Dark Taste of Rapture by Gena Showalter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A touch of danger!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: ☺️😮🙂😍
Narration Type: Solo Narration
The Hero: Hector Dean – He was an agent and trainer at the Alien Investigation and Removal training camp. When he first sees Noelle Tremain get off the bus as a new recruit he is attracted to her but he knows that he and females did not mix. He had accidentally killed his one and only girlfriend with his mutant arms that were fired up by strong emotions. They literally burned through bodies, ripped out organs and destroyed just about anything.
The heroine: Noelle Tremain – tall, slender, beautiful and wealthy, she is one of the trainees at the AIR training camp. She is young and naïve, though her cousin is an AIR Agent. Noelle has a wrap sheet full of violent encounters that may or may not have been exaggerated to get her into the program. Noelle had never gotten along with her parents, she just never was enough for them. She just wanted someone to love her and see that she was worth something.
The Story: Noelle had been kidnapped as a young girl and her father’s response to that was to fry her nerve endings and destroy her pain receptors so she could never be tortured again. Though that procedure had taken endless torture fueled days, until the very end when she felt nothing. She hasn’t cried since then and never will again.
Hector had a tragic a background as well, and suffered greatly as a child. Though nobody knew about what happened in his childhood or about his mutation. Hector didn’t know for certain that his arms glowing and burning things was a mutation but he had studied his family and a mutated gene was the best he could think of.
I really liked this storyline, both characters were extremely interesting and for being a socialite, and playing up the airhead, Noelle was really a tough and fierce woman. Hector was also very interesting because he had a legitimate reason for holding himself back from his overwhelming attraction to Noelle. I also liked how much he admired her and how he saw through her outside image like nobody else did.
This book is told via solo narration and is narrated by Sebastian York. He is one of my favorite narrators and has a deep, gravely voice which is very sexy and works well for any type of romance. I saw a few other audiobook reviews that gave Sebastian a low rating because he wasn’t the same narrator as the first five books, but I skipped all of them because they were narrated by a female and I like a male narrator or dual narration and very rarely will listen to anything with a solo female narrator. I love Sebastian and think he did a terrific job.
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