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Servant: the Awakening Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2007
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But Gabby's world falls off her axis when she comes in contact with Detective Luther Cross. There is something special about him that may come out in future books, but for the moment he is the only one that has gotten through Gabby's hard shell. He is attracted to this strange girl and is very much a trademark Foster hero. He wants to date Gabby and show her affection and intimacies that go on between me and women. (Well he is a man after all and he is very attracted to Gabby) Gabby has no clue about sex, but when Luther comes along, she begins to find interest which is the one lighthearted moment in this story.
There is a lot of violence, gore and helplessness that begins Gabby's tale. I found it to be an enjoyable fast read, but there are some small things about Gabby and her world that may irk some readers. But given time and with a little more skill on Foster's part, she may have a winner on her hands.
But if you are looking for a happy go lucky read, look else where because this promises to be harsh and unrelenting.
I am definitely intrigued about the character of Gabby and her journey to fight evil and perhaps find some happiness with Luther.
SERVANT: THE AWAKENING is the first book in what is sure to be an electrifying series. L.L. Foster (aka Lori Foster) delves deeply into the dark side with this supernaturally charged tale. Gaby is a haunted and almost tragic figure, isolated and alone. She has a sharp bluntness that is appealing as she lacks the usual social skills. Her angst enhances the storyline as there is a real reason behind her feelings of dread. L.L. Foster does an exceptional job at character development as she makes Gaby likeable despite Gaby's determined efforts to be unlikable.
THE AWAKENING has a hint of romance brewing in it but is definitely an urban fantasy. Luther is attracted to Gaby despite all of his misgivings, while Gaby is reluctantly drawn towards the detective with a nose for trouble. Their personalities couldn't be any more different and yet, somehow, it all works. Don't mistake THE AWAKENING for a paranormal romance, however, as L.L. Foster takes readers into a haunting, shadowy world with this tale.
L.L. Foster brings a fresh perspective to the urban fantasy genre with THE AWAKENING. Despite the plethora of books available in the genre, THE AWAKENING has that extra bite that makes it stand out. L.L.Read more ›
There will be some spoilers in this review, so if you want to know if I recommend it, then I'd say probably not. If you're curious, get this one from the library. I wouldn't recommend buying this until you've finished it and maybe the second one. Maybe it'll improve, maybe it won't. All I know is that I won't be getting the next one.
First off, Gabi is too unpleasant of a character. I don't mind gritty characters with steel balls that are willing to call people on everything. It's part of what initially drew me to characters such as Anita Blake, after all. What kills Gabi is that at times her nastiness seems to be a little overly done to the point that when she's supposed to start caring for other people, it just feels a little hollow and forced. I honestly couldn't believe that she'd care at all for Mort, let alone feel anything romantic or sexual for Luther. There wasn't enough development for that.
I also found it really hard to believe that Gabi has never seen anyone perform oral sex on anyone else.Read more ›
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It's been a while since I've read this by Foster and this definitely is a twist from her contemporary romance novels. I enjoyed the plot. Quick easy read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stephanie Garza
I lobed this whole series by L.L. Foster. It's dark and disturbing but fascinating.Published 11 months ago by Barbara A. Raffin
Very well written and edgy, love the main character and her coming into her own. Strong woman and she knows how to take car of herself. Read morePublished on August 21, 2014 by Chris Jones
I love this author and buy all her books. She never disappoints. I would recommend all her books. They are all sexy and enjoyable reads.Published on March 20, 2014 by MOMMY B
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This is a personal favorite no matter how many times I read it! The characters were unique and still realistic! It was a story with a life of its own!Published on June 8, 2013 by Carrieona O. Robinson
I stumbled across this book at a used book store and I was pleasantly surprised! I enjoyed the fact that the author was very descriptive with what the characters saw and felt in... Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by MadCheshireGrin
Ok, I absolutely love this author when she's writing as Lori Foster. She's written so many great novels. So why not try her other pen name, right? Uh, Wrong... Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Vanessa Rutherford
Lori Foster(L.L. Foster) is one of best authors I've read. This series is extremely good.Published on November 1, 2010 by Booklover