Kellen’s Awakening by Angel Martinez & Bellora Quinn
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: Full Length (264 pgs)
Other: M/M, Multiple Partners, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla
The staff at AURA has had a busy summer. Between chronic understaffing, dealing with warring goblin factions and an unusual number of hazardous Events, everyone is overworked. Sinistrus the incubus, newly hired as an AURA medic, actually enjoys his busy new life of responsible employee and faithful lover to his gorgeous police sergeant, Ness the centaur. Life would be perfect, except for a niggling suspicion about a colleague. Everyone else seems to disagree, but Sin’s certain something’s not right with that pixie.
Kellen, a pixie crossover, loves his job working in AURA medical, even if he is something of an outsider. His job and the friends he manages to make are happy spots in an otherwise dark and secretive life. As the rest of AURA tries to discover the root of the inexplicable rise in violence and large scale Events, Kellen fights to preserve his own life and what dignity he has left.
These two unlikely heroes must put their differences aside and navigate tragedy and ever-escalating disaster together in order to stop the sinister forces that hold Kellen in thrall.
With an unusual increase in events AURA finds itself even busier than ever. As more and more otherworldly beings arrive, the staff is more than a little overworked. When incubus Sin is forced to deal with the newly crossed-over pixie, Kellen, sparks fly – but not of the pleasant sort. Sin is a ball of sarcasm and Kellen’s an awkward pixie with a secret. When disaster strikes, will they be able to put their differences aside and work together or will they let everything fall apart around them?
The incubus, Sinistrus, has been one of my favorite characters since the beginning. I was elated to find he had such a large role in this third installment. He’s an aggravating mixture of sexy and sarcastic, always quick with a quip or a heated smile. But that’s just part of being an incubus, I suppose. His relationship with the centaur, Nestor, is an interesting one and although an unlikely pairing, they really do balance each other out.
Kellen, a pixie crossover, is the newest addition to the AURA cast. From the very beginning, you know that he’s holding something back, but whether it’s good or bad remains to be seen. As his story began to unfold, I found myself feeling more and more sympathy towards him. By the end, I just wanted to give him a big hug. I was happy to see that, although he’s a pixie, Kellen is a regular-sized being instead of a Tinkerbell sized dragonfly. It makes him more relatable in a sense to have him be the same height and build as an averaged-sized human male.
Kellen’s Awakening is an intense and action packed novel that starts with a jolt and continues on through to the end. There was a character death near the beginning that caught me by surprise and colors the tone of much of the novel, making this a sadder story that the two prior. However, it’s not a depressing story by any stretch because there is so much going on, there isn’t time to get caught up in the loss. It actually makes for a deeper, more emotional story in the end. Each installment brings a better story and more interesting and diverse characters. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next novel.