Series: The Awakening Series Book #3
Author: Abby Niles
Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Blurb: 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.
Thoughts: I absolutely love Abby Niles – and if you are already a fan of this series, then you know there is already a tension and lots and lots of chemistry between Val and Britton. While it has been somewhat hidden behind a love-hate relationship, it is clear that there is more to the story between these two headstrong characters. And what a story! I loved the creativity behind Britton’s story and how something like the mating bond could became so twisted. Abby Niles, as always, did a superb job with engaging the reader’s emotions and really pulling you into the story. This is another one well worth the read, and if you haven’t read this series, I definitely recommend it for readers who love shifter books!