Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Originally released as part of THE BODYGUARD anthology, fall under the spell of Gena Showalter's paranormal romantic suspense novella "Temptation in Shadows." Every day he puts his life on the line, what will happen when it's his heart in jeopardy?
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…
I'm ashamed to admit that I've fallen out of touch with Gena Showalter's books. The last book I read was about a year ago and I'm waaay behind on her Lords of the Underworld series (Which I am looking to fix this summer).
That said, I really enjoyed Temptation in Shadows! It packed a big punch in such a short time!
Gabby Huit's unusual talent has put her directly in the cross hairs of an agency known as Rose Briar. Their goal is to determine if Gabby's talent can be useful or harmful to them in any way. As a technopath, or human computer, Gabby can download any and all computer files directly into her brain. She's tried to keep her ability a secret but now she's a target and she doesn't know who she can trust.
Sean Walker, an agent of Rose Briar is masquerading as a nightclub bodyguard while his friend tries to gain Gabby's trust. Sean has his own gift: He can control shadows. As attracted to Gabby as he is, Sean keeps her at arm's length until she becomes a target for an enemy he can't find. All signs point to a traitor in the agency so Sean and Gabby are forced to trust one another to survive and that's where things get interesting.
There's so much movement going on in this story and I loved the fast pace of it. With Sean and Gabby being chased from location to location, a slow pace would have felt wrong and I'm glad that Showalter kept it fast.
What I wasn't expecting was to have two characters as bold yet secretive as Sean and Gabby. They're very similar and while that doesn't work all the time, this is one of those few times that it did. Sean was dark, dangerous and sexy which means that he was very interesting. Just as interesting was Gabby. She's a tough little thing and quite the fighter. She met every challenge thrown at her with an iron will and street smarts. Combine those two and you have a very lethal, very sexy team!
Final Verdict: Temptation in Shadows was everything I remember loving about Gena Showalter's books but now I'm curious, will Rowan be getting his own story? Because he sounds like my type and I developed a bit of a crush on him.