Gena Showalter does it again! I have been a faithful reader of everything Gena Showalter since I picked up my first LOTU series book and fell in love with her writing and characters. She is on my auto-buy list and has yet to disappoint. I was super excited to see that she started a new series and that there were going to be sexy black ops agents.
So, Soloman Judah is a black ops agent…duh. Well, tragedy strikes at a meeting with his team and he is knocked out. When he wakes up he finds that he is in a strange place: a cage. Solo has been bought by a crazy evil circus owner and is bound with more Otherworlder’s as attractions in a twisted show. Solo is determined to break out and kill his captures, but when the daughter of the owner shows him some compassion in a situation where she doesn’t have to, he starts to think that there is more going on than her being bred from evil.
Vika is as much of a captive as the Otherworlder’s in the cages. She has endured an abusive father and has a plan to escape and set the Otherworlder’s free. The only problem is that when all of the other captives throw rocks at her and say awful things, the new Otherworlder Solo, protects her.
Vika and Solo share an incredible bond through their situation and as all good love stories go, triumph in the end. I really enjoyed the setting of this book. The circus is not someplace I have experience in any fantasy romance novels, but I definitely liked it. A lot of the story was told during captivity, so it really had a dark vibe to it. There are bible verses at the beginning of each chapter, which might bother some people, but didn’t me. I felt they were extraordinarily fitting for each chapter and what happened following the quote. They didn’t feel preachy to me, but kind of enlightening to what may come, or words of encouragement or wisdom for the characters.
The one thing that was missing for me in this book was the sex. Is it so hard to write in a good steamy sex scene?
Some of us readers live for those scenes! Especially when you have a yummy otherworlder like Solo! I did feel a bit confused with Mr. X and Mr. E and it basically took me the whole book to figure out what the hell was going on with that, but in the end I supposed it worked. There was also the vow voodoo going on with Solo, but that didn’t bother me as much. I know a lot of the people that read this were disappointed, but I enjoyed it. It could be that I haven’t read any Gena Showalter in a while, but either way, I liked it. It was a solid read for me and I plan on reading the second book in this series Black and Blue.