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Last Kiss Goodnight: An Otherworld Assassin Novel Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2012
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"Last Kiss Goodnight" is a fantasy story - it delves into other worlds and beings. This has become one of my favorites and I've read it a couple of times already. I look forward to reading the next book in The Otherworld Assassin series, "Black and Blue" by Gena Showalter.
I am looking foward to her other books in this series even though this one wasn't my favorite.
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. Starting every chapter with a quotation from the Bible? Very obvious biblical devices throughout (x as the angel and dr e as the devil on Solos shoulders....literally)? The repeated (stop hitting me over the head already...I got it the first time) message that one must have complete faith to take the right path? I don't expect that in a PNR nor do I want it. Just my opinion...but I will definitely think long and hard about purchasing the next installment and I will take Gena off auto-purchase.