Speed Date with Koldo: BEAUTY AWAKENED by Gena Showalter

Posted 18 April, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 12 Comments

Paranormal Romance
448 pages, paperback
Available now (February 2013)
Publisher: HQN Books
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

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….

First Date: Koldo’s a bad-ass, walking around like he hates everyone and everything. Of course, he’s got reason to have a bad attitude, considering what crappy and abusive parents he has (ooh, his childhood was a seriously hot mess). But the big lug falls hard for fragile, little Nicola, and proceeds to be her champion — whether she wants it or not.

Second Date: To be honest, I’m missing the serious passion I really need on that second date. Without the desire to jump someone’s bones, why bother with that third date? (I kid…sort of.) Both of our main characters are virgins (Nicola was told by her parents she couldn’t have sex because of her heart and Koldo…well, he’s got his reasons.) and, even though they’re falling for each other, no one gets too excited. We can blame Nicola’s heart or their combined innocence or whatever but I want MORE HEAT!

Third Date: This round left me somewhat unsatisfied. Oh, sure, there was consummation (though it was a bit hard to tell since it was over so quickly) and, ultimately we got our HEA but…*sigh*. Overall, it was enjoyable but seemed to be missing that undefinable spark of pure chemistry that can lead to a lasting relationship. Thanks for the dinner and drinks, Koldo, but I’m going to screen your calls from now on.

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You’re welcome to join in on the speed date — it’s a casual affair! Cheers!

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12 Responses to “Speed Date with Koldo: BEAUTY AWAKENED by Gena Showalter”

  1. AS much as I love Gena Showalter, I am not sure about this series. I also read some reviews about the first Angel book and it feels like they are lacking the intenstity of the LotU series..

  2. I have not started this series because of some other people’s thoughts on Gena’s current style of writing. I will have to see for myself, one day. I do miss her awesome smexy time and sad that it is lacking here!

  3. Okay, can we talk about something for a minute Mary? I’ve noticed in the past couple Gena books I’ve read (Zach’s book, and the start of her new series about the circus – I can’t remember the title) that the heat is definitely missing. Her LoTU books have always been HOT and deliciously detailed (though I would never say gratuitously so), but lately all the scenes have been short and nearly fade to black. WHAT IS GOING ON! I rely on Gena for some serious smexy times and some hot men, I’m bummed Koldo’s book seems to have followed suit with the past couple books.

    • I KNOW!! I actually did a bit of research and read a bunch of reviews on Goodreads because I thought the same through the whole thing (as well as that first circus book). From what I could gather (and this is all rumor via GR), Gena’s had a rediscovery of her faith and religion and that’s filtered down into her newest books.

      I don’t mind a less detailed story but when I expect Gena-level smexy and don’t get it…I’m disappointed. *sniffles*

  4. Okay, first of all, his name is Koldo? Really? Well, that’s slightly trubling. I don’t know that I can take a character named Koldo seriously at all. But Gena’s books with no heat, or not enough heat, are just too weird anyway.
    I’m sorry you were somewhat disappointed by this, Mary.

  5. This still sounds readable! >.< I want to because of the cover! Sue me! 😛 I actually have never read a Gena Showalter adult novel, only her Alice in Zombieland which I really liked and I enjoyed her writing so I do have a bunch of hers on my TBR. Not sure I’d start with this one though if for no other reason than being about angels.