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Monday, January 4, 2010

Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter

Series: Alien Huntress - Book Two

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Copyright: 2006

Rating: 4 Crowns

Book Description: Eden Black walks among humans, protecting them from the murderous evil of other-worlders who abduct and enslave. And though she appears to be human herself, Eden is an alien, a Raka, distinguished by her golden hair and skin, and gifted with the ominous ability to kill without remorse -- and with total accuracy. That is, until the fateful night she has one shot to eliminate her target, a human slaver -- and misses.

"Failure" is not in Eden's vocabulary. Neither is "partner" -- but that's what she is forcibly assigned after recovering from her disastrous mission. A sexy, steely-nerved human agent, Lucius Adaire enjoys nothing more than sparking the fury -- and rousing the desire -- of the fiery female assassin too proud to admit defeat. Locked in an assignment they cannot afford to lose, Lucius and Eden find themselves bound in two high-stakes, heart-pounding games: the sensual web of kill or be killed, and the erotic dance of seduction.

Book Review: Gena Showalter is an author who has mastered the art of hooking the reader at the end of a chapter and propelling them into the next. I bought this book on Boxing Day and before I knew it I was well over 100 pages in and putting the other tome of a novel I was reading aside. I think part of the appeal is that the Alien Huntress novels offer something different to the stock standard paranormal romance because they are futuristic and derive from science fiction rather than horror. So if you don't mind a little bit of sci-fi then really give this a go.

Now I know the covers make it look like this is an erotica novel but I can let you know that while the characters are highly sexualised, the actual sex scenes won't curl your hair. They're well written and very good but don't seem to justify all the lingerie on the cover - the book is much more charcter driven then that. In fact I'm pretty sure there are only two love scenes all up...and the author makes you wait for them.

The characters in this novel - Eden and Lucius - are a great match. Admittedly, I don't think they are as memorable as Mia and Kyrin from book one however they're certainly still entertaining. Eden can still handle herself well and doesn't shy away from beating the crap out of anyone who stands in her way, she just isn't as first-class bitch like Mia. I'm not sure this is a book I'll remember the plot of for the rest of my life but I think if I saw it in 10 years I'd remember that I enjoyed it thoroughly (does that make sense?)

Really, this is a great pick for when you're in a reading funk or in between historicals. Gena Showalter will definitely entertain you. I'm looking forward to reading further books in this series. Has anyone read her Darkest series? Thoughts? I'm thinking of progressing to them next!

Princess of the Past


Anonymous said...

Haven't read the Darkest series yet. I had been waiting for book 1(the Darkest Kiss) and just found out that it was actually a standalone and not part of the actual series. So now I can read it! I have read her YA book "Intertwined" which was fabulous. I can't wait for the next one in this series.

Annie - Princess of the Past said...

I've heard Intertwined was very good. It's definitely on my TBR Pile! I'll have to keep an eye on your blog to see what you think of the Darkest series :-)

misskallie2000 said...

New author for me and I like what I read. Will have to add this to me TBR Pile, Why does it keep getting longer and higher....LOL