Ecstasy in Darkness (Alien Huntress, Book 5) by Gena Showalter

I consider Gena Showalter a must-read all around, but her Alien Huntress series is particularly worth reading. This latest book, Ecstasy in Darkness, picks up not long after Seduce the Darkness leaves off. This time we get the much-anticipated story of Victor McKell, the rough and ruthless vampire -- and former rival -- who gave Devyn such a delightfully difficult time in Seduce. If you haven't read the previous books in this series, you should definitely do so before reading Ecstasy. There's plenty going on here: renegade vampires, homicidal aliens bent on universal domination, and psychic visions that cause more problems than they solve.

I have to admit that Seduce remains my favorite Alien Huntress book, but that didn't keep me from enjoying every minute of this installment. McKell and Ava are a vastly entertaining couple, and there's plenty of appearances by old favorites like Mia Snow and Devyn Targon to keep old loves alive.

From cover to cover, this story keeps a good pace that never turns boring or pointless. There's a good balance between Ava and McKell's personal story and the larger AIR vs. aliens plot that drives the series. This particular book had more humorous bits than other Alien Huntress books, which I enjoyed -- especially a certain dog named Hellina (if you've read it, you know what I mean). Still, it maintains that kinda violent, sorta dark edge that sets this series apart from Showalter's other work.

In other words, another great book in a great series. Read more about this book and this author.

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