Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Seduce the Darkness (Alien Huntress, Book 4) by Gena Showalter

Seduce the Darkness (Alien Huntress, Book 4)
Title: Seduce the Darkness
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback, 416 pages 
Publisher: Pocket Star; Original edition (June 30, 2009) 
ISBN-10: 1416531645 
ISBN-13: 978-1416531647 
Author's website: 
Notes: Contains violence and language some may consider offensive.

Almost a hundred years ago, before the war between the humans and the otherworlders, a little girl of probably no more than 8 was abandoned with no memory of her former life or family. The only hint as to who she might be was a tattoo on her wrist which said Bride McKells. Shortly thereafter, a man swept her up, his intentions unknown. Before she realized what she was doing, she'd drained and killed the man. Her hunger had been so strong she couldn't resist the temptation of his neck being so close. That was the day she knew she was a vampire. In all the years since, she'd never encountered another.

Devyn de bon ci Laci, prince of the Targonia Royal House, was the love 'em and leave 'em type of guy. The ultimate man slut, or, to put it more gently, a rake. He'd bedded almost every woman he met. Well, he did seem to try to keep to just one woman from each species. Not the sort of guy you'd label as having relationship potential. Did I mention he's got an ego the size of the sun? He also began working with A.I.R. after helping rid the galaxy of EenLi.

When the two meet, the attraction is all one sided. Bride is intent on finding Aleaha, who disappeared years ago. She's the only friend she's ever had. Devyn apparently has had some contact with Aleaha because Bride's tracked her scent to him. Devyn, however, refuses to help her and when he realizes she's a vampire, a species he's already sampled, well, he can't get away from her fast enough. Problem is his mind keeps drifting back to her.

When Devyn revealed he'd encountered another vampire, Bride couldn't get him out of her mind. He now was her link to more than just her best friend. He might be her link to her kind. Too bad the man disappeared on her. Determined that if she could find him once she'd find him again, she sets a plan in motion to do just that. This time he wouldn't get away...

There was so much packed into this story it made my head spin. Not because I couldn't follow along, but because I kept thinking of the repercussions of all that happened. I liked seeing the vampire underworld that they visited. I liked the idea that the vampires are probably a species of  alien that arrived hundreds of years ago.  I also liked that Bride is the ultimate alien huntress. If you put all the huntresses against one another she'd probably win. I won't go into any great detail about what makes her the ultimate huntress, as I wouldn't want to spoil that part of the story for you.

McKell, a secondary character, is just as intriguing and delicious as the other characters in the stories. His character added some extra depth to the story and the way the vampire world works. It was also nice that he could shed some light on Bride's life and family prior to her going topside. Luckily, McKell gets his own happy ending in 'Ecstasy in Darkness',  and we, the readers, get to see and learn more of and about him.

My favorite romantic quote, "You make me hot, you make me laugh, and you make me angry. You look at me with those emerald eyes, and all I want to see is happiness inside them. You confuse me, you arouse me, you make me want to be better." On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earns a STEAM rating - too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. Overall, I gave it 5 out of 5 roses.

Order series should be read:

1)  Awaken Me Darkly
2) Enslave Me Sweetly
3) Savor Me Slowly
3.5) Deep Kiss of Winter - Novella within Anthology
4) Seduce the Darkness
5)  Ecstasy in Darkness
6) Dark Taste of Rapture

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