Type: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Pocket Star
My Copy: Sent
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. . . .
If I were to say one word about Dark Taste Of Rapture it would be, LOVED. LOVED LOVED LOVED! This book was so awesomely awesome it simply knocked my socks clean off. I had not read a full length novel by Gena Showalter and now I’m wondering what the heck I was waiting for?
Dark Taste Of Rapture takes us to a world where humans know of alien existence. In fact they plainly walk around among humans. In true to human form, some are prejudiced against them and some embrace their differences. In this time a police force of sorts has been formed. One specially trained to deal with the alien race. Hector Dean is one of those specially trained. Now he does training of his own at a school built to weed out the potential new hires. Noelle is one of the prettiest new cadets he’s seen yet. She’s also infuriatingly stubborn, sassy and manipulative. For someone he pegged as a sure fire drop out, she’s giving him a run he never expected. Hector has a dark side though, one that he doesn’t reveal to anyone. One that is particularly deadly and Noelle is quickly lighting his fire.
Noelle doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. She’d much rather they think she’s a dumb bimbo when she strikes her blows. Hector though, he sees right through her act to her very soul. He keeps giving her the hot and cold act which leaves her completely confused. Men usually love her….if not for her money then for her supermodel looks. The man is getting her way more hot then she thought possible. He isn’t even her type! His all consuming fire is about to broach the one thing Noelle fears most…her heart.
*Le Sigh* Hector is so hot…literally…no really his arms become fire when he gets emotional. So no sexy sexy for him. Or at least that’s what he has told himself. I found his use of hookers sad…and his thoughts about masturbating (you know, hand of fire would kinda hurt) funny. I mean, it’s a completely valid concern. His one sexual experience ended with his girlfriend dead because his firearm went straight through her. I can see how touching himself might be a bit scary to try. You only have one appendage and it doesn’t grow back. Wouldn’t want to incinerate that right off now would we? Since sexual release seemed to calm him down the hookers came in handy. Hands off approach worked for him until he met Noelle. He immediately connected with her. He wanted her and spent a good chunk of the book convincing himself he didn’t. There is a TON of..I want her…no I don’t….yes I do….. Hector is super “on my god” sexy. At the beginning he had a bald head (which I love) and by the end its glorious dark locks I wanted to grip and hold onto for dear life. Covered in tattoos (drool) and with attitude to spare (sigh). HOT!
I totally loved Noelle too. She had this raw edge to her that just spoke to me. I loved her snarky attitude and her codependent relationship with her best friend. Those two were hilarious together. The underlying love though was very emotional. Since Noelle didn’t really have a stellar family life, Ava was it. They had developed this connection with each other that was unbreakable. Together they were willing to take on the world. Noelle hadn’t even wanted to join the force but since Ava did, she was making it happen. If along the way she found what had always been looking for…well that’s just icing.
Have I said that I loved this book? Heh. I never once got bored reading it. The interactions between the characters was well thought out and it set up the next book in the series. Since the world building was pretty much done in this book (since it’s book 6) I can honestly say it felt complete. I didn’t have a hard time understanding anything and Gena does an excellent job of getting the basics out to the readers that haven’t experienced the series before now. Not once did it feel like an information dump to get readers caught up.
The only thing that I found odd in Dark Taste Of Rapture was the time jump halfway through the book. There is a span of a year where everything seems to happen. Ave and Noelle go through some changes and then the readers are plunked back down in the middle of things. I thought this was a strange thing to do. I understood the meaning but thought it could have easily been reworked so that instead of jumping ahead a year, things could have been sped up when Noelle was in training. There was a ton of time spent on that when there didn’t necessarily have to be.
Dark Taste of Rapture is a book that won’t disappoint. Action, snarkiness and hard bodied men…hmmmmmm Nikki likey! GIVE ME MORE GENA, GIVE ME MORE!
I give Dark Taste Of Rapture by Gena Showalter 5 stars!