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Traumatized by her past, and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arises in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frightTraumatized by her past, and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arises in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frighten her in their intensity.Harboring a dark and deadly secret of his own, Liam knows that he should stay away from Sera; that he will only bring her more hurt, but he is irresistibly drawn to her and unable to deny himself the pleasure that only she can bring to him. But when their pasts collide with their present, and Liam’s true nature is revealed, will their love for each other be enough, or will they be torn apart forever? This book

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Awakened Reviews

  • Angela Lewis
    2019-03-18 06:30

    This was literally a book I stumbled across on accident. I was looking through the free books offered for the iPad and came across this one. Now, I have always been one of those people who tended to stay away from ebooks just because I like the stability and concrete feeling of holding an actual book in my hands. I am proud to say that Awakened is my first book that I have read on an electronic device. If anything, being able to read something electronically has only increased my love of books. Now, some of the reviews that I read about this book were negative and the ones I read most were about the grammatical errors. Yes, I noticed a few myself a long the way but when you have a story that is hard to put down, such mistakes are easily overlooked, at least for me. There was constant excitement about this book and was pleased that the author didn't make the events predictable, meaning things happened that I didn't even consider. At least not when I expected them to. I was relieved because when that happens the story loses the appeal and becomes boring. This was not boring. Liam, was every college girl's dream come true although there was constantly some internal struggle going on. Sera, was what most girls are while in college, insecure and unsure. The question of, "why would the hottest guy on campus want me?" probably crossed Sera's mind so it was nice to see that at least one girl got the guy, even if it's only fiction. Being a hardcore Twihard, I did notice some similarities between the two stories but they were slight and I felt this one may have had a little more action and gore than Twilight. So, while some of the dialogue may come across as corny and the fact that there are some missing words, this was a good book and a delight to read. I definitely recommend it to those who love vampire stories and as a warning, regardless of whether you read it on your iPad or from an actual book, be prepared to find it hard to put down.

  • Bobbi Steadman
    2019-03-14 10:37

    Given two stars for the simple reason that I have read worse. However, this book was awful. I think that the story itself may have been decent, but it was executed very poorly. The characters were very dry and flat and lacked conviction in basically every aspect. I felt so disconnected throughout the entire book, that I failed to even feel compassion for the main character when she revealed her troubling past. There was far too much 'sex', and even if I enjoyed reading about it every other page, it would still have been drab for the simple fact that every single time was just a repeat of the previous experience. Every sex scene was 'she had never felt this way before' and 'he never knew he could feel this way' which is wonderful once or twice, but 36 times (exaggeration...maybe?), I think gets a bit old. Come up with a different way to express their feelings for one another. Also, the story was not composed very well in the sense that it often jumped from her point of view to his point of view from one paragraph to the next. Sometimes it would even happen within the same paragraph which caused me to re-read sections several times just to be sure that I wasn't stupid and unable to comprehend what was going on. I hate to write such a negative review, as I have never done so before, but I think this author would benefit a great deal by getting a few HONEST proof readers for her.

  • Didi
    2019-02-27 09:46

    1.5 STARSWell, that was disappointing. I should have known better considering this author writes under another name, Erica Stevens, and I couldn't even get past her second book in her vampire series, The Captive.some people liked this, but for me? it was not good. This is categorized as PNR, but it read like a new adult college romance with some vampiric flare. Why?**Little to no world building** There was very little explanation about this vampire world. I couldn't tell you anything past the standard stuff like they drink blood and are faster/have heightened senses.**Two dimensional characters** There needed to be more time spent on fleshing out the hero, heroine...hell, everyone.**Inconsistencies** Things happened that were never explained or accounted for. There were so many examples that I lost track counting, but I was often left scratching my head and wondering, " did that girl know??" " I thought they said they couldn't do that??" or, " Is this really a PNR??"**The whole vampire thing** No, really. Were these guys vamps? seemed like regular hot-blooded college students to me who enjoyed a little blood with their sex. Things did not add up; Eating--where does it go? Procreating--I thought that wasn't possible, like, AT ALL. I assumed this was an agreed upon rule in the world of vampirism. One minute I'd read about their supernatural abilities, the next minute they'd react as regular people. I don't know, but I expect a hell of a lot more from my PNR. And there was way too much sex. The only redeeming factor was at some points this book was engrossing, hence rounding up my rating. But that's all. No memorable characters, no great writing, inconsistent story...I almost DNF'd this more than once, but at least it was free. Yeah, I'm done here, not continuing with this series.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-17 05:56

    This review is full of spoilers and expletives, so, beware. I got this book for free, because, well, it was free. It had 4 stars on amazon, so I figured, okay, let's do this. Now, first of all, someone seems to have a bit of trouble with the difference between to and too, which makes for some hilarious quotes, 'I don't want you too' being the one that sticks out the most in my mind, but there are others, as other reviewers have pointed out. Yes, we could use a bit more editing, methinks. Also: 'Sera. That's unusual.' No, it sounds like Sarah, which isn't unusual at all. What, did she spell it out for him? Use your head.I do like a sexy romance novel from time to time, but the amount of sex in this one is bordering on too much, and I had no idea that was possible, until this book. Yes, they're in college and they're at that 'OMG let's fuck all the time!' stage of a relationship but, Jesus, some of it can be implied and not described. I do understand that what happens to Liam is like, most of the plot, but that shit gets crazy at light speed. Like, obsessively crazy. Ludicrous speed. Go. Sera starts out being very timid because of her past and within the month she has an insanely jealous, possessive and abusive vampire boyfriend and is totally fine with it. But, hey, that's okay because they're soul mates, amirite? ಠ_ಠ There's a scene nearer to the end where Sera stands up for herself and tells Liam that he doesn't own her and to stop ordering her around, and he basically 'nope's her on that one and she completely fucking gives up on the idea, because 'he's not doing it to be cruel but does it because he cares so much.' Stop this right now, romance authors. This is not okay.Then, there's Michelle. Oh, Michelle. The 'best friend' turned total ice queen bitch, who, and I have to bold this shit, calls Sera's accused rapist and tells him where she lives because she is jealous of Sera's relationship with Liam. 'But, I didn't think it was truuuuuueeeee!!!' Siiiiighhhhhhhhh. OK, now, admittedly, it's been a few years since I was in college, but does this actually happen? Are girls this fucking ridiculous at this point in time? Because, in the world that I live in, the most heartless she-demon wouldn't call a girl's rapist up and be like 'Yo, she's here sleeping with this guy I want to sleep with. Come on over.' Goddamn. Ugh. I wanted to like this book, because, truly, most free kindle books I have picked up have been pretty awesome, and are usually the gateway drug into buying entire series of books after getting that first taste for free. Alas, I am disappoint.

  • Cat
    2019-03-07 05:53

    This book needs editing. In a way it's just a few minor things, but it got really annoying: to/too, apostrophes, etc.I thought Sera had a lot of potential as a heroine, with her background and all, but once she meets the 'hero' of this book, she really stops developing as a character. Also, it really bugs me that the author didn't explain how/why vampires exist, what their powers are, or even how they function (i.e. apparently in this world, vampires can still have kids - say what?!). I also thought the sex scenes were repetitive (lots of nipple references), though I didn't pay much attention to them as it just seemed so overly done. Sera, to me, seems way more modest yet with Liam everything is perfectly fine. I also thought it was odd that Sera would choose to live in the dorms as a senior. Dorms tend to be crappier (less privacy, less space, etc), but more expensive (in my experience, anyway). I also didn't really find it believable that Liam and his friends were in a frat - yes definitely a good cover story, and if the frat has multiple chapters you can transfer to different schools, but how do you explain that you don't age? Unless everyone in the frat is a vampire, this is a huge pitfall.In essence, I think the author had a story line and just inserted things to make the plot work without thinking them through. I really enjoy it when authors think of everything, so this was a bit disappointing. Clearly others enjoyed this book very much, but unfortunately I wasn't in that boat :(.

  • Edwina
    2019-03-17 07:56

    I was shocked how much I love this story!! The story takes place on a college campus with college students. Sera is in her senior year and is very timid around men. Sera was brutally attacked but NOT RAPED by her boyfriend Jacob after leaving their Senior year homecoming party. This incident has left Sera emotionally scared and afraid because her friends and family did not believe her. Liam is a newly created vampire and meets Sera at his house's frat party. They are immediately attracted to each, but don't know why (Soul Mates). Sera immediately feels she can trust Liam with the truth of her attack by Jacob. She has never told anyone, not even her roommate and best friend Kathleen or any of her new friends about what happen to her.This is a very romantic, sensual, but NOT erotic story. Like some reviewers have lead you to believe. Liam loves Sera and once they make love and he takes her virginity he become very possessive of her. He loves Sera so much he protects her an provides emotional support for her lack of self confidence. He is always their for her. Once Sera finds out that Liam is a Vampire she too is very supported of him. The love they show each other just shines throughout the story. Their are some wonderful characters in the book like Kathleen and Danielle Sera's two best friends. Liam has four best friends in the story Doug, Jack, Mike and David. These guys were childhood friends and finding out how they all became vampires was diffidently a new twist for paranormal stories. We have villains too Beth who was the maker of Liam and his friends, Jacob, and Michelle who was suppose to be a friend to Sera. The story is very balanced from beginning to end beautifully written with depth of characters, believable conversations, even the environment; you could picture yourself their in the story with these people. It's fast paced, romantic,very sensual, and suspenseful. all the things you want to read in a PR. some reviewers are complaining that Ms.Davies needs a editor, but let me tell you unless you are and English Major it won't bother you. I have read books published my major publishing house that had more editing problems. Plus this book is free!! I really loved this story and you will too!! Give it a try whiles it is free. I would have paid to read this book. I have already bought and started reading bk2 "Destined". I am looking forward to more books in this series by this author. this book will go on my "All Time Favorite Romance Book List". Very Well Done Brenda K. Davies!! Keep up the good writing.

  • ~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
    2019-03-15 08:43

    After the shadow that the Twilight series cast on vampire stories, I wasn't expecting this to be a great book. Most of the vampire-based novels and novellas coming out these days, have obvious influences from Stephanie Meyers' books. The synopsis sounded interesting, so I figured I'd give it a try. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised.While I could definitely see some similarities between this book and the entire Twilight series, it was only in certain areas, and only when I consciously looked for it. It's still original enough to be interesting and exciting, and no one sparkled...The depth of the characters was surprising and enjoyable- not something I had been expecting. Sera's struggles and past pain are things I think a lot of young women can relate to, and her character draws you in from the first page. Her personal growth, and the relationship she develops with Liam, are both simply wonderful. Liam is a perfect example of a vampire-version dream hunk in most young women's day-dreams. He's confident and strong, but also has a softer side, much like a sparkly guy with great hair we're all familiar with...The side characters are awesome as well, and all do a fantastic job of shaping the story and helping the events go from interesting to exciting. You couldn't ask for better friends than the ones Sera and Liam have, and the relationships we see with them give the story added depth.The surprising twist in the last quarter of the book was simply fantastic, and added a sense of danger and suspense to the story. While I personally didn't care for the ending itself, I know most people would, and it was a decent ending for the story. It's sure to satisfy most readers.The writing was very good, flowed easily and quickly. The author does a fantastic job of capturing all the emotions of the story, without being too dramatic or getting lost in dialogue. I took off a star for grammatical/spelling errors that, while they might not bother some people, pull me out of the story.With humor, fun, adventure, mystery and romance, this is a wonderfully well-rounded book, sure to appeal to any vampire, romance, or YA/NA fan.

  • Meags
    2019-03-02 11:35

    2 StarsI failed to fully connect with this story. Granted, I snaffled this book as an Amazon freebie a while back, so one probably shouldn’t complain. What I did do was recently purchase the audio edition (for a reduced price), which turned out to be wildly disappointing. In my opinion, the story itself suffered from poor character development. I felt nothing for the heroine, Sera, who I assume was meant to elicit sympathy and compassion from the reader, what with her (view spoiler)[traumatic past and (hide spoiler)] shy and insecure nature. In actuality, she came across as whiny and weak-minded, and often induced some pretty intense eye-rolls from me. She allowed too many people to walk over her and treat her like shit – people who were apparently her closest friends!? This alone was ridiculous. I get that some people have cruddy taste when it comes to who they classify as friends and who they date, but Christ, many of the people in Sera’s life were atrocious individuals. (view spoiler)[Yes, I’m talking about Michelle. What the fuck was up with this bitch? You can’t start a story with Sera claiming Michelle is wonderful and one of her best friends, and then from the first instance Michelle appears on page she’s very obviously repugnant to the reader. This didn’t make me hate Michelle, it made me hate Sera for being such a poor judge of character and being pathetic enough to never stand up to her when she was constantly being degraded and manipulated (often in public). At the same time, Michelle was simply laughable. She was like a caricature of the most extreme version of mean girls in cinema. I mean, do these kinds of people truly exist? That’s me putting a lot of faith in humanity, when I know people suck in general, but still, this bitch was extreme and I didn’t enjoy her intense, psychotic, antagonist bullshit at all – and I generally love a well written “villain.” On top of this, there was Beth, the actual villain of the story. She was even more absurd (hide spoiler)]. The characters, especially the females, were inane and overly dramatic – this is where I wonder how much the audio edition impacted my experience.The audio – narrated by Tavia Gilbert – just did not work for me. The voices were grating. Sera’s voice was delivered in such a timid and scared manner that it began to annoy the shit out of me instead of eliciting the level of emotion I can only assume was the general intention. All the other females were extremely grating and over-dramatic in their delivery, and the male characters all sounded like Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. I couldn't work out why the narrator made this particular choice. Just because the characters were a bunch of young college students, doesn't mean they all have to sound like a bunch of whiny morons. Simply put - I didn't like this narration.Where many reviewers have commented on the lack of development to the whole vampire storyline, I actually liked the fact that the vampirism wasn’t the sole focus of the story. At its core, this was a new adult love story, which just happened to have a side order of paranormal elements. Being the start of a series, I’m sure more will be shared about vampire lore as the stories progress. The waiting doesn’t bother me.What I did like about the story:#1 // I enjoyed the camaraderie between Liam and his four friends – I particularly liked David and Mike as characters. #2 // I found myself enjoying the college setting – the “vampires on campus” thing worked for me.#3 // Aspects of the love story were intriguing - (view spoiler)[ the idea behind “vampire mates” was cool and I absolutely loved that they could have children even as a vampire couple. (hide spoiler)]#4 // I liked the epilogue and the consequent set-up for further stories in the series.I feel like my low rating was severely impacted by the audio edition I listened to. As such, I’ve decided I will probably attempt to continue with the series but I will most certainly be reading them – then we’ll see if there is any change to my overall enjoyment.

  • Trisha
    2019-03-11 12:50

    I had much higher hopes for this book. I made it about twenty percent of the way through it only to decide I was wasting my time. When there are so many grammatical errors that I am too distracted to get into the story, there's a problem. Notice my spelling of "to" ("...distraced to get into the story")... it is spelled with only ONE o and NOT two. I stopped counting the number of times the author made an error with this simple word ("I have to finish. I have too."... and "...but suddenly I wasn't so sure that I wanted too."). Sometimes she spelled it correctly, sometimes she didn't. Sometimes she used it both correctly and incorrectly in the SAME sentence- as evidenced above. It just became TOO distracting. I know it doesn't sound like it, but I can overlook a lot. I've read books previously that had some errors throughout but I could overlook them if the story pulled me in. Some of those books I really enjoyed and gave a great review because the story was so good. But it wasn't just the grammar in this book that did me in- the characters grated on my nerves as well. The girl (Sera) is supposed to come across as someone who illicits sympathy from the reader. She only seemed to me to be a whiny victim with low self esteem. I understand she's been through a traumatic experience, but the way she is written makes me wonder why anyone would like her at all- especially the super hot lead guy in the story. All the two of them have done so far is make out and wallow in their strong feelings for each other. I'm puzzled as to why they are even together. And after knowing him for less than a day, Sera is divulging her big, shameful secret to Liam. She doesn't even know him and she's telling him something she hasn't even told her best friend of three years. I don't understand it. What had Liam done to win her trust? And I'm sorry, but I don't find it realistic for a girl in her early twenties to speak like this: "He bellowed with rage..." as she's describing something that someone did to her. It just doesn't sound natural. A word of advice- either get an editor or get a proofreader that will actually tell you the truth. These things can be cleaned up BEFORE you publish. You could have a wonderful, original, interesting book but you'll lose a lot of your audience if they can't see past all the errors and inconsistencies. I could go on, but I think you get the point. Sorry.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-24 07:31

    I don't think I have ever given a 1 star rating but I could not muster up a 2 here, I did try please believe me.The editing on this book was skipped completely and the errors were just too much, words were completely missing in some sentences. I don't know how many times you can say he hissed, he grated (whatever that means), his hands tightened around her, her bottom lip trembled, he bellowed, his eyes snapped towards this person or that person, his jaw clenched, her jaw clenched, her eyes widened, his eyes widened and so on - these phrases were used way too much, sometimes 2 or 3 times in one paragraph. Not to mention the word upon also used so many times and incorrectly I couldn’t count. The Jacob character went from having brown eyes to blue on the same page or maybe the very next page I am not sure; character development was non-existent besides a wimpy trembling fool of a girl. A woman's nipples are now reduced to being called nubs? Really??! NO! They are nipples! I truly believe the story may have been a good one if executed properly and edited, perhaps even a little bit of sex research - I found a lot of awkwardness with "hands".

  • Hbeebti
    2019-02-27 10:39

    What a pleasant surprise this was. I loved Sera and Liam. They were great together. This was a little slow for me for maybe the first chapter. But then I was quickly swept away with this story. I thought this was YA but I was seriously mistaken. Since it take place at collage I would say NA to Adult for sure. There was a lot of sex going on.Sera a great character. She was strong in what she believed in. Even when things were tough and it would have been easier to walk away and she had her moment where she almost would. But then it was like a switch was flipped and she thought it through before actually doing it. I think her only flaws were not being able to say no to her best friend Kathleen and she cried a lot. The crying for me wasn't annoying though. Sera has also been struggling for the past few years and struggles to get close to men because she was sexually assaulted when she was in high school. Liam is the first guy that she feels safe with. Of course there is an instant connection, which by the end of the book you learn more about.Liam oh baby! I love him.. and loved his 4 friends...Liam was a womanizer big time. But you learn later about all that as well. In fact in the beginning he decided that Sera will be his next conquest for the night. Ha! Was he ever surprised. This was one of those instant lust and then love within three weeks kinda thing. But I enjoyed this so much that I didn't care. Liam was protective to the extreme and even became possessive to becoming to most obsessive. Again there's a reason and if you hang in there you find out why. It was kind of funny because Liam is a vampire but for a while there I wasn't so sure, I kept wondering when he show what he was. I mean come on they drank a lot and they smoke. They can be in the sunlight and even eat food. This was filled with angst, partying, sex, action, drama, obsession, mystery and undying love. I was bummed when I read that the next book is in the future. I was really hoping that one of Liam's friends would have a book.

  • Sara Scott
    2019-03-17 11:58

    If you are a fan of dry, repetitive sex, this book is for you. If you love to read a book that has a definitive story arc and engulfing plot line, don't even bother. I pushed myself through this book with hopes that it would get better... it didn't and now I'm upset that I even bothered when I could of read something that used more than one form of a word over and over... I'm really sorry this is so negative, but I feel if you must incorporate sex into every single chapter to get a good story, just stop. Reading this book, the author was very careless with word choice. A constant he,she,it going on. The occasional mention of a name spotted through the pages. She seemed to lack even the most elementary of rules when it comes to writing. Never start a sentence within the same paragraph with the same word. If there was anything consistent about this book, it was the sex scenes and word choice, and it drove me batty!

  • The Vagaries of Us
    2019-02-27 10:48

    See the original review at is the first novel in the Vampire Awakenings series by USA Today bestselling author Brenda K. Davies. The story follows Sera, a young woman navigating her last year in college, while struggling with an experience that has left her uncomfortable and hesitant around men, and Liam- a young man who also attends the college with a dark and dangerous secret of his own. When Liam notices Sera at a party, he instantly decides that he needs to meet her- this chance meeting leads to a whirlwind romance that neither of them expected. Sera opens to Liam early on about a previous boyfriend who left her traumatized back in her hometown, and Liam discovers just how protective he can be with her. When the object of her nightmares makes an appearance and threatens Sera’s life, Liam makes a decision that ultimately changes the course of their relationship.Besides Sera and Liam, the story provides a handful of other characters that help to move the plot along. Sera has two best friends that she interacts with frequently, Liam has four close friends all sharing the same secret as Liam, and then there’s a woman who used to be close friends with Sera who ultimately betrays her, and finally there’s a villain from Liam’s past that makes a deadly appearance. While many of these characters were interesting, there was a lot to keep track of. Sera mentions a strained relationship with her parents, though we never really find out if this relationship will ever be mended. I was also left wondering if Sera’s best friends would ever find out about what Liam, and eventually Sera, are. So, that part of the story is left to the imagination.The story, overall, was fast-paced and provided excellent conditions to get to know the characters better (such as the campus frat house and the cabin in the woods where a handful of the characters were snowed in together). The woman who turned Liam and his friends into vampires seemed interesting enough and provided some suspense- though I wish she had provided a bit more wickedness to the story- for example, when she first happened upon Sera in the woods and they were alone, this meeting could have ended in a more drastic way. The chemistry was heated enough between Liam and Sera, and their feelings for one another were evident throughout the story. All-in-all, Awakened was fun, intriguing, and satisfied my need for a good read.Four stars for Awakened!

  • Ravioli Rachel
    2019-03-09 09:36

    3.5 out of 5 StarsWow... another freebie that I was actually pleasantly surprised by. I didn't expect much considering this was a free book and it was about vampires, which let's face it has been a genre beat into the ground ever since Twilight. It takes a lot to make any kind of stand out vampire novel in this day and age. Awakened was decently different though, however it's also one of those novels that I think could have been delved into more in depth than what it was. - Liam and the gangs transformation into becoming creatures of the night was very short and succinct. I would have loved to have read a bit more about that. Overall, the story was surprisingly good. This was one freebie that I had no problem getting through.Also, you should all be grateful that I got through this review because a spider fell on me during it. It was traumatic. It was also one of those jumpy hoppy spiders, so I guess maybe he jumped on me, not really fell. Regardless... NOT FUN!Upon internet research though I have discovered that he was just trying to play me the song of his people...Go play your song somewhere else jumpy spider, I'm not interested.

  • Amber
    2019-03-05 09:41

    Have you ever read a vampire novel where you forget you're reading a vampire novel? Awakened is just like that...only more so. I have never read a story where the fact that the main character is a vampire seems superfluous .It seems to me Ms. Davies was torn between writing a young adult romance story about love giving a couple strength to cope with past trauma, and a kitschy coming if age vamp novel. I mean, the reader doesn't even really discover physical proof that Liam is a blood sucker until halfway through the novel.In the end I believe the characters of Liam and Sera are two dimensional. The plot is weak and the writing style is immature. Ms. Davies did herself an injustice by trying to cram too many trendy genres into one piecemeal novel.

  • ~ Stephanie Lynn ~
    2019-02-28 08:42

    Twilight meets Fifty Shades of Grey!!!!I give it 3 1/2 stars... I got this book for free. It started off slowly, with nearly half the book read I finally get into it. Much like Fifty's Ana, Sera spent most of the book crying like a foolish child; however, I liked it enough to buy the second book. And yes like most ppl have said it does need to be edited better but I got over that.

  • Annabel
    2019-03-13 08:50

    I picked this up as a free read on apple and really didn't have high hopes for it. That said, I was ready to be proved wrong if the story turned out to actually be decent. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. There are SO many things wrong with this book and I don't want to rant, so I'll put some of the major things in to good and bad bullet points.Good (list considerably shorter):>Sera, the main protagonist, did actually seem to do a bit of developing. So I guess that's something that's usually in a good story.>Also, The main characters did seemed to be fleshed out quite well and you did get a good glimpse all their personalities (although I never did understand the importance of Doug and Danielle).>Sera's and Liam's initial attraction to each other seemed to be quite believable.That's about it for the good points, sorry!Bad (list considerably longer):>First of all, the story was VERY underdeveloped and simplistic. The idea was not original at all. Yes, there are a lot of writers who decide to go for the whole vampire thing, but usually have a different take on it! The writer had no different take on it and nothing about the vampires was really explained (how the vampires evolved in the first place, what powers they have, etc) and if it was it would be the old legends that everyone knows all about anyway. They didn't even talk about vampires for the first half of the book and it seemed a little silly to bother putting it in when the main story was CLEARLY not about vampires... rather the main protagonists' sex life.>The spelling and grammatical errors were terrible and incredibly annoying! Someone needs to edit this book! Honestly, how old if this writer? I expect I'm younger and can still tell the difference between when to use 'too' and 'to'.>It seemed a little unbelievable that every character the main protagonist walked into was out of-this-dimension-hot or breathtakingly beautiful (herself included). Really? Every character? Are slightly less good-looking characters not allowed to go to Sera's college or something?>I also DON'T understand how Sera, the snotty nosed biatch, had any friends at all. She didn't try to get friends, wasn't very interesting, was also very rude- but somehow Kathleen, the very friendly girl, wanted to be best friends with her. Why? Sera refused to go out with her, didn't make much conversation and constantly slagged Kathleen off in her head about the messy room. And to top it all off, she also complained once or twice that she would have to tidy it later. No, you don't have to tidy it later, you're her room mate- not her mother.>The only remotely interesting part of this story was Sera's mystery past, and her fear of it. However it was quickly given away so my curiosity was the stubbed out. She started to overcome her fear and get better and then we find out that Liam is also a raving lunatic. What is this writer trying to get at? What is the moral of that story? Leave one abusive relationship and dive head first into another? Liam ended becoming a psycho with his jealousy, he controlled Sera and she seemed to be fine with it... all because they were "soul mates". Really?>Then there's the sex. Do I even have to say anything? Every chapter give or take a few, had a sex scene in. What is with the recent craze in sex novels? Does every writer have to copy 50 Shades of Grey? I actually started having a game with myself while reading this, it was called: "guess how many pages till the next sex scene". Jesus! Their entire relationship seemed to be based on sex and intense jealousy and possessiveness!>Lastly, the thing that most irritated me of all with this book was the sexism. The writer is a woman and she's being sexist to her own gender? It seemed that every girl other than our precious Sera is 'easy' and a 'slut', but Liam's boy band of friends are labelled as nothing? Sera parades and laughs with them as although she hates every other sex-crazed boy at parties because of her past, somehow these ones are totally okay. It constantly irritated me that every girl that either Jack, Doug or Mike would bring back would be described in exactly the same way every time just with varying hair colours. "Mike came forward with a little brunette under his arm, and behind him Jack had a red-head under his. Doug was behind him with another brunette". Fab, I'm so glad we had such fantastic details of these poor girls squashed under these boys arms. It's as if they're not even good enough to be given a little more detail. The writer could have just mentioned that they had girls with them. But no, every girl other than Sera is portrayed as an easy-going slut with no morals. Also how Liam describes the girls he has previously fed off, as if they are objects that are his for the taking. Shouldn't Sera be scared of him? That boy in her past was trying to take something off of her that she didn't want to give up but she finds nothing wrong with Liam actually taking these girls' blood? I don't expect they wanted that taken off them, they didn't ask to be blood donors! She should be repulsed.Finally it seems our heroine unfortunately turned into the typical damsel in distress. Liam or someone else saving her butt every time she's in a spot of bother. There's loads more but I would be going on forever. The plot was pathetic, the characters were also strange and lacked common sense (e.g Sera repeatedly asking the stupidest questions going) and all the villains were crazy jealous and beautiful girls who apparently had nothing better to do than pine over Liam and try and get revenge on Sera just because she was going out with him. The only character I had slight hope for and who seemed to have a bit more common sense was Jack but they never seemed to take any of his advice.I don't know if sequels are coming out, but if I ever see the next one in the book shop I will actually buy it to burn it.

  • Becky
    2019-03-11 11:58

    Read this in ONE sitting. Over about 6 hours. Was FANTASTIC!This was a great book, made even better by the fact that it is FREE on Amazon right now, lol. I love the genre that I so affectionately call Vampire Smut, lol.Not only was the smut excellent, it was really an excellent story of past hurts, love and lies. It was great.It probably tied up a little to neatly for most people, but an easy happy ending is good every once in a while, I say! Plus that's just what I needed with the other heavy reads I have going on right now. Please be aware that this book is NOT for anyone under 18!!!!!!If you are a Vampire Smut fan, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  • Alison
    2019-03-20 09:36

    I really hate not finishing a book, so I pushed myself to finish this one. I don't know how to explain what I feel after reading "Awakened".I guess I will start here:Since I can't really type because my wrist is sprained, I decided to read. Well, this author has in her book description "professionally edited by so and so." I thought, Yay! Edited book. -_- Well, that was false hope. Throughout the whole thing, the word "too" is used wrong. No, not just once or a few times. Throughout the whole thing. It drove me nuts!Examples: "she didn't have to do anything she didn't want TOO." Wrong usage. Most are in this type of context, too. "I won't tell anyone anything that you don't want me TOO." Wrong usage again. "I don't want you TOO." Wrong usage. "Did you honestly expect her TOO."OK, those are just some examples. I am not going to go through them all. It's riddled all throughout it, though.Also, many things were said more than once. Many times Liam said that Sera was too good for him. We got it. You thought she was too good, too innocent and pure. That he didn't deserve her.The biggest issues were the wrong usage of the word too and the wrong comma placing. There were commas placed in the wrong area or none in the correct area where it should have been.However, I also felt like I was missing a lot with the reading. It mostly just seemed to drag on and on. The last 80% seemed almost rushed, but also had the most action in the book.The last chapter jumps 3 months ahead, and then the epilogue jumps 4 years. Seemed like there were some details we missed out on that would have been nice to be apart of.Were there any pros? YES. A couple of the sex scenes were done well, the girl actually freaking out dramatically and having fear when finding out his secret was a plus (seems like nowadays there isn't much freaking out).Would I read this book again? NOWould I recommend this book? NO

  • Oi
    2019-03-11 13:52

    Actually this is 3.5 stars. What prevented me from giving this book 4 stars is that there were somethings that were a bit sill to me. First was the over usage of the word bellowed. Second was that Liam had a dagger by the bed. Seriously, who uses daggers anymore? Liam is a typical college kid, yes, he is *gasp* a vampire, but he is a fairly new vampire. There is no reason for him to have a dagger like he was a vampire from the medieval ages. Although there were a lot of things happening, the author did a good job of explaining a few things that had me thinking, "WTF?" 1. Sera confided in Liam on the second day of knowing him. (Soul mate trust thingy that she felt apparently)2. How Liam could go out in daylight. (This was explained in the last third of the book.)*SPOILER ALERT*My last real issue was never explained - How can vampires reproduce?!?!? This book was entertaining, but I am hesitant to read the next one because many reviews claim that it is more of the same. I would've liked to see Liam's friends find love and a life on their own instead of being Liam and Sera's lackeys. And unlike some of my favorite books, I didn't enjoy the banter between Sera and Liam. There were parts where I did grin but because of Liam's friends.This book is good, but not one that I will swoon over months from now.

  • Enni
    2019-03-13 09:35

    Some of the review is in the comment section.I felt the author lost the plot after a while. So many flaws in this.It could have been something but it was actually nothing. At first I did really like the two main characters as the storyline went by I felt the spark just died.It got too sickening cheesy about how much I love you and want you and too much sex.I do not mind sex in storylines but when it starts to over take thats when it annoys me. God sakes honestly?! Too much sex in a story end up being too much and gets boring. I would go and watch porn if thats all I am interested about! I actually liked the side characters more than the two main. The others were more fun to read about while Liam and Sera just wants to mingle every second or Liam wanting to kill anyone who so much that looks at her. He honestly should have just locked her up.Sera was like alright with everything that Liam does or say. Like she did not have much of a mind of her own. How fast she calms down, forgives and forget etc.Good thing it was free on the iphone if I brought it as a book I would be burning it right now!I usually love vampires. They are my fav supernatural creatures.These vampires in this story sucked!!!I don't even want to continue dissing this anymore because the list is never ending.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-02 13:36

    I liked this book. It had likeable character. Sera is a woman frightened of men. (I would tell you why but it is better when you read it. Though it isn't as bad as what you are thinking but bad enough). She shy's away and keeps her distance from them. At first sight of Liam Sera is drawn to him. And finds herself trusting him like she never has anyone else. So you have Serea who is frightened of men, Liam with some big secret, a pissed of one night stand on Liam's side weeks before he met Sara, a stalker from Liam's past, and four hunky friends Mike, David, Jack and Doug and two friends of Sera who are way over protective Kathleen & Danielle and you got a really good story.The story starts off well and just keeps going. I never found a dull moment as I read this book. It flows well, it keeps you interested.I got this as a free read for my Kobo. I would get more books from this Author. This wasn't a high action, keep you on the edge of your seat read. But it was a nice flowing, consistent and well entertaining read that leaves you feeling glad that you took the chance and read it. Kinda of hoping we will get more books with the other guys. I love Mike. And David just has me intrigued. I would love to read about them.Take a chance you'll be glad you did.

  • Crystal
    2019-03-24 12:55

    Okay, I just can't read this book anymore, it's too horrible! The plot is horrible and clique and all the women are portrayed as either bitches or sluts, or both. I found the characters to be very underdeveloped, besides perhaps Liam and Sera. The way that the story unfolded made me rather bored with the story. I knew that there had to be something paranormal about Liam and his frat boy friends, and I was kind of aggravated when the story continued on for sometime before the secret is revealed.I love paranormal romance books, but I don't want to be bored for most of the book with stupid details of some frat parties, and have to wait to learn about all the paranormal stuff. Also, how do these college student afford to have so many HUGE parties? How are they not broke from buying all that alcohol? I would have to say that this book started off enjoyable, if not a little lame, but then quickly simmered and became boring. I finally stopped reading a little over half-way through, and I generally continue reading books when I'm that far invested, but I just couldn't do it.

  • P.A. Lupton
    2019-03-02 06:52

    I love it when a book surpasses my expectations. I’m actually writing one review for all three books because I couldn’t stop reading the series long enough to write a review. What I loved about all three books was the mix of a great paranormal world, fast paced plot,suspense, and romance. This book had just the right amount of the things I love. I loved that the author went with newly turned vampires. It was different. So often in this genre authors write about centuries old vampires who are lonely and brooding. I loved that this was a group of college guys. It was different and fun. Another thing I loved was the soul mates side of the story. I love a good soul mates novel. Also, I like that in book two the author jumps ahead 25 years. It brought in some new characters and added some interesting plot twists. I can’t wait for more from this author. I highly recommend this series for lovers of the paranormal romance genre.

  • Lucratia
    2019-03-12 07:38

    This book had a lot of potential and a good story line but was executed badly. I am going to start by BEGGING the author to please learn the English language. My ten year old daughter knows the difference between 'to' and 'too' way better than Brenda! In fact I'll go as far as saying the entire universe knows this difference but this author. I could have forgiven the many spelling mistakes, but seriously the whole 'too' thing was not a mistake but a rather clear lack of knowledge! Now for the review:Firstly, these characters were dull and lacked soul until some time towards the end of the book. The writing made it very hard for me to relate to the main characters which sucked because they both could have been great if properly developed. Sera was portrayed as fearing men, distant etc and yet she instantly falls for Liam on the very sight and a relationship is sparked same day? Seriously? We needed some tension, some build up, some romancing...Something! And then on the second day she tells him her entire life story? For someone who's already been burnt a couple of times she came out very trusting to me!Then there is the whole vampire element *sigh* ! Honestly, give the readers something new and exciting. Unexplored territory kinda thing...this just felt like a bad mixture of Vampire diaries and Twilight! Should I even talk about the sex?? Do I really need to go there?Now I know I'm jumping around but how the hell are two full blown vampires able to conceive half breeds that can grow???Brenda, you could have done so much with the other characters! So much! Making all four 'other' guys boring and uninteresting does not make Liam better if anything it just feels like your forcing him on us without trying to explore anything else!I give you 1 for the story line...the other for trying!

  • Cary Morton
    2019-03-06 12:29

    First of all, i thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was nice to read a story that revolved around college students and a frat house without getting campy. Although the characters weren't overly unique or deep, they were consistent, and despite these points i found myself liking them. In these ways the story was phenomenal. I also found it odd but welcome that at about halfway through the story I'd already felt like I'd finished a complete novel... only to find there was an immediate sequel. I'm not sure if this odd double plot was intended, but as i was thoroughly enjoying the story i was glad to find there was so much left of it to read.Unfortunately there were a few things about this story that i didnt like. A big part of this was the constant miss-use of words. I cant even count how many times withered was used in place of writhed, too instead of to, and sense instead of since. With the writing otherwise being very clear i found this abuse of grammar to be striking and difficult to fathom. I can only assume that the publisher's spell check was seriously malfunctioning the day this was typeset. I also found the use of two similar malicious female personalities (michelle and beth) a bit redundant plot-wise. Those two could have been sisters! I also was somewhat put off by the intensity of sera and liam's relationship. I realize that this was plot based, but i was cringing at the rage and possessiveness liam showed... i think there's a fine line when it comes to romance on how far you can push those emotions before it sets off warning bells for abuse, and this i think straddled that line a little too closely.All in all I'm glad i read this book and I'd certainly recommend it, but it wasn't one of my favorites.

  • Jenny Callahan
    2019-02-28 10:39

    Awakened by Brenda K. DaviesLet me start by saying I REALLY enjoyed this book and it was free. Yes, it did have some elements that were similar to other well known vampire books, but not so many that it felt like a re-read. Overall I thought this book had more than enough originality to keep my interest. The only thing that kept me from giving this book a 5 star review was the editing, or more specifically lack thereof. It became choppy in some places and there was a definite redundancy with words and/or phrases. There were a few words misused or missing altogether. These issues were not prevelant enough to keep me from enjoying the content.Sera is damaged goods after a horrific experience in high school and has kept people, especially men at arms length.She moves away and enrolls in college where her roomate,Kathleen, has made it her personal mission to break her out of her shell. Sera is dragged to a frat party where she meets Liam, and is instantly drawn to him.This book begs the question, do you believe in soul mates and love at first sight?Fans of JR Ward and Twilight will love this book, but I want to caution that this is NOT a YA book. It does contain some grahic scenes.4 out of 5 stars

  • Joan
    2019-03-02 07:55

    This was free and sounded good. It was just lacking something.

  • Sarah Marie
    2019-03-06 07:58

    I read 43 out of 385 pages (11%).This book is problematic. I thought this would be a Kindle freebie that I would finish, but the first three chapters made my head hurt from an array of different problems. I'll just list out some things that I highlighted from my notes and describe why I feel confident that this not novel is not for me (but you made love it, so don't let my opinions sway you!).Problem #1:"Not to mention there would be plenty of girls here tonight. Plenty of easy, drunken girls."I get it, dude, you are a horny college male trying to live it up, but can you not think sleazy, degrading thoughts about women in your opening POV. I'm not rooting for you and I definitely don't think you are a gentleman upon reading this quote. Granted, he doesn't seem to be on the prowl to take advantage of these "easy, drunken girls", but I still don't like this douche. Problem #2:You know that really annoying popular trope where the main heroine is the most special snowflake in comparison to all the special snowflakes in paranormal literature. This is no different. "I don't know; there's something about her, something that I can't put my finger on, or describe. Something different."This is aforementioned douchebag's friend describing our heroine and why he hasn't attempted to have sex with her because she's different and gives a weird vibe. I don't even care or feel the urge to know why she's so different because I just hate this trope so much.Problem #3:Special Snowflake Names. Some fantasy heroine's have weird names, but I believe that it adds elements to the world in showing the differentiating concepts of our world and another. Paranormal romance novels, whether they are YA or adult, usually either have a mundane human name or some over-the-top dictionary picked name. Another name can be added to the list of what-were-these-parents thinking? list is Serendipity. That's right, folks, our heroine is named Serendipity, but prefers to go by Sera. Sera not Sarah or Sara, but Sera. Please don't associate this absolutely ridiculous name with mine. The joke is made in a conversation when douchebag and Snowflake meet where the DB makes the comment of her name Sera being unusual and she has to prove to him how special she is by saying that's not my full name, here's my absolutely ridiculous name to prove how different I am from the rest of human society. I AM NOT LIKE OTHER FEMALES, but don't notice me because I'm not special.Problem #4:The basic concepts of grammar are thrown out the window. Here are some examples of why you should proofread before publishing, "To loud to talk" "You too Kathleen." I'm sure there are more, but these are so easy to fix and it's unacceptable that they weren't because as a writer you should know the difference between to and too as well as when it is necessary to use commas. Also, it's alright not all right! Seriously, it's not hard to distinguish the difference. Problem #5:The portrayal of jealous women is a problem. Our special snowflake has a bestie who is more outgoing and enjoys going to parties. She also has a friend who is the complete opposite and is portrayed as an ice queen. As the party progresses throughout the night, the ice queen friend does a complete 180 and decides to approach Snowflake as she's leaving with Douchebag,"I've never known you to leave a party with someone, has Kathleen finally succeeded in making you a slut?"I'm sorry, what?! This girl thinks it's okay to call her friend a slut because the guy she wanted to go home with preferred her friend. Not only that, but she goes to apologize and stupid drama ensues. I just don't get the point of having this "friend" be apart of the story if she's only there to be vilified and slut shame whoever she disagrees with. It does nothing for the story and I hate reading girl-on-girl hate that promotes slut shaming.I'm parting ways with this novel. Hopefully someone else enjoys it a lot more than I did.

  • Erin- SeRiAL Book Reader Whittenberger
    2019-03-10 10:30

    This was the second time reading this book. When I originally read it, I was new to the vampire romance genre and loved the book Fast forward a year later, I realized the transition between 1st and 3rd person didn't flow organically and the story line wasn't fully developed.I did however, like the story enoughto finish the series.