Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter

Published: February 26, 2013

In the second installment of the Angels of the Dark series we get to see what makes Koldo tick. Koldo is the only Sent One without wings and that is mysteriously able to flash. So, of course, he was a mystery that readers wanted to crack. Especially after seeing him get the Water of Life for Annabelle and Zacharel.

Koldo is one scary Sent One. He is huge and has a long beard with intricate beads in it. The only thing he is proud of is his hair. Because it separates him from his father’s people. So after losing the hair on his head to secure the Water of Life he will do everything to protect what he has left. That is until he meets Nicola Lane and her sister Laila. His life is turned on it’s axis when he becomes her protector and healer (of sorts). Though he has never been a solid protector in his life he is determined to get this right and make Nicola never regret trusting him. But there is the little pesky problem of his need for vengeance. Which makes him worry about how good he actually is for Nicola.

Nicola Lane and her twin sister Laila were born with heart defects. Or at least that’s what the doctors told them. They have been in and out of hospitals their whole lives and have never gotten to enjoy life because of the strain it would put on their hearts. This lack of joy is what brought the demons directly to their doorstep. Nicola is terrified of losing yet another family member and she will do whatever it takes to save her sister. Then she meets Koldo and accepts his brand of healing. She doesn’t know what to expect from the new world that Koldo has opened her eyes to but she knows that fearing it will only make everything worse. But when she wants more from Koldo than just his help, he becomes her family too. Someone who she will fight for even when she doesn’t know how.

I loved the first book of this series but I almost want to say that I loved the second book more. Though Zacharel is a complex character Koldo just has more to him. He has a terrible past and parents who want him dead. He doesn’t believe he deserves happiness but he will protect the one who makes him happy. Your basic dark romance hero. Though I’ve stripped it down to the basics there is more complexity to him that kept me reading this book. Even though at the core most paranormal romances have the same set up when it comes to the heroes & heroines it is the story that surrounds them that makes them unique. Without that story we would be reading the same thing over and over again. And man. This story had a lot of twists and turns that we didn’t see coming. We learn more about the army of disgrace (which makes me hope for more than 3 books in this series) and we get a lineup for the next book. Not only does it push you into the next book but we have potential for following books. I don’t know Gena’s plans for this series but I think we’ll definitely continue seeing the angels in the Lords of the Underworld series and see the Lords and their allies with the angels. These two are intertwined and I highly suggest reading the Lords of the Underworld as well as the Angels of the Dark series (if you haven’t already been doing that).

“Even the smallest light can grow until there’s no darkness left.” -Nicola Lane, chapter 36.


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