Review: Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter

March 30, 2013 Review 0

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. . . .

Title: Ecstasy In Darkness
Author: Gena Showalter
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Darkest Craving, Wicked Nights
Series: Alien Huntress
Published by Pocket Star
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: October 26, 2012
Genres: Sci Fi Romance
Pages: 502
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames
Gena Showalter
Ecstasy in Darkness was the very first review to ever publish on my blog. That was November 15 2010. It is amazing how far my little blog has come. I plan to start posting a Recycled Review once a week. I figure the older reviews received very little notice. They can have some glory now.


This is the fifth book in the Alien Huntress series if you do not include the two young adult books in the series.  I loved the Ava and Noelle. They had the banter and relationship of two frat boys that had been friends since birth. The readers meet McKell in the previous book. He was the vampire who had the prearranged marriage with Bride. That did not work out; due to him trying to keep her alive he has been kicked out of the underground vampire world. AIR is not happy with McKell because he is keeping them from bringing him in so they may test his blood to see if he is the cure for the Schoen disease.  Ava and Noelle have been assigned to bring him in.

The romantic pursuit in Ecstasy in Darkness this was incredible. They both realize they have to change and evolve for this to work temporarily. Temporarily is the key word they are trying for here. They both acknowledge the attraction for each other. They are both willing to give into their needs, but only for a short span of time.

One of the many things I love about this series (and there are many) is the amount of page time that is devoted to the characters of past books. With most series you only get a small glimpse of the previous books characters. This series the characters from the previous books have large roles with the focal characters of this book. I keep wondering when the delicious Dallas will finally get himself a book. AIR is still fighting the Schoen Queen.

Readers get plenty of action and fighting. The characters have great relationships with each other. The relationship development between Ava and McKell was wonderful. The differences in the lives they have had and how they interact together is funny. They have so many differences. 

Gena Showalter


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