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(The Awakening #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  59 reviews
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
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Published November 25th 2013 by Covet
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Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By far this was my favourite of this trilogy. I loved Britton and Val the most even though the other couples were great too! Sorry it’s now over because I think Dr Miles should have a story!
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was my first read from The Awakening series, and I was definitely impressed. I do so love getting lost in a great shifter paranormal story, and Abby Niles had me completely gone over the sexy angry beast that was Britton Townsend! The tension (both good and bad) between him and the understandably baffled victim of his anger, Val Calhoun, was thick enough to swipe a jaguar claw through; with an intriguing plot and twists that had my heart racing tossed in the mix, I was hooked!

Right off the
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
If you’ve read Niles before you know she’s not a rock’em sock’em kind of writer. She does like to build a story even if the premise is not exactly new. That’s the way I felt about Britton’s story anyway. The buildup was nice and good enough that it kept me reading to find out what happens to these characters I’ve come to want to find out about. Britton and Val’s story picks up right after Liam’s story finished – give or take a couple months. The difference between this and the other Awakening bo ...more
Reviewed Originally For: Tea and Book

Each book in Abby Niles' Awakening Series just gets better and better. The Awakening is when a when a male shifter meets his mate he is of course instantly attracted to her and by marking her, he literally becomes hers. If she fails to mark him in return, she still has a chance at a different life. But if she should reject him? Life is just not worth living.. We saw in Book Two The Awakening: Aidan. But what happens if your animal is suppressed? If that one p
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Review of Book 1, The Awakening: Aidan

Review of Book 2, The Awakening: Liam

Four years ago, Britton Townsend broke sacred shifter law by almost revealing their kind to the human world. He then faced one of the harshest punishments. His shifter powers were removed and he was stripped of his job as head of Shifter Protection and Concealment (SPAC). He now must live as a human for a 20 year sentence. B
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The Awakening: Britton by Abby Niles is the third book in her Awakening series. The hallmark of the series is taking a hard look at the mating concept in paranormal romance and all the ways it can go wrong. This book is set up very well in the second book, where it promised quite a story. Britton delivers in every way. While many aspects of the plot are centered around more traditional paranormal concepts, this is without question the best of the three.

Britton loathes Val. Not only has she been
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Mistress of the Dark Path
I'm a big fan of relationships that start with the hero/heroine hating each other. There's just something to be said for watching them fight it out until those feelings turn into lust and eventually love. This book fit the bill for me. The change-over happened a little faster than expected, but there was a valid reason for that and I was able to accept it. Val and Britton just had that kind of chemistry together that once it started, it couldn't be stopped.

The thing that sets it off is they have
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Val couldn't stand Britton and his womanizing ways even if he was drop dead gorgeous. Britton can't stand to be around Val no matter what, just being near her cause physical pain. Val was giving a case for a boy who was kidnapped and they threaten to expose the shifter to the human world, if they didn't get what they wanted. Val was running circles and hitting dead ends. The counsel took the lead from her and put Britton on the case with her and she wasn't happy about it. Britton couldn't believ ...more
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoy when there is cops and or detectives and a case. You get a suspenseful, intriguing read. Then to go a step further she adds paranormal to it and you have one different harrowing adventure. She also put some heat under it with romance only the hot and heavy kind will do and you have a dynamite read ahead. Detective Val she is with the SPAC-the Shifter Protection and Concealment side of Carnal Ridge police station. Would not want Johnnie Q public to know about those who are alittle di ...more
Christi Snow
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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My Review:
OMG, I loved this book. Hands down, this is the best in the series so far and I really didn't expect that. We had glimpses of Brit and Val together in the last book so knew that their relationship is really contentious, but I had no idea just how deep it went.

This is a deeply emotional book. Britton was a shifter, but while on the job at the SPAC, he broke the save a child's life. But according to the council, a law is a law and they are there for a reason. So he was punishe
Sandy S
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

BRITTON is the third instalment in Abby Niles contemporary, paranormal romance series-The Awakening. The series should be read in order as some of the current timeline references history and premises from the previously storylines. This is jaguar shifter Britton Townsend and half-shifter Val Calhoun’s story.

The focus of the story is the search for a missing child-a mutant shifter-one who has shifted before his time; a shifter with uncontrolled shifts that has the capability of exposin
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A lovely paranormal romance, The Awakening: Britton was a fantastic read. It had sweet and steamy romance, surprises, and a mystery. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book.

Val was a good heroine. At first, she was a bit shrewish because, whenever she was with Britton and his insults, the claws came out. But, as the book went on and they began to resolve their issues, we see the nicer side of her and she became very likable. She was strong, fiercely protective of those she loved, and determ
Book Reading Gals
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Awakening: Britton

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.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is the third book in The Awakening series by Abby Niles. These books are centered around three male shifter friends as their beasts are "awakened" when they meet their mate. Each friends experience is completely different, as are their mates, and it has been a real treat to watch the way their lives are changed - tossed upside down then twisted sideways - as two individuals come together to become a couple.

Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Val is the lead SPAC agent and good at her job. She has to take a case, solve it and keep it from the shifter community. When she isn't able to do so the High Council calls in rogue shifter Detective Britton to take lead in the case and help Val find the answers. That doesn't set well with Val as she took his job years ago and they can't stand each other. Every woman wants him but her and Britton can't stand her. That all changes when Britton get his shifting abilities back and realizes Val is h ...more
Lori Palle
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“As far as he was concerned there was nothing a bottle of liquor and a good woman couldn’t cure–but somehow, he didn’t think Val would appreciate those suggestions.”–Britton’s thoughts

There are rivals, enemies, arch-enemies, and then there’s Britton and Val, two detectives who utterly despise each other. When shifter politics bring the two of them to solve a case together, they uncover a shocking secret–turns out, they don’t despise each other as much as they thought…

“One single kiss and there’d
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***

I was incredibly surprised by the balance of romance, suspense, and paranormal in this book. Ms. Niles writes about two shifters--Val, a half-shifter, and Britton, a shifter who's been stripped of his shifter abilities as punishment for twenty years--who have this deep and intense dislike for each other yet are stuck working together to find a missing boy.

In the beginning, I wondered how any kind of relationship was possible between Br
Val and Britton. I've not read the previous books, but I didn't find that it interfered with my enjoyment of this book. Britton and Val work for the police. Britton used to be a homicide detective until he ran a-fowl of the shifter council and was sentenced to temporary 'human' status by way of a serum, for the next 20 years. Val was lucky enough to get his job after he was demoted, but Britton can't seem to treat her fairly. From day one he can't stand to be in the same room as her and treats h ...more
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
ARC provided for an honest review

This book was really great! I didn’t get a lot of sleep the day I read it because I just couldn’t put it down.

The two protagonists had me from the first page. I loved them. Most of all I loved that they couldn’t stand each other in the beginning. It was so funny to watch those two interact and also a bit painful once you realized how much hatred Britton actually felt towards Val.

It got even better when they began being friendlier towards each other. It was so swe
Nicky Peacock
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I’ve said before how the whole ‘soul mate’ thing in shifter books can be a bit of an easy option for authors – I mean, there’s no real hard graft to get your two main characters together – they’re instantly in love. And to be fair the ‘Awakening’ series is all about when a shifter finds their true love and what happens, so I was briefed on this before reading the book. What I didn’t expect though was for it to really work! There are so many twists and turns that the author has you guess ...more
This is the third story in the Awakening series and it’s one that I really wanted to read. There are many emotions that are brought out in the characters throughout this story. I do recommend that you read Liam’s story first so that you can see some of their previous interactions with one another and get a taste of why they treat one another the way they do when they are forced to work together in this story. It’s a great paranormal romance about shifters.

Val Calhoun is a half-shifter and the le
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I was very unsure of this book when I started reading it. The blurb sounded good but with paranormal being my least favorite genre, I was cautious.

In Carnal Ridge, yes that's the name of the town, they have a shifter police department. Val is a half-shifter, meaning she can't shift. That power is only for the males of the species. She inherited the position of being in charge after the leader at that time was demoted. His name is Britton and he is a full shifter. Oh, and they hate each other. W
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I will freely admit that when Katie at Entangled offered me a review copy of this book I turned into a total spaz. I highly suggest reading the previous books in the series first! At the very least read Liam's story because you get a glimpse of what's to come with Britton and Val.

Britton, a shifter who was once the head of SPAC (shifter protection and concealment) until he violated shifter law and was not only removed from his job, but was also sentenced to living for 20 years as a human. The o
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book in place of an honest review.

This is the third book that I have read in this series and I love every single one of them. We got to see a little of Britton and Val in the other stories. In the last one they were working on the case together. We really never knew why Britton had his shifting abilities taken away but in this book we finally get to the bottom of things.

Val Calhoun is a half-shifter who is the lead in the SPAC. She took the job over four years ago when
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC for an honest opinion
orginally on
Detective Britton Townsend is a sexy lead detective for Shifter Protection and Concealment (SPAC) of the Carnal Ridge police station. He is used to having all the women surrounding him drool over him. Val Calhoun could care less for all the steamy comments made about Britton.
Although the members of the High Council do not associate with the SPAC, a situation occurs where Val and Britton are forced to work together. Val replaced Bri
Eva Millien
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The third book in The Awakening series is an intriguing shifter world with unique and surprising elements.

Britton Townsend was sentenced to 20 years as a human by the council and now works as a human detective in the police department. The half shifter Val Calhoun replaced as the lead SPAC detective and the loathe each other, but when Val fails the case she is assigned by the Council, they send the two arch enemies deep into the mountains- together- alone.

The author brings this intriguing story
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Britton was my favorite of this series. It has a true enemies-to-lovers romance which I adored! Britton is literally repulsed by Val. He cannot stand to be around her or talk to her. Whenever they're in close proximity, he can't get away from her fast enough. It's actually quite obvious why this is the case, even if it takes him most of the book to figure it out. Anyway. The two are assigned to find a missing shifter child, and spend a lot of time in close pro
The first book I've read by Abby Niles and I have to say one of the best paranormal/mysteries I've read in a long while. Good chemistry and good story. Although it's the third in the series I did not feel lost and everything was perfectly explained so it can be read as a stand alone.
Detective Shifter Britton Townsend was punished by SPAC, the agency that overseas all shifters rules and regulations, and has to live 20 years as a human. However, as fate would have it, they have to give him his sh
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, calibre-library
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I've been eager to read this one ever since being introduced to Val and Britton. I knew there was a great story between them and this book proved me right. Something about the love/hate dynamic twisting to a lustful romp made for a wonderful read.

Val is a by the book, strict leader of SPAC, who never misses a chance to rub that fact in Britton's face. Britton is a shifter who has been forced to remain in human form for 20 years as p
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Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, she’s been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys and knights. She never imagined that those years of reading would one day lead to her becoming a published author.

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