Thursday, December 16, 2010

Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter

(Alien Huntress #2)
by Gena Showalter

STOP RIGHT HERE if you haven't read the first book in the series and don't want spoilers!




Eden Black walks among humans, protecting them from the murderous evil of other-worlders who abdust 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, Lucious 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, Lucious 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.

My Review
Enslave Me Sweetly is the second book in Gena Showalter's fantastic Alien Huntress series. Set in the same futuristic world as Awaken Me Darkly, this story takes part in a different area of the United States and within a different government organization, so it is able to stand on its own. Eden Black is an assassin for a company owned by her adoptive father, Michael, that operates even farther outside of the law than A.I.R. The government turns to Michael's company when they need an alien assassinated "accidentally." Eden is one of Michael's top operatives. When she is sent after a slave trader and fails to kill him, Eden is crushed. What's worse is that her father assigns her a partner - sexy, smoldering, stubborn Lucious Adaire. It's clearly a sign that her father no longer trusts her to get the job done, and Eden is determined to prove her worth. But the farther along they get in this case, the closer Eden and Lucious become . . . and their priorities are no longer quite so defined.

I didn't like this story quite as much as the first one, but that was probably because I expected (through no one's fault but my own) to read about someone connected to Mia and her A.I.R. team. However, Eden and Lucious were both fantastic characters. I also really enjoyed the first person point of view, same as in the first book, because it allows the reader to better get into the main character's head without outside input. I think it allows for a much greater level of suspense, because if the MC doesn't know what's going on, then you don't either. Another great aspect of this book is that it furthers the mythology of the series, and we gain a greater understanding of the world the series is set in. The world-building was well-balanced against the general plot, so it was neither over- or under-whelming. Many authors seem to have a tough time handling that balance, so this was a pleasant surprise. The secondary characters were all multi-dimensional, another pleasant surprise. I have read two of Showalter's other series (Intertwined and Tales of an Extraordinary Girl), and she excels in whatever she writes. Can't wait to start on the next installment!

Gena Showalter is also the author of the Lords of the Underworld, AtlantisTales of an Extraordinary Girl, and Intertwined series.

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