Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: Awakened Desires (Shattered Lives #2) by Rissa Blakeley

23471215Title: Awakened Desires
Author: Rissa Blakeley
Published: Oct. 25, 2014
Pages: 496
Genre: Zombies, Adult, Dark
Review: ebook
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk



*Warning: For mature (18+) audiences only due to strong language, sexual situations and violence.*

Gunther Erikkson had a mission to complete – one that he was more than willing to see through. After he arrived in New York to intimidate Henry Daniels into doing his job, things began to change for Gunther. One woman had started to chip away at his icy heart. With the mission complete, he headed back to his home in Atlanta, but he was left with an unfamiliar ache in his chest.

The virus spread like wildfire and, within a week, it had reached Gunther. Undeterred, he began his journey to his predetermined destination. During his travels, he came across a woman who was moments from meeting her end, but Gunther rushed in and saved Quinn Landers’ life. After a sincere promise of protection, she decided to continue her travels with him.

The pain from the virus was creeping deep into his muscles and bones. With the lack of a blood source and his own life hanging in the balance, Gunther knew he needed to confess one of his biggest secrets to Quinn. The tightened web of lies began to loosen, awakening Gunther’s desires.

After dealing and learning to live with other survivors, bombings, and secrets, they continued to travel north. When they arrived at the destination, Henry was already waiting, thirsty for a battle.

Tragedy struck and it hit home for Gunther. Will he discover who he truly is? Do Gunther and Henry battle it out, or do they learn to get along and prepare for an epic showdown with a common foe?


So I read book one and where we left off I really wanted to see about book two and where that was going to take us. I really enjoyed Gunther's story more than I did Henry's which I was very surprised of. With this book we are told things through Gunther's point of view and he has the same past as Henry. We see how he played a role with the virus being released and how he deals with his part in it.  We get a look into how Gunther finds love when he thought he was unlovable. 
We do finally get to see what happens to Claire and the baby and let me say my heart broke, it could have only gone one of two ways.
As the story unfolds you just have to wonder how it will go down once Henry and Gunther find Roger. I am hoping that scene is going to be amazing. I think Henry is going to get the answers he needs from his past. 
I thought I would not have liked Gunther especially because he is such a woman user but I really fell in love with the character I felt he was more real than Henry ever was. Which I guess is super weird but it happened. I think the author did a better job with this story than the first one, but that is my opinion. 
It was amazing to see how Gunther grew from the beginning to the end, and how protective he is with those he calls family and holds dear to his heart. 
The plot is steady, the characters are well developed, the back story to the characters will have you crying. I can't wait to read book three to see where this is going to go. 



Rissa Blakeley
Rissa Blakeley is the author of a fantasy paranormal series, Corvidae Guard, and a post-apocalyptic saga, Shattered Lives, which features a paranormal twist and has been adapted into graphic novel form.
As a native New Yorker, Rissa is now a Georgia transplant who is completely addicted to black coffee and La Croix, obsessively listening to songs on repeat. Her days are packed with characters screaming for more scenes, cats living up to their Harry Potter namesakes, lazy dogs, a teenage daughter, who’s bringing Emo back, and a Viking husband, who finds her puns less than funny. When Rissa isn’t writing, she can be found procrastinating on social media.
For more information regarding Rissa's books, go to www.rissablakeley.com
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