This is the second book in the Alien Huntress series. It doesn't really use any characters from the first book; although it is in the same setting. You wouldn't have to read the first book to know what is going on, but the first book does provide some background on the world in general. I actually liked this book a bit better than the first one.
Eden is a Raka, basically a beautiful golden alien. Unlike Mia Snow (who was part of AIR); Eden Black is a Shadow, trained to assassinate Otherworlders who are up to no good. Unfortunately her first field mission to assassinate an Otherworlder who has been selling humans as slaves, goes horribly wrong. She is assigned a partner, Lucius, to help ensure that the second time around the mission goes as planned. This time though Eden isn't going in with guns blazing though; she is posing as bait. Will things go as planned or will Eden end up sold as a slave to the wrong person? Can her and Lucius keep their minds on the job and overcome their hatred (and attraction) long enough to get things done?
Eden was a fascinating character; much more interesting than Mia was and much more well-rounded. She's an assassin from a peace-loving race; she is an Otherworlder who hunts down other Otherworlders. She is strong but not annoying or bitchy like Mia was. Overall she made a great character. Lucius was a good counterpart to Eden. I liked that their relationship actually had some basis to build on; respect for each other, etc.
The story was fast-paced with great action scenes and a few red-hot love scenes. This book should please the romance crowd more than the first book; I though the love scenes were pretty well balanced with a good plot and lots of action. The story was wrapped up well at the end; no huge plot points left hanging. This was a quick read too; a good summer read.
There were a couple minor things that irritated me a little; one was Eden's instant attraction to Lucius. Overall this was a bit overdone and not really all that believable. Also though this book had more sex scenes; they were all very similar and it would have been nice to have some creativity.
Overall I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next novel in the Alien Huntress series.
NOt a fan. Book started out with a strong female lead but soon turned into a predictable romance story. So cliche I was actually rolling my eyes. Romance novels are not my thing, if you enjoy them, I'm sure this one will fit the bill. If you are looking for UF or Sci Fi..Skip it.
It has been a while since I read Awaken Me Darkly (Alien Huntress, Bk 1), but I'm fairly sure I didn't enjoy it as much as Enslave Me Sweetly. I like Eden Black as a character and her love interest Lucius a lot more than Mia Snow and her beau. Eden truly is a competent assassin for which I give Showalter kudos. However, I really wish that the author would have allowed the UST to develop and blossom better. Eden and Lucius have a great introduction but their mutual dislike and unease with each other is quickly swept away by their massive need to have sex. A little sexual tension is good. So much that they can't do their job around each other and jump into bed is not so good. I really wanted to be made to yearn for their getting together. Instead it was all too easy. Besides that, the book is good and was written before Showalter started over-writing. It just isn't a keeper for me because the whole sex slavery thing is a huge squick of mine and well, doesn't have a place in my idea of romance.
Quick edit: Yeah, so I just reread parts of the book while I'm not on cold medication and realized that it is pretty bad. I still think it starts off well, but the last half of the book is just too simple and unrealistic to be taken seriously. I'm downgrading this book from 3 stars to 2.
Good not great. Showalter creates interesting characters and situations but this book didn't "wow". The development of the relationship between the characters didn't seem very organic and it was more lust than love. As a romance it wasn't very convincing. She definitely created a lot of suspense and it was difficult to guess how things were going to be resolved in the end. Overall it was worth the read but it wasn't memorable and isn't a keeper.
I need to take a vacation day before I start a Showalter book because I end up neglecting my life just to try to finish the book as fast as I can. This is a great sc-fi romance. Sexy as sin. Funny. The banter between Lucius and Eden was great and very entertaining.