Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Book Review: Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter

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Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Downtown Press
Series Order: Book 2
Paperback: 306 pages
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Eden Black walks among humans, protecting them from the murderous evil of other-worlders who abduct 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, Lucius 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, Lucius 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.

Overall Rating: 3/5

This series is unique, entertaining, and makes for some quick reading. And really, what's not to like?

Alien assassin? Check.
Female lead who knows how to kick some butt? Check.
Steamy romance? Check.

These books contain pretty much all I ask for in a paranormal romance.

The plot was suspenseful and interesting. The story moves at a perfect pace and definitely causes the "just one more chapter" syndrome. I was sad that it Enslave Me Sweetly doesn't have a strong connection to the Awaken Me Darkly story line, but I quickly got over it once I got caught up in this story line.

One thing that could have made this book a lot better is more relationship development between Eden and Lucius. Even though it's a common theme in romance, I'm still not a fan of the "instant love" thing. Eden looks at Lucius and, even though she "hates" him, immediately wants to sleep with him. For me, her emotions and connection with him were too strong too soon. Throughout the novel, I was rolling my eyes at their banter and at Eden's internal dialogue about how hot he is. I would have liked to see a bit more character development before she became so attracted.

I did like that we got to see more of Michael's character. (He's Eden's boss and adoptive father, for those unfamiliar with the series.) The revelation of his past was predictable, but I did like how Eden reacted to it. I'm definitely looking forward to the next books in the series.