Gena Showalter was one of the first authors I gave a chance of reading when I started reading paranormal romances. Sometimes her books have been hit or miss, but I still keep coming back for more. When this woman in on her writing game, no one can compare!
About a year ago I tried reading her Alien Huntress series, but the first book put me off right away being in first person. I so have been wanting to go back, but with my TBR pile so high, I just haven’t found the time. So when I saw there was a shoot off series called Otherworld Assassins, I jumped to read them. Right off, you don’t have to have read the Alien Huntress series to understand this one. There are a few cross overs, but nothing that should confuse you.
When headquarters is attacked, black ops agent Solomon Judah wakes up later, trapped in a circus cage with no way of escaping. His training and genetic make up, makes him want to instantly kill those who have enslaved him, but he finds himself not wanting to harm the circus owner’s daughter, Vika Lukas, even if he could. It does take him some time to realize she is deaf as she hides that from all the prisoners.
Vika has lived a life of terror in her father’s circus. Everything she has loved or valued has been taken or killed by her father. When she goes to far in saving her animals, her father punishes her so harshly she loses her hearing. Through the years she has learned to read lips and hide her deafness from the prisoners. While she sympathizes with them captives, she knows the risk of punishment will be more than she can bare. So she plots and plans, saving for the day she can release them all and make her own escape.
Solo and Vika have a love/hate relationship for most of the book. He can’t quite trust her and she can’t let go of her goal to save to get away. The two endure a lot more than any average couple should have to at any time. They are humiliated and beaten at all turns. It is a wonder anyone could have fallen in love with what happens in this book.
While I enjoyed the story, I was confused a lot. There were a lot of other prisoners, all different races. It was hard to keep track of who was who and what was what. They played a role in escapes and rescues and at times I was confused as to who was who.
Through it all Vika is such a sweet person. She takes care of the captives as they insult her, luckily she can’t hear it. She leaves them chocolates hoping to make just a small difference in their worlds. While she hardens her heart to what happens, her underlying personality stays the same. She wants to escape and to be left alone.
Solo is a farmer if you can believe that, but also an assassin. Because of his size, no one thinks he really has a brain, but is all brawn. Wrongo! This man is more than just an assassin, and in reality probably one of the sweetest guys to Vika’s sweet side. Through circumstances, he became what he is, but he is ready for retirement.
These two were so well suited in the end. They shared some passionate moments, but I wouldn’t say they melted my Kindle. They were just filler for some of the book in fact.
I look forward to getting the next story of Solo’s friends who were also in the attack at their headquarters. Blue is my favorite color, so his story is the one I am most looking forward too.
I recommend this to anyone who wants a sci-fi instead of paranormal look at the future on earth. Hot, alpha guy, with a female who is resilient.
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