Beauty Awakened (Angels of the Dark Series #2)

Beauty Awakened (Angels of the Dark Series #2)

by Gena Showalter
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Beauty Awakened (Angels of the Dark Series #2) by Gena Showalter

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with another captivating Angels of the Dark tale, as a tormented warrior is brought to his knees by the most delicate of humans….

His name is Koldo. He is scarred, powerful, his control legendary—and he lives only for vengeance against the angel who viciously removed his wings. But if he yields to the forces of hatred, he will be eternally damned.

Nicola Lane was born with a defective heart, yet this fragile human shows surprising strength as demons stalk her every move, determined to end her. She is the key to Koldo's deliverance…and his downfall. Though he fights duty, destiny and his first addictive taste of desire, his toughest battle will be the one for Nicola's life—even if he has to sacrifice his own….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373777433
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Series: Angels of the Dark Series , #2
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 193,964
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at

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Beauty Awakened 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 149 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :(
BekahSC More than 1 year ago
Okay, seriously what has happened to the author? This book (and honestly the series so far) doesn't even seem like the same Gena Showalter who forced me to stay up into the wee hours of the morning just to finish one of her novels. Actually, I know what happened. According to her website, Showalter has found God which is great for her, not so great for the readers if it means a complete change to her writing style. Granted, a series about angels skates pretty close to the Christian tradition, but you only have to take a look at JR Ward's series to see it can be done without a lot of preachiness. Beauty Awakened reads like inspirational fiction which, again, is fine but not what her readers have come to expect. All of the snap, crackle and pop of her early writing as well as the sizzling chemistry between characters is completely gone. This book was about as sizzling as The Cat in the Hat. Never have I read a Showalter book where the sex scene was so vague and undescriptive. The funny thing is, for someone who's become more circumspect involving intimacy between characters she certainly has no trouble writing graphic violence which I really think has been ratcheted up lately (there's a scene involving the removal of an eye that is particularly grisly), not to mention heaping abuse, sexual and physical, on her characters which seems like overkill. Those issues coupled with the heavy Christian tone are the reason for the dismal rating. Abandoning this series won't be that much of a problem (although I'm still a teeny tiny bit intrigued by Thane, Bjorn and Xerxes), but I'm really worried about the continuation of the Lords of the Underworld series. Kane's story is next, and I can only hope the author rediscovers her mojo or another series will be ruined for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is disgusting. Ever had a loved one die of heart failure? Well they just didn't think enough "happy thoughts" and probably had a demon inside them. I could go on and on about this Sunday school wannabe drivel, which as a former LoTU devotee saddens me, but I won't. Suffice it to say that Showalter's newly discovered outlook on life is severly negatively affecting her writing ability. I'm giving her one last shot - Kane's story - before writing her off completely and boycotting her forever. Sad, she HAD such promise and used to be such an amazing writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really lacks the writing skill I've come to expect from Gena.  It's a continuation of her "testimony" from her website. Hopefully now that she has it out of her system, she can get back to her exciting storytelling. What's happening to writers these days! First, Charlene Harris, then Christine Feehan and J.R.Ward, and Gena has  lost the ability to keep up to their standard of writing. I can only hope Kresley Cole and Alexandra Ivy don't follow down this path.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The well written love scenes from "Lords..." & Wicked Nights are completely missing from this book. The end leaves MUCH to be desired. I REALLY hope Kane's book is written the way she normally writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS REALLY SUCKED!!!! I'd really like to offer an intelligent, ADULT review for an author that I have loyally followed for over a decade, but I find my intelligence sorely taxed by the dismal, juvenile, sermonizing crap that she has offered in the last year. I couldn't even finish this oneand as sad as I am to say it I won't waste my time and money on another one. The idea of her tangling Kane or any of my other faves from LotU or Alien Huntress up in this adolescent, kumbaya mess is disturbing. I' d rather use my own imagination than have another perfectly good hottie, alpha male or kick-butt herione turned into wimpy, whiney dull-as dishwater character in one of Ms. Showalter's new books. I wish her and her publishers the luck of their new target audience which obviously ISN'T those of us that have lined their pockets for the last couple of decades. I'll find another ADULT romantic fiction author to give my money to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Lords of the Underworld fan, but this new series is seriously lacking in the romance department.  The book was interesting and well written, but it it just didn't do it for me.  Sad, because I was really looking forward to this new series of hers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not like how she used to write. Has she overextended herself for her publishers? Her description for sex scenes was that of a ya novel. Used to be a die hard fan but im not too sure anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very disapointed in this book, although it had potential for a great story it falls FLAT! I wish i could return it but I purchased it on my nook so i am stuck. I do not recommend this book, although i would recomend her previous series Lords of the Underworld. sorry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book isnt as bad as many of the reviewers are saying. For me its not in the same league as her usual kick ass heros, and witty women. But its about angels and something like angels. Now if youve read about angels in other books there is Usually a religious undertone so stop complaining about it being to preachie if you dont like the frame work for this book pick one of the older ones, they never dissapoint. The build up in the relationship was nice with some tension, not as hot as usual but a good read. Will i keep reading G.S. books definately! It sounds like a few of the other charaters will have a hotter story line and who says a committed relationship has to be dull.
Lovez_Fantasy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Gena's books, I think she is one of the best writers ever..... This book is awesome and keeps your attention. Great work!
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
5 Stars! Gena Showalter did it again! A wingless angel and a girl tormented by demons. Is there redemption? "BEAUTY AWAKENED" pulled me in from the very first page and consumed me to the last. I'm in love with the Sent Ones “Angels of the Dark” . Gena Showalter is an amazing author and knows how to tell a story that keeps you entertained and intrigued.  What we get with “Beauty Awakened” is positive thinking, action, sexual tension and a little humor in this book.  The healing Koldo teaches Nicola and Laila is all about the power of positive thinking and if you think negative thoughts then those thoughts will start to bring you down. “You speak what you believe, and you believe you’re doomed. If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout the years, it’s that what you believe is the impetus for your entire life.” The sexual tension is just right between the main characters and we get one full on sex scene. It takes a talented author to write a romance book with only one actual sex scene and keep it sexy and Gena nailed it! We also get to see a lot of Axel in this book. While Axel acts extremely immature “he adds the comic relief in this book”, you can't help but laugh at his crazy antics and the absurd things that come out of his mouth. We also get an appearance/snippet of William from the "Lords of the Underworld” series.
StaceyONeale More than 1 year ago
I really loved WICKED NIGHTS, so I was a bit reluctant to read BEAUTY AWAKENED assuming the second book in the series couldn’t possibly live up to the first. Well, I’m happy to report all my assumptions were incorrect. I should know by this point not to ever doubt Gena Showalter - she’s the queen of adult paranormal! First, let me say I fell absolutely in love with Koldo. His past was so rough my heart just broke for him. It’s pretty bad when you want to leap into the pages and hug a fictional character. Oh, but don’t think the sadness lessened the sexy because he was all of that too. Also, I just adored Nicola. She had some pretty big challenges of her own, yet she was so strong. You couldn’t read this book without cheering for her. But, the best part was when the characters came together. There was chemistry flying off the pages. The angel backstory and likable secondary characters left plenty of room for this series to continue. I really can’t wait for BURNING DAWN and I hope this is more than a three book series. Fans of Adult Paranormal Romance, Alpha Males, Strong Females, Off-the-Charts Chemistry, or Angels should definitely check out the ANGELS OF THE DARK series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Or does it seem like all anyone wants to read is erotica.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am disappointed in this third book of the angels of the dark series. it lacked chemistry in my opinion and the fact that it has been two years since this book was issued I think GS has lost her inspiration in writing. this is not the first time I was upset after purchasing her book. I was also upset when she issued the last book of the Lords Of The Underworld. it lacked passion, imagery, and suspicion. if GS is going to continue to write like this im going to have to pack up my books from her and never buy one of her books again. its sad that a good writer like her can not finish what she has started. This book is not worth the effort of buying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all the other books.. This one is excellent
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read many series in this genre, and I mean like everything I can get my hands on probably 3 books per week, and I can honestly say this is one series I wait for. The men are frustrating and sexy and fiercely protective. The women are bold some times broken but they pull thru in the end. If you like showalter you can expect her bad boy turned lover in this tale as well. It's one I finished quick b/c I couldn't put it down! If u want more details the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 IS about angels, what do you expect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know what everyone is talking about! I can't get enough of this series!!!! Loved the book and cant wait till the next one. Oh how I hate the wait. I am a sucker for a good romance with angels in it. I do have to say I was not a big fan of her Lords of the Underworld series, but now I am a renewed fan of Gena Showalter!
Caleen More than 1 year ago
I loved this story and I thought it was a beautiful love story. It didn't have a lot of over the top sex scenes but it didn't need it, it wouldn't have worked for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Expected better. It is suited to a young adult reader. Absolutely no sizzle like her previous books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book was awesome and this one was just as good will be purchasing the third book in this series! ?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was terrible. Written for young adults who would be as bored as I was. There is no set up for the story - took awhile to get some semblance of direction. No clue or intro to the characters - no reason to care about them at all. Tedious - I started skimming a third of the way into it. I can't imagine reading another Showalter book - not worth the money or time.