"TEMPT ME ETERNALLY" by Gena Showalter
in the Deep Kiss of Winter anthology
Series: Alien Huntress #4.5
Simon & Schuster: Pocket Books
Released: October 13, 2009
Page Count: 436
Rating: Liked it
Aleaha Love can be anyone - literally. With only skin-to-skin contact, she can change her appearance, assume any identity. Her newest identity switch has made her an AIR (alien investigation and removal) agent and sends her on a mission to capture a group of otherworldly warriors. Only she becomes the captured. Breean, a golden-skinned commander known for his iron will who is at once dangerous and soul-shatteringly seductive, threatens her new life. Because for the first time, Aleaha only wants to be herself . . .
Note: I am only reviewing Gena Showalter's story. I love Kresley Cole's series but am not far enough along in it to read this story just yet.
I wish I had read this before reading Seduce the Darkness, as this is essentially the backstory for Aleaha and Breean, who first appear in that book. (It doesn't seriously detract from the reading experience, but I am a stickler for reading everything in order. My friends like to point out that my initials stand for "anal retentive.") Breean was probably my favorite part of this book, because not only was his character hot as all get out, but he also gave a great insight into why the aliens were coming to earth. A lot - though certainly not all - of the intrigue surrounding the virus is finally explained. Breean and Aleaha work well together as a couple, and it was lovely to witness Breean make Aleaha accept herself for who she is, not who she can become.