- Publisher: Mills & Boon
- Format: Paperback | 447 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 168mm x 32mm | 200g
- Publication date: 26 February 2013
- Publication City/Country: Richmond
- ISBN 10: 0373777434
- ISBN 13: 9780373777433
- Sales rank: 11,701
New York Times-bestselling author Showalter delivers the second book in the scintillating Lords of the Underworld spinoff series, Angels of the Dark. Original.
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series and more than thirty other books. She lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.
By Tracie Runge 03 Mar 2013
BEAUTY AWAKENED is the 2nd instalment of Gena Showalter's Angels of the Dark
Cornelia was renowned for her exquisite beauty and she showered many with her kindness. There was one child however that no matter how he tried to please her she only held hatred in her words and actions for her son Koldo. The only life the child Koldo had known was the tortured by his mother and then when she was finished with him she had sent him to be thrown in a pit of serpent and to be tortured even more brutally by his father, but Koldo was not a child anymore.
Koldo is a Sent Ones these are the Mighty One's warriors chosen to fight the evil demon of hell. Koldo however is part of the group known as the 'Army of Disgrace' these are the baddest of the bad the Sent Ones who were in danger of damnation and are led by Zacharel. Zachrel holds concern for Koldo so had made sure to partner him with a new partner each day and sent him out on mission to try to keep him from acting on his anger and doing something nothing they did would save him.
Nicola and her twin sister Laila were born premature and both suffered with a heart defect. Always being bought up sheltered in all they did and having it drummed into them that if they weren't careful they would have a heart attack had made the girl forget how to live and be happy. This constant self doubt and insecurity also left them vulnerable and opened the way for their thought to be controlled by the demons.
While Koldo and Axel were on a mission at the hospital Koldo is drawn to a room in which he finds a blond woman in a hospital bed with a redheaded woman sitting beside her. Koldo and Axel also notice the two demons standing either side of her drawn to her but compelled to his duty Koldo leaves and demands Axel go with him to complete their mission. Koldo knows he must go back and help the redhead, he hopes he can save her and when he does return he comes out from the shadows and makes her a bargain she can hardly refuse a chance to extend the time her sister has left but she must do as he requests when he requests no questions asked realising Koldo's request is not sexual Nicola immediately agrees.
For both Koldo and Nicola their lives are about to change what was the reason for their union will turn out to be so much more. Koldo never thought he was deserved of love and never needed acceptance after the rejection and torture of his parents. Nicola had never imagined a life without heart break and fear, they are about to realise how wrong they are.
Gena has truly done it again I loved this book and found myself totally immersed in the characters and storyline. I look forward to reading the next instalment to this series.
By FranJessca [at] Book Lovin' Mamas 28 Feb 2013
Gena Showalter has done it again, she has made me fall in love with her characters again and fallen in love with a book I had a hard time putting down.
"Beauty Awakened" is the second installment to the Angels of the Dark series and it definitely was worth every month, day, minute, and second to wait for it. I literally fell in love with Koldo from the first page and felt for him even though I know he is fictional, but to me, he came to life due to the way Gena writes her stories.
Koldo has literally never been loved. His mother hated him since the day he was conceived and his father tortured him the minute his mother gave him up to his father. His mother was the one who took his beautiful wings from him and his father put him situations where he had to do things he was ashamed of. Ever since his hatred toward both of his parents, he has chosen to take revenge on his mother and hoped he killed his father when he did.
He has craved to be just like the other Sent Ones, but he believes he has been punished for what he has done in his past thanks to what his parents endured him to do.
The minute he comes across Nicola, his life is about to change. He will learn that love does exist and he is capable of positive things.
Nicola has been suffering with the darkness around her since the beginning. Her twin, Laila is dying at the hospital and Nicola is not far behind. When she is given another chance at life and saving her sister's life, she chooses to let the light in, instead of the dark. She knew something was making her feel sick, but never knew what it was, until she comes across the sexy stranger who she talks to in the elevator. Koldo chooses to help Nicola because he is intrigued with her.
He will have to teach her about keeping positive and thinking about only things that will heal her, instead of harm her.
Unfortunately, darkness has it out for Nicola and Laila and they will do everything in their power to have them.
I loved every bit of this book, the minute I read the first page. How Gena can make you go through so many emotions at once. The child Koldo to the adult Koldo made me feel so much for him and how I wanted to comfort him and tell him it would be okay. What he had went through and continued to go through, he stole my heart. He definitely was destined to meet Nicola and how he could help her as well as she could help him.
Nicola was such a strong female character as well in the story. She chose to fight back and not sit and let darkness eat at her. She chose to help her sister through the darkness, but it had to be Laila that accepted it. Nicola even made me laugh on how she handled Koldo. She definitely made him realize what love is.
Between what Koldo is dealing with and Nicola, there is also the issue of what is happening with other Sent Ones. Thane has his background story in this book and what is going with him. We get more of a taste of Bjorn and Xerxes. We even get a taste of Axel who happens to be a womanizer....but he seriously had me laughing with his personality.
Here's one of my fave quotes from Axel:
"Fair enough, since I wasn't really interested. But I gotta say, I am so proud right now." Axel flattened his hand over his hear. "You borrowed my patented move, proving I'm made of more than awesome. I'm awesalicious. Is that a word? It's probably a girl word, but who cares! Seriously. Do you see a tear in my eye? Because I'm pretty sure I feel one."
Awesalicious...seriously that is my NEW fave word. =)
Oh...and if you want a little LOTU action...well...you'll get just a taste. Another thing I enjoy is how Gena mingles stories together and prepares you for what is next. She even gives you clues on a certain character that we definitely want to know more about.
If you haven't read any books from Gena Showalter yet, what are you waiting for?
If you have, then you definitely need to pick up this copy of "Beauty Awakened".
Gena Showalter does not follow in trends, she makes her mark in her own way. She dominates the paranormal romance genre and this spin-off series, proves to me that she definitely knows how to take it to the next level.
She will forever be a FAVE Author of mine and I am definitely looking forward to the next installment in this series, and even more now the LOTU series.
Seriously...Gena...you need to be named Queen of Paranormal Romance Genre already.
You have a fan for life and here's counting down to your next story. =)
By Book Monster Reviews 27 Feb 2013
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 my 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 most 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 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
"The versatile Showalter...once again shows that she can blend humor and poignancy while keeping readers entertained from start to finish."-Booklist on Catch a Mate