Ecstasy in Darkness

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Ecstasy in Darkness

Alien Huntress Series, #8

I enjoyed this book tremendously. It was refreshing to get a glimpse of each character's personality based solely on phrases. I admit I am a bit leery when to "soap opera serial" books as I'm an impatient reader (can't stand waiting for the next book to come out), but this type of book works well for the format, as I'm eager to read the rest of the books in this "series."

If I had to classify this book, I'd say it's more on the lighhearted (campy, light romance, comedy) than on the dark side. Ms. Showalter did an excellent job tying up all the loose ends (think a juggler with 5-6 objects all in the air). This book reminds me of a Perry Mason Murder in that you know someone's going to die, someone's going to lie, and it all works out in the end. In this case, there's a problem needing fixing, someone's going to make it worse (or it hits a snag), and someone's going to meet her "Mr. Romance." So, it's really a matter of how all this is accomplished, which makes this a truly "stellar" book.

What almost didn't work for this book: one minor point, the one-word sentences (not in the dialogue). It took a few pages for me to grow accustomed to this technique, and it does work well for the book (think extra dimension/flavor). So, if you love vampire books, enjoy problem solving adventures, and quake in your slippers at romances with lots of sexual dialogue, then this is a good book to investigate.

Book Blurb for Ecstasy in Darkness

New York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter enthralls with a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, powers beyond imagining, and a seductive vampire undone by his insatiable hunger for one woman. . . .Growing up poor on New Chicago’s meanest streets, Ava Sans had two options: be the predator or be the prey. No contest. Now, working for Alien Investigation and Removal, she’s been ordered to capture the biggest, baddest warrior of all—a vampire too beautiful to be real, with the abilityto manipulate time. Once the leader of the entire vampire army, McKell has been deemed savage and unstable, spurned even by his own kind.To McKell, humans should be nothing more than sustenance. Yet the petite, golden-skinned Ava is a fascinating contradiction—vicious yet witty, strong yet vulnerable, lethal but fiercely loyal. Against his better judgment, McKell craves that loyalty, and much more. When the chase leads to seduction, McKell and Ava will race to discover the truth about his past. But the answers will come at a price, even for a woman who thought she had nothing left to lose. . . .

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2011 4.50