Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This spinoff series was hard to figure out belongs in the AIR previously setup world, but it definitely does. Not only does it start with Michael, of Eden's book fame, but we also get some agent references. Other than that, though, we get some aliens we were previously introduced to (species-wise), some we never met before (like Solomon), and a lot of randomness.
This book starts dark. Vika is kind hearted but only knows the circus life. Her father is evil and forces her to kill her beloved animals. If this is not your thing, don't even bother with this book, because it definitely goes there. Vika is constantly put in bad situations, made worse by her hesitation or lack of experience. The circus also apparently kidnaps aliens to use in a sort of petting zoo. How do they afford and/or get them? Inconclusive Lots of that in this book. Solomon is kidnapped and sold to them early in the book by a bad man I assume we will see more of in future books.
Solomon and Vika are drawn to one another, even though he is often described as terrifying and ugly. Solomon has his own baggage, primarily in the form of invisible dudes that represent good and evil and sit on his shoulder. I know. You get over it. They eventually migrate around and everyone else seems ok with it too. Whatever. There is a lot weirder and more confusing stuff thrown in to make it seem less off-putting. This book somehow manages to mash a circus standalone in with a setup world of aliens, while still making you learn a lot of new traits, species, and characters along the way. With only 1 book and a novella left in this "series" I'm not sure we will get true resolution (except for this one - we get a HEA).
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