Type: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: Sent
The breathtaking first novel in New York Times best selling author Gena Showalter’s new paranormal romance series, Otherworld Assassins, featuring a black ops agent who is captured and enslaved…and the beautiful deaf girl who holds the key to his salvation…
THE SWEETEST TEMPTATION…
Black ops agent Solomon Judah awakens caged and bound in a twisted zoo where otherworlders are the main attraction. Vika Lukas, the owner’s daughter, is tasked with Solo’s care and feeding. The monster inside him yearns to kill her on sight, even though she holds the key to his escape. But the human side of him realizes the beautiful deaf girl is more than she seems—she’s his.
THE ULTIMATE PRICE…
Vika endures the captives’ taunts and loathing, hoping to keep them alive even if she can’t free them. Only, Solo is different—he protects her. But as hostility turns to forbidden romance, his feelings for her will be used against him…and he’ll be put to a killer test.
As a first book in the series I found myself not able to get into the story line, which is rare for me. I usually love the first book because the author starts world building and it immerses me in information that my head can wrap itself around and visualize. At the end of Last Kiss Goodnight I found myself unable to like or dislike. The book was okay and it had all the prerequisites that I usually need to love something but at the end all I felt was “meh”
Showalter spends a great deal of energy painting Vika as the villain in her fathers paranormal circus. At least in the eyes of the captives. What they fail to see is that she has no choice and that her abusive father controls her every move making it difficult for her to help them. She does what she can and attempts to make them comfortable but their fear and hostility cause them to be reactive and threaten her daily. Her father’s newest captive, a being she has never seen before, is no exception and the battered male regards her with such intensive rage she is instantly afraid and intrigued by him.
Solo is intensely aware of the striking female but as part of the circus that has imprisoned him, he can show her no mercy. Until she shows him some that is. Her patience and almost sad quality entice him to look deeper into her bruised personality. Keeping her safe suddenly becomes just as important as finding out who sold him and where his friends are.
I found both characters of Vika and Solo to be great on their own. However, together I found they missed the mark because I never felt the passion Showalter was trying to convey. I never got on board with them being together. Part of this was because they didn’t actually cave into their feelings until much further along in the book and while there was tension, nothing actually happened till towards the end. I felt for Vika at the hands of her brutally abusive father but I felt Solo could have been much more alpha and protective then he was. I wanted him to escape much earlier then he did but the wordiness of the book slowed everything down.
Vika is limited somewhat limited because she is deaf, a condition her father brought upon her in a fit of rage. She never let it get to hamper her daily duties and while she did hide it from the captives in fear they would use it against her, she found ways to overcome it and thwart her fathers attempts to beat her down. I found her strength is what gave me reason to like her.
The black ops angle was what interested me the most. I want to find out what happened to Solo’s friends the night he was sold and enslaved. The short span of time the reader is introduced to them promises an array of different males each with their own flawed personality.
Last Kiss Goodnight failed to excite me but I still feel that for an opening book it did okay. It does provide an introduction into a world I hope will just get better with time.
I give Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter 3 stars!