Demon portals, vampires, angels, faeries—these are all things that 27-year-old Izzy Harper believes only exist in her beloved paranormal romance novels—they certainly don't exist in her quiet California town. And then one night a chance encounter outside a local bar catapults Izzy out of her quiet, routine life and into a hidden world full of supernatural creatures and incredible magic and power. Izzy discovers that every otherworldly being she ever imagined—and even a few she never dreamed of—are actually real. She also discovers that a war is brewing between the forces of Dark and Light and that she herself is at the center of it. Ushering Izzy into this new world are two Guardians: the dark, mysterious Lucas and the fiery, flirtatious Pavel. Izzy learns that Guardians are beings of mixed Dark and Light descent and that she has the potential to join their ranks. Izzy begins to train with the two Guardians, but her training is soon complicated by her growing feelings for Lucas, and by the attacks that constantly plague the three of them wherever they go. When it becomes obvious that Izzy has even greater potential than anyone realized, it also becomes clear that Izzy is the target of powerful Dark forces that want to use her for their own evil ends. Izzy's life and her very essence are in peril. But despite the danger that surrounds her, what truly scares Izzy is something more profound—she fears to lose Lucas most of all.
In Awakening, author Brianna West has given us a brave, funny heroine. Izzy faces ever-increasing danger with quick wits and her own signature brand of humor. Her story takes us at breakneck pace from California to New York to London, and the reader gets to meet a wide array of colorful characters both good and evil. But the real center of the novel is the relationship between Izzy and Lucas. The two of them have a relationship that is complex and electric, and Izzy gradually begins to understand why he is so guarded and unwilling to trust even those closest to him. Awakening is funny and exciting and full of monster mayhem, but it is also sexy and romantic—a portrait of two souls yearning toward each other. If you love a good, sexy paranormal romance with plenty of adventure, then you have definitely come to the right place.