Where I got It: A review copy from the publisher (thanks!).
Who I Recommend This To: Like aliens? Assassins? Kick-ass female leads? Descriptive sex scenes? Gadgets, hand-to-hand combat, and mouthy remarks? Yep, that’s this book.
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Publisher: Simon and Schuster (2013)
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes
Series: Book 3 Alien Huntress
While this is Book 3 in the series, it works fine as a stand alone.
The story starts with Jaxon Tremain, an Alien Investigation & Removal (AIR) agent, in a nasty dank cell. He’s been beaten, tortured, and there’s still more interrogation to come. Lucky for him, that next interrogator in line is Mishka Le’Ace, a double agent, who was sent to rescue him…..and more. Jaxon has info concerning a recently discovered alien race, one that carries a deadly infection. A lot of people want that info and not all of them for good, humanitarian reasons. Mishka as issues – she’s a petri dish experiment, a blending of DNAs, along with a few bits of machine augmentation. There’s also a tiny chip buried in her brain that her current owner uses to control and monitor her. This makes a clandestine relationship difficult. But Jaxon may just be the man for the job….if his friends don’t kill them both.
This is my third Showalter book, and if you checked out the other reviews, you know I had to comment on the nonsensical covers. Well, folks, this one at least makes sense. And I like the art. While I would prefer some of the alien tech, the weapons, the deadly femme fatale-ness to show on the cover, this is still clearly Mishka. Plus, I like tattoos. So kudos to the publisher for putting some thought into the cover instead of giving us another random female in a random teddy.
OK, on to the goodness, and there was much goodness about this book. Let’s be upfront about the sex scenes. Yes, they are one of the reasons I read these books. In this case, you have a couple of trained, deadly assassins on opposite sides of the conflict, Mishka and Jaxon. Each is physically fit, which makes them a joy to picture doing, well, anything. Plus, I like tattoos. The books starts off with a few teaser scenes and then moves to full descriptive sex scenes. Nice.
Now, what else do we have in this book? Well, some cool tech, plenty of weapons, several women with weapons, training, and goals. Plus we have the various aliens, including the infection-spreading Schon (spelling?). This plot also adds some AIR agency politics that put a few of the characters at odds with each other. Then there is Mishka. She is a thinking being and has desires of her own…but there’s that life-controlling chip in her head that essentially makes her property.
There is some silly emphasis on love. Yep. As a reader, I am quite alright with lust playing a large role in why the characters get naked and role around in bed. Really. I don’t need them to be in love. There was also some added silliness concerning the Schon and love. I think it was meant to make a particular character likeable or understandable on some level, but I found it to be a weak point in the plot. My only other criticism is that the book ended without giving us closure on the main source of conflict. Perhaps it is suppose to be a series arc? Anyway, I could have used a little more completeness there.
The Narration: While Justine Eyre has a luscious voice for Mishka, it was the exact same voice for the main female from Awaken Me Darkly and the main female from Enslave Me Sweetly. As the two main ladies from those books make guest appearances in this book, you can imagine how it was a little difficult to picture all 3 as separate entities instead of one well-armed lady with multiple-personality syndrome. With that aside, Eyre was a delight to listen to, providing a deep sensuality when the story called for it. She had provided accents for the aliens.
What I Liked: The cover; plenty of tech and weapons; AIR politics; the sex scenes.
What I Disliked: Love, it’s over rated for novels like these; Le’Ace is a silly name and sounds stilted on the tongue – and if it was an attempt at French, L’Ace would be correct.
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