Monday, February 24, 2014

Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter [Review]
Beauty Awakened (Angels of the Dark #2) by Gena Showalter
Format: paperback
Source: purchased
Date read: December 9, 2013

Angels of the Dark
1. Wicked Nights
2. Beauty Awakened - Paperback | Kindle
3. Burning Dawn

Gena Showalter
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
His name is Koldo. He is scarred, powerful, his control legendary-and he lives only for vengeance, determined to punish the angel who viciously removed his wings. But if he yields to the forces of hatred, he will be kicked from the heavens, eternally damned.

She is his last hope. 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....
Thoughts on Beauty Awakened: I freely admit to being a sucker for a broken hero (most of you who've been around my blog for a while are nodding in agreement -- I can FEEL it!). Koldo is wicked broken. Not just in body -- seriously, what was done to him as a child was awful, horrible, and heartbreaking -- but also emotionally. He believes he's not good enough for Nicola. He sees himself as tainted and unclean.

And yet... he still manages to hold himself to such high standards. He doesn't drink because he fears he'll lose control and let his dark side slip its leash. He doesn't lie. He's stoic and has a hard time asking for help, but he fights whenever he's called upon.

I loved his reactions to Nicola and his slow realization that she meant something to him. Nicola's reaction to Koldo was equally fun to watch unfurl. Her medical issues have kept her sheltered, in a way. She doesn't really date. Her whole life revolves around her sister and how close to death the two of them have been time and time again. Her feelings for Koldo hit her hard and she goes with it.

I'm really torn about Koldo's mom. I'm not going to say much except... at what point do the reasons behind something stop mattering? Actions speak and she did some things that I'm not convinced are redeemable regardless of why she did them.

Meanwhile, I'm excited about the other angels and how they're going to work through their issues. Those guys are pretty messed up and I can't imagine anything they have to deal with it going to be easy.

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