Awakened, The Belladonna Agency Series, Virna DePaul.

Awakened: The Belladonna Agency Series

 

Awakened, The Belladonna Agency Series, Virna DePaul.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Turned, and was looking forward to reading more so when I saw this on the review list – well- had to request it 🙂
So, it’s focussed around Agency member Barrett this time. She’s having to work with her ex, a man she’s really still in love with, though she won’t admit it even to herself. She kind of emotionally stunted as far as love goes, she’s scared to admit it, she has a kind of brittle in your face appearance, posh girl who’s never upset or has problems, and yet she’s far more than the face she shows people. I feel she broke things off with Nick as a self protection method. He’s fighting his own guilt – he betrayed her on their last mission to keep her safe, but hasn’t told her. It led to her leaving the Service and him, and he’s still feeling the guilt. They’re hot together though, scorching, sizzling, and it doesn’t take long before the old attraction between them has them heating the sheets once again.
The search for Jane, her dead friend’s daughter, ties in with the Agency’s mission and with Nicks FBI work. They have to be careful though – it’s suspected there’s a mole in the Agency ( and my schoolgirl humour keeps conjuring up visions of were-moles, as we’re talking about paranormal…can you imagine how scary those front paws would be???) but no-one has any clues who it is. I can’t help feeling that’s going to play a large part in a later book…There’s lots of planning, clues to work out, people to trust or distrust, action and danger. Barrett and Nick both learn things from each other their respective agencies either didn’t know or weren’t telling, and some of it is essential vampire info, where lack of knowledge could lead to death. While working together they also learn things about themselves and each other, that shed light on the past and helps cement their future.
Its another cracking adventure, with just enough drama to keep me on the edge without overdoing it, so that the whole thing becomes unreal. Its a fine line in fantasy – even though we’re talking about (hopefully!) unreal creatures there still need to be lines of reality in the actions and Virna does that really well. I commented last time on a couple of things I found a little unreal – this time nothing stands out. I hope we see more of the dogs too – they sound like a real help to save lives.
It’s a great read, not quite five star but close.
Stars: four and a half, one for re reading and keeper files.
ARC supplied via Netgalley

 

 

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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