I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter
Series: Alien Huntress #1
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on June 25th 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Ridding the world of evil, one alien at a time: That's Mia Snow's mission.
Snow is in the forecast.
In a time and place not too far away, Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department. Heading up her expert team of Alien Investigation and Removal agents, Mia's unmatched at battling the elusive enemy among us, and she's the perfect girl for the job. She's seen her brother die at the hands of aliens. She's earned each of her scars. And she'll die before she cries. Now, a series of killings have Mia and her partner Dallas tracking alien suspects - but a sudden blast of violence leaves Dallas fighting for his life.
They are ice and fire.
The chance to save Dallas appears in the form of a tall, erotic stranger. An alien. A murder suspect. Kyrin en Arr, of the deadly Arcadian species, holds the power to heal the injured agent but not without a price. For Mia Snow, that price is surrendering to Kyrin's forbidden seduction... and embracing their electric attraction. She's walking a knife's edge, risking her badge and even her life. The closer she gets to Kyrin, the more Mia learns about her own heart, her human needs - and the shocking secret that will shatter everything she's ever believed.
First Impression: Smoking sex with a hot alien. Win!
The Narration: Justine Eyre narration of Awaken Me Darkly is equal parts lulling and sex phone operator. She has a silky deep voice that works well for both the female and male characters. It’s hard for a female narrator to pull the male voices off well sometimes but Eyre does a great job and she still manages to make the females sound light and feminine.
What I liked: Showalter does a great job at setting up this world where we are in the future and have aliens of different species living among the humans. Mia the main character is a kick ass chick that you would see in an Urban Fantasy series. Kyrin is not quite an alpha male but he’s not wuss either. He’s a happy medium. I enjoyed the different secondary characters and I can’t wait to see them all get their own stories. And with the set up of the missing children there’s a potential for an interesting series arc.
What I didn’t like: I saw one of the big reveals to the plot line a mile away but since I’m pretty good I figure things out early in most of the books I read I won’t hold that against this one.
Lasting Impression: Interesting world and characters that will have me sticking around for a while.
Will I continue this series: Yes. While the 1st installment did not my socks off, I still enjoyed it and can see the series getting better with each character’s book. I already have books 2 & 3 ready to listen to.
Would I read this author again: I’ve read a couple of other books by Showalter and I’ve enjoyed them so far. So yeah I’ll continue to give her books a try.
Similar Books/Series: Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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