Narrator: Justine Eyre

Heroine with an unhealthy obsession with butterscotch! Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter

Posted February 26, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 2 Comments

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Heroine with an unhealthy obsession with butterscotch! Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena ShowalterEcstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter
Series: Alien Huntress #5
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads

Growing up poor on New Chicago’s meanest streets, Ava Sans had two options: be the predator or be the prey. No contest. Now, working for Alien Investigation and Removal, she’s been ordered to capture the biggest, baddest warrior of all—a vampire too beautiful to be real, with the ability to manipulate time. Once the leader of the entire vampire army, McKell has been deemed savage and unstable, spurned even by his own kind.

To McKell, humans should be nothing more than sustenance. Yet the petite, golden-skinned Ava is a fascinating contradiction—vicious yet witty, strong yet vulnerable, lethal but fiercely loyal. Against his better judgment, McKell craves that loyalty, and much more. When the chase leads to seduction, McKell and Ava will race to discover the truth about his past. But the answers will come at a price, even for a woman who thought she had nothing left to lose. . . .

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First Thought

Gena Showalter continues to entertain me with her sexy aliens.

the writing

I love that Showalter throws in a few hits at Kresley Cole’s IAD series in Ecstasy in Darkness. She also did it in the previous novella, Tempt Me Eternally.  But it’s, even more, fitting, this time, around since the heroine, Ava and her BFF Noelle act much like Cole’s Valkyries. Showalter’s writing is well around with action sequences to go with her sexy charged romp scenes. She also brings humor and snark to the table as well.

the world

I love the world in the Alien Huntress series. Showalter explains that all the supes in this world are actually aliens from different worlds and dimensions. There’s some new (at least to me) supes and it brings a refreshing feel to this paranormal romance series.

the romance

This time, around we have a vampire male and a human female.  McKell reminds me a little of Lothaire from Cole’s IAD series in that he believes (like much of his race) that humans are food and nothing more. They are below him and dare his fated female to be a lowly human.

Ava is an agent in training with AIR. The AIR is the is Alien Investigation and Removal mostly run by humans to keep the dangerous otherworlders (aliens/supes) in line. Ava has so many chips on her shoulder and one being that she made the mistake of sleeping with a follow trainee that had a big mouth about their one night together. Ava doesn’t want to be known as “that agent” that sleeps around with her co-workers and for sure not the one that sleeps with her targets.

McKell and Ava have tons of issues to work through to get their HEA. But Showalter wrote their ride well and Eyre brought it to life marvelously.

the narration

I don’t know what else I can say about Justin Eyre. She totally nails this series and the characters. She does a wide range of accents (very well). She makes me feel like I’m listening to more than one narrator. Her voices for previous characters are exactly as they were in their own book and yet she manages to make the “new” character distinct from older characters.

Final Thought

I’m sad that the ride is almost over.

About Justine Eyre

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated over three hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and four AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage in leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.

About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.

Tempt Me Eternally by Gena Showalter

Tempt Me Eternally by Gena Showalter

Posted February 20, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

      Originally published in DEEP KISS OF WINTER along with Untouchable (Immortals After Dark #8) by Kresley Cole. First let me say that TEMPT ME ETERNALLY is labeled as 4.5 in the Alien Huntress series but it really should be labeled as 3.5 since the story takes place before the events in book 4, SEDUCE THE DARKNESS. You could read it in either order but I think it you would get more out of it if you read it before SEDUCE THE DARKNESS since Aleaha and Breean are already a couple in SEDUCE. Plus you give background on Aleaha’s character that will help you out in SEDUCE. TEMPT ME ETERNALLY is almost novel length and has the same punch as a full length novel. I […]

Seduce the Darkness by Gena Showalter

Seduce the Darkness by Gena Showalter

Posted February 10, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

    SEDUCE THE DARKNESS is my favorite in Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress series! And it’s mostly do in part to the hero, Devyn. He’s a total man whore and full of himself. Devyn is both sexy and fun. He had a repressived childhood, where sex and the body was thought of as dirty and vile. But Devyn has escaped that life and he is making up for lost time with the ladies. He loves to “collect” women of different species and has a rule to not screw the same species twice. Until he meets Bride. Bride is a vampire living alone and in hiding. She’s lived long enough to know that she can’t let people know what she is are they would hunt and kill […]

Audio Review: Savor Me Slowly by Gena Showalter

Audio Review: Savor Me Slowly by Gena Showalter

Posted December 26, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

Savor Me Slowly is the third book in Gena Showalter’s sexy series about Alien Huntresses. I need to state up front that Savor Me Slowly is just as steamy as the previous two books but because the hero’s name is Jaxon (the same as my son but spelled different) I had a hard time finding him sexy. LOL Every time the heroine called out his name it took me out of the moment. But from that little personal problem aside I enjoyed Savor Me Slowly. Jaxon and Mishka meet while he is being tortured at the hands of an alien race and it looks like Mishka is on their side and is about to torture him as well but in a way he might not […]

Audio Review: Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter

Audio Review: Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter

Posted November 27, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 6 Comments

Gena Showalter has built an interesting and sultry world with her Alien Huntress series and I enjoyed returning to it in the 2nd installment, Enslave Me Sweetly. While I enjoyed the 1st book and I really liked one even more. Why? The heroine and hero. I found Eden and Lucius a hotter and more likable couple. Eden is an otherworlder, an alien. After her parents die when she was young, Eden has been raised by her now boss, Michael who is human. Eden is a rare breed of alien where she has golden skin and hair. Humans have hunted her kind in order to skin them and sale their hair and skin because of the gold that’s in it. Lucius is a human that is partnered […]

Audio Review: Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter

Audio Review: Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter

Posted November 1, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 8 Comments

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 […]