Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter
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 years 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.
Review by Brittany:
Showalter is a bestselling author, but this is the first book by her that I've read. And despite the great saying, I picked up because the cover is just gorgeous!
I think I have a bit of a thing for circus stories. I've only read a few, but any time I see a blurb about a circus book, it intrigues me. This one deals with a supernatural circus, one that holds otherworlders in cages instead of animals. There is also an element of black magic that keeps the circus moving locations and keeps the fear in the otherworlders.
I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first, largely because this is where more of the action happens. Solo is actually a participant in the circus, and he then gets his opportunity to bust out, take Vika, and make an escape. It is also in the last half of the book that some of the otherworlders get an opportunity to shine and show what their skill sets are.
The romance that blossoms between Solo and Vika is typical of a romance - nearly instantaneous and a slow burn. But what I loved about it was that there was no gratuitous sex or overly graphic sex. This is an author who understands the value of romance and of keeping it behind closed doors, a breath of fresh air from so many other books that are on the market.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would have liked more circus time and I myself didn't fall in love with Solo - falling in love with the hero is always a big plus - but I liked it all the same. This is the first in a series by Showalter, and I do plan to read the next one (which has an even more gorgeous cover!). If you're a romance reader and like a little paranormal thrown in, this one is a good one to pick up. If nothing else, the cover is droolworthy!