ARC Afternoon Delight: Temptations in Shadows by Gena Showalter

Posted June 18, 2014 by Shari in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 2 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Afternoon Delight: Temptations in Shadows by Gena Showalter
Temptations in Shadows

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Published by St. Martin's Publishing
Released on June 17, 2013
Pages: 83
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Mix up a world where paranormal is intertwined with normal, but still not know and throw in some sexy characters with a side of suspense and sex. Short but definitey dirty, Gena’s writing reminded me of her older work that hooked me!

I tend to gravitate to anything Gena Showalter writes. This is a re-release from an anthology called The Bodyguard, so not really new. And one big problem…I thought this was going to be an intro to a series. Maybe it still is, but I don’t have any info about it. Just I loved this world they were building and I wanted to continue on with some other agents. Hopefully this is a reboot to bring about a new series, but I have no info to that affect to make that claim.

Sean Walker bends shadows. Paranormal much? Yep. Working for an agency that recruits people with special abilities, but also protects those people as well. Assigned to recruit and protect a new subject, Sean takes on a bodyguard role in a the night club she works in. When is partner can’t seduce her, Sean thinks that kidnapping her will make her sympathetic to him enough to listen to what they have to offer.

Gabby has spent most of her life alone, but as a teenager she is kidnapped and surgically altered. Released, she has always been on the run and never allows herself to get close or stay to long, but when she turns in a criminal, her prints go on record and she becomes hunted.

Now the two don’t know who to trust and how they are being tracked. The attraction grows and cumulates into hot lovin’. What I loved about this short novel was how it was true to the erotic nature of Gena’s writing versus what I have been seeing lately that has left me kind of, well, frigid. This didn’t mess around, but got down to hot and dirty with a side of suspense that made me hunger for more in this world she has built. She also allowed the hero to fall in love when he so wasn’t into relationships.

Dirty with no side of sweet, this short and sassy book had me at go and makes me want to start a petition for more.


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About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
7 years ago

I feel your pain. You like something a lot, but then it gets dropped like a one and done. Lara Adrian has a short story like that too which I’m dying for her to take up again and make into at least a novel, but a series too.

I like Gena’s stuff too. She certainly got things heated up with her last angel book. I can’t wait for Torin’s LoU book coming soon.

Red Iza
7 years ago

Hot and dirty and suspense ? Looks good ! I hope Gena Showalter will consider it for a series 🙂