This book was just as good as the first book if not better in my opinion. It’s set in the same world as Awaken Me Darkly, but moves from New Chicago to New Dallas with a whole new group of bad guy fighters. This time the heroine is an alien herself though she was born on earth and adopted by a human man.
Eden, contrary to her alien race’s usual gentle peaceful nature, is a tough assassin and fighter doing what she can to keep people safe from aliens who seek to exploit them. Eden has been tasked to break a slave ring. Her first attempt fails so her boss aka dad now insists on a partner to help her complete her assignment. The partners don’t settle in peaceably and seek to get the job done on their own terms. Lucien rattles Eden’s cage in more ways than one. As she seeks to best him to finish the mission and deal with the slave ring alien, she is also struggling to focus on the mission and not her attraction to Lucien. The two learn quickly that they both have something to offer to the job and soon learn that they have to work together if they are to succeed. Danger lurks for both of them as they infiltrate the slave ring and they set Eden up as a potential purchase for the slave ring. Their carefully laid plans backfire and it is only then that Eden realizes what Lucien means to her.
The story is told first person point of view by Eden. I enjoyed the dynamics of the relationship between Eden and Lucien. There is a huge growth arc in this one as Eden must move past being the girl who must always prove herself to the girl who puts the mission before her own ambition. There are a few startling revelations in the end, but always the danger from the mission and tension from the relationship. It was all good stuff.
I look forward to continuing on with this series and now have another couple that I want to see more of. This book should probably be read in order because the first book offers more description regarding the world building, but it could be read out of order in a pinch. Sci-Fi Romance, Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance lovers would probably enjoy this futuristic sci-fi romance series.