this book is perfectly adequate and if it was a Young Adult book, it would have been great. But for me it was a complete let down. She just jumped off my purchase list. I'm not quitting her, but I will definitely be getting her books from the library from now on. I read 331 pages of Young Adult at best, Christian Fantasy Romance easily, at worst, but definitely not what I thought I purchased. Not making that mistake again. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, but fool me three times? Oh no no no!

I have extremely low expectations for the following books, and don't even want to think about what she's going to do to the Lords. It's really quite tragic, I feel like crying just thinking about it. The worst part is that I don’t mind her new PG-13 way so much…….. well, okay fine, I do mind it, a lot actually, but I could live with it if it meant having her in my life. It’s the overkill that REALLY bothers me. I don’t even nag to my kids this much. I mean WOW! It felt like a really draining therapy session, or a visit to my mother in laws. The moral lessons should definitely be kept to a minimum. Less is more is a good rule to follow in this case.

With that said and all kidding aside, I actually feel really sad and let down at this new turn in her writing. I look forward to her books sooooo much, and to be left with this feeling of dissatisfaction is a real bummer. I always read her books on the release day, usually in one sitting and right away get on the phone to let everyone know how good it was, what to expect and give away spoilers to those who want them. I read it two days ago and haven’t called anyone. I’m always so excited and can’t wait to talk to someone about it. I feel no excitement at all. How sad is that :(

posted by jmelissan2 on February 28, 2013

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    I'll make this short... The book was great. I loved the charact

    I'll make this short...
    The book was great. I loved the characters and I am in love with Koldo. This is the second installment to a new spin-off series. If you have not read the other series by GS than you will adore this book. However, if you're like me and have read and re-read everybook she wrote than you will have complaints similiar to the ones listed below. I still love GS books. I did enjoy this read and will continue to read her stories, but I do wish she would give us more of the love scenes from her other books. I gave this book 4 stars based on the book it self. If your new to this author I highly recommend you read her other books as well. If you are not reviewing this book than I suggest you leave your complaints on another site.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Is it just me?

    Or does it seem like all anyone wants to read is erotica.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    I loved it

    Some have said that the book is not as good as lords of the underworld series. I think it is better than some of the books in that series. While i liked lords of the underworld series as a whole; i did not like all the books. If you are looking for graphic srx scenes, then no this is not the book for you. Great love story, but not graphic. Those complaining about the religous aspect nned to get a grip....it IS about angels, what do you expect.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2015

    Good

    Good but not the best one of the series. Worth the read though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Great book

    Love this series!

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    Great Read!

    Anything Gena Showalter writes is a guaranted great read. As always...this series will not disapoint. Gotta love these Angels!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    It was good

    Not as good as the first book. But it was a good read. Worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Great addition

    I don't know why everyone is complaining about this book. I thought it was great! Yes, there is less sex than in the Lords books and even than in Wicked Nights, but these characters wouldn't have worked if they were sex crazed. I thought the love scenes were well written in the context of the characters.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    4.5 STars ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Cover

    4.5 STars
    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    “This might just be one of my favorite paranormal romance reads this year.” ~Under the Covers

    Gena Showalter is back and with another hit. BEAUTY AWAKENED grabbed me from the very first pages when it tells the tale of a little boy starved for his mother’s affection. A love that he never got. And the suffering that came after.

    Koldo is a tough warrior in Zacharel’s Army. But I think I would do better at introducing him by giving you some visual stimulation because this is pretty much what I thought of…(minus the hair because Koldo is bald)

    If that doesn’t get you jumping up and running to read this, I don’t know what else could. But hot warrior with beaded beard aside, Koldo captured my heart both as a child, and then as an adult. He fights for justice and what is good. After all the darkness in him, he can still open his heart to others. A true hero to fall in love with for all of you who like your men tough and extremely caveman alpha, but with the sweetest marshmallow inside.

    Nicola and her twin sister Laila have always battled disease and known they won’t live a long life. Now almost in Laila’s deathbed, Koldo finds Nicola and realizes the sisters’ problem is that they are shadowed by demons who whisper fear into them, and the fear is slowly killing them both. Koldo makes it his job to teach them how to keep those demons at bay and heal.

    While I’ve seen some may think this was a bit too much into the spiritual and the power of positive thoughts, I was fascinated that the author included that element mixed in with angels in her book. It makes perfect sense to me!

    And while Koldo is top claimed material, Nicola was a good heroine for him. She’s not the kick ass type, nor is she a doormat. She doesn’t try too hard to be funny. She’s just real. Love that about her!

    This might just be one of my favorite paranormal romance reads this year. I think BEAUTY AWAKENED is a perfect blend of all the elements I love about Gena Showalter’s writing. It’s laugh-out-loud funny at times, sexy and full of sexual tension, and with non-stop action that keeps you intrigued and turning those pages.

    If you are looking for the sexy times, I have to warn you….you won’t be finding them in this book. There is actually just one sex scene. Not what you were expecting me to say, huh? But when a book is well written and the story makes the progress it should, at the pace I think makes sense, I don’t have a need fo sexy times to be stuck in there just because they HAVE to be. And that’s not to say there isn’t plenty of sexual tension and almost there moments, because that was definitely there.

    But Koldo is a virgin, an innocent when it comes to matters of attraction and lust. And so is Nicola. She’s only gone on a few dates her whole life and they always made her uncomfortable. They both needed the time to adjust to their feelings and to heal their emotions as well as their bodies.

    Then there’s the overall plot of Zacharel’s Army. Things are getting interesting. We get more glimpses of Axel and Malcolm and THANE. Mmmmmm Yes please give me some Thane soon! For the Lords of the Underworld readers, William (my love) makes a cameo in this one as well. I sense some books with warriors with dark pasts coming up. As usual…I can’t wait for the next one!

    Favorite Quotes:

    How sublime. I got stuck with the only winged warrior with ADD.

    He was what he was.
    He was what his parents had made him.
    He’d tried to be more. He’d tried to be better. Each time, he’d failed miserably.

    “The words we speak are important, powerful, and since names are spoken every day, directed at specific individuals, people often become what they are called. I like to know who I’m dealing with.”

    “I’m staying.” Just try to get rid of me. See what happens.”

    “Glad you could leave Chesticles long enough to make an appearance.”
    “Call her that again and I’ll cut your heart from your chest and give it to her as a trophy.”…
    “May I recommend you peel my skin from my body, too?”

    “Good thing I strapped on my big-boy panties today.”

    “You threw alcohol at a puny human male.”
    “He’s lucky to still be alive. I could have thrown daggers.”

    *ARC provided by author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Sweet

    I really liked it better than the first book. He is just to sweet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Good read

    It was a good read and look forward to the next book in this series.

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