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Gena Showalter
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18 Jun 2010 Lords of the Underworld
Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn't remember the beautiful female, much less wedding—or bedding—her. But he wants to...almost as much as he wants her. But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free. A future with her might mean ultimate ruin. Especially as Gideon's enemies draw closer—and the truth threatens to destroy all he's come to love....

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (18 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778303829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778303824
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gena Showalter has always believed in love. An avid romance reader, she decided to try her hand at a story of her own and is now the author of sexy paranormal romances. Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning will find a new favourite in Showalter. Her wildly sensual page-turners have a mix of humour, danger and wickedly hot sex, a combination sure to enthrall.

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"One of the premier authors of paranormal romance." - --New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter has written over 17 novels and anthologies, including breathtaking paranormal and contemporary romances, cutting-edge young adult novels, and stunning urban fantasy.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 24 Jun 2010
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The hero of this story is Gideon, keeper of Lies. For thousands of years he has been oppressed by his demon, unable to utter a single word of truth without excruciating pain, never able to tell his friends he loves them or a woman that she's beautiful. Gifted with the ability to discern truth from lie he is thrown off track when he meets Scarlet.

Scarlet is a mystery to both the Lords and Gideon. Her horrific past has made her the hardened warrior Gideon finds but she wasn't always this way. Cursed with her own demon, Scarlet is bound to Nightmares. Able to transverse the dream world and make fears come to life she is viewed as a threat to the Lords and captured. Imprisoned beneath the fortress she lures Gideon to her but is this the first time they've met?

Seeing her in the dungeon, Gideon knows he has seen her before but from where he knows not, visions of her eyes have haunted his dreams for years for reasons he doesn't know. Her shock declaration that they have in fact been married fills him with guilt. How could he have forgotten this beautiful woman? Determined to find the truth he steals her away from imprisonment intending to seduce her for the information. What ensues neither of them expected.

Filled with twists and surprises this book keeps the reader always guessing right to then end never sure how it'll end between the two. Gideon is an great male lead funny and charming and Scarlet, although almost placed in an anti hero light in the previous book is an great female lead, independent and strong as her own character. Although mainly their story there are chapters dedicated to Strider with a hunter captive and Amun as he struggles with his demon of secrets. Defiantly a must read book absolutely amazing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising 2 July 2010
When I purchased this book, I wasn't holding out much hope for it; I merely bought it because it was in the series and I wanted to keep up to date. The reason I didn't hold much hope for it is that I found Gideon annoying. Not because pretty much everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie, but the way the author felt the need to translate nine out of ten times. I admit that sometimes there were sentences so confusing that they needed the translation, but most of the time I think we got the gist by ourselves. I had started to like Gideon as a character after seeing a little more of him in the previous novel but I wasn't looking forward to half of the book being explanation of what had just been said.
As it happens, the storyline more than made up for it. The chemistry between Gideon and Scarlet was one of the best I've ever seen in the series and the big twist was conducted expertly. Some of the smaller twists were easier to see coming but that didn't make them any less enthralling to read. One of the least anticipated books in the series quickly became one of my favourites and made me really eager for the next one to be out so that I can see what happens. I would recommend a hundred percent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Lords of the Underworld" series book 6 24 Jun 2010
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Neither Gideon nor his demon Lies is able to determine if the strange woman who insists she is his wife is telling them the truth. Scarlet is too memorable to ever forget, and how can Gideon explain his tattoos; image's of this woman's eyes and lips etched on his body? Yet Gideon has no memory of this woman, a female Lord who possesses the demon Nightmares.

The immortal Scarlet, if possible, is even more bloodthirsty and prone to acts of violence than Anya from "The Darkest Kiss". Yet Scarlet remains an intensely likeable character; her tendency to skewer people with forks or kill them in their own nightmares perfectly reasonable reactions to the situations she finds herself in. Her demon Nightmares also gives her some unusual abilities which she isn't afraid to use, whilst her family history would have us poor mortals running for refuge in the nearest padded cell. Gideon in turn is a great hero and her perfect match. I enjoyed how he managed to express himself despite his inability to ever tell the truth; especially when he tries to tell Scarlet how he really feels about her. Scarlet provides the humour I expect from this author, as she chooses when to interpret what Gideon means rather than what he actually says, or instead take him at face value when he is clearly lying.

There is action all the way in a twisting story line which includes a nasty family spat between the Titans, the re-appearance of the Unspoken Ones, further battles with the Hunters and perhaps a love interest for Strider; keeper of Defeat. As the relationship deepens between Gideon and Scarlet, the reader is taken on an emotional, drama filled rollercoaster; including one particularly moving scene that had me reaching for the tissues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gideons story, another great addition 27 July 2010
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The Darkest Lie is the latest chapter in the Lords of the Underworld series and like the other in the series it lives up to expectations. Gideon is the Lord who cant speak even one truth without suffering debilitating pain and when he meets Scarlet, who is cursed with Nightmares and claims to be his wife, he is understandibly confused as he had no memory of her or their life together.

This book keeps you guessing as to where it will end fits in well with the others in the series. I would reccommend reading them in order as although you could read it as a stand-alone, you would miss the meanings of many of the sub-plots and references to other characters.

Highly reccommended to readers who enjoy Kresley Cole and JR Ward
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
gripping storie, you will not be able to put the book down, once you start to read, super strong, super sexy characters, honest, loyal, smart, fighting keep justice going, trying... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paula Mcintyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy...Gideon is hmmmm
Gideon really is a blessedly funny, cute and well... eatable!!

In the latest instalment of the LOTU we had Gideon and Scarlett getting together with more information... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs B's Books
4.0 out of 5 stars Tell me lies
Gideon, blue-haired keeper of Lies, finds himself drawn to the deadly Scarlet whom is currently prisoner. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars The darkest lie
Great book, i have read nearly all this series, and love the Lords and their Ladies. All the Lords have a redeeming feature, so it appears all demons aren't bad!
Published 14 months ago by Gillian Timms
5.0 out of 5 stars so funny - great read
I have read the previous books in this series and really loved this one (in fact i've read it twice). Read more
Published 17 months ago by Koxer (uk)
4.0 out of 5 stars The Darkest Lie book 6
A lot going on in this instalment, twists and turns, and I didn't see the final twist coming at all (no spoilers here). I did however find the dialogue frustrating. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lippyloirston
5.0 out of 5 stars Another lords of the underworld classic!
I would recommend this to any lover of the supernatural, it's as sexy as all the other Gena Showalter books, utter fantasy, dark, exciting, couldn't put it down! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Carla L Schmitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Lies never were so sexy
When I first saw Gideons installment I was put off with the thought that this was going ot be one of those books where two ex's spend three quarters of the book trying to fight... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kayleigh Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this book
This book is so addicting.... I loved and enjoyed all the series, the next always the best and can't wait for darkest craving...
Published 20 months ago by Saraku
5.0 out of 5 stars Intersting, fast paced, and fun!
Showalter is an author I stumbled across only this year and have read the majority of the series already! Read more
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