"A story that is rich with character and passion"

The writer has done herself proud with this book. What if our world had followed an alternate history? What if Aliens walked among us? Who would police these extraterrestrials? Well Gena Showalter has developed a very entertaining world with just those parameters.

Mia Snow is a self proclaimed kick ass alien huntress heading an expert unit belonging to an organization called the A.I.R( Alien Investigation and Removal) a department of the New Chicago Police Department. The opening case is a doozy, a nude male found posed in an erotic manner, the first body found of several missing men matching the same physical description. It's an alien kill, but which species? Mia Snow has a record of always getting her alien, of having "gut" feelings about things that other agents aren't always aware of.

With her partner Dallas, she sets out to find the Alien responsible for the missing men and now the body. After tracking and taking in several suspects, Dallas clings to live precariously after being mortally wounded saving Mia's life. Murder suspect, Kyrin en Arr, a deadly Arcadian, whose sister is being held as a suspect, arrives at Dallas' hospital bed with an offer for Mia; release his sister and he will save Dallas' life. In an attempt to convince Mia he can indeed do this, he gives Dallas blood and immediately the prognosis goes from "at death's door" to "stable and improving". While this is enough proof for Mia that he can indeed save Dallas's life, she can not reconcile freeing a prime murder suspect even to save her best friend and partner's life. With her temper rising she tries to use her formidable fighting skills to force Kyrin to concede and heal Dallas, all she attains is a stand off , the realization of her growing attraction to Kyrin and that he refrained from hurting her in their fight even though he could easily have.

Mia has lots of questions but few answers and she is running out of time to save Dallas' life. Actions indicate she can trust Kyrin, but it goes against everything she has believed all her life to trust an alien, and a suspect at that. There is something more happening here, something that Kyrin knows and is not telling her. With the attraction going nova between Kyrin and Mia, and the stakes increasing with Kyrin's revelations, Mia's world is about to be upended. Knowing what she knows now, will she be able to apprehend the real killer? She will have to trust that two opposing factions can indeed come together and fight for the greater good.

This is a wonderful story, rich with both character and passion. Gena Showalter has written a winner here and I sincerely hope she writes a sequel.

Reviewed by Leola Brooks
Posted February 18, 2006


There's beauty in her strength -- and danger in her desires.



Snow is in the forecast.

In a time and place not too far away, Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department. Heading up her expert team of Alien Investigation and Removal agents, Mia's unmatched at battling the elusive enemy among us, and she's the perfect girl for the job. She's seen her brother die at the hands of aliens. She's earned each of her scars. And she'll die before she cries. Now, a series of killings have Mia and her partner Dallas tracking alien suspects -- but a sudden blast of violence leaves Dallas fighting for his life.

They are ice and fire.

The chance to save Dallas appears in the form of a tall, erotic stranger. An alien. A murder suspect. Kyrin en Arr, of the deadly Arcadian species, holds the power to heal the injured agent but not without a price. For Mia Snow, that price is surrendering to Kyrin's forbidden seduction...and embracing their electric attraction. She's walking a knife's edge, risking her badge and even her life. The closer she gets to Kyrin, the more Mia learns about her own heart, her human needs -- and the shocking secret that will shatter everything she's ever believed.


Awaken Me Darkly
(Alien Huntress series: Book 1)
by Gena Showalter

Downtown Press
March 1, 2006
Available: March 1, 2006
ISBN #1416517170
EAN #9781416517177
384 pages
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Other Books by
Gena Showalter

The Darkest Seduction
The Darkest Surrender
Dark Taste of Rapture
Lord of the Vampires
The Darkest Secret
On the Hunt
Ecstasy in Darkness
The Darkest Lie
The Bodyguard
The Darkest Passion
Into the Dark
Twice as Hot
Heart of Darkness
A Deep Kiss of Winter
The Darkest Whisper
Not That Innocent
Seduce the Darkness
The Vampire's Bride
Jewel of Atlantis
Heart of the Dragon
Mysteria Lane
The Darkest Pleasure
The Darkest Kiss
The Darkest Night
The Darkest Fire
Savor Me Slowly
Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred, Season 2: Fangs Again
Catch A Mate
Red Handed
The Nymph King
Playing With Fire
Oh My Goth!
Enslave Me Sweetly
Animal Instincts
Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred: Season 1
The Pleasure Slave
The Stone Prince

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