Thursday, 10 January 2013

Review: The Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter

Last Kiss Goodnight
Series: Otherworld Assassin #1
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, Adult
Release Date: December 26th 2012
Pages:  353
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased


Reason chosen: Because it’s Gena Showalter

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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…

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.


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.


I did really enjoy the romance in this novel, and how both characters saved each other (one by allowing other to tame the wild beast within, and the other being pushed to show their true self and become stronger). I knew this book was going to be good from the start because not only is it Gena Showalter but because I cried in the prologue! Oh, yeah it as emotional, traumatic, and just heart breaking in general while reading those first couple of pages. Now, I have to warn you that this book is more along the lines of fantasy in my opinion and it is not a genre I am overly familiar with. I had concerns about having to the Alien Huntress series to understand this novel, and although it would have been nice and probably would have cleared some things up, it is still not necessary. But, there were some things I didn’t quite understand like how her father became the person he is from the loving father he use to be. I get that it had to do with inheriting the circus and using dark magic, but I felt there were still some things left unexplained, as well as how people other than Solo were able to see X and Mr. E. There were somewhat explained, but again I felt there could have been more. This also could simply be either because I was missing the background info or because it’s s fantasy novel and not my “field of expertise”. No matter what I can still recognize a good story. I liked the characters, they were along the lines of Beauty and the Beast style except he was not holding her captive. I liked Vika whose idea of planning her escape properly by suffering for a while until she could get the money she needed to secure her escape and new life. It seemed very smart to me, unlike some characters that would just leave and then luck happens to provide for them. I also liked the Alpha-Male and insecure Solo who believed that he was just as ugly on the inside as the outside, but was a little weary about his falling in love with Vika at first sight, even though he tries to hide it by asserting his dominance.  Although there were some fantasy aspects of this book that threw me for the loop I still saw the beauty that was Gena Showalter’s writing and the epic tale of salvation through love that had my fingers crossed for these two lovers from separate worlds.


Vika—She seems sensible. She wants to be independent, and secured based off her own means so that she can never be hurt of disappointed a again

Solo—the Alpha male “Beast” of the story, whom I could never seen as anything other than handsome and awesome.


There are some parts of the novel that could have been explained better or elaborated on more to get a better picture of the characters and the worlds they come from. I also would have like some background info that was probably provided in the Alien Huntress novels re-stated (maybe mildly) in this novel.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the story was enjoyable. There were some moments when I found the fantasy aspect of the novel interesting and like it brought something new to the story. The writing was easy to follow even when the story sometimes was not, and the story overall was pretty serious with minimal humour. Although the novel may have been out of my comfort zone I am happy that I took the step outside and read the novel. Gena Showalter still has not disappointed me, and has taken me on a romance of many worlds that was a cross between Romeo and Juliet, and Beauty and the Beast, and officially has be eyeing her other series hoping to get some of the same good stuff I’ve seen in this novel.

Next in the Series:

Untitled (#2) ETA: November 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of adult fantasy and/or adult paranormal romance than this is a book you’ll probably want to read.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

The Cat’s Meow by Stacey Kennedy, Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs, How Beauty Met the Beast by Jax Garren, Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George, Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

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Twitter: @genashowalter


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