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Awakening 2

Title: Awakening 2

Author: Jeanie Grey

Series: Lilly Frank (Novella)

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: July 1 2013

Blurb/Synopsis:

The second book in The Lilly Frank series joins Torren and Lilly in northern Italy, where Torren tries to help Lilly adjust to her sensitive new vampire body and win her love before she discovers the real reason behind his interest in her.

A newly made vampire requires a certain amount of time to get used to her new body and heightened senses. But Torren’s worried that if Lilly doesn’t hurry up, she’ll be dead before she ever gets the chance to adjust to life as a vampire.

Word among vampires is that someone’s hunting their kind, and it’s not a quick death if you’re caught. This killer likes to torture the victims first, and all signs indicate that he or she is circling ever-closer to Torren and Lilly.

Torren needs Lilly to stop fighting him and start trusting him. Maybe he shouldn’t have deceived her…

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In the odd moments when he slept, he was plagued by nightmares of finding her gone. Or worse, dead. One nightmare was particularly vivid and stayed in his brain for days. In it, he was cradling her in his arms.

She’s open and bleeding. There’s blood everywhere. It’s all over him. So much blood. He doesn’t know how to stop it. He’s trying, but everywhere he touches opens a fresh wound and more blood comes pouring out of her body. She’s unconscious. She’s dying. He has to stop it. He’s practically bathed in her blood now. It’s all over his hands, his clothes, his face. He can taste it on his lips.

This is when he realizes that the scent of her blood isn’t triggering his hunger.

This is when he realizes that he is human again.

And he knows, with the unfounded certainty one finds in dreams, that it is her blood that has changed him.

 When he awoke, the first thing he’d do was check to make sure he could still hear her. If he had things his way, he’d never be more than a few steps away from her at all times. But since she couldn’t bear it, he made sure to be no more than two rooms away. At that distance he could still hear her heartbeat, and if he could still hear her, then she was still there. Still there and alive.

He didn’t know what he’d do if she were gone. The thought alone was enough to send him into a panic. After all these years of waiting, of watching. After all he’d done for her. After all he’d done to gain her trust, the time he’d invested, the sacrifices he’d made to bring her to this point. She couldn’t leave him. She just couldn’t.

But that trust is misplaced, isn’t it? Maybe you shouldn’t have deceived her, whispered a voice inside him.

Jen’s Review

Awakening 2 is about Lily’s change into a vampire. I have enjoyed the book. It is well written, and it kept my interest, once it picked up. The beginning of the book seemed a little abrupt, so it was a tiny bit confusing. It took about a fourth of the way into the book to really get into it. I wish it had gone more into what happened with Lily’s father in the beginning, other than just a brief mention of how she was unable kill him.
I like the care that Torren gives to Lily as she is adjusting to the change. It’s nice to see how he cares for her.
I would have loved to have gotten a glimpse into what Lilly was thinking and feeling, while she was hidden in the dark room, experiencing the sounds, lights, etc. I would have also liked it better if there had been more to the story between the relationships between all the characters.
The twist with Isobel, seemed out of place and confusing. It seemed this way because there was not any character development with her. There was not any real interaction between her and Torren for this twist to make sense, to me.
I am not very fond of cliff-hangers so, I was a little disappointed with the ending.
In summary I liked the book, but I would have liked to see more. 🙂

Photo on 2012-01-16 at 12.49 #2Jeanie Grey is a feminist reader and writer of romance and erotica who lives in Portland, Oregon. Her short stories have been published on deadlyeverafter.com and thedarkerhalf.com. To date, over 1200 copies of her first novella, Awakening (2012), have been downloaded. Awakening 2, the second book in the Lilly Frank series, joins Lilly and Torren in northern Italy, where Torren attempts to win Lilly’s love before she finds out the truth about his interest in her. The final installment in the Lilly Frank series, Awakening 3, is slated to be released in 2014.
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