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Otherworld Assassins: Last Kiss Goodnight
on 5 March 2013
I liked this book but didn't love it and to be honest I'm a bit disappointed with it. I think one of the other reviewers has described similar feelings/thoughts very well in that because Gena writes such good stories she sets the bar very high and for me this one just didn't meet her usual standard. The book is the first in a new series called Otherworld Assassins and is a spin off to the Alien Huntress series although I don't know why she didn't just add this to the AH series rather than creating a brand new one. Also I don't know if this is meant to be a YA book or not but for me the love scenes lacked their usual detail and 'steaminess'.
The book follows Solomon (Solo) Judah who is as the series name advises an Otherworld Assasin. He along with two otherworlders make up an elite assassin black ops team who at the beginning of the book are part of an explosion attack which leaves what happens to the other two unknown and Solo captured to become part of a Circus as an 'animal' attraction. Solo has immense strength and undergoes a change when he is upset or angry into a red skinned devil looking otherworlder however the owner of the circus that has captured him has cuffs on him that keep him and the otherworlders sedated to stop them escaping. Solo's love interest is the daughter of the owner, Vika Lukas who is at her Fathers mercy and must do his bidding or else face his wrath which has already cost her her hearing. Vika dreams of running away and starting a new life and is desperately saving up to enable her to do so when Solo is brought to the circus. There is something about him that draws her and he in turn feels the same about her. So will she risk all to save him and the Otherworlders or save herself and stick to her original plan?
I agree with some of the other reviews in that this is definitely a darker turn for Gena and my heart did go out to Vika but I still couldn't understand why she put up with the years of abuse and for this reason I struggled to connect to her. Solo's character drew me in straight away and I didn't really have any problems seeing where his character came from. I did like that Dallas made an appearance even though it was very brief but this book is definitely set apart form the AH series in that this was really the only character crossover other than Corbin Blue being introduced briefly also. I will look out for the next in the series but I do hope that it will have the Gena spark back in it otherwise I won't be pursuing this series any further and will stick with my known and loved series' such as LOTU and Alien Huntress. An okay read don't get me wrong but not my favourite of Gena's.