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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Book Review: Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Otherworld Assassin, book 1
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Purchased by reviewer
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Reviewed by: Stephanie
Before he can begin work on his latest case, black ops agent Solomon is attacked and sold to an illegal traveling zoo as the newest attraction. Shackled and caged, Solo devises a plan to escape, one that includes the zoo owner's beautiful daughter. Vika is as much of a prisoner as the alien captives under her care. She dreams of the day she can finally escape her father's abuse and release his prisoners. Solo promises her safety and protection, two things she hasn't felt in so long, in exchange for her aid. She risks punishment even entertaining the idea but when there's a chance of success, Vika puts everything on the line in hopes of being with the man she's come to adore.
Vika has a very caring and resilient spirit. She tried to save her father's prisoners before but it ended disastrously for everyone. Now, she keeps her head down, takes care of the prisoners as best as she can, and plans for the day she can finally escape. Vika has such a big heart for experiencing so much pain and I love her little acts of defiance. She also recognizes Solo's beauty is more than his harsh outer appearance. She may not be the ass-kicking heroine I usually prefer but Vika's feistiness and nurturing ways worked like a charm on me.
Solo uses a combination of the deadly skills he learned as a black ops agent and those he has thanks to his alien race to do whatever is necessary to complete a mission. He's been taunted his whole life over his appearance and is shocked when Vika doesn't seem to notice. The desire and longing he sees in her eyes when she looks at him makes him want things he's never had and throws his do whatever is necessary rule out the window. Solo is a standard tortured hero, powerful with a sad past and thinks he doesn't deserve happiness or the woman he wants more than his next breath. I'm not saying I didn't like him because I'm a sucker for a tortured hero but I think Gena Showalter has given fans better.
This book could have been shorter and I would have liked it more. A spinoff of the Alien Huntress series, Otherworld Assassin follows Michael Black's alien team of special ops and Solomon is the first one up. A lot of time is dedicated to telling how evil Vika's father is and how badly he treats his attractions and daughter. I got the picture not long after the book shifts focus to the zoo but one cruel and demeaning scene after another follows. I think a lot of it could have been cut without diminishing the effect and it wouldn't have felt so drawn out, slowing down the pace.
Though I liked it more than loved it, Last Kiss Goodnight is entertaining with a heroine that work her way into your heart. If you're new to Gena Showalter and have been meaning to try her books out, don't start here. Her Lords of the Underworld series is where you should begin.