Enslave Me Sweetly (Alien Huntress, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster Downtown Press (US: 6th June 2006; UK: 16th June 2008; AU: 18th July 2006)
Slavery is still rampant in this second book of Gena Showalter’s futuristic Alien Huntress series.
With their golden hair and skin, the alien Raka race is hot property on the black market – as slaves. Or maybe just to be skinned; it depends on the buyer. Eden Black is an assassin whose mission is to end this trade, and as a Raka herself, she realises she is the best tool for infiltrating the business and exposing it – if she can keep her libido under control.
In an interview, the author said she’d written the first book, Awaken Me Darkly, whilst in a dark mood. This second instalment, however, must have been a happier time for the writer – but makes for a worse reading experience. The first erection is felt on page 35, and most of the book’s first half is spent with Eden and Lucius Adaire faffing about with their petty one-upmanship game whilst of course wanting to shag each other so much that the slavery plot becomes background. Which is a bloody shame, considering the world-building, and the different alien races, and futuristic life, are what make this series worth reading. The characters really pissed me off, but I progressed.
And it’s a good thing I did, because we learn of solar flares, which aliens are using to return to their home planets. When in her role as bait, Eden is abducted (yes, abducted by aliens; the X-Files has a lot to answer for), the setting switches to another planet, bringing a more fascinating aspect to the story. But most of this time is set in her buyer’s home, thus the planet is not properly showcased.
Try, if you can, to tolerate characters most often preferring to shag each other than free slaves, and stick around for the plot.