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Book CoverAsh’s review of Last Kiss Goodnight (Otherworld Assassins, Book 1) by Gena Showalter
Paranormal Romance published by Pocket Books 26 Dec 12

Gena Showalter is one of my favorite authors. There has not been a book of hers that I haven’t enjoyed. As soon as I read the blurb on Last Kiss Goodnight, I had to have it. I just wish it had lived up to her other books more.

I have to start by saying that I am not sure if Gena Showalter is purposely writing in a new style or that is just how this book went. I went into it expecting her usual stuff and this is not it at all. I am trying not to let that affect my feelings toward the story, because it is a good story. Someone new to Showalter might enjoy this more than an established fan like me.

As for the world, I was fully immersed in it, and while it is familiar to me from her other Otherworld series, it feels completely fresh. I love books that have this kind of feel to them, and if it wasn’t so slowly paced it would have been an A grade. The action is almost nonexistent. Every time I think something can happen, it doesn’t, or at least not to its full potential. The same goes for the love scenes, which, if you have read Gena Showalter before, you know she knows how to write them. Again, they went nowhere and I’m left wanting more of everything.

I still read this book as fast as I could, and I will still read every book Gena Showalter puts out there, but I’m left feeling like this could have been really awesome instead of just really good. It feels a little bit like a wasted opportunity, and it really sucks saying that about a favorite author.

Ashs iconGrade: B-


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter ignites a thrilling new paranormal series with this breathtaking tale of a warrior enslaved by desire, and the woman who frees his soul.


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.


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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