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Last Kiss Goodnight: An Otherworld Assassin Novel by [Showalter, Gena]
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One minute Solomon is wrapping up a briefing on a new assignment, and the next an explosion knocks him unconscious. He wakes to find himself a prisoner in a circus sideshow along with others born on other planets or their earthborn offspring. Vika is the owner’s daughter, the head keeper, and the most breathtaking woman Solomon has ever seen. He thinks her kindness toward the captives is just an act, but he grows to learn her compassion runs to her core. Her father, however, is the real deal when it comes to being a psychopath. It will take all of Solomon’s strength and heart to get them out alive. Showalter kicks off her new Otherworld Assassin series, addressing her signature themes: inner darkness, inner light, and the battles between good and evil waged both between people and within individuals’ souls. Solomon and Vika are almost more allegorical tropes than flesh-and-blood characters, and they may not grab the imaginations of readers new to Showalter. But her fans will be eager to follow her into new adventures. --Nina C. Davis

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"A fast-paced, intense paranormal romance that offers original, dynamic characters, vivid, compelling world building and a powerful 'love prevails' narrative." (Kirkus Book Reviews )

"Showalter kicks off her new Otherworld Assassin series, addressing her signature themes: inner darkness, inner light, and the battles between good and evil waged both between people and within individuals' souls...[Showalter's] fans will be eager to follow her into new adventures." (Booklist )

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  • File Size: 3224 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (December 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EDYIXG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really love Gena's previous work, so a 2 star review is hard to make. Her writing style has swerved dangerously near to Christian book territory. Bible verses at the beginning of each chapter, and old testament stories woven through the book... The love story is pretty chaste, and frankly, there was not a lot of heat between the two characters. Wicked Nights, her last adult book, was kind of the same way, and I am seeing the theme.

She has always woven themes of good and evil, light and dark in her books, and she usually has great drama and conflict along with the passion/sex/romance. After this book, I feel kinda preached at. As someone who grew up evangelical Christian, I can scent that a mile away. All that said, I totally understand an author's need to evolve both personally and professionally, so this is not a slight on her. I'm just not sure if I'll want to be along for the ride.
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By Morgan on December 27, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was slightly taken aback with this one. Some spoilers applied... while I am so happy for Gena in finding what she needs in her personal life I was definitely disappointed with the book. I was expecting the old style Gena but as another reviewer wrote this is a new style of her. Again I am happy for her but to be completely honest I would have liked to be forwarned that her books wouldn't contain any of the previous sexual tension or sensual scenes. As I don't read romances just for those scenes and I absolutely love Gena I still would've purchased this book but I don't think I would've experienced the let down feeling or the somewhat duped feeling had I been told before purchasing. It also made me feel like she wasn't concerned with being honest but about the sale . As I said I don't read these just for that but when you expect something from an author but its suddenly void with no warning then its kind of shocking. Now that I know I will still follow her work but with the expectation that it is now completely pg 13.
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I am a huge Gena Showalter fan. Huge. I respect her world-building, creativity, and character focus. However, this book just lost me somewhere. It starts out great, with us meeting Vika, the lonely circus owner's daughter, who is in charge of feeding and caring for her father's menagerie. When she develops attachments to the creatures, her abusive dad slaughters them and makes Vika an accomplice, emotionally devastating her. Years later, Pops has graduated to capturing humans for his sideshow, humans with special gifts, or Otherworlders. The hero, Solo (Short for Solomon, not surname to Han), is one such prisoner. Large and frightening, and an undercover assassin, he soon develops tender feelings for Vika, who is now in charge of maintaining the welfare of the humanoid captives and has been rendered deaf by her father's constant physical abuse.

Now, this is all off to a good start. But then Showalter threw into the mix a little Angel guy and Devil guy that sit on each of Solo's shoulders, yapping in his ears, which just got totally annoying, some out-of-nowhere world shifting powers, zombies that come out of left field, and a plethora of other inconsistencies in the story. It slowly became less and less about the relationship between Vika and Solo and more about this madcap world being created. It felt like, too much, too soon, too scattered.

I am still interested to see where Showalter goes with this story thread, and she will still remain one of my favorites. But this book is not a keeper for me, and Showalter may not be an auto-buy anymore. I may wait for a few reviews to roll in before buying the next in this series.
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Rating: 2.5 stars
There is something missing here...this is not Gena's normal fare. I am still trying to decide how I feel about this book. There were some brief sections where I could see Gena's former style shine thru...but there were long stretches in between those sections that felt odd, way too drawn out and forced into the story to take up space.

The Bad...One of the things I like most about Gena's writing is that she writes great chemistry between her characters. You want them to be together so badly because she creates a fantastic tension. She normally also writes great love scenes that make the tension worth the wait. This book had neither of those things. There were a couple of (sadly) brief interactions between Solo and Vika that were in the "old Gena" style but most of the chemistry felt flat. And the physical part of their attraction? Vague, brief and very glossed over...I felt like I was reading a love scene from a book published in 1990. I had to reread to be sure that they had sex...because it was so vague.

The good...There are some bright spots...the premise is interesting and Gena created an interesting new world with just the right amount of detail. The bad guy was really bad and she did a great job making me hate him from the beginning.

The confusing...I got the feeling that this book had a larger purpose for the author and she tried to force a story into the framework of the message she was trying to send. To be more blunt, I think that the author wanted to send a religious message and the story of Solo and Vika was secondary to that purpose. I have read Gena's testimonial on her website and I am happy that she has a renewed relationship with God. But I don't want to feel "preached to" in a PNR.
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