Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Title: Temptation in Shadows
Author: Gena Showalter
Hero/Heroine: Sean / Gabby
Genre: M/F Paranormal
Length: 83 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Available at: St. Martin’s Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks
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Blurb: Tall, lean, muscular—and definitely rough around the edges—Sean Walker is not your typical nightclub bodyguard. He’s a controller of shadows, able to wield darkness at will. But when a mysterious woman at the club turns out to have powers greater than his own, he has no choice but seduction…
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Like the characters in the superhero type comics this story closely resembles, there was both good and bad in Temptation in Shadow. It didn’t blow me away with tornado powers, but it did make an afternoon a little less mundane!
Since I’m always falling for the evil guys, I’ll start with the bad. First off, I didn’t feel the world was well-built. We are dealing with humans who have superpowers, an agency that uses them for good and protects them, a scientist who tries to create them and regular people trying to exploit them. All in 83 pages. We don’t get much information about how this all came about and I was left with a lot of questions and ‘yeah, right’ or ‘huh?’ kind of moments. So overall I felt the world was kind of bland and underdeveloped.
Now to balance the bad with some good! The heroine, Gabby, wasn’t half bad. She didn’t simper. She didn’t collapse into a pile of goo as soon as the hero looked at her. She was self-sufficient and strong and that’s always a plus for me!
And back to the dark side… The evil Doctor Cliche! I thought the hero was kind of blah and nothing about him really stood out to me. The only bright spot on this side was his crazy instant alpha possessiveness. I have a Pavlovian type response to things like jealousy and sexy controlling tendencies and so this run of the mill hero was a bit bad in a good kind of way!
Speaking of good, let’s talk about sex, baby! I would say out of everything, the sex was the most entertaining part of the book, and not just because it’s the sex! It was a bit down and dirty and I loved that the heroine was an active participant and didn’t just let our hero have his way.
The only other thing I can say on the bad side of the line is that there was a whole lot of internal back and forth. Should I trust him? I can’t trust him. I want to trust him. And on and on. It got a little repetitive.
Overall this story was neither all bad nor all good! Like any epic tale of heroes and villains, there was a definite balance between good and evil and I would recommend checking it out for yourself and seeing which side of the battle you end up on!
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*