Britton (The Awakening #3)
by Abby Niles
"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.
When the shifter community is threatened, Val is assigned to the case…and fails. So the High Council turns to the rogue shifter they'd sentenced to twenty years as a human--that same obnoxiously sexy Detective Townsend. And sends the two arch-enemies deep into the North Carolina Mountains-—together, and alone.
Being stuck in a tiny honeymoon cabin with Miss Castration and only one bed is definitely not Britton's idea of a good time. But the High Council doesn’t take no for an answer. After his shifter abilities are restored, Brit is once again susceptible to the dreaded, irreversible bonding instinct, the Drall. Thankfully, all he’s ever felt for Val is intense loathing, no reason to worry. Right? All he has to do is solve this case pronto, and he can go back to his footloose Casanova ways. That is, if they don’t kill each other first. Or worse...fall in love.
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 his mate. They have to work together as the clock is ticking on the case. They may not get along the best but their hearts can't be denied until something new comes between them.
Val is the type of woman who won't back down. She does good at her job but she has limits to what she will do. She is very tough and doesn't give up when she wants something.. She won't jump in bed with Britton like everyone else. Britton is sexy and charming with everyone but Val. He is a jerk to her most of the time but there is a reason for that. When they have to be alone things change and while he is still a jerk at times he does his best to help Val. I love the banter between these two.
I like this book better than the others in the series and that is saying something because they are very good. Val and Britton don't seem like they will ever be together and reading about those two is funny at times and hot at others. They work well together even if they can't get along. I was surprised at what the author added to effect Britton and I was worried a few times how it would turn out. while this is the third book in the series you can read it as a stand alone even if I do suggest reading the others because they are just as good. I don't like some of the laws the High Council has for these shifters and You see how old fashioned they are at times. I love how Val takes a stand for what she believes in. This is a wonderful book with shifters, action, lots of sizzle and more that is a favorite of mine. If you love paranormal romance this is a great book to read.
5 out of 5 Stars
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