Jezebel is a solitary woman with a haunted past. Running a business in a small coastal town, she clings to the predictability of her days, seeking refuge in the silence. When an enigmatic new client comes into her life, she is drawn to him, unaware of the link she holds to his own tangled history.
He offers her a seductive proposal, and she is propelled into an entrancing world of pleasure that shatters her reality, and deeply alters her sense of self.
But underneath all his magnetism and power lies the human complexities of a grieving man running from his shadows. Will August surrender his centuries of pain and allow Jezebel fully into his life? And will Jezebel be able to navigate the landscape of what he has to offer?
Delivering a new meaning to the vampire archetype, Awakening is a multi-layered, sensuous, paranormal love story that reaches through the curtain of time. The intricate ties that connect these two to one another will forever transform the course of their lives, stretch the fabric of their reality, and awaken within them something deeper and more profound.
“I see a woman who wears her skin like armor. Whose heart is crying out for a place to run free. I see a soul that is intricately delicate, yet profoundly strong.”
“When you monetize the beauty of nature, it can lose its effect upon the soul.”
“Life is meant to be lived, not compartmentalized.”
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
Awakening follows Jezebel x2 (you’ll see what I mean) as she tries to navigate a life where she felt like she never really fit in until she meets August. To start off this is an *NSFW*. As the synopsis says, these puts a whole new twist on the vampire archetype. I thought it was a really refreshing take.
The story kind of has a quick start. I felt like it went from 0-100 really quick. Pezzano did a good job at portraying some of the darker human emotions but I was annoyed that August just comes back the way that he did and expected Jezebel to be waiting for him.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about the flashbacks because it was almost a whole new storyline but it made sense in how Pezzano had everything tie together and the little Easter eggs that were planted throughout the plot.
Overall, it is a really interesting concept and I like how it wove what could be considered paranormal fiction and life lessons about healing from our pasts into one book. If you like fiction, paranormal, and romance then this book is for you.