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Last Kiss Goodnight: An Otherworld Assassin Novel Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2012
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"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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I first fell in love with Gena with her Lords of the Underworld series, and later collected the Atlantis, White Rabbit, and Everlife series' as well as a few of her stand alone... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Erin
If you have read this authors Alien Huntress series then this spin off will surely be on your radar. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marta Cox
One of my absolute favorite books LOVE Gena Showalter!!! Last Kiss Goodnight is a Beauty meets Beast kick ass Romance! Can't wait for more of The Otherworld Assassin series!!!Published 9 months ago by Chanell Renea
I read a lot of paranormal romance books. A LOT! And this book is not even in the same league as prime-time authors like Karen Marie Moning, Jeaniene Frost, Patricia Briggs, Ilona... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cindy Lou Who
I gave this book five stars because it was suspenseful and well written. The characters are interesting and the plot fast paced. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read.Published 12 months ago by Michael A. Starsheen
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"Eventually, even the smallest mistruth would catch up to a man, a tangled web of thorns that would leave him cut and bleeding. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Thebookishcrypt
I cringed a little at this book.(I once was in abusive relationship and this kind of made me cringe) I found it really sad and I felt really bad about the otherworldly circus! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rose