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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… THE SWEETEST TEMPTATION… Black ops agent Solomon Judah awakens caged and bound in a twisted zoo where otherworlders are 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… THE SWEETEST TEMPTATION… 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. THE ULTIMATE PRICE… 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.


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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… THE SWEETEST TEMPTATION… Black ops agent Solomon Judah awakens caged and bound in a twisted zoo where otherworlders are 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… THE SWEETEST TEMPTATION… 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. THE ULTIMATE PRICE… 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.

30 review for Last Kiss Goodnight

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    I am somewhat torn as to how to rate this book. There were things I really liked, things I found lacking, and things I seriously had a problem with. In all honesty, Last Kiss Goodnight is my least favorite of Gena Showalter's books and the fact that I've come across a book of hers that I didn't particularly like makes me feel a little sick to my stomach. I have worshiped at the Showalter alter for years and have become intensely engrossed in all of the worlds she has created. There were things I I am somewhat torn as to how to rate this book. There were things I really liked, things I found lacking, and things I seriously had a problem with. In all honesty, Last Kiss Goodnight is my least favorite of Gena Showalter's books and the fact that I've come across a book of hers that I didn't particularly like makes me feel a little sick to my stomach. I have worshiped at the Showalter alter for years and have become intensely engrossed in all of the worlds she has created. There were things I've come to associate with Ms. Showalter that were seriously lacking in Last Kiss Goodnight. Looking for her snark and dark sense of humor? You won't find it here. Looking for scorching hot sex scenes that I'm sure have made many people blush in the past? Well you won't find any of that in Last Kiss Goodnight either. Worst part is the incredibly gorgeous cover proclaims the first book in this Alien Huntress spin-off to be "First in a sizzling new series!" Sizzling? Really? Uh that would be a big fat NO for sizzle. Hell the smex was barely lukewarm. *sighs* Last Kiss Goodnight is more like 2.5 stars for me and again I say I feel somewhat ill rating one of Gena's books so low. Between the bible verses at the start of every chapter and the lack of subplot, world building, and smex appeal, I feel seriously let down. More than anything I am concerned that this new found faith is going to seriously impact her other series as well. I can't imagine a Lords of the Underworld book without death, destruction, and scorching hot smex. I'm now afraid that just may be the case. *shudders* Please note that I do not have a problem with people finding God in times of need and making their lives more fulfilling. Everyone needs a little faith in their life. These are just thoughts I had to get off my chest upon completing Last Kiss Goodnight. *COPY RECEIVED FROM AUTHOR FOR HONEST REVIEW*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter OtherWorld Assassin book 1. Paranormal romance. Good vs Evil. Solomon Judah wakes up in a Circus cage. Unable to escape due to high-tech bindings, he’s at the mercy of care keepers and the venomous circus owner. Vika Lukas knows exactly how bad the punishment for not obeying can be. Deaf because of those punishments, Vika is extra careful around all the caged otherworld beings while she feeds and bathes them and plans for her eventual escape. Vika is truly h Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter OtherWorld Assassin book 1. Paranormal romance. Good vs Evil. Solomon Judah wakes up in a Circus cage. Unable to escape due to high-tech bindings, he’s at the mercy of care keepers and the venomous circus owner. Vika Lukas knows exactly how bad the punishment for not obeying can be. Deaf because of those punishments, Vika is extra careful around all the caged otherworld beings while she feeds and bathes them and plans for her eventual escape. Vika is truly heartbreaking in what’s she’s gone through from her father’s supposed loving. Her strength in enduring is unending. But sad too. Solo has had a difficult life as well but is used to having autonomy that is severely restricted here. His Angel and Demon shoulder riders make his internal thoughts and decisions very apparent. When they transfer to Vika, she gains a bit of power and protection. A slow burn romance unlike other series by this author. An escape from evil that is difficult and requires faith and endurance. Each chapter begins with a bible verse which bothered some readers. I tend to ignore what I’m not invested in so those headings mostly disappeared for me. An interesting series first book with vivid world building. I look forward to the second knowing the evil from this book at least is gone. For now.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ren Puspita

    What we have here?? Oh yes, the cover!! So pretty, the red dress, so lush and sensual. Then the cage, the man trapped inside, the creepy area. Purrfect! And I think, this is the best cover of Gena's book so far! :D Last Kiss Goodnight is another spin off from my author goddess, Gena, and seems like the Alien Huntress that got the spin-off. I wonder when she will continue her main series (LOTU and Alien Huntress), but this cover is definetely keeper! I will read anything this woman write! (except he What we have here?? Oh yes, the cover!! So pretty, the red dress, so lush and sensual. Then the cage, the man trapped inside, the creepy area. Purrfect! And I think, this is the best cover of Gena's book so far! :D Last Kiss Goodnight is another spin off from my author goddess, Gena, and seems like the Alien Huntress that got the spin-off. I wonder when she will continue her main series (LOTU and Alien Huntress), but this cover is definetely keeper! I will read anything this woman write! (except her YA, LOL!)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am so sorry to say that I think Gena Showalter and I will have to part ways. I am glad that during her dark hour she found an anchor. As her testimonial on her website attests to, she has found God. She however, lost her mojo. There was a message wrapped in a sermon wrapped in a paranormal romance book and that makes for a disaster. I don't understand why it is ok for her in her new found religion, to write graphically about abuse and murder, but when it comes time for 2 people in love and com I am so sorry to say that I think Gena Showalter and I will have to part ways. I am glad that during her dark hour she found an anchor. As her testimonial on her website attests to, she has found God. She however, lost her mojo. There was a message wrapped in a sermon wrapped in a paranormal romance book and that makes for a disaster. I don't understand why it is ok for her in her new found religion, to write graphically about abuse and murder, but when it comes time for 2 people in love and committed to each other, we can't have the same detail in the sex. God made us and we are sexual beings as are the menagerie of other beings on the plant. I don't think it's a sin to describe it any more than describing *SPOILER ALERT* a 14 year old girl being made to shoot and kill her friend/pet lion and being constantly abused by her father. I hope that Gena can navigate her way in her new faith to see that the fun, sexy, snarky wit of her previous books was not "unchristian" like and get back to what made her great. I also would have liked some kind of heads up that her writing was going to be faith centered and more YA. I felt like a victim of bait and switch. Had I known what to expect with this book, I wouldn't feel so let down. I'm giving it 2 stars because it's Gena, but it's deserves only one. Oh, and I'll also add that the editing was very lacking. Huge mistakes and plot holes you could drive a MAC truck through.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    If you have read this authors Alien Huntress series then this spin off will surely be on your radar. First off I admit I've come late to this new series but it's been something I've tried to find time for for what feels like simply ages and with that gorgeous cover there was no way I wouldn't get to it eventually . So with no further ado here are my thoughts. Vika perplexed me with her stubborn refusal to leave what's truly a diabolical life. I do understand she has felt let down badly by others If you have read this authors Alien Huntress series then this spin off will surely be on your radar. First off I admit I've come late to this new series but it's been something I've tried to find time for for what feels like simply ages and with that gorgeous cover there was no way I wouldn't get to it eventually . So with no further ado here are my thoughts. Vika perplexed me with her stubborn refusal to leave what's truly a diabolical life. I do understand she has felt let down badly by others in the past but I'm not sure staying with the circus and her increasingly evil father really helped those she wanted to protect. Solo is a different type of alien ( although there are familiar species in this book) and his self doubt fuels his actions. Yet he cannot deny that inner voice that makes him want to protect Vika. Strong, almost demonic in form but loyal and courageous . Solo also shows incredible patience with Vika but alas when it comes to others if you are not on his side then watch out! I really enjoyed this setting and thought the circus was such a cruel place. The big bad is exactly that but it's an oppressive, dark place to be and it felt like dog fight dog. I've enjoyed other books by this author and couldn't help but notice that each chapter here is prefaced by a biblical quote. I am used to her stories about demons and Angels so aware that the author has a faith that is part of her but I cannot help but wonder if some readers might find it a little too strong. Lead a horse to water and all that. There is a very strong element of good versus evil with ( how shall I describe this?) two Jiminy Cricket types, one advocating light and one most definitely leading the charge for dark! What I can say is every book I've read by this author has featured a loving monogamous relationship and this story is no different. Perhaps the sexual content is less explicit but the chemistry, passion and build up is still present. I did like the story and I'm keen to see what happens news but think I do prefer her slightly more sexy reads.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Can't sleep

    This is without doubt the most disappointing big new release I have ever had the misfortune to look forward to. The love story, about an alien imprisoned in a circus zoo who falls in love with his keeper, is atmospheric, and the pacing is well done, but the barely disguised evangelism? Oooof, it was a bit too much for me to take. I found myself skipping chunks where I had the interplay of Christian ethics explained to me like a four year old at Sunday School - I have listened to sermons more sub This is without doubt the most disappointing big new release I have ever had the misfortune to look forward to. The love story, about an alien imprisoned in a circus zoo who falls in love with his keeper, is atmospheric, and the pacing is well done, but the barely disguised evangelism? Oooof, it was a bit too much for me to take. I found myself skipping chunks where I had the interplay of Christian ethics explained to me like a four year old at Sunday School - I have listened to sermons more subtle. Since this book shoved its beliefs down my throat so enthusiastically, I shall share my own spiritual beliefs with y'all without compunction. I believe in right and wrong, I believe that people should defend what is right, even at their own cost. I don't believe there is a big guy upstairs in sandals who will help me in this endeavour, nor do I believe there is any reward for doing right. Life's a bitch, but because you know better, you should do better. How dare a romance novel be so overt in its attempts at indoctrination? OK, getting a little over-excited here, but I just feel patronised. Breathe... breathe.....

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This is hard to rate, but I think 3 stars, because it was somewhat enjoyable, and had some yummy scenes. LKG is the first of a new series by Gena Showalter. In the preface, she writes that God helped her through a dark time, and based on this plot, it was a VERY dark time indeed. (My sympathies for her painful illness.) Contrary to some reviews, the Bible verse at the beginning of each chapter didn't bother me. It seemed fitting for such a dark plot, actually. Verses were also scattered within t This is hard to rate, but I think 3 stars, because it was somewhat enjoyable, and had some yummy scenes. LKG is the first of a new series by Gena Showalter. In the preface, she writes that God helped her through a dark time, and based on this plot, it was a VERY dark time indeed. (My sympathies for her painful illness.) Contrary to some reviews, the Bible verse at the beginning of each chapter didn't bother me. It seemed fitting for such a dark plot, actually. Verses were also scattered within the chapters, and that sometimes felt teachy, if not slightly preachy. The theme of good versus evil didn't bother me — that's a theme that especially suits paranormals and science fiction. The overall message of this book seems to be, "Don't invite evil into your heart. Stick to the light and the love." The secondary theme of "ONE DAY your hopes will be realized" was fine, but it was delivered in a slightly repetitive manner. (The good v evil gimmicky approach grew absurd, see quibbles below). The lack of explicit sex was also fine, even though it's not the norm for GS. This book felt more like a romance, with emphasis on the tenderness, the developing relationship, and the sexual anticipation. Sweet! There were several sex scenes, starting around 75%, I think, but they were sorta fade to black-ish. I liked Soloman Judah, aka Solo, the Otherworlder who is "ugly" (beauty and the beast trope). Solo grew fangs and claws while developing red skin and pointy ears whenever he got enraged. Yup. A regular Hellboy! He'd never known love or acceptance, only fear and disgust (but his parents loved him). I wanted him to experience true tenderness from a woman. So satisfying!! Sigh. His beautiful girl Vika was all she should be...not a Buffy, but strong enough to brave yet another beating from Daddy Dearest, in order to help Solo and the other prisoners. She is deaf, too, yet that doesn't stop her. The plot was decent. Whenever I thought I was finding a gaping plot hole, Showalter sewed it right up with a plausible stitch or two. It was fairly tight, but I rolled my eyes a few times. Also, in the sequel, I expect an explanation for (view spoiler)[ how Michael survived the bombing. (hide spoiler)] I liked the vow mystique. Cool! I liked the sharing magic that occurred after they gave their marriage vows. Again, pretty cool! I liked some of the secondary characters, especially a few Otherworlders, with their different abilities and forms. The scene I liked best was the great escape, where Vika showed her courage and strength, and Solo showed his alpha nature -- all protective and primitive, and all proud of Vika's unflinching determination to keep on hiking, even though she was exhausted. A dauntless spirit. So why only three stars? Three reasons: 1) This 400+ page book went on at a slow pace, at times. The editors should have hacked out 70 to 100 pages. Some of the bottleneck was caused by endless rumination and reflection -- much of it repetitive. I didn't need to hear again about Vika's rotten childhood, or her plans to go to New Colorado, for example. Once is enough. And Solo was in the cage for TOO LONG. I grew restless, wanting more action, or a change of setting, or payback. 2) Showalter bludgeoned me over the head with the good versus evil theme. The villains were just WAY TOO EVIL, with shadowy spirits, glowing red skulls, and spiders hovering in and around them. Also, from the beginning, Solo had a tiny demon named E on one shoulder, and a tiny guardian angel named X on the other. REALLY?? Just like in the cartoon, they kept whispering in his ear, prompting him towards evil and good. When he followed the angel's advice, the angel grew stronger, but when he followed E's counsel, the demon grew stronger. O...kay, but then Vika started seeing and hearing the little guys, too! I'm sorry, but those parts felt trite, like a kid's book. 3) I have mixed feelings about LKG, because it felt a bit mixed up about its own identity. It felt like a PNR trying to be a sermon, or at least a testimony. It probably wouldn't be classified as a Christian romance...but it leans that way. Somewhat. Still, I enjoyed it. I might try the sequel when it comes out. Content: Lots of bloody violence -- ripping off body parts, shooting, whipping, etc. A few minor cuss words. About 4 sex scenes, but they aren't explicit. Bible verses at the beginning of each chapter. No typos found.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    4.5 stars 'Last Kiss Goodnight' is classic Gena Showalter, and yet the depth of her stories just seem to keep getting better and better IMO - but, beware! Those who are looking for the, ahem, "spice" Showalter typically sprinkles liberally throughout her stories need to be a bit more patient with this one... apparently the payment for a deeper story is fewer sexy scenes (and I noticed that with 'Wicked Nights' as well). However, I'm totally ok with that if it means (for the most part) we get a t 4.5 stars 'Last Kiss Goodnight' is classic Gena Showalter, and yet the depth of her stories just seem to keep getting better and better IMO - but, beware! Those who are looking for the, ahem, "spice" Showalter typically sprinkles liberally throughout her stories need to be a bit more patient with this one... apparently the payment for a deeper story is fewer sexy scenes (and I noticed that with 'Wicked Nights' as well). However, I'm totally ok with that if it means (for the most part) we get a topnotch tale! As the first in a spin-off of her somewhat hit-and-miss quirky 'Alien Huntress' series, LKG is one of Showalter's better stories in this alien alternate world and can be read without any difficulties as a standalone. Here we are introduced to three deadly 'Otherworld Assassins' who, for reasons yet to be revealed, have been targeted along with their ruthless, yet gruffly caring human boss who also happens to be their stand-in father figure. When one of the assassins, Solo - a demonic-turning alien of mysterious origins with rage issues - comes to he's been sold as an attraction at a freaky zoo with an evil ring master. When he meets the ring master's kind, beautiful, abused daughter, Vika, he feels an immediate connection. What follows is a thrilling often grim story where Solo and Vika learn to rely on each other and trust their instincts. For Vika this means finding her own internal strength to break the cycle of abuse and for Solo it means learning to control his rage and managing two shoulder angels so he can free them both. This would have been a 5+ star read for me, but for a few niggling details that were either poorly or never fully explained - eg. why Solo (and X) felt the fated-to-be-mated effect immediately with Vika - and the somewhat rushed, convenient ending. But overall, I thoroughly enjoyed 'Last Kiss Goodnight' and can't wait to find out what happened with John and Blue... One is a gorgeous golden alien with a tragic tortured past and the other is an hot athletic blue alien man-ho with commitment issues - I just know their stories are going to be great!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    I absolutely love that Gena Showalter is expanding her Alien Huntress world with this spinoff series. This story serves as a great introduction for new readers, but also fits very well with the existing books. It has a sexy, unloved alpha-male... and a tortured heroine who hasn't allowed her difficult life to diminish the light of her spirit. Vika grew up under the cruel hand of her father, the owner of a traveling circus. His menagerie once held exotic animals. Now, members of otherworld races a I absolutely love that Gena Showalter is expanding her Alien Huntress world with this spinoff series. This story serves as a great introduction for new readers, but also fits very well with the existing books. It has a sexy, unloved alpha-male... and a tortured heroine who hasn't allowed her difficult life to diminish the light of her spirit. Vika grew up under the cruel hand of her father, the owner of a traveling circus. His menagerie once held exotic animals. Now, members of otherworld races are caged and subjected to humiliation and torment. Vika abhors her father's actions, but he is too powerful for her to stop. When she has tried, it has earned her beating after beating, including one viscous attack that took her hearing. She realizes she must plan her escape quietly --and in the meantime, offer what kindness she can to the prisoners. Solo is an otherworlder who works as a black-ops agent, essentially killing people who need to be killed. He grew up only knowing love from his adopted parents. Everyone else turned their backs on him, calling him a freak and a monster. Just moments after he was tasked with tracking down some missing aliens, he was incompacitated and sold into the circus. At first, he lashed out, but it did no good. And slowly, he began to see the goodness in Vika. She seems to see him as no one ever has, and her gentle crush on him has an effect he can't ignore. The two grow closer and plot their escape. But can they really get out from under her father's thumb? I enjoyed the romance. It was actually very sweet. Vika is innocent to the ways of love, but it felt much more genuine than with so many ingenue heroines. She has to compromise what she knows is right in order to survive, but she hangs onto her humanity no matter the cost. Solo is solid mildly-tortured hero. He had a solid foundation with his adopted parents, so he wasn't completely wrecked. But he struggles with the rejection of others and his assassin work doesn't leave him feeling altogether worthy of love. It's quite nice to see them each find the love they never thought they would have. There's not a lot of sex, though we did have some toward the end. I would imagine it would be hard to work in, with Solo in a cage for so much of the book. Also, notably lacking, is Showalter's fabulous wit and snark. This story is much more somber. There's a good set-up for future books, centering on the other members of Solo's team who have gone missing. And we're even treated to a cameo from Dallas! Overall, I enjoyed it and look forward to the next installment... especially if it centers on John. Rating: B *ARC Provided by Pocket Books

  10. 5 out of 5

    L.n. W.

    I love Gena - absolutely love her. She had me at the first book of her LOTU series and it went from there. I will read anything that Gena writes...but this book was disappointing. I finished it and I felt cheated. Where was the snark? Where were the snappy come-backs? Where was the steamy sex? This book fell flat on its pretty face. I always look forward to the next book in one of her series but I have to admit I couldn't care less what happens next in this one. The writing was stilted. The dialo I love Gena - absolutely love her. She had me at the first book of her LOTU series and it went from there. I will read anything that Gena writes...but this book was disappointing. I finished it and I felt cheated. Where was the snark? Where were the snappy come-backs? Where was the steamy sex? This book fell flat on its pretty face. I always look forward to the next book in one of her series but I have to admit I couldn't care less what happens next in this one. The writing was stilted. The dialogue was boring. And even as someone who believes in a Higher Power, I actually got annoyed at how much I felt as if I were being preached to. Gena, I know you found faith and I am ecstatic for you...but please keep it out of your books. This book felt like a Young Adult fiction book versus a "grown-up" book. It was so PG that if I had been reading an actual book and not an e-reader, I would have kept flipping to the cover to make sure it was a Showalter book I was reading. I truly hope that she gets her mojo back for the rest of the LOTU series because if the next book...Kane's I believe...is anything like this one, Gena and I are going to have words.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Esra

    when I heard about this book when I finished Gena showalter didn't dissapoint me as always. It was absolutely amazing. I adored vika , looooved solo. and can't wait for the second one! “ Welcome to the amazing, spectacular Cirque de Monstres!” Bir yazar bu kadar mükemmel olabilemez yani. :D kadın sen ne yaptın.PC'yi kapatamadım elim varmadı böyle :D eğerki elimde baskısı olaydı sarılır uyurdum böyle o derece :P Gerçi elimizde bir güzel ve çirkin göndermesi daha var diyebiliriz.Solo diğer d when I heard about this book when I finished Gena showalter didn't dissapoint me as always. It was absolutely amazing. I adored vika , looooved solo. and can't wait for the second one! “ Welcome to the amazing, spectacular Cirque de Monstres!” Bir yazar bu kadar mükemmel olabilemez yani. :D kadın sen ne yaptın.PC'yi kapatamadım elim varmadı böyle :D eğerki elimde baskısı olaydı sarılır uyurdum böyle o derece :P Gerçi elimizde bir güzel ve çirkin göndermesi daha var diyebiliriz.Solo diğer dünyalardan birinden iri yarı dev cüsseli duygusala bağladığında(sinir stres :D ) hellboy vari bir yaratığa dönen normalinde oldukçada eli yüzü düzgün bir adam. Vika şeytan babasının masum ve güzel kızı,ufacık tefecik ve babasının ona gösterdiği şiddet altında hayatta kalmayı başarabilen inanılmaz sevilesi sıkılası bir kız. Jecis karanlık büyü kullanarak içinide karanlıkla doldurmuş bir sirk sahibi. Sirkte artık hayvanlar değil diğer dünyadan gelen yaratıklar sergileniyor. solo'da kaçırılıp bu sirke satılıyor ve kafese tıkılıyor. Vika küçüklüğünden beri babasının şiddetine maruz kalmış öyleki bir keresinde duyma yetisini kaybetmeye bile varmış bu yüzden sağır ama bunu diğerlerine farkettirmeyecek kadarda uyanık. dudak okuyor.Vika kafestekilerin bakımında sorumlu. onlar ona tehtidler savursa aşağılasalar bile karşılık vermiyor çünkü o kadar iyi bir kalbi var. kendini onların yerine koyuyor ve bende orda olsam böyle davranırdım diyor. birgün onları babasından kaçırmak içinde planı var. ama solo gelince işler değişiyor. solo ve vika zaman içinde yakınlaşıyorlar ve olayla inanılmaz b,r sürükleyicilikte devam ediyor. ikinci kitap için şimdiden çok meraklıyım. Bu seride bence çok tutar. Ama umarım diğer karakterlerede solo ve vikaya olduğumkadar sempati duyabilirim :D

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    Solid entertaining fast moving paranormal/sci fi romance read. A very strong first in a series from an author who can be hit or miss for me. This is near future sci fi ish stuff. Aliens have come to earth but via doorways rather than space ships. The set up is three otherworldly guys who work as a deep black ops unit are attacked. The story follows one of the guys who is injured and sold to an evil circus as a side show attraction. The daughter of the circus owner, who has spent her life abused, Solid entertaining fast moving paranormal/sci fi romance read. A very strong first in a series from an author who can be hit or miss for me. This is near future sci fi ish stuff. Aliens have come to earth but via doorways rather than space ships. The set up is three otherworldly guys who work as a deep black ops unit are attacked. The story follows one of the guys who is injured and sold to an evil circus as a side show attraction. The daughter of the circus owner, who has spent her life abused, tries to save him. The world building was decent and the love between the hero and heroine was believable and neither rushed or too drawn out. The romance was way more important than the sex which I really prefer. So yippee! I recommend this one to people looking for a little something different in their paranormal reading. Oh and BTW what a beautiful cover!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Riverina Romantics

    It is with great sadness that I have to give one of my favourite authors 3 stars. I love Gena Showalter's work. Her Lords of the Underworld are perfection. I think when you love someone so much and your expectations are so high, you can easily be disappointed. I expected something similar to LotU. The same type of romance and sexy dominance in her heroes but I really didn't feel the buzz with this book. I found too many things that were brushed over when they needed to have more detail. I.e. Vik It is with great sadness that I have to give one of my favourite authors 3 stars. I love Gena Showalter's work. Her Lords of the Underworld are perfection. I think when you love someone so much and your expectations are so high, you can easily be disappointed. I expected something similar to LotU. The same type of romance and sexy dominance in her heroes but I really didn't feel the buzz with this book. I found too many things that were brushed over when they needed to have more detail. I.e. Vika is deaf. She has to lip read and hold her hand at her throat to determine how loud she is talking. But it was only mentioned once (that I noticed, anyway). Not once did she have problems understand what others were saying. It was all perfect. And only once was it mentioned that she held her hand at her throat. At once time, in her POV, Solo said something and it was described as "he croaked." How did she know it croaked? I found it superficial. There was no depth to her disability and it was merely skimmed over. There also wasn't as much actual romance as I expected. Gena writes sizzing hot sex scenes, yet this just didn't have the pizzazz. I also didn't notice until after I read it, that people have marked it as Urban Fantasy...I don't usually enjoy UF, so that could be the reason :) And again, the ending was resolved way too easy. Although I loved Solo and Vika as characters, the story didn't have enough depth for me. It didn't feel like a Gena Showalter read. :(

  14. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Vika is a timid spirit, broken down by her father's continued abuse. She desperately wishes to free the captive otherworlders and escape the zoo herself, but she is afraid of being caught and suffering from her father's ministrations once again. Now, Jecis has found Soloman Judah, a Black Ops agent and has caged him as one of the zoo's newest attraction. Vika is unnaturally drawn to Solo and although she cannot free him, she decides to secretly care for him instead, hoping that keeping him alive Vika is a timid spirit, broken down by her father's continued abuse. She desperately wishes to free the captive otherworlders and escape the zoo herself, but she is afraid of being caught and suffering from her father's ministrations once again. Now, Jecis has found Soloman Judah, a Black Ops agent and has caged him as one of the zoo's newest attraction. Vika is unnaturally drawn to Solo and although she cannot free him, she decides to secretly care for him instead, hoping that keeping him alive is enough. Soon, Solo and Vika develop feeling for one another and their romance is a slow- burning, sensual thrill-ride will show readers that Showalter is able to deliver a variety of gripping love stories. Reading about Vika's abuse was hard. She endures so much and adding the fact that she is deaf only causes my heart to ache more with hurt. However, as the story progresses, Showalter nicely displays Solo's protectiveness in a way that eases me as a reader, knowing that someone is there to protect her. But what is interesting is that despite Vika being a victim of abuse, she also displays so much strength and desires to protect Solo in return as well. LAST KISS GOODNIGHT is a searingly sweet romance that shows how a forbidden romance can turn into the one sole reason to live. Read this review in its entirety at Fresh Fiction

  15. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    4.5 Stars I have seen a lot of mixed reviews about Last Kiss Goodnight and now after having read the book, I can see what people's issues may be buuuut I really enjoyed it. For me it had the main ingredients of a book I know I won't be able to put down: 1. A sexy, growly, rugged, intense and delicious hero (who also happens to resemble an alien version of the Hulk, only he goes a lovely shade of red when angry) 2. A heroine that I like, how many times are books spoiled by heroines you want to punch 4.5 Stars I have seen a lot of mixed reviews about Last Kiss Goodnight and now after having read the book, I can see what people's issues may be buuuut I really enjoyed it. For me it had the main ingredients of a book I know I won't be able to put down: 1. A sexy, growly, rugged, intense and delicious hero (who also happens to resemble an alien version of the Hulk, only he goes a lovely shade of red when angry) 2. A heroine that I like, how many times are books spoiled by heroines you want to punch in the lady balls? 3. An interesting setting and story, that I can't wait to see developed further. There does seem to be a bit of a change in Gena Showalter's writing over the last few books; they are less sexually explicit and have an added spirituality to them. Of course, I still think that Vika and Solo were hot together and sexual tension and attraction were built between them, but the infrequent sex parts were just more sweet and loving rather than lots of sweaty durty monkey sex. I really liked this book and I can't wait to see what happens next in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    First of all I would like to address the cover of this book, which is gorgeous! I love the bright red dress and everything else in black and white. I’d have to say one of my favorite Gena Showalter covers and she does not slack in the cover department. I love Gena Showalter I really do! Her books tend to be smart, funny and action packed. This book is a spinoff of her Alien Huntress series, which is among my favorite series. This book however left me a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I lov First of all I would like to address the cover of this book, which is gorgeous! I love the bright red dress and everything else in black and white. I’d have to say one of my favorite Gena Showalter covers and she does not slack in the cover department. I love Gena Showalter I really do! Her books tend to be smart, funny and action packed. This book is a spinoff of her Alien Huntress series, which is among my favorite series. This book however left me a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I loved both Vika and Solo. They were great characters and ease to enjoy. Vika is such a sweetheart, she cares for others more than she cares for herself. She is selfless even if none of her “charges” realize it. She has a kind heart and soul. Her life has been anything but good. Her father is extremely abusive to the point that she was beaten so badly, she can no longer hear. Despite her rough life she still looks for the good in life and in people. She has a goal, she will find the key to the OtherWorlders “chains” so she can free them and she will also disappear so that her father can never find her. Her goal is shot to hell when Solo is brought in. She has always tried to maintain a distance from the capatives but with Solo she cannot do so. She is drawn to him like a moth to a flame. He protected Vika like no other person has ever done before which called to her lonely abused heart. She also found that she is more attracted to Solo than she has ever been attracted to any other living being. His raw masculinity and strength called to her. Even in his beast state he did not frighten her, he was always protective and tender with her which was more than she ever expected from a man let alone a captive. By all rights he should have hated her, but instead treated her like a he cherished her. By all rights Solo should hate Vika for putting him through this humiliation. Solo is not a man that is used to being able to be caged. His beast form pretty much guarantees that he can get out of pretty much any situation most unscathed. But somehow this cage holds him and his beast inside. This is the first time he is relaying on anyone to help him get out of any situation. Despite his situation he recognizes Vika as “His”, never before has he felt such an intense feeling for someone. It drives him mad that he can’t protect her like his instincts are demanding of him. All his life he has been treated as a freak show, but Vika never looks at him like that. Her kindness and tenderness gets to him like nothing else has ever been able to. He has been alone most of his life and now suddenly he has hope for a better future but he can’t get himself or his woman out of this damn situation. Solo is a fierce warrior but also a kind soul, but don’t tell anyone that, it could ruin his hard earned reputation! He is incredibly loyal to those he cares about and that list is incredibly short, but Vika has made her way to that list. Although I LOVED the characters, there were a few things holding me back from loving this book. The first being the majority of the book, I think it was something like 80% of the book Solo is stuck in that damn cage. This really slowed the book down at some points it was made the book drag. Solo’s being in a cage limited the action of the book, he’s a fierce warrior forced into inaction for pretty much the entire book. The few times he was out, he was basically beat to ish. This also means pretty much everything happens in the last 20 or so percent of the book. Solo being in a cage also limits interaction between Solo and Vika. The interaction they did have was meaningful but when your male lead is confined and your heroine has to sneak around to see him interaction becomes limited and when there is extended together time a chunk of that time Vika is unconscious and there is again limited interaction. The good and bad “Helpers” of Solo’s were kind of weird and a bit distracting. So they were like Solo’s version of the Good and Bad Angels that sit on someone shoulder; one whispering to do good, the other to do bad, corrupting. No one other than Solo can see his helpers so when he is talking to them he’s basically talking to himself. They were there to I guess enhance the story line but for me I found them an annoyance and hindered the story line. I found the Good Helper to be a bit preachy and the constant changing of the Helpers looks based on Solo decisions to not be a value add but a distraction. Then there was the switching of the senses which I also found random and odd. I didn’t really see the point of it. I wanted a different outcome for this. I can’t really say more on this topic because it’s a spoiler but I really want to. LOL. This book had plenty of potential to go so many cool places so I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t really go there. It was also missing Gena Showalters trademark humor. I want to laugh, but I didn’t find myself chuckling all that much. The characters were this books saving grace and I do encourage you to read this book one because Vika and Solo are such great characters and two because it sets up the rest of this spin off series and we do get visits from a few of the Alien Huntress characters. I know I will be looking to the next book in this series. Rating: 3.5

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steph Patt

    Gena Showalter does it again! I have been a faithful reader of everything Gena Showalter since I picked up my first LOTU series book and fell in love with her writing and characters. She is on my auto-buy list and has yet to disappoint. I was super excited to see that she started a new series and that there were going to be sexy black ops agents.   So, Soloman Judah is a black ops agent…duh. Well, tragedy strikes at a meeting with his team and he is knocked out. When he wakes up he finds that he Gena Showalter does it again! I have been a faithful reader of everything Gena Showalter since I picked up my first LOTU series book and fell in love with her writing and characters. She is on my auto-buy list and has yet to disappoint. I was super excited to see that she started a new series and that there were going to be sexy black ops agents.   So, Soloman Judah is a black ops agent…duh. Well, tragedy strikes at a meeting with his team and he is knocked out. When he wakes up he finds that he is in a strange place: a cage. Solo has been bought by a crazy evil circus owner and is bound with more Otherworlder’s as attractions in a twisted show. Solo is determined to break out and kill his captures, but when the daughter of the owner shows him some compassion in a situation where she doesn’t have to, he starts to think that there is more going on than her being bred from evil.   Vika is as much of a captive as the Otherworlder’s in the cages. She has endured an abusive father and has a plan to escape and set the Otherworlder’s free. The only problem is that when all of the other captives throw rocks at her and say awful things, the new Otherworlder Solo, protects her.   Vika and Solo share an incredible bond through their situation and as all good love stories go, triumph in the end.  I really enjoyed the setting of this book. The circus is not someplace I have experience in any fantasy romance novels, but I definitely liked it. A lot of the story was told during captivity, so it really had a dark vibe to it. There are bible verses at the beginning of each chapter, which might bother some people, but didn’t me. I felt they were extraordinarily fitting for each chapter and what happened following the quote. They didn’t feel preachy to me, but kind of enlightening to what may come, or words of encouragement or wisdom for the characters.   The one thing that was missing for me in this book was the sex. Is it so hard to write in a good steamy sex scene? Some of us readers live for those scenes! Especially when you have a yummy otherworlder like Solo! I did feel a bit confused with Mr. X and Mr. E and it basically took me the whole book to figure out what the hell was going on with that, but in the end I supposed it worked. There was also the vow voodoo going on with Solo, but that didn’t bother me as much. I know a lot of the people that read this were disappointed, but I enjoyed it. It could be that I haven’t read any Gena Showalter in a while, but either way, I liked it. It was a solid read for me and I plan on reading the second book in this series Black and Blue.  

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    AMAZING!!! This book was so hard to put down for mundane reasons like work, preparing meals for my family and being a mom! ;-) It is an absolutely riveting read! Love, love, love it and am so glad it's the first in a new series! Can't wait to read more and hopefully get to know Blue, John and Michael. If you get the chance, pick it up and give it a read! It has a bit of everything... being from other planets, love stories, action, adventure, good vs evil - everything you need to keep you riveted AMAZING!!! This book was so hard to put down for mundane reasons like work, preparing meals for my family and being a mom! ;-) It is an absolutely riveting read! Love, love, love it and am so glad it's the first in a new series! Can't wait to read more and hopefully get to know Blue, John and Michael. If you get the chance, pick it up and give it a read! It has a bit of everything... being from other planets, love stories, action, adventure, good vs evil - everything you need to keep you riveted through the entire book! Enjoy! :-) XXOO ~Hope From Goodreads.com: 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… THE SWEETEST TEMPTATION… 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. THE ULTIMATE PRICE… 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Trina

    3.5 stars The first half of the book was awesome.....then it's all mushy lovey dovey and getting to know each other phase that dragged on to 80% of the book! Finally, an intimate scene we'd anticipated since forever and all we got is a scene that lasted a few paragraphs. That's fine too if it wasn't so vague in description and lacking in sensuality. What happened? Is this a YA...this is insulting, even for a YA. 3.5 stars The first half of the book was awesome.....then it's all mushy lovey dovey and getting to know each other phase that dragged on to 80% of the book! Finally, an intimate scene we'd anticipated since forever and all we got is a scene that lasted a few paragraphs. That's fine too if it wasn't so vague in description and lacking in sensuality. What happened? Is this a YA...this is insulting, even for a YA.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    Loved it,Loved it,Loved it,Loved it,Loved it,Loved it,Loved it,Loved it...........

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    It's really hard to explain what this book is about, so just click on the green link if you want to find out in detail http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13... . If not, then the only thing you need to know is that there are 2 main protagonists, female ( Vika Lucas) and male ( Solo Judah). Lat kiss goodnight is set in a zoo where Otherworlders are the main attraction. Vica is the daughter of the zoo's owner. Her task is to basically take care of the Otherwolders ( they'r locked up in cages). Whe It's really hard to explain what this book is about, so just click on the green link if you want to find out in detail http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13... . If not, then the only thing you need to know is that there are 2 main protagonists, female ( Vika Lucas) and male ( Solo Judah). Lat kiss goodnight is set in a zoo where Otherworlders are the main attraction. Vica is the daughter of the zoo's owner. Her task is to basically take care of the Otherwolders ( they'r locked up in cages). When Solo finds himself captured and lays eyes on Vica, he wants to kill her, even though she might be his only chance for escape. But then things change, as he realizes that the deaf girl isn't whom he though she was, and that she's his. ONLY his, and he will risk anything to protect her from her worst nightmare. I found this book on Amazon, i saw the GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS cover and the title, and i was like " MAN! This is sold!." I know, i know - ' Don't judge a book by it's cover', and i haven't. I'v read the synopsis and i was immediately hooked, i had to have it. But then i saw the rating that the readers gave, and some reviews for this book and i wasn't so sure anymore. They said that this book was the worst Gena Showalter have written so far, and that it didn't have as much passion as her previous books. Now, i don't know about that, cause this is my first book by this author. I highly enjoyed it, so if this is not her best work, then i can't picture how good the other's have to be. From the very start, i felt like the emotions that Vica felt were like flying out of the pages. I felt so sorry for her. The characters were very well developed, and realistic. I think they were ok-ish described. I felt connected to the 2 main protagonists from the very moment i'v met them. I somehow feel like i really know them. What i loved about Vica the most was how she always cared about others, and how strong emotionally she was. What i loved the most about Solo was how protective, and how enduring he was. He always held his head high, and his middle finger higher when people tried to bring him down, same goes for Vica. That's why i think they belong together and make such an outstanding couple. ***** ' She nipped at his jawline. " I missed this." " Sweetheart, you have no idea." " Don't ever leave me again." " Never." She released a moan as he claimed her the way he'd dreamed, branding her, branding himself.' ***** There were many sweet and passionate scenes in this book that i just adored. There was action, romance, drama and stuff that blew up. It didn't have many twists, maybe 1 or 2 little ones. But i didn't mind that, because the story plot and characters were simply fantastic. The ending could be more explained, so we could have a better look at what would happen in the future with Vica and Solo. But i'v heard that there's gonna be book 2, so this is not the end ;) Overall, Last Kiss Goodnight reached my expectations and i loved it. The only thing i would suggest to Miss/Mrs Showalter is to maybe put a bit more action and excitement into it, like more epic stuff happening. I can't wait to read book 2, and see what's going to happen to the awesome characters that i just LOVE, LOVE!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Krissys

    There's something to be said for an author that can disturb, upset, and gain a whole new level of respect from a reader at the same time. When I read an authors work there are usually three rules I look for that shouldn't be broken. Don't make it personal, don't include or put upon your personal belief systems onto anyone that reads your work, and don't alienate your readers. Everyone is entitled to what they believe and what you do in your personal life however many barriers that may cross is y There's something to be said for an author that can disturb, upset, and gain a whole new level of respect from a reader at the same time. When I read an authors work there are usually three rules I look for that shouldn't be broken. Don't make it personal, don't include or put upon your personal belief systems onto anyone that reads your work, and don't alienate your readers. Everyone is entitled to what they believe and what you do in your personal life however many barriers that may cross is your own business, but as an author they shouldn't put their religious belief onto their readers. Everyone including the author is allowed their own opinions, and a reader can be left to draw his or her own conclusions at the end that's expected. But if you cross the line into including those things you risk the chance of losing a readers interest if they aren't open enough to take in an authors message and decide to take it in or ignore it or plain accept it for what it is. In this day in age we live in a time where everything is 'Lets not offend this person, lets not offend those people. Everyone is a winner, no one loses' motto's. So unfortunately when an author includes religious belief in their books they are designating to a limited crowd and asking their fans to set aside their own belief systems and take a chance on what they've written while they read the authors book. That's a big gamble. I'm not anti religion don't get me wrong but its a slippery slope when you're including religion in a paranormal romance genre. What what you write and go all for it, I support that to the nine. That being said not many authors are willing to push the envelope and take a chance on topics that will make a reader cringe or cry or be offended. In this case, I did all three. When an author can really step out of their zone and walk into the unknown and take the leap into something new, that really shows just how far they are willing to go to get that ultimate rise and to get to that next step. It gets people talking and that's a great thing to accomplish. Its a brave thing to do and it shows just how far the paranormal romance genre and its authors have come. You can love it or hate it, that's up to you. The only true thing we really have is our opinions. I have been a fan of Gena Showalter since the beginning and she has done a fantastic job of reaching deep and grabbing hold of those intense emotions and I for one applaud her for being brave enough to step out of that 'cage'. But in my opinion I don't have anything great to say about the book itself, Gena let her personal life interfere with her job, the dialogue was horrible, the characters were flat, the plot was lacking, and the whole story over all left me very disappointed in what I've always known of Gena Showalter's work. Not looking forward to reading any more of her work in the future if they are the same as Last Kiss Goodnight.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    3.5 Stars This review was posted at Under the Coves I was soooo excited to get my paws on this book because, well the cover is to die for, and I was hoping for a glimpse of Dallas. From the very beginning of the book I knew this would be a unique story. We have a heroine who is deaf, and a hero who is sort of a monster amongst his assassins and he kind of has a little devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. Almost literally. Then there’s the actual premise of the book being in a freak circ 3.5 Stars This review was posted at Under the Coves I was soooo excited to get my paws on this book because, well the cover is to die for, and I was hoping for a glimpse of Dallas. From the very beginning of the book I knew this would be a unique story. We have a heroine who is deaf, and a hero who is sort of a monster amongst his assassins and he kind of has a little devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. Almost literally. Then there’s the actual premise of the book being in a freak circus. Vika’s father is the owner of this circus and he collects aliens to keep in cages and show to mean spirited humans who come to see them. Solo is actually looking to free those aliens, but then ends up captured and caged himself. I really liked Solo. Solomon Judah is a hero to die for. Big and strong and protective. I loved him from the very beginning. His lack of self esteem because he sees himself as a monster was endearing and gave him the vulnerability that drew me in. Vika on the other hand was a strong heroine, having gone through hell and back from early on. Then there’s the bad guy of the story. Wow! One of the worst I’ve read in a while, he was just MEAN and I despised him the whole way. Just when I thought things were looking up, he would step on my hopes again. Great bad guy! But as much as all these elements by themselves were amazing, the storyline didn’t blow me away. It was just ok for me. I found it a bit slow and going through ups and downs. I went from really liking it to falling flat to really liking it again. I think in part a lot of that was because it took forever for Vika and Solo to get together. This is a spin off series, and although I found no issues with understanding everything, maybe someone picking this book up without reading the Alien Huntress series might just have a bit of problems with understanding all the different alien types. I think Gena has done a better job at explaining that in the original series than in this book. That being said, you could easily read this book without reading the original series and still enjoy it. I am very excited to what’s to come in this new series. I really liked this group of “assassins” from the moment they were talked about in the Alien Huntress series and I can’t wait to read about them all. But I NEED MORE DALLAS!!! Who do I have to bribe? That man is dangerous for my peace of mind. Please give him an HEA. *ARC provided by publisher

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Potts

    3.5 Stars What it's about: Gena Showalter wrote a fantastic series, the Alien Huntress books, that have two of my favorite books in it: Awaken Me Darkly and Savor Me Slowly. This series opened readers' eyes to Aliens, Otherworlders and the organizations that control them all. Last Kiss Goodnight is a part of a new series, called Otherworld Assassin, and overlaps with the Alien Huntress world. Solo is a brute: He's an alien who is Black Ops, and he was captured and imprisoned in a zoo featuring Ot 3.5 Stars What it's about: Gena Showalter wrote a fantastic series, the Alien Huntress books, that have two of my favorite books in it: Awaken Me Darkly and Savor Me Slowly. This series opened readers' eyes to Aliens, Otherworlders and the organizations that control them all. Last Kiss Goodnight is a part of a new series, called Otherworld Assassin, and overlaps with the Alien Huntress world. Solo is a brute: He's an alien who is Black Ops, and he was captured and imprisoned in a zoo featuring Otherworlders. The zoo owners' daughter is a deaf human, Vika, who is in charge of their "care and feeding." Throw in forbidden romance, dark magic, and a father who will do anything to control everyone, and you have a fantastical tale. Why you should read it: Last Kiss Goodnight is tame in comparison to Gena's other paranormal romance books. There's a lot of character building and getting to know the two leads before we even catch a hint of steam. Last Kiss Goodnight is also a part of what I call the "New Gena" style of writing: LKG and Alice in Zombieland have biblical phrases throughout and an overall theme of good vs. evil with clearly defined lines. While I wouldn't call her work Christian writing, there are definitely elements of it that weren't in earlier books. Overall, LKG builds a bit more slowly, but, hey, it's Gena Showalter, and if you pick up any of her books, you're in for an unusual and fun ride. To read what Gena has to say about the two main characters check out the HEA Blog http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyev...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Leah Olson

    Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson: I adore Gena Showalter's books. I'm obsessed with LOTU, devour the Alien Huntress books, and am smitten with her new YA. So, when I heard that Gena was writing an Alien Huntress spin-off I was beyond excited. First off, as always and expected from Gena, Last Kiss Goodnight gives us a fascinating world, lovable characters, & a unique story. Gena celebrates her faith in this book by prefacing each new chapter with a bible verse, and u Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson: I adore Gena Showalter's books. I'm obsessed with LOTU, devour the Alien Huntress books, and am smitten with her new YA. So, when I heard that Gena was writing an Alien Huntress spin-off I was beyond excited. First off, as always and expected from Gena, Last Kiss Goodnight gives us a fascinating world, lovable characters, & a unique story. Gena celebrates her faith in this book by prefacing each new chapter with a bible verse, and uses tie ins to those for the characters and their plight. Some readers might not like this, but knowing how important Gena's faith is to her, I found it wonderful to see her openly celebrating it in such a manner. Vika is a wonderful heroine. She's strong, smart, spunky, and overcoming some incredible challenges. I love strong heroines and while she has her vulnerabilities she is exactly that. Solo is an interesting hero. He's got some baggage and definitely is struggling with some self esteem problems, but I like that he's different and I love the way he cares for Vika and his friends. So, all-in-all, while I didn't love Last Kiss Goodnight as much as I do Gena's other books (it just wasn't as action packed or sexy to me), it was an enjoyable read and was wonderfully written. LITERAL ADDICTION gives Last Kiss Goodnight 3 1/2 Skulls.

  26. 5 out of 5

    The Window Seat

    Well, let's see... I hate Sci Fi, I hate aliens and alternate reality, I despise circus stories since I first watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie where Laura went to a circus, and I hate reading spin off series without having first read the primary series that they are a branch off of... So how did I like Last Kiss Goodnight which would fall into ALL of those categories? I DEVOURED it! Solomon Judah is an Otherworld Assassin who works with his two closest friends who he has grown up Well, let's see... I hate Sci Fi, I hate aliens and alternate reality, I despise circus stories since I first watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie where Laura went to a circus, and I hate reading spin off series without having first read the primary series that they are a branch off of... So how did I like Last Kiss Goodnight which would fall into ALL of those categories? I DEVOURED it! Solomon Judah is an Otherworld Assassin who works with his two closest friends who he has grown up with since childhood. These aliens are a part of a special black ops group and they handle missions that no one else can. When Solo is captured and sold to a circus to be a part of the "animal" attractions, he should hate the woman who is in charge of feeding and caring for him and the others. But somehow, he just can't. Instead of attacking her as she rightfully - in his mind - deserves, he feels an undeniable urge to protect and care for her. And that includes protecting her from her abusive father who owns the circus. For the full review, please go to http://www.thewindowseat13.com/2012/1...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Arshia

    Haven't read Gena's books in a while now but damn this was a good beginning to the new series. It reminded me of the early LOTU books! Obviously feel in love with characters... Strong female who despite all the crappy people on her life somehow manages to stay strong and positive. I like how Gena explained the thought process behind Vika's reasoning that she couldn't give in to any of the darkness surrounding her. Her father runs a circus in which he has various acts and one of them is the showc Haven't read Gena's books in a while now but damn this was a good beginning to the new series. It reminded me of the early LOTU books! Obviously feel in love with characters... Strong female who despite all the crappy people on her life somehow manages to stay strong and positive. I like how Gena explained the thought process behind Vika's reasoning that she couldn't give in to any of the darkness surrounding her. Her father runs a circus in which he has various acts and one of them is the showcasing of "otherworlders". His recent acquisition is Solo, our alpha-male-brooding hero, who has plenty of reason to hate Vika because she it's part of the enemy but he mostly holds his judgment and waits. Both of the characters were perfect foils of each other and they were given time to develop individually and together as a couple. There were plenty of secondary characters introduced that hopefully will have a book of their own. Can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series!

  28. 5 out of 5

    QiJia 치쟈

    Last Kiss Goodnight is my second Gena Showalter read, but first of her adult read. There's just so many types of Otherworlders that I'm a bit overwhelmed. Still I'm not used with the species but since they don't affect the story ╮(╯▽╰)╭ This is a fairly nice story. Vika was under the care and "love" of her twisted cruel father since a child . Whereas Solo was luckier but wasn't by much either. However Solo has this Good advisor - X and Bad advisor - Dr E. (like an angel on your right shoulder,and Last Kiss Goodnight is my second Gena Showalter read, but first of her adult read. There's just so many types of Otherworlders that I'm a bit overwhelmed. Still I'm not used with the species but since they don't affect the story ╮(╯▽╰)╭ This is a fairly nice story. Vika was under the care and "love" of her twisted cruel father since a child . Whereas Solo was luckier but wasn't by much either. However Solo has this Good advisor - X and Bad advisor - Dr E. (like an angel on your right shoulder,and the devil on your left,whispering to you) . It's a bit weird for me to comprehend at first, and later they are even talking to Vika.... sooo yea a bit weirded out[still don't really get Solo's species] Anyhow, I felt the character building was too long, makes it too draggy. No offence, but I think around 50+pages could be knocked off. :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    What a let down. I scoured three stores to find a copy of this book and ultimately I purchased the e-book for my Kindle. I agree with some of the other reviewers in that I felt like I was being forced to swallow Showalter's newly discovered Christian epiphany. I hope that this isn't a taste of what is to come with all her other series. The biblical verses at the beginning of each chapter were way over the top and the similarities with the book characters and biblical characters was mind numbing. What a let down. I scoured three stores to find a copy of this book and ultimately I purchased the e-book for my Kindle. I agree with some of the other reviewers in that I felt like I was being forced to swallow Showalter's newly discovered Christian epiphany. I hope that this isn't a taste of what is to come with all her other series. The biblical verses at the beginning of each chapter were way over the top and the similarities with the book characters and biblical characters was mind numbing. The sex was non existent. Sure there was sex but the scenes lasted all of 2 paragraphs and were not descriptive in the least. Major disappointment. I am only giving this book 2 stars because I am a loyal fan of Showalter and hope that this was just a temporary lapse in judgement. UGH!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shyloe

    I always knew one day that I would come across a Gena Showalter book that I wouldn't like!! Well the day has come!! Weak character outline, the storyline was lacking! And to be honest the bible quotes at the beginning of every chapter a little strange, I understand she recently went through a hard time, but not all her readers are religious so she probably should have left that out!! I feel like maybe her heart wasn't in it! Or maybe she is just stretching herself too thin with all the novels sh I always knew one day that I would come across a Gena Showalter book that I wouldn't like!! Well the day has come!! Weak character outline, the storyline was lacking! And to be honest the bible quotes at the beginning of every chapter a little strange, I understand she recently went through a hard time, but not all her readers are religious so she probably should have left that out!! I feel like maybe her heart wasn't in it! Or maybe she is just stretching herself too thin with all the novels she is trying to write at once!! Anywho not the best, especially after the incredible Dark Taste Of Rapture!! This one fell short!!! That's just my opinion!!!

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