Gena Showalter’s Awaken Me Darkly is the first in her Alien Huntress series. I am a huge fan of Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series and I couldn’t wait to see how these books measure up.
The story centers on Mia Snow, a delicate looking, tough as nails agent for the Alien Investigation and Removal Agency. Aliens live on Earth and have for 70 years. Many are friendly, but the AIR protects humans from those who are not.
Mia is trying to solve a string of murders perpetrated by an alien, which draws her into the world of super-sexy Kyrin. She fights her attraction to him, as she grudgingly agrees to work with him to solve the crimes. It's only a matter of time, though, before she gives in to her desires.
Showalter has solid world building here. Good sex scenes. And some real plot twists, that were both unexpected and believable in context of the story.
It is a good story, but I can tell you that the series gets better as it goes. Perhaps (at least for me) because I grow more and more invested in the family of characters… and want them each to find their own HEAs. 4-stars.