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.
About the Author
Abby Niles has always loved to read. After having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. She didn't plan for writing to become an obsession, but it did. Today, she juggles work, home life, 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 and the dark paranormal romance series The Awakenings with Entangled Publishing. She also has a geeky romantic comedy, Defying Convention, with Carina Press. She is represented by Maureen Walters at Curtis Brown, LTD.
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The Awakening: Britton
By Abby Niles, Nina Bruhns, Robin Haseltine
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Carnal Ridge, North Carolina
"I would lick that man up one side and down the other."
Detective Val Calhoun tightened her grip on the pen and prayed for patience with her coworker. Not that these types of comments were anything new. If it wasn't Raquel making some sort of off-color remark about the supposed living god who frequented SPAC — the Shifter Protection and Concealment side of the Carnal Ridge police station — it was Nancy, or Jean, or Tammy ...
Women really could be just as bad as men.
"I'd pay good money to see that man out of uniform," Raquel continued. "I bet his abs are to die for." She snapped her fingers. "What are the chances we could get a calendar made for charity? One with him as January through December. I'd bet we'd make a killing at it."
No doubt they would. It wasn't just the women at the PD who had fallen under Officer Britton Townsend's spell, it was the entire Carnal Ridge female population. It was sickening to watch.
Either way, Raquel's comments meant only one thing. He'd walked into the department and ogle-the-hottie time had commenced. Val would just have to suffer through it until he left.
"January would be nothing but snow and him in a scarf ... Oh! And the summer! Girl, we'd get him under an outside shower on a sandy beach, water running down his body, hair slicked to his head." Raquel fanned herself. "Is it getting hot in here?"
"Just for you." And every other female ...
Raquel shot a perturbed look at Val. "There is something seriously wrong with you."
"Why? Because I don't share in the let's-lust-after-Officer-Townsend fun time?"
Raquel's plump lips pursed. "Mmm-hmm. You keep telling yourself that."
"What's that supposed to mean?"
But she'd already lost Raquel's attention as the half-shifter stared off to the other side of the department again and made an appreciative whew noise. "Damn. I'd like thirty minutes alone with that man."
"You can do better than him," Val muttered. She finished writing her notes, closed the file, then tossed it onto the growing stack sitting on the corner of her desk, refusing to glance in the direction that had Raquel so riveted.
"Oh, definitely. He's not the introduce-to-my-daddy type. He's the give-me a-rockin'-good-time-in-bed type." She sighed. "Those eyes. Have you seen anything like them?"
Unfortunately, no. Britton's dark looks, cocky attitude, and electric blue eyes were what made all the women's knees turn to mush. That, and his tight ass. The ultimate bad-boy persona. With the leather jacket to boot. And he played it up. With every woman he came into contact with.
Except her. Thank the Dea.
"It's like that gaze strips you naked every time he looks at you," Raquel said as she tucked a strand of auburn hair behind her ear and bit her lower lip.
Val made a blecking sound, and went to work on the next file that needed her attention.
"You look ravishing today, Raquel," a deep masculine voice purred. Val could just picture the tilted smirk on his face that made the women's ovaries scream.
Brit to the ones completely gaga over the blue-eyed devil.
Thankfully Val had been cured of such an idiotic notion long ago.
A giggle came from Raquel. A. Giggle. Val had to keep from snorting.
"You're looking mighty fine today too, Brit."
The desk wobbled, causing Val's pen to scribble a line across the paper. She ground her teeth, but didn't bother looking up. "Get off my desk, Townsend."
"You really could take some wardrobe lessons from Raquel here, Princess."
Taking a deep breath, she lifted her head, hating that her heart had the same reaction as every other woman he encountered — it fluttered. Every damn time she had the misfortune of crossing his path.
Pushing away the sensation, she met and held those mesmerizing ice-blue eyes made all the brighter by his olive complexion and jet-black hair and brows. His eyelashes were way too long for a man and only magnified the color of the irises.
All those good looks wasted on a douche bag.
She lifted her brow, going for bored as she tried not to notice how well he filled out his uniform.
"You're the last person I dress to impress, Townsend."
"Obviously. But one would think you'd put in a little more effort for some of the other men."
His put-down, as always, was her cure. Reminded her what a deplorable jerk he could be. Thank the Dea for that, or she'd be like all of the other vagis in this place — wet and throbbing.
Leaning her elbows on her desk, she cocked her head. "Think what you want, but I'm the one sitting behind this desk. Not you."
Her comment had the intended effect. Anger tightened his normally smirky lips as his jaw clenched.
She suppressed a smile. You want a fight. I'll give you a fight.
"At least we know you didn't sleep your way to the top."
"Nope. Just took the job from an incompetent jerk."
Raquel gave a little squeak of horror. "Jeez, Val."
Go figure. He was the biggest dick of the century, and all Raquel could see was Val being mean to the hottie.
She shrugged. "The truth hurts."
And she wouldn't lie. She got great satisfaction from watching Britton shake with fury. Which he was. Quivering with it. She fought another smile. And in three ... two ... one ...
Britton spun and stalked out of the department.
"Why do you do that?" There was no mistaking the frustration in her coworker's voice. "He's so pretty to look at, and you always chase him off."
"He started it."
"Did you ever think maybe there's a reason for that? Most of us here are just waiting for the two of you to explode in a fit of lust."
Shocked, Val spun on Raquel. "Have you lost your mind? Britton Townsend is the last man on this planet I would invite into my bed, and I'm pretty sure he feels the exact same way about me."
"Whatever you say. I just know that watching you two go at it has become everyone's favorite show." She leaned closer. "We have a pool going, you know?"
"What the — A pool?" Val gave a short, sarcastic snort and shook her head. "You guys need to get a life. Seriously. Betting on when Britton and I will hook up is a complete waste of money. Because it's never going to happen."
"Oh, it's going to happen. That much passion can't be contained."
"Passion? It's called loathing, Raquel."
"Sure it is. Anyway, I've given you a month. Just hold out that long, okay? An extra four hundred bucks would buy that gorgeous Coach clutch I've been drooling over."
Without waiting for a reply, Raquel sauntered off. Val stared after her. Four hundred dollars? She worked with a bunch of crazies. As if she and Britton would ever hook up. She couldn't stand the pompous ass. Yeah ... so there was a little jolt of attraction. No matter what Britton thought, she was a red-blooded woman and he was hot. But that was as far as it went. His foul mouth ensured that.
She glanced over to see Detective Roy Brastic hastening toward her. His handsome face was set in a pensive, pinched look that immediately set off warning bells. She straightened. "What's up?"
When he stopped at her desk, he leaned down and whispered, "Elder Harwood and Councilman Seeder are here. They want you to meet them in the conference room."
What would cause the elder and his second in command to come to her? She was usually summoned to come to them. Normally, members of the High Council steered clear of SPAC, not wanting to draw attention to their secret division inside the homicide unit at Carnal Ridge PD. The human detectives didn't have a clue they were working side-by-side with several shifters, and everyone wanted to keep it that way.
Roy gave her a concerned glance that reflected how she felt. "Something's up. Something bad."
Yeah, it was.
Inhaling, Val pushed to her feet and made her way to the conference room where they usually spread out evidence on complex cases.
What could've pushed the councilmen to come all the way down here? Things had been pretty quiet. Shifter crime had stayed shifter business and hadn't collided with the human world.
Almost four years ago, Elder Harwood had flown up to Jersey and offered her the head position here in Carnal Ridge to replace Britton. Since then, she'd dedicated her life to covering up any shifter involvement in human cases. She then arrested the perps to face the High Council's judgment, which was based on rigid laws created thousands of years ago to ensure that their existence would never become known to humans.
To say the least, her curiosity was piqued at the two councilmen's sudden appearance.
After she walked in and closed the door behind her, she turned to find Councilman Seeder pacing the room, his hands clasped behind his back. Her tension spiked. Being the second in command, Seeder was typically the calmer of the two. On the other hand, Elder Harwood, who always had an air of authority about him, sat in a chair with his elbow resting on the table, his mouth cupped in his palm, staring at the wall — as though his world were imploding around him.
Since Harwood controlled the shifter world, nothing she was about to hear could be good. "Councilmen, you wished to see me?"
The elder gave a start before glancing up at her. "Calhoun. Yes." He waved his hands toward the glass windows. "Get the shades, would you?"
The ominous feeling inside growing, she swallowed. After she went to the window, she met Roy's concerned gaze as she twisted the blinds closed. Taking a steadying breath, she turned. "What can I do for you?"
"There's been an event —"
"An event!" Seeder burst out, his lanky frame shaking. "This is not an event. This is a catastrophe!"
"David," Harwood said between clenched teeth. "You need to calm down."
"Calm down? I told you this would happen. The entire council told you. But you didn't listen. You caused this, and now we are all in jeopardy because of it."
"I have a position to uphold."
"You have a species to protect, which you are failing miserably at."
As fascinating as it was to watch two councilmen going at it — they never showed friction in public — she wasn't getting any closer to the reason they were here. "What happened?"
Seeder exhaled harshly before yanking out a chair and slumping in it. "World Shifters has been breached. Samantha Mills's son has been taken."
"Holy. Shit." Not a very professional response, but in all her years in law enforcement, nothing had ever shocked her more. World Shifters was a living facility for the children who suffered from the shifter mutation — a genetic defect within the shifting genes. Typically shifters did not shift for the first time until their eighteenth birthday, which gave the human side time to establish dominance over the animal side. With the mutation, the beast could control the shift from the second the baby wailed its way into life. The result was a child capable of shifting at any moment into an animal that couldn't be controlled. Temper tantrums could be deadly. "When?"
"A little over an hour ago. They set off small explosives as decoys. Enough to cause some chaos within the compound. Then they got into Charlie's dorm and blew out the wall so they could escape. It was over within minutes."
She pulled out a chair and sat. "Who took responsibility?"
"No one yet. But this arrived about twenty minutes ago." Harwood slid over a yellow package. After retrieving her gloves from her pocket and slipping them on, she took out the note.
The council has until 4:00 p.m. Sunday to release Samantha Mills and revise the current laws on mutated shifters. If you do not comply with these demands, we will make shifters known to the human world by introducing it to Charlie.
Having a hard time believing what she was reading, she reread the missive. The Samantha Mills conviction had been a sore spot within the shifter community for the last six months. After the mother had been arrested for hiding her mutated child instead of registering him with the council — as strictly required by shifter law — everyone knew she would suffer some kind of consequences for her decision. She had put both the shifter and human communities at risk — but life in prison? Life? All because she hadn't wanted to be separated from her child and only allowed to see him once a year on his birthday? The council's verdict had been a turning point in a lot of younger shifters' and half-shifters' attitudes toward the council, churning up waves of frustration and anger at its perceived heartlessness. Protests had run rampant, but they had all been peaceful, held within shifter law. This ... this kidnapping and extortion was unimaginable, and put everyone at risk — in a far worse way than Samantha ever had.
At least the perpetrators were giving the High Council a week to comply with their demands.
The time frame showed they understood that revising the laws couldn't happen overnight. It wouldn't happen overnight. For the kidnappers to get what they wanted, the High Council would have to exhaust all other options first.
Which meant these people knew she would be coming for them.
"There's more," Seeder warned.
The elder slid an iPad across the table. "A reminder about what's at stake — as if we needed one."
A video was already loaded. She touched the play button in the middle of the screen. A little four-year-old towheaded boy was sitting off by himself on the leaf-covered ground. Trees surrounded him. There was no sound from anyone other than the little boy asking if he could see his mommy now, saying over and over that he missed her, and that Gina said his mommy wouldn't be able to visit him for a very long time.
At the sorrow in the child's voice, she clenched her teeth against the anger — and guilt — that swelled inside her. From the get-go, she'd hated this case. Hated her part in it. But her job was to uphold shifter law, and Samantha Mills had broken it.
On the video the child's body began to shake, and a split second later, his clothes shredded around an emerging wolf twice the size of the boy. The animal bared its teeth, growling, then leaped off-screen. A scream came from the background, snarling, gnashing. More screams.
"Can't get him to change ... Tranquilize him ...," a voice called.
The video ended.
Val laid the iPad on the table and rubbed her forehead. Unfortunately, tranquilizing children when their beast became aggressive was the only way to stop that kind of situation from escalating to something far worse — to keep the victim, or the child, from being killed.
She was trying to find words, but was having a hell of a time coming up with anything. If humans saw an event like the one depicted in the video, they would never believe shifters were safe to live among — which had a ring of truth to it. Normal shifters were as safe as any human. Mutated shifters, especially children with no control over their beast, were potentially very dangerous.
Children like Charlie. The bastards had played this smart by picking an innocent child who would easily capture hearts with his sweet smile, but who could then shift into a raging, snarling animal without warning.
On top of that, the fact that the boy was a flipping wolf instead of another, less savage, animal would feed into every werewolf horror movie humans had ever seen and cause mass pandemonium. A witch hunt would ensue. And when the humans started to realize that there was no way to identify a half shifter, especially because the females were beastless, the panic, accusations, and reprisals would only get worse.
"So what's the plan?" she finally asked.
"For you to find and arrest whoever did this," Harwood said.
Yeah, she'd already figured that.
Seeder pressed his lips tight and shook his head.
"I take it you don't agree with that order, Councilman Seeder?" Val asked.
"The entire shifter community knows it is time for reform when it comes to mutant law. Elder Harwood is the only fool who can't see it, but he holds all the power."
True. Nothing could be changed without Harwood's signature. Taking mutant children from their parents because they refused to acknowledge how dangerous their children really were was just one of many archaic laws the council refused to alter. Val personally thought it was time for a clean sweep of the entire council, but it didn't work like that. High Council positions had been passed down from the founding fathers to their firstborn children, and down through the generations. When Harwood died, his daughter would become the newest member. However, the elder title would pass on to the next oldest shifter — Councilman Seeder. A few months ago, this wouldn't have brought any change within their community, but the councilman's sudden change in opinion surprised her.
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***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review*** I was incredibly surprised by the balance of romance, suspense, and paranormal in this book. Ms. Niles writes about two shifters--Val, a half-shifter, and Britton, a shifter who's been stripped of his shifter abilities as punishment for twenty years--who have this deep and intense dislike for each other yet are stuck working together to find a missing boy. In the beginning, I wondered how any kind of relationship was possible between Britton and Val due to the constant jabs they made at each other. When they weren't arguing over something stupid, they weren't talking at all. When they weren't talking, they were stewing over how much they couldn't stand each other. When they were ordered to work together, I chuckled at how well that was going to go. When they found out they were stuck in a cabin together, I nearly died laughing as I wondered who would kill who first. I didn't laugh for long though as I watched their relationship change. It didn't happen overnight (thank you, Ms. Niles, for taking your time with this part of the story!) but slowly. As Britton's shifter abilities returned, a short reprieve approved by the High Council so he could work the case, his perspective of and feelings toward Val changed as well. Emotions he'd never felt for Val caught him, and her, off guard. But it made the discovery of how he really felt for her that much sweeter for me to read about. The story isn't without a few twists pertaining to the kidnapped boy, the High Council, and Britton's crime that cost him the loss of his abilities. But the most outstanding and unique twist in this story was how Britton lost his shifter abilities. Not the crime itself or his reasons for going against shifter law, but what was done to him to suppress his shifter abilities and instincts. A superbly written story that Ms. Niles filled with enough suspense, romance, hate, love, forgiveness and reconciliation that kept me reading and hoping for the happily ever after Britton and Val deserved.
Britton and Shifters all the way! The first book I've read by Abby Niles and I have to say one of the best paranormal/mysteries I've read in a long while. Good chemistry and good story. Although it's the third in the series I did not feel lost and everything was perfectly explained so it can be read as a stand alone. Detective Shifter Britton Townsend was punished by SPAC, the agency that overseas all shifters rules and regulations, and has to live 20 years as a human. However, as fate would have it, they have to give him his shifter powers back in order to solve a crime. Agent Val Calhoun is set as his partner but they have always seen each other as enemies, that is, until he becomes a shifter again. The idea of finding a predestined mate in PNR may seem too obvious for some but it's if played correctly it's extremely romantic for me. And the author does a terrifically great job here. The way each other realize how much they care for each other. And the fact they can't even kiss, that raises the tension a thousand percent! So many mountains to climb to get to their HEA! Also, once the first issues are resolved, and Britton has to go back, you felt Val's pain. How do you resolve their situation. Agh! Britton is one of my favorites charming rakes. He's so loving and charming and has intense blue eyes *swoon* One complain about this series is that I wish it was each was longer because I want to know more about their world.
This is the third and in my not so humble opinion the best so far in Abby Niles The Awakening series. This is an enemies to lovers type tale. Val has benefited by Britton’s demotion but can’t figure out why the ladies man find her so detestable. Whenever they are in the same room he is antagonistic to her but nobody else. So she gives as good as she gets. Britton doesn’t like the guy he is towards Val but can’t seem to help himself. Now they are going to have to work together to save a child and keep the shifter community from being outed. And if they discover the cause for the mutual antagonism so much the better. This story was terrific. This series just keeps getting better. There are strong characters, terrific stories, fun dialogue and swoon worthy romance. Read the first two books in this series Aidan and Liam to get a sense of the world and rules the shifters have to live by then read Britton and watch him and Val challenge them all. ARC given by Entangled Publishing for a fair and honest review.
There is a fine line between love and hate, Val and Britten don't walk that line. The loathing between them is palpable. That is until they get stuck working a case together. Alone… I have not read the first two Awakening books, but it didn't matter. The author was able to fill me in on the important details, characters, and back story without feeling like an info dump. I adored the characters and both their internal and external struggles. The twists and turns kept me from putting this story down.
The Awakening: Britton by Abby Niles is the third book in her Awakening series. The hallmark of the series is taking a hard look at the mating concept in paranormal romance and all the ways it can go wrong. This book is set up very well in the second book, where it promised quite a story. Britton delivers in every way. While many aspects of the plot are centered around more traditional paranormal concepts, this is without question the best of the three. Britton loathes Val. Not only has she been given his job after he was unfairly sentenced to 20 years as a human, but just being around her makes him physically ill. He gets the cold shakes around her and that physical loathing makes him treat her with an unparalleled contempt. Val can’t stand the innate cruelty Brit saves just for her. His love ‘em and leave ‘em ways don’t exactly endear him to her either. Their hatred of each other is legendary. But the Council doesn’t care. They have a problem and only Val and Brit can solve it. So, they give Brit his beast back, temporarily, so that he can do their bidding and send them out together to save a kidnapped child. Unlike both Aidan’s and Liam’s books, Britton’s has very little interaction among the three of them. The focus is on Brit, Val, and their desperate race to stop the kidnappers before they unmask shifters to the world. That focus is important because this book is about a journey to love that is filled with intense emotion. It doesn’t take long after Britton is allowed his beast back (via a serum to counteract the one he was given before to take the beast away) before he starts wanting to be with Val, to touch her, care for her, protect her, love her. And Val responds, wanting him just as much. But they have a job to do and there is a very real fear that they might destroy both the mission and each other. By the time the mission is over, they are deeply in love. But a single act puts them right back to the beginning. The kidnappers, once unmasked, are less sympathetic than they were set up to be. Ultimately, they seemed to be there more to provide a reason to bring Val and Brit together than as characters in their own right. That’s unfortunate because good villains are hard to find. Despite that, the ideas behind the kidnapping were solid and add to the layered world of this series. The mystery of the kidnappers, the intractable foolishness from the head of the Council, the rollercoaster ride of emotions all combine into an immensely satisfying read. The singularity of place and the stark lack of other characters ramp up the tension. Overall, this was such a deeply emotional book with characters that are both real (and flawed) and with such powerful arcs that it is hard to have to say good bye. This isn’t just a great read, this is a keeper. RATING: 4.5 Heat Rating: Hot REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Val is the lead SPAC agent and good at her job. She has to take a case, solve it and keep it from the shifter community. When she isn't able to do so the High Council calls in rogue shifter Detective Britton to take lead in the case and help Val find the answers. That doesn't set well with Val as she took his job years ago and they can't stand each other. Every woman wants him but her and Britton can't stand her. That all changes when Britton get his shifting abilities back and realizes Val is his mate. They have to work together as the clock is ticking on the case. They may not get along the best but their hearts can't be denied until something new comes between them. Val is the type of woman who won't back down. She does good at her job but she has limits to what she will do. She is very tough and doesn't give up when she wants something.. She won't jump in bed with Britton like everyone else. Britton is sexy and charming with everyone but Val. He is a jerk to her most of the time but there is a reason for that. When they have to be alone things change and while he is still a jerk at times he does his best to help Val. I love the banter between these two. I like this book better than the others in the series and that is saying something because they are very good. Val and Britton don't seem like they will ever be together and reading about those two is funny at times and hot at others. They work well together even if they can't get along. I was surprised at what the author added to effect Britton and I was worried a few times how it would turn out. while this is the third book in the series you can read it as a stand alone even if I do suggest reading the others because they are just as good. I don't like some of the laws the High Council has for these shifters and You see how old fashioned they are at times. I love how Val takes a stand for what she believes in. This is a wonderful book with shifters, action, lots of sizzle and more that is a favorite of mine. If you love paranormal romance this is a great book to read.
ARC given by Entangled Publishing for a honest review. 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. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- At first I was really confused as to why Val and Britton disliked each other so much. I wasn't paying attention to the fact that I was starting with book 3 in the series. After I figured that out I did a little research and found out some of the reasons. After that the book started making more sense and clicked with me. I enjoyed the fact that the human cops didn't know that some of their fellow cops were shifters. It reminded me of the show Lost Girl and I thought that was a neat twist added to the book. It was easy to see that the 2 main characters would end up in bed because you know the old saying, you love the one you hate. So I enjoyed this book but I'm going to go back to the 1st one and start over. This series is one to pick up.
This book was really great! I didn’t get a lot of sleep the day I read it because I just couldn’t put it down. The two protagonists had me from the first page. I loved them. Most of all I loved that they couldn’t stand each other in the beginning. It was so funny to watch those two interact and also a bit painful once you realized how much hatred Britton actually felt towards Val. It got even better when they began being friendlier towards each other. It was so sweet! When one apologized or complimented the other it was so great how it affected the other one. I can’t really tell why but I loved Britton and Val. Maybe because they are both strong characters and are proud of what they do. Until the moment [spoiler] they were made to stop working on the case and it kind of solved itself [spoiler] I would have given the book 5 stars. I didn’t like that the case was so easily solved in the end and it wasn’t even their doing. Because of this I had to remove one star from my rating. After the case the story picked up again. The end was fabulous but I won’t say more about it because it would ruin the book for you. All I can say is that there is a lot of tension in the end. Again I couldn’t put the book down. This was the second book I read in the Awakening series by Abby Niles and in my opinion it was the best so far. The series is really worth picking up. If you like shifters in a modern “real” world setting you should read this series! Abby Niles is great with fast paced stories and interaction of characters. You feel like you are part of the story and can really connect with the characters. With some authors I just can’t feel what the characters are feeling. I’m somehow detached. Abby Niles stories are the exact opposite! So if you haven’t read the first book in the series go grab that! If you know the series already this third book is definitely a great one and a must read!
Detective Val Calhoun, a half shifter, is the head of SPAC in Carnal Ridge. She is always fighting with Officer Britton Townsend. After all she took over his job. When Charlie, a young child who is a mutated shifter, is kidnapped and extortion demands are sent to the High Council, the specialized tracking skills of Britton are required. Now he is back and Val has to report to him. Can these two work together to save the shifter community from these terrorists? Britton's beast is freed and now he has the power of his jaguar back. As these two enemies work together, they realize that their ideas were wrong. Understanding leads to physical attraction. Are they destined to be together as mates? Abby Niles continues her series with this powerful story. Her characters are well written and their interaction is emotional and passionate. I enjoy the deep connection between Brit and Val. Their fierce desire for justice combined with their dedication made for a rewarding story. This series keeps getting better with each book. I love it.
Two people who loathed each other now find themselves incredibly attracted to each other. Their cops and shifters on a case together that they hope will end his punishment for a perceive violation of shifter law and keep shifters from being 'outed' to humans. The chemistry between this couple is combustible and the story is interesting....good read.
Val was hired to take over Brittons command of the SPAC due to Britton going against the rules. In the 4 years she has been leading the SPAC Britton was changed from a shifter to human form again as part of his punishment. All Val and Britton can do are trade insults, and everyone in the department think it is just a matter of time until they make it work. The only problem is when Britton gets near Val he is repulsed! Then a major case comes up and Val just can't seem to cut it. The Elders give Britton back his beast so that he can take the lead on the case as he had the most talent with sniffing out scents and being able to separate them out. Once he regains his beast he realizes maybe it isn't hatred that was deep down in his soul. Great book and definite twists that weren't quiet expected.
Detective Britton Townsend is a sexy lead detective for Shifter Protection and Concealment (SPAC) of the Carnal Ridge police station. He is used to having all the women surrounding him drool over him. Val Calhoun could care less for all the steamy comments made about Britton. Although the members of the High Council do not associate with the SPAC, a situation occurs where Val and Britton are forced to work together. Val replaced Britton in Carnal Ridge. Her job was to ensure that there would be no news of shifters involved in human cases. She essentially has to keep the existence of shifters a secret. When World Shifters is breached Val is called in to help and work with Britton. As part of the investigation to protect the shifters, Val and Britton have to spend time together in order to protect the identity of shifters. Britton was a shifter but he broke the rules to save the life of a child. His punishment will be lifted if he is able to keep the shifters secret and help Val solve the case. During the course of the investigation and Britton’s temporary reprieve they fall in love. But the author is not ready to let them have a happy- ever- after story. When Britton is given a serum to change him back to his human form he forgets the past they shared together. How can these two shifters find their way back together and do they? I won’t spoil the ending but I will say this there are a lot of twists and turns! Very emotional and a must read! ( I just might have to add other books written by this author to my list!)
I wish I would have read the series in order but even though I Didn't I loved this book
I will freely admit that when Katie at Entangled offered me a review copy of this book I turned into a total spaz. I highly suggest reading the previous books in the series first! At the very least read Liam's story because you get a glimpse of what's to come with Britton and Val. Britton, a shifter who was once the head of SPAC (shifter protection and concealment) until he violated shifter law and was not only removed from his job, but was also sentenced to living for 20 years as a human. The only bright side he sees to his sentence is the fact that he's not susceptible to the Drall. After watching Liam, and Aiden, he doesn't want any part of the bonding instinct. Val, a half shifter (like all female shifters) was a detective, and now has Britton's job as the head of SPAC. She hates the way all the women around her drool over Britton and the attention he gives in return to everyone, except her. He's hated her from day 1. He's always antagonizing her until she finally snaps and hits him where it hurts. When a case goes bad, and Val suffers her first failure, the council decides to bring Britton back temporarily as the head of SPAC. They restore his shifter abilities, and expect Britton and Val to work together. They must set aside their preconceived notions, resentment, and hurt feelings and call a truce in order to solve the case and keep the shifter community from being outed to the humans. I have to say, I totally cried like a little girl at one part. There's a moment in the hallway outside the council's room in chapter 12. I don't want to ruin it, and anyone who's read this will know the part I'm talking about. So heartbreaking. I just hope this isn't the end of the series!
Val couldn't stand Britton and his womanizing ways even if he was drop dead gorgeous. Britton can't stand to be around Val no matter what, just being near her cause physical pain. Val was giving a case for a boy who was kidnapped and they threaten to expose the shifter to the human world, if they didn't get what they wanted. Val was running circles and hitting dead ends. The counsel took the lead from her and put Britton on the case with her and she wasn't happy about it. Britton couldn't believe they were going to give him the serum to get his beast back to work the case and had to work with Val. He didn't know how he was going to work with her and not feel physical pain. They had to go to a cabin in the woods and stay, til the case was solved. Out in the woods follow a scent trial, Britton was started to notice Val as a woman and not an enemy. Val has notice a change in Britton and was speechless. Britton finally one with his beast realized that Val was his mate and he couldn't mate with Val because he couldn't give a happy ever after with him having to go dormant again after the case was over. Out camping at night a bear come on there path and was going after Val to protect her cubs. Britton shifted and chased the bear and her cubs away. Val was so happy that Britton didn't he hurt that she ran to him and kissed him. That take him by surprise and he gave in and they had there wicked way with each other that night. Finally getting the lead on the case, they went and got the boy back and arrested the people who took him. Britton knew that they loved each other but now there was nothing he can do about it nor could she. They gave him the serum again and almost instantly when Val came into view he hated her all over again but still loved her. The physical pain was back from her presents and he didn't want to hurt her anymore, so he left. Val couldn't live this way anymore knowing she had a mate and couldn't have. She went to the counsel and gave them a of her mind. They wouldn't change their minds, so she quit her job. The counsel seen the error of there ways and changed their minds. Britton was giving the serum again but didn't go well. Val got a call saying the Britton was in the hospital and was battling with his human and shifter DNA. They gave Val a sedative and knocked her out. When she woke up she thought she was seeing a ghost and started bawling her eyes out. A warm strong hand touched her and it took her a minute to realize it was really him and he was healthy and fine. They wasted no time to become one and mated to have the eternity together.
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Loved the book.
Loved it! You'll want to read all of her shifter boooks!!!
A lovely paranormal romance, The Awakening: Britton was a fantastic read. It had sweet and steamy romance, surprises, and a mystery. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book. Val was a good heroine. At first, she was a bit shrewish because, whenever she was with Britton and his insults, the claws came out. But, as the book went on and they began to resolve their issues, we see the nicer side of her and she became very likable. She was strong, fiercely protective of those she loved, and determined to get what she wanted. I really liked her. Britton was also great. Like Val, we don't get the best first impression of him because, as soon as he saw Val, his sneer would come out and an insult would be at the ready. But, when I found out the truth of why he was so repelled by Val, I couldn't fault him because it really wasn't his fault. And, again, as the book went on, we saw more of his nicer side and it was a VERY nice side. He was sweet and determined to protect his loved ones. He was just wonderful and I adored him. The romance was great. There was years worth of passionate hatred between these two, and you know what they say about passion and the thin line between love and hate. With these two, they jumped right over that line and all that passion came right along with it. There was some serious chemistry and some steamy scenes. But, they also actually got to know each other as they resolved the issues between them and they truly fell for each other. They were very sweet together. I thought they were a lovely couple. The plot was fast paced. I was kept interested the entire way through, but I wasn't totally hooked. The mystery of who had kidnapped the shifter child should have added thrills that really drew me in, but it seemed like it was put on the back burner and only occasionally returned to in between the relationship stuff. So, I didn't get totally drawn in. Regardless, I still enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was great. Despite any issues, I still really liked this book. The Awakening: Britton was a wonderful paranormal romance. I really enjoyed reading this lovely book. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Wow! This was a very well written book. The chemistry between Val and Britton was love/hate for very unexpected reasons. This starts as your typical detective novel, until Val proves she is not as capable of using her senses as Britton, the man whose job she stole. They, with their long standing dislike for each other must learn to work together. Complicating factors include Brittons recently released from dormancy beast and Val's inability to be as good as he. The twist of the beasts is amazing and caught me by surprise with the reveal. This is not your typical vampire/werewolf book. This was a quick easy read and would love to see more from this author. *I was given a copy of this book to review and provide my own honest opinion.*
This is the third story in the Awakening series and it’s one that I really wanted to read. There are many emotions that are brought out in the characters throughout this story. I do recommend that you read Liam’s story first so that you can see some of their previous interactions with one another and get a taste of why they treat one another the way they do when they are forced to work together in this story. It’s a great paranormal romance about shifters. Val Calhoun is a half-shifter and the lead agent for SPAC. She takes her job very seriously, and she has had quite enough of the way most of the women flaunt all over the ex-lead agent, even if he is sexy as sin. He flirts with every female he sees, except for her. The case she is working is going nowhere, and the shifters that are threatening to expose the entire shifter community gave the High Council a time frame to take care of some matters or they would tell the humans about their kind, and she cannot get it done by the deadline. So they have decided to bring Britton back temporarily to help. Britton Townsend was the lead agent of SPAC until he was fired and Val replaced him four years ago. Since then, he’s been a detective with the local police department, and he still does not like her after all this time. When the High Council brings him in for a sensitive case and gives him back his ability to shift he’s not really happy to be there, but he cannot refuse them, so he will do this job, then deal with the Council taking back his abilities, as long as he and Val do not kill each other first. They must share a cabin in the mountains to work the case secretly, so they agree to get through the case and when it’s complete everything can go back to normal. Right? I received an e-ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I have been waiting for Britton's book from the moment I finished Liam's! Val and Brit have an interesting relationship from the beginning and when they are put on an assignment together, things get real interesting. There are definitely moments that feel like you are on a roller coaster, and others that are hilarious. I recommend reading this entire series in order, but I think they can be read as a stand alone just fine! I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Paranormal romances don't usually peak my interest, however, the book blurb for Britton (The Awakening #3) sounded so interesting, I just had to read it. Besides, I am an Abby Niles fan and did not want to pass up an opportunity to read another one of her books. This is an intriguing story about shifters and a governing council that is stuck in the dark ages. Half-shifter and lead SPAC agent, Val Calhoun and Detective Britton Townsend, police officer and former shifter, do not care for each other in the least bit. In fact, they are repulsed by one another. But their unique scenting abilities brings them together to pursue a very serious kidnapping case, which if unsolved, will destroy the delicate balance between humans and shifters. Circumstances cause their feelings to change and evolve into heat infused lust. The years of hate and loathsomeness ends up being redirected into love. I liked this novel. The story is evenly-paced with an ending that is suspenseful, dramatic and happy. I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is the third book in the “The Awakening” series and is about Britton and Val, who had obviously both appearances in the first two books. Val and Brit cannot stand each other and while Brit really has a physical reaction because of his total abhorance of Val, for her it is more of a reaction to his actions. then there is the kidnapping of a child and the council wants them to work together. you can feel the development of the relationship, the sparks and the confusion between them while they try to solve the case and I really liked that both of them saw the error in their ways. I did not read the first two books, but that did not matter regarding the understanding of the world-building. Mrs. Niles did a perfect job in explaining without really explaining and I never got lost or annoyed because of that. there is just one flaw and that is the ending. through the whole book you can feel the sparks and emotions - but this was for me a bit missing in the end. I would have loved to see more of these two and hope there will be more stories in the Awakening-series I was given an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review