Awaited by Lynn Rush (Wasteland #2)

Awaited by Lynn RushAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

The voice is a powerful thing… 

Russell Leonard is a centuries-old Guardian who’s lost faith in his purpose. So when he’s charged with procuring the first female Guardian in over two centuries, he can only hope it’s the red-headed beauty who’s been haunting his dreams for months. And if it is, he intends to claim her as his. But when he finds his dream woman, Annabelle is mute and bears no Guardian’s Mark. 

He soon realizes she’s been tainted by an ancient evil. Russell must somehow release the secrets trapped within this delicate soul to help her tap into the only weapon powerful enough to silence a millennia-old demon—her voice.

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After so many years alone Russell knows only the job. Find the mark, fulfill his destiny and help save the world from the demons knocking on the door. When he is sent by Jessica to find the next mark with only a vague description of who he is looking for he is extremely surprised  when he finds the beautiful Annabelle. He is more surprised to learn she can’t talk.

Annabelle knows something is after her. Taken as a young girl with her parents and witnessing their horrible deaths has left her scarred and unable to trust. Instinctively she believes Russell will keep her safe and with that she begins to let herself open up. Will the growing love between Russell and Annabelle keep her safe or put everything she has worked for in jeopardy?

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Awaited is Lynn Rush’s second book in her Wasteland series focusing on guardian angels and their mission to protect humans in a angel against demons war. Rush does a excellent job with her new book and I liked it even more then the first one! In Wasteland I didn’t like the lulls and felt at least in part, that the book got boring here and there. I also didn’t like the huge time jump towards the end of that book. Awaited was completely different! I instantly liked Russell, but to be honest I liked him in Wasteland too. He is such a strong solid character…alpha but downplayed by his emotions and his responsibility in finding his mark to protect.

I really liked Annabelle from the beginning too. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I realized she couldn’t talk because I generally enjoy the conversation between characters. In fact I depend on it. Rush did a great job of getting past the noise and going straight for the heart. I didn’t miss the conversation because I felt the connection between Russell and Annabelle immediately.

I also enjoyed the action in Awaited and the continuation of the story from Wasteland. As it gets deeper into the war between the guardians and the demons I find myself more intrigued with where Rush will take the series in the future books. I also would love to know more about Jessica, the woman who knows everything, and what she sees coming in the future. She knows how everything will end and yet in a attempt to not disrupt free will she tries to let the guardians come to decisions on their own. We are treated to a bit of an insight into her upcoming book (I hope it’s next at least) and I am certainly looking forward to it after the ending of Awaited. I won’t spoil it, but there is a bit of a cliffhanger and a disappearance at the end of this one.

Now I feeI should at least put it out there that there are some strong undertones of religion woven discreetly inbetween the pages of this series. They aren’t blatant really but more subtle. You’re thinking of course, the book is about demons and angels, so it’s only natural that there would be talk of God and free will and all that. But it’s more. It’s the no sex till you’re married thing that caught my eye right away. In a day and age when this isn’t common, and myself not being religious AT ALL, I wasn’t sure how I felt about all that. I guess because Russell is an angel I was more willing to get past it though I can say that if this was any other novel I wouldn’t have been so forgiving. I just think, in today’s age, that no sex before marriage is outdated and almost unrealistic.

Other then that very short dislike, I really enjoyed Awaited. In fact I am eagerly looking forward to the next book and hope I don’t have to wait to long! Each book delves a bit deeper, and this reader is excited about things to come!

I give Awaited by Lynn Rush 4 stars!

3 Comments

  1. Thanks, Nikki, for taking the time to read and review AWAITED!!! We’re shooting for an early 2013 release for TAINTED (tentative title for book 3) Yay!!!

  2. Good job Nikki. I agree with with Kary. Your review make me want to read Awaited. I have read Wasteland, and the no sex before marriage doesn’t bug me … I guess becausing waiting didn’t seem contrived but keeping with the character’s beliefs.

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