Review: Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter

9 Dec

Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter
Mass Market: $7.99
Pocket Star Books (November 2010)
ISBN: 978-1-4391-7577-4

Favorite Line: “McKell had taken her lipgloss and spelled the word DIBS.” (p. 43)

Ava Sans learned early to kick ass or be the one to take the beating. Now she and her best friend are training to be agents for Alien Investigation and Removal and to prove themselves they’ve got to capture a vampire warrior.

McKell was the leader of the vampire army until he disobeyed an order from the vampire monarchy. Now he’s an outcast in search of information and the beautiful Ava may be the easiest way for him to collect what he needs.

But he can’t get her out of his mind…and she can’t stop dreaming about him. In a world filled with vampires and a deadly alien disease, the two must find common ground and put their pasts to rest if they are to have any chance of finding ecstasy in the darkness.

Ecstasy in Darkness is the fifth book in Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress series according to the inside cover of the book. Showalter’s sight lists a couple more books (Red Handed and Black Listed). Those are labeled as teen Alien Huntress books.

Ecstasy in Darkness is everything you expect in a Showalter book: crazy, sexy, funny, romantic and fun. The fully developed characters are enticing, the plot lines are interesting and the HEA ending pulls it all together. I loved McKell. He was an alpha I’m adding to my keeper shelf of fictional men I’d do. (I’d also do Curran (Ilona Andrews), Duncan (Julie Garwood), Terrible (Stacia Kane) and too many others to name. OMG, I’m a fiction whore!) But back to the story…

The banter between Ava and her best-friend, Noelle, is hilarious. The girls have conquered the “I can talk about her, but you better not” corner. It’s the kind of love usually reserved for family. They aren’t blood sisters, but they are something better…girls who (for lack of a better phrase) are soul sisters. The book is full of their bitching easy camaraderie:

“What do you mean, I’m always starved? What are you trying to say?”
“Oh, sorry. I thought I made that clear. I was saying you eat too much, and maybe you should have rethought the miniskirt tonight.”
They hefted his big, heavy body up, and her biceps immediately began to shake.
“I look fat to you?” All hundred and twenty pounds of her? Most of which was muscle, if she were being (kind of) honest. Damn, that irresistible butterscotch.
She ran her tongue over her teeth, even though she knew Noelle was prodding her only to energize her. “Oh, poor thing, I think one of your contacts has slipped. Let me help.” With her free hand, she slapped her friend on the back of the head. Hard.

Their reaction to anyone who dared bother the other is even better. Want to know about it? Go buy the book and read it. You can also read the first three chapters of the book here.

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