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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter captivates with a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, and a powerful AIR agent consumed by his desire for a woman he can never have. . . .

With one caress, he can give unforgettable pleasure . . . or unending pain. . . .

Hector Dean is shaved, tattooed, and totally ripped—and he has a deadly secret. He is a walking weapon, capable of killing with a single brush of his fingertips. Little wonder he’s determined to remain on his own. But Noelle Tremain is a temptation like no other. She is beautiful and rich, with a party girl smile that hides a shocking vulnerability, and from the beginning his sizzling attraction to her is undeniable. For the first time, his stone-cold resistance is tested. But to be with her, he risks destroying her.

When a wealthy businessman is murdered in New Chicago’s seediest district, the two are partnered, and there’s no escaping what they both want: each other. Yet neither Hector nor Noelle knows what to fear more—the killer case, or their own lethal desires. . . .

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GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and national bestselling author of more than twenty novels in a wide range of genres, including her acclaimed Alien Huntress series for Pocket Books: Awaken Me Darkly, Enslave Me Sweetly, Savor Me Slowly, Seduce the Darkness, and Ecstasy in Darkness.  Her fiction has appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen and has been nominated for a prestigious RITA, as well as the National Reader’s Choic

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nrlymrtl, October 1, 2014 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
Note: Even though this is Book 6, it works fine as a stand alone.

Our two heroes of the story, Noelle Tremain & Hector Dean, each have deep, dark secrets and these secrets keep them separated for much of the book. They first meet at AIR (an acronym for the organization that hunts down misbehaving aliens on Earth) boot camp �" Noelle is a trainee not expected to graduate and Dean is a bald, badass instructor who gives her no quarter. While we get a little time at boot camp, the story then jumps ahead several months to where Noelle is graduated, badged, and on the streets kicking ass. A prominent businessman dies in a nasty fashion and Noelle and Hector are paired up to fight evil, the kind of evil trafficking in slaves.

This was another fun romp in the Alien Huntress series. The bad guys deserved a messy end, the good guys were sassy and dedicated, the tech was fun, and the sex scenes were sizzling. For much of the book, Noelle and her gal pal Eva provide plenty of snarky comedic relief. Everyone needs a friend like Eva who will tell you when you’re an idiot and threaten to smash the face in of anyone else who says it. Plus, she’s rather petite and travels well in a duffel bag. ;)

Hector Dean has plenty of hang ups. His childhood was pretty gritty and he carries the guilt of having killed other children when he lashed out in pain, anger, and despair as a kid himself. Oh, and he has very sensitive arms. Yes, he has this wee little issue of setting things ablaze and turning people to ash whenever he feels a strong emotion, such as anger, fear, arousal. So he hasn’t really made time with the fairer sex. For years now I have believed that male virginity was a highly under rated quality in our society and I very much enjoyed how Showalter employed this aspect of Dean’s character.

Noelle comes from a rich family, and one that has dismissed her as frivolous and useless (except as a trophy daughter) for years. Her decision to become an AIR agent and work for a living, of course, deeply embarrasses much of her family. She too has her secrets and one of them concerns her ability to withstand painful torture with a smile and snarky remark.

The plot was fun, with Dean & Tremain closing in on the slavers, and then losing them again, only to come close yet again. In fact, it somewhat mirrored their own burgeoning relationship. As one moves forward, the other pulls away, and so forth. The draw between the two is palpable, creating plenty of tension for the reader. My one little criticism concerns Hector and his supposed lack of creativity when it comes to having sex without using his hands or arms. Let’s say Hector started thinking about girls when he was 15 and let’s say he is in his mid-20s for this book. Well, he’s had 10+ years to consider how to pleasure a woman and/or himself. Yet, he is rather daunted by how to go about this in the book, at first at least. He’s a planner, always considering possibilities, so I would think that he would have imagined how to get to business. And if he couldn’t imagine it, well there are plenty of videos out there.

But once we finally get Noelle and Hector locked in a room together, sparks do fly. Don’t worry readers, Showalter doesn’t leave you feeling unsatisfied with this book.

What I Liked: Cool fancy tech; aliens and their powers; the sexual tension between the main characters; Eva’s stalwart friendship; the sex scenes.

What I Disliked: It was a little unbelievable that Hector had not figured out how to do the deed without using his hands and arms; the image on the cover seems to have odd proportions to me, especially in the upper arm to lower arm ratio.
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ISBN:
9781439175781
Author:
Showalter, Gena
Publisher:
Pocket Star Books
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Romance - Paranormal
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Gena showalter alien huntress series; Gena showalter book list in order; Gena showalter lords of the underworld; Gena showalter angels of the dark; Best paranormal romance; Bestselling paranormal romance; Kresley cole immortals after dark series; J.R. war
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Gena showalter alien huntress series; Gena showalter book list in order; Gena showalter lords of the underworld; Gena showalter angels of the dark; Best paranormal romance; Bestselling paranormal romance; Kresley cole immortals after dark series; J.R. war
Subject:
Gena showalter alien huntress series; Gena showalter book list in order; Gena showalter lords of the underworld; Gena showalter angels of the dark; Best paranormal romance; Bestselling paranormal romance; Kresley cole immortals after dark series; J.R. war
Subject:
Gena showalter alien huntress series; Gena showalter book list in order; Gena showalter lords of the underworld; Gena showalter angels of the dark; Best paranormal romance; Bestselling paranormal romance; Kresley cole immortals after dark series; J.R. war
Subject:
Gena showalter alien huntress series; Gena showalter book list in order; Gena showalter lords of the underworld; Gena showalter angels of the dark; Best paranormal romance; Bestselling paranormal romance; Kresley cole immortals after dark series; J.R. war
Subject:
Gena showalter alien huntress series; Gena showalter book list in order; Gena showalter lords of the underworld; Gena showalter angels of the dark; Best paranormal romance; Bestselling paranormal romance; Kresley cole immortals after dark series; J.R. war
Subject:
Gena showalter alien huntress series; Gena showalter book list in order; Gena showalter lords of the underworld; Gena showalter angels of the dark; Best paranormal romance; Bestselling paranormal romance; Kresley cole immortals after dark series; J.R. war
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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