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BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter


New York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter enthralls with a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, powers beyond imagining, and a seductive vampire undone by his insatiable hunger for one woman. . . .Growing up poor on New Chicago’s meanest streets, Ava Sans had two options: be the predator or be the prey. No contest. Now, working for Alien Investigation and Removal, she’s been ordered to capture the biggest, baddest warrior of all—a vampire too beautiful to be real, with the ability to manipulate time. Once the leader of the entire vampire army, McKell has been deemed savage and unstable, spurned even by his own kind.To McKell, humans should be nothing more than sustenance. Yet the petite, golden-skinned Ava is a fascinating contradiction—vicious yet witty, strong yet vulnerable, lethal but fiercely loyal. Against his better judgment, McKell craves that loyalty, and much more. When the chase leads to seduction, McKell and Ava will race to discover the truth about his past. But the answers will come at a price, even for a woman who thought she had nothing left to lose. . . .

About the Author

GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and national bestselling author of more than twenty novels in a wide range of genres, including her acclaimed Alien Huntress series for Pocket Books: Awaken Me Darkly, Enslave Me Sweetly, Savor Me Slowly, Seduce the Darkness, and Ecstasy in Darkness.  Her fiction has appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen and has been nominated for a prestigious RITA, as well as the National Reader’s Choice Award. She is universally acknowledged to be “made of awesome.” Visit her website at


  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Original edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439175772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439175774

YUM!  As Gena's Website says she is "made of awesomeness".  I have read almost all of Gena's books and if I haven't read them, they are on my shelf.  I first discovered the Alien Huntress series when I picked up Red Handed, I fell in love with all of the characters.  I know the series was first written for teens and I thought it was optioned for television show, but never heard any more about it.  Fortunately, you can pick up any of the Alien Huntress novels in the series and not be lost with the characters or world they inhabit. 

The story centers around Ava and McKell, a vampire that falls for Ava.  Ava is the kick-ass AIR (Alien Investigation Removal) agent-in-training.  She is sent on a suicide mission with her friend, Noelle, to bring in the vampire, McKell. Of course, McKell falls for Ava and they both try to uncover his past while trying to save the world.  There is another twist as well, with another agent , Dallas, trying to track down a zombie queen who is infecting  the population. 

OK, so I don't think I have given too much away.  The story is written with all of the snark and hottestness you have come to expect from this author.  Ava and Noelle's interactions alone are the stuff of one liners you will find yourself writing down to use on that special someone who annoys you.  McKell can be annoying but does redeem himself nicely towards the end. 


  1. I like a little snark in a character. Glad to know I can pick up anywhere in the series!

  2. This one looks fantastic. Thanks for the great review! I just finished another good fantasy thriller by Kelly A. Harmon called, "Blood Soup." I found it to be absorbing and atmospheric with compelling characters. I highly recommend this one.


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