As part of the Watchers, Rhys is used to all types of combat, pursuit, and interrogation. But hacking and tracking through hidden online channels is where he excels. Shattering codes and sneaking around firewalls comes as easily to him as a swordfight or street brawl with a predatory enemy.
Cooking up sweet new pastry creations is Enza’s dream job. Kitchen appliances never fail her, unlike every computer she’s ever touched. Her fledging baking business is doing well, yet as streetlights flicker with her changing mood, she can’t shake the feeling that she’s different from everyone else. But life as a regular Chicago girl is all she’s ever known…until one hot summer night.
Violence threatens both of them when her world collides with Rhys’s in a dark city alley. As a raw and formidable ability awakens in her mind, she becomes targeted by the last person she expects. Drawn to his sweet baker with a pull he can’t deny, Rhys vows to protect her—no matter the consequences that will change their lives forever.
I received an advanced copy of this story for an honest review.
What I Loved: Romance and Sci-fi/paranormal stories are a weakness of mine and no one blends the two together like Sharon Kay. With alpha male heroes who are super strong but have a soft spot for spunky heroines who can fight for themselves, the Watcher's Kiss books hit solid notes for me. Good stories with a quick moving pace and memorable leads, these books make me happy. Awakening Kiss is a wonderful addition to the series and leads Rhys and Enza have a quiet energy that sparks early and builds to a fulfilling HEA.
What I Didn't Love: Not much to dislike on this one. Awakening Kiss has a lot of second and third tier characters and it can get hard to keep track. Even though some may appear in only a hand full of brief scenes, I'm sure they'll have larger roles to play in future Watcher stories.
"Her tummy flipped. No, wait - it did a cartwheel - roundoff combo. He was in her space, he had sought her out, and he was flirting. Oh my god."
"For tonight she was his. Maybe they were just playing roles, but damn if it was the most natural thing he'd ever had to play at."
"You can't go through life beating yourself up about the same thing. If everyone else has moved on and sees it as a thing in the past, then maybe you can too. Because otherwise, you're only holding yourself back."
Awakening Kiss is another solid standalone entry in the world of Solsti and Watcher's. Newbies can jump in to the series with ease and author Kay includes a glossary at the end of the story as a handy reference. Full of action and romance, this is a read paranormal romance fans won't want to miss.