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This sort of deracinating, intensive environment — colored with erotic potential — belonged, of course, to the world of counterespionage debriefings. In the protocols of her experimental notebooks she recorded coming to feel that her sharp-toothed roommate was doing the best he could to solicit her in a more and more gentle manner; it fell to her to meet him halfway, stroking him to a shuddering calm. Lilly chalked it up as a victory for interspecies contact. But Swiss Family Robinson it was not. But such a reaction trades considerably on hindsight. Indeed, the drug was widely tested at Veterans Hospitals in the United States as an aid to psychotherapy, in that it was understood to break down inhibition and open pathways to hidden parts of consciousness.

It was precisely these putative features of LSD that drew it to the attention of the CIA, which used this powerful psychotropic agent both with and without the awareness of human subjects in these years. As a federal researcher Lilly secured the product which was a controlled substance from Sandoz Pharmaceuticals under an NIMH contract, and was explicit about his intentions to give it to the dolphins. I am quite certain that no one evaluating the application would have batted an eyelash, since there were plenty of neuroscientists giving LSD to captive animals in those days — including fish, dogs, and primates.

It made perfect sense to try it on the animal that seemed to offer the greatest promise of cognitive sophistication. In fact, if the project was communication — if the inhibitions and blind spots of the experimenter were no less a hindrance than the resistance of the subject, if the aim, in the end, was nothing less than the commensuration of minds — then perhaps it was the scientist who needed the LSD even more than the dolphin?

Or better yet, both scientist and dolphin could take it together, and then, for the first time, really, they might come to an understanding — floating in the blue water, listening to the strange sounds echoing through their heads. Together they were drifting over a cultural watershed. Lilly and his dolphins had tuned in and turned on. Or, more like, been kicked out. Incensed, Lilly fell back to Miami, writing furious letters to old allies and accusing the Navy scientists of staging a military coup in Tursiops research.

Perhaps they had, but the damage was done. In the thick of a second divorce, all his grants revoked or terminated, his fancy computer repossessed by the feds, a defiant and unrepentant Lilly very publicly released his research animals back into the open water whence they had come. This strange rupture effectively established the curious double legacy of the modern bottlenose: the flower children all learned that Tursiops truncatus was an erotically liberated, spiritually profound pacifist, intent on saving humans from their materialistic, violent, and repressive lives; meanwhile, over on the other side of Point Loma, a coterie of equally Lilly-inspired marine mammal biologists busily worked to teach these creatures how to recognize and neutralize enemy combatants.

A caricatured view of the s depicts doves and hawks facing off on opposite sides of the barricades: daisies on this side, gun barrels on that. And they continued to play footsie even as they were pried apart. And I could not make this up the Navy scientists ultimately decided to try speaking to them in Hawaiian, on the grounds that this language seemed likely to be closest to their own.

The big blue, it turned out, really did have its own little green men — but they were big and gray and always smiling. I leave Southern California on a Sunday morning, the flight banking slowly up over the Pacific. And as the Earth tips below, I can clearly see from one side of Point Loma to the other. And the Age of Aquarius found its avatar. All in all, it would not be wrong to say that the whole thing began in a small cinder-block structure on the southeastern tip of St.

Curious if the building remains, I spend several hours on Google Earth one afternoon, trying to match up a aerial photograph of the excavation of the dolphin pond with the modern coastal topography of Nazareth Bay. It is hard to say: hurricane damage along this stretch of beach has been extensive, as has been the commercial buildup in the last half-century. My wife is from Puerto Rico, which pulls us close enough to St.

So I stuff the maps in a small backpack, together with a swimsuit and a towel, and I take the twenty-five minute flight in a chattery ATR, whose scimitar propellers sweep menacingly at the narrow cabin. Below, the pleasure boats cut their white arcs against the deep blue water. Following the southern coast road in my rental car, I thread my way up to a ridge overlooking Nazareth Bay, where I pull over to consult the satellite images.

If it exists, then the laboratory must lie down one of these descending spurs, unpaved paths that disappear into the brush. I park and grab a bottle of water for the hike. Bromeliads cup rainwater in the shade, and a hermit crab clacks into hiding in the scree.

A single flying needle, a blue dragonfly, stays above me for a moment, seeming to point the way. And then, the path opens onto the water and there it is: the shattered remains of the Communications Research Institute. Stacks of marine plywood and piles of studs litter the courtyard, and an abandoned yellow cement mixer has begun to sink into the soft ground on one side. Small lizards slip along the dry grass beside the steps, and as I come to the edge of the dolphin pond a pair of rock crabs, hanging upside down like bats, scurry along the outer lip of the wave ramp, where the light surf splashes through a narrow inlet to fill and flush the pool.

I sit for a while here, looking up at the empty, floorless rooms, which are without graffiti — without, in fact, the least trace of all that went on here. In the incandescent endgame, Lilly imagined such a device configured so as to be operated by the animals, permitting them to come and go as they wished. The skeleton of this superstructure gives the dolphin pool the shadowy solemnity of a hidden grotto. A loose doorjamb swings pendular in the breeze before the encroaching vegetation. A storm-crumpled beach chair is embedded in the straggling limbs of a bougainvillea, itself nearly swallowed by the strangling vines.

Like the cavernous halls of the Natural History Museum, this too is a good place to contemplate the essential nature of the bottlenose. Or, perhaps better, this is a good place to dismiss the very idea of such an essence. Ruins have always been helpful this way, since they are so candid about the passage of time, so articulate about the inevitability of change.

There are, in the end, no fixed definitions, only histories; no essences, only genealogies. As Thoreauvian beasts of burden, the dolphins have certainly done their share of heavy lifting. Apparently the whole thing has gotten bogged down in an environmental controversy, owing to the discovery of a few endangered Caribbean tree boas on the property. Et in Arcadia ego. Congratulations on a fine article, but I wonder from the above paragraph, do you think that the sounds of humpbacks are more whines and squeals than they are music? Are all the people who were so moved when they heard these sounds misguided and misinformed?

Looking forward to the whole book! I found this article to be utterly fascinating, not least because of its literary style. I agree that Lilly opened up new awareness and appreciation for cetaceans and can be credited for much of the activism to protect them. Yes, Lilly was obviously a complex character, a little too far out even in his own time, but it often seems to take extreme measures to break through encrusted cultural conditioning, and Lilly definitely did break through.

His influence persists in benign ways and we should be grateful. I love the latter, though, and wonder why. How did I come to absorb their influence in a particular way and not another? Our interpretations bubble up like underwater exhalations, but there seems no alternative for groping our way forward. I read thoroughly of John Lilly and Alan Watts in the 60s. I would guess the whales are waiting also. As always, great good fun reading your prose, Graham.

So in the end, his contributions to cetology were disavowed by both his military-funded colleagues and their antagonists. That way your ideas will be classified more as homage than plagiarism.

Just a few quick thoughts. I make these arguments at greater length in the book I have coming out on science and whales in the twentieth century. I discussed the book in an earlier draft of this essay and that section fell out in edits. Many thanks for the other comments and especially the correction! I am just a simple person who has been priviledged to swim amoung wild ocean dolphins for the last 8 years.

To determine the intelligence of these amazing animals is more than studying them outside of their natural enviroment, more than one brief encounter in the open ocean. To truly understand their magnificence requires swimming in the wild open ocean on their terms, in their time, by their demands. Excellent research and writing. As I read the article I could not help but recall the presence of cetaceans in mythology and theology across time and cultures.

If John C. Lilly had not come a long, I am still under the impression the ripple effects would have occurred at a different time through a similar or different discovery. An obsession that seems rooted in and overlapping with his dolphin work. I wonder where in the timeline his ketamine spelunking begins to influence his dolphin theories?

His encounters with extraterrestrials was probably the last straw. And the more grounded yet still visionary work that they produce reflects that. Discussions of consciousness can be far-ranging and very inclusive — as if a large group of buddhists had decided to dedicate themselves to science. I assembled Mind In The Waters in after having traveled around Europe and the US raising support for a moratorium on commercial whaling. Burnett phone me and his primary purpose was to get me to agree that Lilly was the motivator of what was to become an international campaign to save whales and dolphins from exploitation and hunting.

Burnett, so I somewhat confirmed his opinions. He is irrelevant to the conversation, which should be about the animals and not the folks who wish to exploit them. In Sherry Stringfield's return appearance in the series finale, however, Susan mentioned that she was dating again, suggesting that she and Chuck were no longer together. He has given the ER some comic relief and appears to be good friends with desk clerks Frank Martin and Jerry Markovic , to whom Malik once played a joke on, during his birthday surprise party.

It's also revealed that he gets very little pay despite his experience and for this does not protest his hours getting cut. In the episode where all the nurses strike Malik continues to work and states that he doesn't have to worry because it doesn't get much cheaper than an LPN, so he was safe. He was good friends with Abby Lockhart, having worked with her during her years as an ER nurse. Conni Oligario was a nurse in the ER since the first season in until when she was fired during the reign of terror by ER chief Robert Romano in season Conni and fellow nurses Lydia and Yosh protest their treatment and ask chief nurse Abby Lockhart to talk to Romano about it.

When Abby is unable to address Romano, the three nurses are replaced and each given a days suspension. Eve Peyton, Ph. Victor Clemente. Her abrasive and unpleasant personality became especially clear when she forced Samantha Taggart to fire Haleh. Eventually, Eve herself was fired on Christmas Eve for punching a drunk patient who mocked some blind children and pouring urine on him.

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She has the skills of a doctor in medicine but does not hold a license to practice as one. An example of this is when she shows to have more knowledge of drugs, procedures, and emergency medical care than most residents and students. She has also been better at performing emergency procedures than most residents and medical students.

She also enforces most physicians and senior nurses to teach inexperienced hospital doctors, students, and nurses, and is a staunch defender of nurses' rights. But she also had a hostile attitude towards most if not all of her working ER nurse staff; nearly all the doctors apart from Weaver instantly disliked her, and many of the nurses eventually began to turn against her.

Sam Taggart was the only one who became friends with Eve, yet Eve made sure to label Sam "Judas" after her dismissal, leading Sam to simply watch Eve leave the ER forever in silent sadness. Eve was portrayed by Kristen Johnston. Shirley is a female surgery nurse usually seen either in the theatre or just outside, informing the surgeons about matters that are needed for instance Romano or Corday receiving phone calls. She is also often seen at the surgical level front desk, informing people of whatever information she has received from the hospital's doctors. Being a surgery nurse she is rarely seen down in the ER or Trauma rooms, but more in the OR, so she is usually seen working with doctors such as Elizabeth Corday or Peter Benton rather than doctors such as John Carter or Kerry Weaver and other staff nurses such as Chuny or Haleh.

Takata's character is Japanese, gay , and a convert to Judaism. He was hired in the episode "Freak Show," the same day that Jeanie Boulet was to be fired by Kerry Weaver due to budgeting. Takata's hiring, however, cast doubt in Boulet's mind about whether budget issues had really caused her layoff. Romano during hospital staffing cuts and did not return to the show. Lydia Wright-Grabarsky was the second character to be introduced in the pilot episode of the ER.

She is seen waking up Mark Greene. She was a very experienced nurse and had developed some remarkable skills, including the ability to very accurately diagnose a patient's blood alcohol level simply from smelling their breath. She gets married to police officer Alfred Grabarsky in season 3. They get married in the Emergency departments waiting area.

Lydia appears for the next-to-last time in when Dr Romano decides to cut senior nurses for cheaper labor. Lydia, along with Conni and Yosh were fired after protesting their reduced schedules. Lydia returned in the series finale. She explains that she has been working nights so she can babysit her grandchildren.

The character is portrayed by Kristin Minter. A good looking assertive woman, Randi is not afraid to get her hands dirty or deal with hostile patients. Weaver 's crutch after he has knocked down both Weaver and Jeanie Boulet. In that same episode it is revealed that she is on probation when Randi casually refers to her parole officer.


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This comment leads to a great deal of speculation among the staff about what she went to prison for, including a betting pool. It is ultimately revealed by Randi that she went to jail for "malicious mischief, assault, battery, carrying a concealed weapon, and aggravated mayhem. Randi is a bit of a rebel and is often seen wearing unprofessional attire more suitable to a club than an ER.

Some of her clothes are designed and made by herself, and she attempts to market them under the label "Randi wear". When Weaver confronts her about her wardrobe, Randi replies that she is dressing more conservatively than normal; a revelation which leaves Weaver uncharacteristically speechless. She continues to get away with wearing whatever she wants throughout her many years of service in the ER.

Later in season 5, Randi actually helps Weaver put together an outfit for her interview for the position of Chief of Emergency Medicine. During season 6 Randi punches an extremely obnoxious man who sets off the fire alarm causing chaos in the ER in order to get attention as he has a migraine. She is last seen in the Season 10 episode "Shifts Happen" dancing to hip hop music at the front desk with Dr. Pratt at AM. Her departure from the ER staff was never mentioned or explained.

Her interview with Mark Greene and Carol Hathaway does not go well as she appears very emotional and somewhat unreliable and inexperienced given her work history. She has also forgotten her references. Cynthia waits until Mark has finished work and asks if she can talk about the job.

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In talking with her, Mark discovers that she is new to Chicago and feels sympathy for a lost soul in a new city. He invites her to get some coffee and, having made a personal connection with her, gives Cynthia the job without discussing it with Carol. Mark's decision to hire Cynthia is met with some hostility and her inexperience leads to some initial problems at the ER. Friction develops between Cynthia and some members of the ER staff, particularly Carol who did not want her to be hired in the first place and lashes out at Cynthia whenever she does anything wrong which is fairly frequent.

Meanwhile, Mark and Cynthia continue to develop a friendship and eventually end up in a relationship together. Their relationship, however, is somewhat dysfunctional as Mark is just having some fun after his recent emotional traumas and Cynthia is truly in love with Mark. When Mark's mother becomes seriously ill, Mark goes to California to be with his parents. Uninvited, Cynthia decides to surprise Mark by going out to California to support him and his family. She is surprised to find Mark annoyed by her arrival, which causes awkwardness between them.

Mark ultimately admits to Cynthia that he is not in love with her, and upset, Cynthia returns to Chicago. On returning to Chicago, Mark finds that Cynthia has quit her job without leaving a forwarding address. Unhappy with how things ended, Mark uses his doctor status to find Cynthia's new address. He goes to her new apartment to apologize and return some of her possessions.

He is surprised to see she has regained custody of her young son, and when he tries to make amends and resume their relationship, she is kind but firm in stating "You don't love me. I deserve better" and getting him to leave, politely but permanently. The character was portrayed by Abraham Benrubi. Jerry was comic relief on the series. The character was mostly seen playing jokes on other staff members, organizing parties and celebrations, trying to make money on the side via various get-rich-quick schemes and making humorous remarks.

During the fourth season, Jerry accidentally blew up an ambulance with a grenade launcher; this led to a suspension from day turns by Kerry Weaver , thus Jerry was forced to attend at nights, but he would get his job back on days later that season. Jerry was last seen at the end of season 5. To date, there has been no official explanation for the character's absence during that period, not even from Benrubi himself.

Because of his great height and girth, Jerry is also used as a bouncer if patients or customers become aggressive, although he claims he avoids violence and generally has a gentle nature. It was not until season 8 that Jerry was called back to work after members of the staff became sick. When asked about where he's been for the past three years, he replied that he had been in "retirement. Jerry and Frank received a warning from Dr. Weaver, and since then Jerry and Frank seemed to be getting along better, and later became friends, as shown when Frank suffered a heart attack, a fact that really concerned Jerry.

Equally, Frank was deeply affected when Jerry was shot in the 12th-season finale. Jerry's mother is introduced in the first episode of season 13 when her son was treated by some members of the staff after he was shot by Samantha Taggart 's ex-boyfriend Steve Curtis, who went on a rampage in the emergency room in season 12's finale.

During the assault, Jerry was shot while protecting a boy. Jerry's mother reveals to Archie Morris that she applied to Harvard four times for him, but he was never able to make it into college, and complains about Jerry's paycheck. Jerry ultimately survives the surgery, but was never seen again in the ER.

In an episode during the 14th season, Frank remarks that Jerry officially quit and is now "slinging beers in Alaska," a reference to Benrubi's character Ben Tomasson in the ABC television series Men in Trees. The character of Jerry's mother was played by Seinfeld's Estelle Harris in "Bloodline," but she also appeared in a long shot in "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," berating him for using her trashcans to trap a kangaroo on the loose.

The episode was also one of the last episodes to show Jerry smoking a cigar. Although he has not had any luck getting a job, he is presumably re-hired at County General because Dr. Banfield needs someone to cover for Frank, who is under the influence of marijuana-laced brownies. He is seen in the "Dream Runner" episode and it is assumed that he has his old desk clerk job back. Jerry is single and there was no mention of him being married or having a girlfriend, although at the beginning of "The Gallant Hero and the Tragic Victor," he turns down Dr Clemente's John Leguizamo offer of a beer because he's meeting a "lady friend.

Carter, call me. In the episode, "Blame It on the Rain," it is revealed that Jerry is deathly afraid of thunderstorms—mainly because he has been hit by lightning on several previous occasions, a fact that everyone in the ER knows but Kerry Weaver, who sent him out in a storm to get a gift for her son Henry's birthday.

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He returns several hours later, dazed and holding a scorched paper bag. Frank asks him, "You got hit by lightning again, didn't you? At first Kerry does not believe him, but Jerry finally manages to get out the words, "Here's your change," then hands her a bunch of coins that have been fused together. Needless to say, she's thoroughly convinced. In a 12th-season episode, it is revealed that Jerry is also fluent in American Sign Language, when he is asked to interpret for a boy who was trying to bring a drugged girl to the ER and wound up being assaulted due to a misinterpretation by the police.

Up until the third season, Jerry was a cigar smoker as was Benrubi himself, although it is not known if he still smokes , but after the episode "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the character was not seen smoking again. Jerry's age has never been given on the show, although it is presumed that he is the same age as Benrubi himself in his late 30s , although when he returned after three seasons, Jerry's hair and goatee are gray, so it is possible he could be older.

Francis "Frank" Martin first appeared as a police officer who was shot in his foot in the first episode of the show. He was Dr. Carter's first patient and then as a desk clerk in the Season 6 episode "Such Sweet Sorrow," temporarily replacing Jerry Markovic. Troy Evans , the actor who portrays Frank, had previously made a guest star appearance in the pilot episode "24 Hours" as a character named "Officer Martin. Frank exhibited a more traditionalist, conservative, law and order type of philosophy that often put him at odds with some of his more liberal co-workers, especially in matters of sex outside marriage; when giving the expecting Abby Lockhart a gift basket, he remarked, 'That's for you and the little bastard".

He ran background checks on patients in order to help the police round up criminals which earned him the anger of Kerry Weaver , opposed giving medical care to illegal immigrants, and attempted to beat up a homeless man with a stick. He was almost as overtly racist and bigoted as Dr.

Romano; his statements about women, minorities, gays, lesbians, and the indigent were often politically incorrect and deeply insensitive. However, unlike Romano, Frank was a generation out of step and eventually his attitude began to mellow; in later seasons, very few of his inappropriate comments had real malice attached to them. When asked for information by the staff and sometimes patients, if their requests seem unreasonable Frank typically gave a very sarcastic response, then only sometimes refers them to what they need.

Despite his attitude, most of the doctors and nurses regarded him with a mixture of affection and exasperation- especially Neela Rasgotra and Luka Kovac, both of whom are non-American nationality and thus put up with Frank's insults often. Frank also tends to show a bit more patience and concern around children, and when a ten-year-old girl who had been kidnapped and raped for months died from gunshot wounds in the ER Season 12 even Frank was too appalled to say anything witty.

When Jerry came back to work, he and Frank fought over politics, eventually coming to blows and injuring Dr. Chen by accident. She prevented Weaver from suspending them by claiming that she tripped and hurt herself, then ordered Jerry and Frank to agree to learn to work together. In the Season 10 episode "Forgive and Forget," Frank suffered a heart attack while at work. Ironically, his life was saved primarily by two minority staffers: English-Indian medical student Neela Rasgotra , who found him collapsed on the floor; and African American Dr. Greg Pratt , who successfully performed a life-saving procedure on Frank, using a syringe to remove blood that had accumulated around his heart.

This episode also revealed that Frank was not only a former police officer, but also a Vietnam War veteran with high regard for his fellow soldiers, a loving husband, and a devoted father to a developmentally disabled daughter. All this offered a more complex illustration of his life and contradicted his workplace reputation as an elderly grouch. It was also more or less confirmed that Frank was indeed the same Officer Martin who shot himself in the foot in the show's debut. Following the heart attack, Frank remained predictably cantankerous, though in some ways the character seemed to become a nicer man—particularly to Neela and Pratt.

Upon Neela's departure from County in the Season 15 episode "Shifting Equilibrium," Frank threw her an elaborate farewell party that focused on Neela's Indian heritage. Despite his personality, he does show a deep liking to other doctors, such as Archie Morris and John Carter. He spoke in defense of Morris to Banfield, explaining Pratt's death affected him harder than most.

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He welcomed Carter back when he returned with a pregnant Kem, and wished him good luck in him getting his kidney transplant. Timmy was one of the many special County General ER staff members that was in the show's 2-hour pilot episode. Halfway into the show's first season he disappeared without any explanation. Years later in season 13 he was brought back into the show and resumed his position as a desk clerk on the staff of County General's ER.

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It was explained in his return to the show in season 13 as to why he left County he said it was because he had felt trapped at in Chicago and needed to do something new, so he left to travel the world. Later in the season he went on a cruise with Charge Nurse Samantha Taggart's grandmother Gracie and even though the cruise was only supposed to last 1 week they ended up gone for 2 months which he explained was because they went to Singapore and they also later got stuck at the Cambodian border.

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Views Read Edit View history. He is different from the other men that she has encountered and she is very curious to find out more about him. Torren is a victim of loneliness as well.

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He longs to have companionship in his life once again and will do anything to get it. Awakening is a fast paced, well written book that engages the reader right from the very beginning. It has an intriguing story that takes some shocking twists and turns that will leave you wanting more and luckily, there is a second and third book in this series!

I received a copy of Awakening in exchange for my review. Lilly's mother died 2 years ago at the hands of James Derrick, something that Lilly has never been able to forget. Her father, Hugh is determined to set her up with someone of the right social status, but Lilly doesn't want that, and gets engaged to Ethan as a way of putting her finger up at him. But then she meets Torren, a mysterious man who she feels instantly attracted to, with things going down hill with Ethan, Lilly can't help but want answers to the questions she has about the mysterious Torren, even if those answers do scare her.

I was gutted when Awakening ended, I wanted to keep reading and find out more about Lilly and Torren, not just for their relationship but for the other things as well. Particularly because Lilly does seem to have an interesting violent streak, which taken in conjunction with some of the other central pieces of the plot could end up with a very interesting story arc.

There were several minor characters in Awakening as well as Lilly and Torren, though some of those, such as Lilly's father Hugh, weren't expanded on nearly as much as most such as Lilly's mother, Charlotte, who was dead for the entire book. This did mean that the final scene of the book lost a bit of its emotional punch, but there was still enough of a back story for it to work.

Lilly got into sexual situations with two characters in the book; Ethan and Torren. The whole point of her relationship with Ethan was it being methodical and a routine, and the author did try and convey that in the sex scenes between Lilly and Ethan. And I think that she managed, there was no chemistry or excitement between the two of them, unlike between Torren and Lilly, where even the smallest act seemed to be full of that fizz of attraction.

Awakening is a short read, but I would definitely recommend it, I was hooked til the very end and definitely want to read more! And ripe for change? Her writing is crisp, her attention to detail is admirable, and her characters are strong. And for the guys out there, Grey also offers a not-so-subtle PSA: Never surprise a woman in the kitchen.

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My bet is that Lilly Frank would suggest you stick to the apple pie. Jeanie Grey has empowered the read and lover or Vampire Romance to step beyond the shadows and into the light. A truly fantastic read for those who love a good hero tale and a great Romance story. This one is filled with passion and respect for both a lover, and fearful girl who misses her mother and a woman, set on a revenge she didn't know she was seeking. Lilly's "routine" is a subconscious plan to find the man who murdered her mother and take out a revenge on him that she didn't know she was Jeanie Grey has empowered the read and lover or Vampire Romance to step beyond the shadows and into the light.

Lilly's "routine" is a subconscious plan to find the man who murdered her mother and take out a revenge on him that she didn't know she was harboring. Two years in the making, she has been working toward loosing her fear and frailty so as to never become the victim herself. She wants to be tough, to keep her predictable routine, to live her life. As with everyone's plans, something steps in Lilly's life will never be the same again.

She now has no doubt that the man who has found her, knows her inner thoughts and desires and his one mission is to let them all out; let the little demons out to play. A riveting read from a talented and passionate writer. I eagerly look forward to the next installment of Awakening.

View 1 comment. I received an eARC copy of this book in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the sadness, the humor, romance, and the suspense of the story. I would have never guessed this to have been the author's debut book, because of how well written it was and the magic that I felt come out of the pages. It's a MUST read ya that will tear at your heart strings and pull you into the story and keep you entertained from beginning to end. I fell in love with the characters a I received an eARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I fell in love with the characters and loved every minute of the story. What a cliffhanger!! Lily is a strong independent woman who lost her mother and Torren is a oh so hot Vampire. When the meet Lilys father suggests she take him out. Little dies Lily know but, Torren asked to be set up! Torren gives Lily some shocking news!! Oh you must read it to find out what happened!! Fabulous Novella!!! Pure entertainment from start to finish, Awakening grabbed my attention and kept it. I agree wholeheartedly with the other reviewers who rave -- this has all the right ingredients for a fun, suspenseful, romance-rich adventure.

Good Good worth a read, but too short. I'd rather not read a bunch of pg things. It's irritating and only for money. Loved this vampire romance. And lives in a type of suspended reality watching the world around her revolve while she attempts to get through each day. Then she meets Terron and her life is turned upside down yet again. Terron is a force of nature in Lilly's life, one she can't ignore. With his help she pulls herself out of the self inflicted limbo she has been living in. So I enjoyed the second half of the book. Fast and easy read, read it in one sitting.