Gena Showalter

TABT: The Darkest Night, by Gena Showalter

 

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past.  To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own.  Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments…and ignites an irresistible passion.  But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love…  Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive—and unimaginably powerful . . .

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Um, wow.  Just wow.  I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book (thanks, Gena!!) and zowie, I’m glad I got the sneak peek.  Darkest Night is comparable to Showalter’s Berkley books…it’s dark, moody and over-the-top sensual.  The worldbuilding and set-up for future books is simply awesome.  Not to say that it takes away from the main story of this book…not at all.  The secondary characters are absolutely necessary to the plot, and all darkly sensual in their own right.  Ashlyn and Maddox are supremely hot together…and I’ve gotta say, the cover shot of Maddox’s back…oh la la.  I kept picturing it every time I go to one of his scenes, or in Ashlyn’s head when she was thinking of him.  I can’t recommend this one enough folks…I’ll bet you’ll be just like me…preordering the rest of the series as soon as you finish this one!

TABT…Savor Me Slowly, by Gena Showalter

 Mishka Le’Ace was created to be an undercover operative…literally.  Her beautiful body has been mechanically augmented to give her superhuman strength-strength she’s going to need.  Her latest mission sends to rescue Alien Investigation and Removal agent Jaxon Tremain from torture and death.  With him, she discovers a passion unlike any other.  A passion she was forbidden to know…  From the moment they meet in a darkened cell, Jaxon craves her touch.  But the machine half of Le’Ace forces her to do things she doesn’t always want to do.  Even betray him…and ultimately destroy him.  Now Jaxon must battle the man controlling Le’Ace, and even Le’Ace herself, to at last claim the woman he’s come to love.

I have to say, I totally prefer Showalter’s darker books to her HQN fare.  While the others are fun, her Berkeley books go much deeper, and because of that, resonate much more fully with me, as a reader.  Both Mishka and Jaxon are placed in an untenable position…they want each other, and realize that they may be the perfect complement to the other, but forces outside their control hold all the cards, and there doesn’t seem to be a damned thing they can do about it.  The aliens in this book made for a great additional layer to the plot, and the romance between Mishka and Jaxon is hot, and hauntingly realistic. I can’t wait to read Showalter’s next Berkeley offering!