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.
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.
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.
Great light reading.