Awakened (Vampire Awakenings #1) by Brenda K. Davies

Traumatized by her past, and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arises in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frighten her in their intensity. Harboring a dark and deadly secret of his own, Liam knows that he should stay away from Sera; that he will only bring her more hurt, but he is irresistibly drawn to her and unable to deny himself the pleasure that only she can bring to him. But when their pasts collide with their present, and Liam’s true nature is revealed, will their love for each other be enough, or will they be torn apart forever?

Mature readers 18+

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my review

Awakened (Vampire Awakenings, #1)Awakened by Brenda K. Davies
My rating: 2,5 of 5 stars

First off, I got this book since the plot sounded interesting and also because it’s currently free on Amazon. Now, I should have known something was not right when I saw that it was for free, but I somehow convinced myself to give this story a chance. Well…I should’ve listened to my gut feeling.

But first let me tell you the tings that I did like about this book. I trully loved how Liam’s feelings for Sara started to grow and their love was just so OTT. And I’m glad there was no break-up between them. That would’ve sucked, since this is a PNR story, where everything is allowed in love and war. If you like to read about a hot, possessive, totally OTT hero that would kill to protect his love, then Liam is the one for you. I wished there were more books with heroes like him. Beside him, I also liked his friends. They were cool and just what you’d expect from a frat boy.

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Sadly, the last two books that I’ve read were by Nalini Singh and Suzanne Wright. So that means my expectations were high for this author and her writing style. Sadly they were too high…

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And let me tell you why…
As good as the plot sounded, the execution of it was just not that great. It all happened either too fast (the beginning and the ending) or too slow (the whole vampire thing and how to solve the BIG problem). Also, at times the characters were really immature, especially with the bitter exes, and I often wondered, if maybe it was just me being too old to read a book like this one. But whatever the reason, one thing is for sure, I did not like the characters as much as I wanted them to. Another thing that bothered me was that the whole pace of the story was just off. I felt like sometimes we skipped from one scene to another, so the natural flow of the story felt too disconnected to me. I wished the author had taken her time to include more details about what was happening in general. The saving grace was David and his knowledge of vampires. I’m sure I would be completely lost without him explaining things. He was like Yoda from Star wars.

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Overall, would I re-read this book? No.
Would I recommend it? Maybe. If you have time on your hands and don’t know what to read next, then this one might be for you. It’s just the right amount of fluffy, stupid and interesting. I know, a killer combination, lol. But if nothing else, it will make your evening slightly better.

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