With one caress, he can give unforgettable pleasure . . . or unending pain. . . . Hector Dean is shaved, tattooed, and totally ripped - and he has a deadly secret. He is a walking weapon, capable of killing with a single brush of his fingertips. Little wonder he's determined to remain on his own. But Noelle Tremain is a temptation like no other. She is beautiful and rich, with a party girl smile that hides a shocking vulnerability, and from the beginning his sizzling attraction to her is undeniable. For the first time, his stone-cold resistance is tested. But to be with her, he risks destroying her. When a wealthy businessman is murdered in New Chicago's seediest district, the two are partnered, and there's no escaping what they both want: each other. Yet neither Hector nor Noelle knows what to fear more - the killer case, or their own lethal desires. . . . My Rating: ★★★★ Book Details: Title: Dark Taste of Rapture Alien Huntress Book 7 Author: Gena Showalter Publisher: Pocket Star Published: August 2011 ISBN-13 #: 978-1439175781 My Review: Noelle is used to being considered a rich blonde bimbo. In fact, many times she used the misconception to her advantage. The only person who was able to see through the facade was BFF Ava. They were pretty much the odd couple; one grew up stifled in the lap of luxury and the other roughing it on the streets. While many didn't understand thier connection, they were pretty much inseparable. In fact, Noelle's story couldn't be told without Ava. But then Ava got engaged to a vampire. Not only did Noelle have to deal with abandonment issues she had to deal with her feelings for Hector. The man who she loved but blew her off. This book takes the reader back to the begin were Noelle and Ava joined AIR training camp. Ava wanted to become an AIR agent and Noelle joined with her to make sure that she became one. That is what BFFs do...or at least in their case it was. Noelle would do anything to keep her BFF happy even break a few camp rules. Hector, smoldering hot and tough as hell agent was instantly attracted to the new trainee. But like most men, he made the wrong assumptions. It wasn't long before he saw through her facade. In fact, he admired her resourcefullness and resilience. He would have given anything to be with Noelle. But, he had a problem....every time he got emotionally worked up, his hands automatize causing destruction to anything he is touched. I loved the chemistry between these two characters. Unfortunately, Noelle was doing most of the chasing. I found it to be a bit too much. I honestly couldn't help but think, "Come on Noelle! Enough is enough. Have some self respect." After all, it felt like the man kept leading her on....That being said, I couldn't help but feel bad for Hector. He wanted Noelle in a bad way...but he kept letting fear get in the way. *sighs men!*The author stays consistent in her writing style, with wonderful world building, interesting plots, and engaging characters. Like all her books, the focus stays mainly on her characters. Although this book could be read as a stand alone, I would recommend reading the previous books in the series. You won't be disappointed. Dark Taste of Rapture is a light, fun, and sexy read. One taste and you will be wanting more. COVER ART One word.....YUMMMMMMY! Raise your hand if you want to lick that torso! *raises hand*Disclosure: I received this book courtesy of Simon & Schuster for an honest review.
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