Black and Blue by Gena Showalter

Published: October 22, 2013

I am so far behind in writing and for that I apologize to my followers. As you all know, life can get in the way of the best laid plans and this was one of those times. I picked this book up shortly after I finished the first book in the Otherworld Assassins series and I loved it so much more than the first one. Don’t get me wrong, the first book was good but this one had something extra that the first one didn’t. This series has been awesome and I just wish there were more books in it. Yes, there is a third book but it is a novella and I heard it goes more with the Alien Huntress series. So I’ll hold off on reading it until I’ve read that series as well.

This novel starts right at the same spot the last novel started at. Well, maybe more like a chapter or two into the last novel since the character introductions didn’t need to be made. Corbin Blue was burnt to a crisp in a bombing and the only person he can trust is Evie Black even though she hates his guts. As one of the most powerful members of his team he knows that he will survive this bombing but he needs to lie low until that happens. Only he also needs to find out who did this and why. Because his friends are still missing or might just be dead. Throughout it all he cannot ignore this new found burning desire he has for Evie. He couldn’t stand her before and now he can’t take his next breath without her.

Evie Black left life as an agent for a very good reason. Only now she is being pulled back into it by finding Corbin Blue in her house extra crispy. She has heard about the bomb and is determined that her father is alive. So when Blue is healed and wants to go after the people who did this she knows that she has to go with. She needs the truth and has a need to protect Blue in the process. She has never liked him after their time as agents together but that is slowly changing. His ridiculous nicknames are starting to wear her down just when she needs to be at her toughest to be an agent again. I guess it’s true what they say, you can take the girl out of the agency but you can’t take the agent out of the girl.

I loved Blue’s nicknames for Evie! Not only where they hilarious but they were ridiculous as well. Blue could be serious and hilarious at the same time. The development of the story with these two characters was perfect. They both didn’t really understand each other and in the end they realized they can’t live without one another. Though there is romance and action in this book I feel like I should warn the squeamish that there is also some pretty good gore as well. Gena doesn’t shy away from explaining a scene just because of some blood. So be aware of that. Otherwise I thought that this book was about as perfect as a book can get.

—“‘What the flip are you doing in my room? And did you just call me ‘dewberry’? Because I am fully prepared to castrate you with a dull spoon.'” -Evie to Blue, pg. 166—

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