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The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld - Book 3)

The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld - Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Gena Showalter
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'Showalter at her finest.' --New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning o

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

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Bound by the spirit of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure…

Reyes is at the mercy of a demon who demands suffering – a creature who once forced him to lay waste to the world. He has learned to satisfy it with his own pain, and now any joy in life has become impossible. His curse is even more intolerable when mortal woman Danika Ford enters his life.

Danika is on the run. For months she’s eluded the Lords of the Underworld, the warriors who won’t rest until she and her family have been destroyed. Her dreams may be haunted by Reyes, but her only choice is to kill him before he kills her.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; Library ed edition (1 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZDOS2K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Long ago a band of immortal warriors stole and unleashed the evil within Pandora's box. In the melee, the box was lost. As their punishment for the deed, the gods forced each warrior to 'contain' one of the demons within themselves. So the Lords of the Underworld were born.

At present, some of these possessed immortals live a sheltered life high on a hill in Budapest. They struggle daily with their demons eventually succumbing to the demons desires. As well as warding off attacks by the radical humans called Hunters who want to see them and their demons dead.

The immortal warrior Reyes possesses the demon of Pain. He can only feel pleasure in one of two ways 1)unleashing his demon during fights or 2)self inflicting pain -cutting himself. That is until he meets his *angel*.

Danika Ford is the unfortunate woman whom the gods have targeted for death (along with her family). Aeron (Wrath) has been assigned the task of murdering them. The more he resists, the more the bloodlust grows within him.

Meanwhile the other warriors continue to look for the pieces of the puzzle to find Pandora's box. Only Reyes cannot concentrate on anything other than keeping Danika safe and away from his warrior friend. Soon he must choose between his two loves -his woman or his friend.

A good book but I liked the second one in the series The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld, Book 2) much more. I think I expected something else here -perhaps some mild BDSM? (he is Pain after all). And the adventure was somewhat lacking unlike the previous installment. There is a lot of foreshadowing (more like teasing for the next book! ;)) too . In particular, Showalter showcases Paris and Aeron.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Me you and that sweet little demon too 2 July 2008
By Jessica
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The series continues and this The Darkest Pleasure is genuinely my favourite book so far in The Lords of the Underworld series, it's more interesting, intense, moving and it proves that the series isn't losing steam. There's potential for real longevity here, the author has mentioned she wants to write a book for each of the Lords...

Reyes is the Keeper of Pain, thousands of years ago when the Lords couldn't control their demons and there was mayhem and death he inflicted pain to hundreds of people until he chose self confinement in an attempt to temper the compulsions of his whining demon. He learnt that by cutting himself he didn't need to hurt others...and so he went through existence not really living, any relationship he tried to form ended with the women becoming addicted to his demon and craving pain. It's a time of turmoil for the Lords, the gods don't know what to do with them, Hunters seek to destroy them and both want the artefacts they need to find Pandora's Box and finally be free of the threat it processes. But for Reyes his very hope of finding peace is threatened, his friend Aeron is processed by bloodlust and must by order of the gods destroy the women who he feels is his. His thoughts are consumed with Danika but knows to have her would place her in more danger, betray his friends and possibly corrupt her but when she is kidnapped by Hunters he has to make sure the women that has plagued him for so long is safe...

Danika is merely a struggling artist but a few months ago when on holiday with her family mourning her grandfathers death everything changed, she, her sister, her mother and her grandmother were kidnapped by towering and fearsome warriors...
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Lords of the Underworld" series book 3 3 July 2008
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Part of the group of immortal warriors responsible for unwittingly releasing the evil contained in dimOuniak (Pandora's box) into the mortal realm, Reyes's punishment was to be eternally bound to the demon of Pain; left able to only find pleasure or even relief from the demon inside him by training himself to inflict injuries solely upon himself rather than hurt others. Nothing brings him greater joy than the draw of a knife upon his skin or a plummet to a rocky ground which breaks numerous bones and splatters various organs.

Reyes has met (and saved) Danika Ford several times in the two previous books of this series; hopelessly drawn to this human woman marked for death by Cronus, the King of the Titans. Yet he finds he is willing to put Danika's welfare before that of the other Lords of the Underworld, specifically Aeron (Wrath) the Lord ordered to kill Danika and her family or sink fully into an all consuming bloodlust.

Danika has been separated from her family and on the run since Reyes saved her from Aeron; learning self defence and killer instincts in the hopes these skills will protect her. Yet not only do the Lords hunt her, but also their enemies. Members of the Hunter organisation hope to sway Danika into acting as Bait to infiltrate the Lords of the Underworld and locate Pandora's box; enabling them to kill the Lords and recapture their demons. But Danika finds she is equally drawn to Reyes, torn between her growing feelings for a man deemed a monster or seeing him and his brethren destroyed to ensure the safety of her family.

In this book GS reveals why Cronus wants the Ford women killed, who the leader of the Hunters is and the location of the second legendary artefact required to locate Pandora's Box; the "All Seeing Eye".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lords of the Underworld - Book 3
In this book Reyes has been bound to the spirit "PAIN" and is forbidden to know pleasure. Reyes is at the mercy of a demon who demands suffering - a creature who once... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Gillian Steer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
read this one and very much enjoyed this lil gem!
Published 2 months ago by jaide coquelin
5.0 out of 5 stars By far my favourite book as of yet
I loved the intensity of the romance between Reyes and Danika it was a gripping story with a mushy ending just as I like just starting book 4 I'm hooked x
Published 13 months ago by becki
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
In this book we have the story of Reyes and Danika of whom we were introduced in the first novel. Danika also had a cameo appearance in book two. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs B's Books
4.0 out of 5 stars series is getting better by the book
I have read the previous books in the series and really liked this one. Love Reyes (think he might be my fav!) if you like Kresley Cole, JR Ward then give this series a go. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Koxer (uk)
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Since there are so many well written blurbs about the book, I won't bother.
What I will say is that I only bought this book because my friend was annoyed that I was taking so... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kayleigh Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars The darkest pleasure book 3
Series definitely improving, enjoyed this one more than the previous two. More action, more thrilling and enjoyed the concept. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lippyloirston
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT READ
Fantastic reading of the paranormal totally hooked on these books. But you need a open mind not for the faint hearted.
Wonderful. More please. Thank you. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense.
The characters will have your heart bleeding at their story and you just get so wrapped up it it.
Its a long and beautiful story. Read more
Published on 20 May 2012 by Antonia
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Sensual and Action Packed
For me this is the best book of the series so far. Not only is Reyes, keeper of Pain, one of the most interesting Lords but his love interest Danika turns out to be very important... Read more
Published on 15 April 2012 by Kat Louison
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