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Dark Taste of Rapture (Alien Huntress) [Kindle Edition]

Gena Showalter
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter captivates with a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, and a powerful AIR agent consumed by his desire for a woman he can never have. . . .

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. . . .

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About the Author

GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and national bestselling author of more than twenty novels in a wide range of genres, including her acclaimed Alien Huntress series for Pocket Books: Awaken Me Darkly, Enslave Me Sweetly, Savor Me Slowly, Seduce the Darkness, and Ecstasy in Darkness.  Her fiction has appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen and has been nominated for a prestigious RITA, as well as the National Reader’s Choice Award. She is universally acknowledged to be “made of awesome.” Visit her website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 3319 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439175780
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (August 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8QTZM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May be my favorite in the series August 23, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gena Showalter is on her A-game with this latest installment in her Alien Huntress series. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this one. I didn't exactly love Noelle in the last book. But here we get to see that there is much more to her than good looks, piles of money, and a perverse sense of humor. And Hector... (sigh)... he is my favorite kind of hero: broken, tortured, powerful and unsure. Not to mention: ripped, loyal and sexy. Yum.

I expected the book to pick where Ecstasy in Darkness left off... but it actually started about a year before the events of the last book. Noelle and her best friend Ava were just beginning their training for the Alien Investigation Removal (AIR) agency. Hector is one of the instructors there, as are his best friend Dallas and Noelle's cousin Jaxon. Right away, Hector is taken by Noelle's beauty. But she projects the image of a spoiled debutante. It's a defense mechanism she uses to keep people from seeing the real her. And slowly, Hector begins to see past the facade.

He is unbearably attracted to her, but fights his feelings tooth and nail. He can't be with any woman. When he gets angry or aroused, his hands and arms atomize, turning anything in his path to dust. The one time he tried to be intimate with someone, he killed her. And he isn't taking that chance again. At least, that's what he tells himself.

Noelle has other ideas. She wants Hector and manages to get close to him once or twice. Just enough to excite them both... and send him running for the hills. Fast forward a year, and both Hector and Noelle are AIR agents. He's been trying to avoid her all this time, but they are forced together by a case.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Holy cow, what book did most of YOU ladies read???? September 1, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have only EVER come on and written a review when I really LOOOOVE a book, and when I DESPISE one. Unfortunately, this book was just a complete mess from cover to cover. I really only gave it 2 stars because the sex was hot (which I like!). Noelle was seriously one of the most annoying heroines I have ever had the misfortune of reading. Every chapter has her doing something that causes her to be TSTL (too stupid to live), and I completely agree with the only other lady on here that gave it a bad review in that she is constantly saying she is so much deeper than what she portrays, but it is never actually PROVED to us. I couldn't stand to even hear her talk about half way thru the book. I skipped over MUCH of the middle of the book, as all the dialogue seemed to consist of was angst from both lead characters about the arm thing and "why can't we be together" nonsense. It also seemed Gena was trying to be overly clever with all of the back and forth dialogue in the book, and it just seemed way overdone and definitely made a lot of scenes draaaaaag unecessarily. Hector could have been great, but I just felt his growling/shy/He-Man/tortured/"I'll kill you all if you even look at her!" personality was really forced and flat. His inner and outer dialogue was SO one dimentional, that as soon as he started thinking or talking about Noelle, I would skip forward a few pages.

I absolutely love Gena Showalter, but the last 2 Alien Huntress novels (Noelle & Ava) have left me cold. There is no depth to any of the characters, and this latest installment could even be skipped, and you would probably not even know in the following book (it's that unimportant). Try the Lords of the Underworld series if you haven't. I have liked every book so far.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent romantic urban fantasy August 24, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In New Chicago everyone at Alien Investigation and Removal (AIR) laugh at affluent Noelle Tremain who they assume is pathetically weak. However, the so-called spoiled joke Noelle shocks everyone at AIR boot camp training when she handles everything sent her way as her instructors want her eliminated as being too dumb and feeble to be an agent, but the resolute Noelle rejects their Pygmalion Effect.

AIR agent Hector Dean can kill with a feathery finger feels. Thus by default he is a deadly loner. When Nicole is assigned to work with him, he objects as he believes the brass want him to run her off. He is harder on her than the others though that is saying a lot as he roughs all the trainees; but she proves she can handle her 36 Cs as a weapon. Though she promised her BFF Ava that Agent "Mean" Dean was hers, Noelle wants him to see passed her façade while he simply wants her. As the pair team up on investigating the alien murder of Kneeler the businessman, their attraction ignites.

The latest Alien Huntress romantic urban fantasy (see Savor Me Slowly, Seduce the Darkness and Ecstasy in Darkness) is a terrific, perhaps the best entry in a strong series. Noelle makes the story line work as she kicks butt with a tough attitude that uses her feminine assets to win the day. As she and Hector fall in love, both are obstinate with she determined to make them a permanent pair and he determined to remain apart out of fear he will lose control and kill her. This is a character driven action investigative thriller.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tortured Hero and Sassy Heroine June 23, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this story because the heroine, Noelle Tremain, annoyed me in the last story. She sort of did in this one too, but underneath the surface pushiness and selfishness was a whole other layer of worth. The hero was one to tug at the heartstrings. Hector had a horrid childhood and had to scrap and fight for every good thing that came to him. He has a mutation to him where his hands are lethal and his own emotional state are what sets them off. He walks through life alone and his only reason for living is his job with AIR. Hector knows the new recruit is trouble, but from day one Noelle has him bewitched. Noelle is just as enchanted by the big, warrior-looking Hector too and can't understand his need to push her away. The story unfolds with these two both pushing away and tugging close, hurting each other and soothing each other and in the end having to decide if love is worth the risk. While the romance between Hector and Noelle goes on, there is also a case to solve regarding a slave ring. Mia partners Hector and Noelle to solve it.

Normally, I don't have a lot of patience for this type of romantic tension when there is so much back and forth to it, but these were both very damaged people- particularly Hector so I knew it would take a lot for them to be able to come together. The other plot line involving the case was pretty exciting too. The bad guy is worked out just tracking down clues and the why, but that doesn't mean much when the hard part is catching him. There is a twist near the end and a surprise re-emergence of a character who had disappeared earlier in the series leaving a dangling plot thread. Sorry to report, that the thread is still dangling after this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Taste of Rapture was an awesome read!
Showalter did an amazing job keeping the story flowing and me interested. The characters back and forth banter was fun and amusing. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Shawn Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Alien Huntress seires
This is one of my favorite series - love the friendship of Ava and Noelle and their two stories are my top favorites of Gena's. I like this series better than her demon's one. Read more
Published 21 days ago by MsTLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Funny throughout the whole book. If you like a tough heroine and hero, this is your type of book. Love Noelle's wit and beauty.
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Taste of Rapture (Alien Huntree)
OMG another great book by Gena Showalter I have read all of these in the Alien Huntress series and can't wait for the next. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ravenous reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
Anything Gena Showalter writes is beyond fantastic and recommend to all my friends. Thank goodness for kindle as my husband was sick of buying me bookshelves for all her books
Published 1 month ago by storck wife
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Taste of Rapture
it was nice to see Hector Dean finally get someone, who was not afraid of him, and the Noelle was the perfect woman for him. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Charon Elizabeth Kading
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming perfection!!!
Simply perfect ! I've read this book nearly 30 times! and I love it now just as much or more than I did on the first read through !
Published 5 months ago by Lauren Maxine Sims
4.0 out of 5 stars AGRESSIVE MEN. Whew!
I liked this book particularly because of the alpha male lead. And I enjoyed the feminine, yet hardass, yet funny heroine. A great mix of characters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marsha
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
I love paranormal romances. Im always looking for more books to read. sometimes it is nice to take a break into the world of a book for a short while.
Published 8 months ago by Patricia Ridarelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Taste of Rapture ( Alien Huntress Novels)
Dark Taste of Rapture (Alien Huntress Novels) I really love this one, interesting, exciting for me, not sure bout other people, not everyone likes the same books like I do.
Published 10 months ago by Lynette W D McCormick
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of the White Rabbit Chronicles, Otherworld Assassins, Angels of the Dark, Lords of the Underworld, and several of other young adult and adult romance series. She has written over thirty novels and novellas. Her books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.

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