Author: Gena Showalter

DARK SWAN by Gena Showalter

DARK SWAN by Gena ShowalterDark Swan by Gena Showalter
Series: Alien Huntress
Published by Pocket Star Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Publisher



Lilica Swan isn’t quite human or otherworlder; she is the best—and worst—of both.

She is willing to do whatever proves necessary to save her sister from the seductive and deadly Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Dallas Gutierrez, even bonding her lifeforce to his by effectively marrying him. But the bond will fade without consummation. Can Dallas resist his insatiable desire for the powerful beauty? Or will she lead to his ultimate downfall?


Author Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress series is back in action! I have loved this series for a very long time and all of that time I have been waiting for AIR Agent Dallas Gutierrez to get his love story.  He’s that character that jumps off the pages of every book and he’s met his match in Lilica Swan.

Lilica and her sisters have been prisoners for most of their lives.  Now they are free and learning how to survive.  Lilica is desperate to find her sister and protect her from AIR.

Lilica and Dallas have an intense attraction in Dark Swan. It’s easy to sympathize with Lilica’s plight.  She’s in an untenable situation and trying to do the right thing by her sisters.  I really enjoyed the story. My only complaint is that the story was too short.  I felt like the complexity of Dallas and Lilica’s deserved more.  It could have been more powerful if their story had been expanded.  Fortunately, as usual Ms. Showalter still gives her readers a sexy and exciting story.

THE HOTTER YOU BURN by Gena Showalter

THE HOTTER YOU BURN by Gena Showalter

THE HOTTER YOU BURN by Gena ShowalterThe Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter
Series: Original Heartbreakers #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher


Harlow Glass is the black sheep of Strawberry Valley.  In High School she was the mean girl who bullied all those in her path to hide a dark secret.  She mysteriously left school and was rarely seen again but she definitely left a bad taste in the mouths of all Strawberry Valley residents.  She decided to stay in the town she loved after the death of her mother forced her to sell her childhood home, The Glass House.


Beck O’ckley and his two best friends moved into the Glass House after leaving the big city to try small town life in Strawberry Valley.  All the women in town are determined to win sexy Beck’s heart but he is not having it.  Beck doesn’t believe in sleeping with the same woman more than once. He keeps his life less complicated that way.


Beck never counted on a beautiful pie thief capturing his attention.  Harlow may have been caught stealing a pie but she’s not willing to be another of Beck’s one-night stands.  Is Beck willing to work for a woman’s affection?


The second Original Heartbreakers, The Hotter You Burn from Author Gena Showalter is some of her finest work, an instant classic!  Harlow Glass and Beck O’ckley are two very complex characters that must unravel and heal their own souls before possibly finding love.  I love the fact that these characters are fighters, not in the literal sense, but in the respect that they never give up!  The characters of The Hotter You Burn will leave a mark on your heart. Beck and Harlow are unforgettable!


Harlow may have been a bully growing up but I don’t think I’m giving much away saying she is definitely redeemed in The Hotter You Burn.  I actually felt a great sympathy for her right away.  She is a very original character.  I’ve never read anyone quite like her and I like that a lot. She doesn’t let her circumstances get in her way and she definitely doesn’t let Beck control her.


Beck loves his control and hates change! It was fun watching Harlow turn his orderly world upside down.  I love his pushy, protective nature.  He’s a character that can make you swoon one minute and want to shake him the next.  Each of these moments will make the reader fall in love deeper with Beck and Harlow.


Another great thing about this series is having the opportunity to revisit the fantastic characters from the previous novels.  They are all woven in so naturally that it is like visiting family for the holidays.  I know I’ve said this before but I just love the relationship between Beck, Jase and West. Their scenes range from hysterical to dangerously intense all of them leaving a wonderful impression on the reader.


Gena Showalter’s The Hotter You Burn will set you afire with its passion and grace!  As I regretfully finished reading the novel all I could think was when can I get my hands on the next book? AND why can’t they make romantic movies this good?!


THE CLOSER YOU COME by Gena Showalter

THE CLOSER YOU COME by Gena Showalter

THE CLOSER YOU COME by Gena ShowalterThe Closer You Come by Gena Showalter
Series: Original Heartbreakers #1
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher


Jase Hollister is an ex-con determined to start a new life with his foster brothers in the small town of Strawberry Valley.  His new life doesn’t include a steady woman though. He is completely content to fill his bed with random women each night never getting serious.  However, there is something about the beautiful Brook Lynn Dillon that has Jase all tied up in knots.  Perhaps, part of the problem is her refusal to be just another one-night-stand to him.


Brook Lynn has always had a difficult life.   She was born with a hearing problem that caused her to need surgery and implants to control her hearing volume.  Since the death of their parents Brook Lynn has been holding down several jobs and managing her sister’s wild antics.  It is her sister’s drunken behavior that lands Brook Lynn in the path of the latest rich and powerful man to move to Strawberry Valley, Jase Hollister.


Powerful sexual chemistry draws Jase and Brook Lynn together leaving them no choice but to try to purge the fire between them with one night of passion.  They soon find that one night will never be enough but can they deal with the truths that are about to come out?


The Closer You Come is an A++ romance! I cannot get enough of Jase and Brook Lynn.  These two strike so many emotional chords it was impossible not to fall in love with them! Jase is suffering from a rough upbringing and horrific acts that happened to him behind bars.  His past is blocking his romantic progress.  He feels that he is a bad bet when it comes to women.  Brook Lynn is so busy taking care of others and barely making enough to scrape by she has little time to think about romantic entanglements.  However, the closer these two come to each other the more difficult it is to ignore the potent feelings between them.


I also love the relationship between Jase, West and Beck. They have strong bonds holding them together. It is obvious how much they each care for one another and are willing to do anything to make sure they all end up happy.  Their scenes range from hilarious to deeply emotional.  Ms. Showalter packs her Original Heartbreakers with all the right kinds of emotion.


I’m still thinking about the characters of The Closer You Come days after finishing the book. One thing I have always loved about Ms. Showalter’s writing is her character development.  Jase and Brook Lynn both grow by leaps and bounds in the pages of The Closer You Come.  I became so immersed in their story that I felt a part of it.  I had the rare experience of being able to laugh, smile, love and even cry with the characters as they discovered what life could really offer them.  Showalter’s first full length Original Heartbreakers novel The Closer You Come is a Joyfully Recommended Love Story that warms the heart and soul.

THE ONE YOU WANT by Gena Showalter

THE ONE YOU WANT by Gena Showalter

THE ONE YOU WANT by Gena ShowalterThe One You Want by Gena Showalter
Series: Original Heartbreakers #.5
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
Source: Reviewer


The last thing Kenna Starr wants to do is attend the Engagement party for her mother and the man her mother’s been having an affair with since Kenna was a child. The people of Strawberry Valley never forget a scandal and Kenna has to live down two. The first being her mother’s choice of men and the next is a teenage pregnancy. While she would change her mother’s status she would never give up her precious daughter, Norrie.


Dane Michaelson is returning to Strawberry Valley to start a new chapter of his life.  However, he’s not keen on his father’s choice to marry his long-time mistress.  One thing he hopes to accomplish during their farce of an engagement party is an apology to Ms. Kenna Starr his soon-to-be step-sister for harsh words said in anger years ago. Dane never counted on the powerful feelings Kenna would inspire.


Kenna can’t fight her intense attraction to Dane but his womanizer history leaves her determined to keep him at arm’s length. Dane came by his rich and charming reputation honestly. He’s set his eyes on Kenna and plans to take her to bed or else! Will these future step-siblings find everlasting love or will small town reputations keep them apart?


Gena Showalter’s first Original Heartbreakers contemporary romance The One You Want smashes the competition bringing small town romances back on to my favorites list!


I felt an immediate connection to Kenna and Dane. I was drawn to their strong feelings about their parents, family, friends and each other.  I absolutely could not get enough of Kenna’s daughter Norrie. I love her to pieces! She is hysterical! She is the typical child that repeats everything she hears at the most inappropriate times. All of Ms. Showalter’s secondary characters are layered with interesting characteristics that leave the readers wanting to get to know them better.  I can’t remember when I have felt so excited about a new series. I can’t wait to begin the next novel in the series.


Kenna and Dane share an explosive chemistry that left me counting down the seconds until they gave into their feelings for each other.  I love the fact that Ms. Showalter manages to give the reader a full story where the characters are able to resolve their deeper issues in a novella without feeling rushed.


The One You Want gives you all the best S’s: sexy, sensitivity and supreme satisfaction!

BLACK AND BLUE by Gena Showalter

BLACK AND BLUE by Gena Showalter

BLACK AND BLUE by Gena ShowalterBlack and Blue by Gena Showalter
Series: Otherworld Assassin #2
Published by Pocket on 2013-10-22
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Miranda

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s pulse-pounding paranormal series continues with an electrifying story about the ultimate warrior and his prize: a beautiful woman he will do anything to possess. HE IS EVERY WOMAN’S FANTASY . . . Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent . . . and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he’s forced to turn to his boss’s daughter for help—a woman with even more secrets than Blue. SHE BECOMES HIS ONLY OBSESSION . . . Evangeline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breached her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now he’s decided he wants her. As he sweeps her into his double life of seduction, intrigue, and danger, he helps her see beyond the darkness of her past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe—even though he’d rather die than live without her. . . .

JoyfullyRecommendedCorbin Blue is a talented man. He is a star football player, a playboy and wealthy.  Unfortunately, it appears someone wants him and his team dead.  After a bomb nearly kills him, Corbin must seek out help from the last person he ever expected to need.  His boss’ daughter is sexy as sin with an attitude that rivals his but only she has the skills to save his life.


The last thing Evangeline Black expected to find in her bed is an almost dead Corbin Blue.  Corbin has always been her least favorite person—well, that is what she tells herself to fight the attraction.  He is one of her father’s men; she is determined not to cross that line but as she finally gets a glimpse of the real Corbin Blue, Evangeline finds it hard to say no to him.


If Evangeline and Corbin want to find out who is behind the bombing they will have to learn to work together.  Corbin finds himself admiring Evangeline’s skills but she provokes his most protective instincts.  He soon realizes that if he wants to keep her safe he will have to leave her.  Good luck! Evangeline is not a push over.  Will Corbin and Evangeline make it out of danger alive?


Gena Showalter’s Black and Blue is a fantastic addition to the Otherworld series.  I cannot get enough of Showalter’s brilliant writing.  Ms. Showalter writes with incredible depth making her world and characters come to 4D life on the pages.  I would absolutely love for James Cameron to bring the Otherworld series to life on the silver screen!


I’m so excited about Corbin’s story! His character is a striking one.  I couldn’t wait to learn more about what makes this sexy playboy tick.  Some of his scenes are so striking.  I could feel the immense pain he was feeling after the bombing that almost killed him.  And let’s not forget how great the scenes are where he attempts to be protective of Evangeline.  This playboy becomes serious really quick!  Evangeline has always seen Corbin as his reputation dictates.  But she learns quickly that he is serious when it comes to her.  However, she has been taking care of herself for years.  I love that Evangeline is smart and capable of kicking some butt.  These two make a great team in and out of the bedroom! Their chemistry is powerful and off the charts.  I could read stories about them forever they are so dang interesting!


Black and Blue sizzles in all the right places.  I’m Joyfully Recommending it!  This is one of those novels that combines fantasy and romance giving the readers a phenomenal read! Black and Blue hits the spot!


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