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Gena Showalter
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1 Oct 2011 Lords of the Underworld
Strider Immortal Keeper of Defeat Nothing comes between him and victory

Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider suffers unimaginable pain when he loses a challenge. For him, nothing stands in the way of winning. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him. Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games competition or die.

Strider is a distraction she can t afford, especially as he intends to steal first prize, an ancient magical artifact, before the true victor can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter the dangerous, addictive passion neither had thought possible. . . .

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (1 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848450486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848450486
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,402 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and sexy as hell.. 2 Dec 2011
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Gena Showalter never ever fails to deliver a cracking book for me and this is no exception.

I will say though that the dialogue in theis book is the most childish in the series so far, the way kaia and strider interact with each other is almost reminiscent of teenage speak, for example kaia speaks like a teenager, and acts like one too, strider who is supposed to be this fearsome awesome powerful warrior calls his thingy stridey monster which if im honest i found a little juvenile.

I had a hard time connecting to these 2 as a couple at all, whilst it had in fact been set up in previous books, to me there seemed to be no chemistry between them, well not as much as some of the others have had anyway.

The love scenes as always were amazing, real life is never ever like that so i do in fact enjoy those scenes the most lol

The harpy games were amazing, vicious nasty battles of sheer determination and women fighting women which i actually found quite interesting, it was also nice to see the inclusion of kaia and bianka and gwens mother tabitha too, maybe there is a story there Gena, as tab looks only 34 years old, it would be interesting to read her story, not sure who she would hook up with though but its an idea.

Despite all the short comings i loved the book and so its got a 5 star from me, if you have come across this book and have not read any of the others here they are in sequence:

The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld: Book 1)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And another Lord succumbs to a Harpy 6 Oct 2011
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Kaia, a Harpy, has been trying to convince Strider (one of the Lords of the Underworld: the Keeper of the demon Defeat) for some time that she's the woman for him, but Strider keeps giving her a wide berth. He knows that she once slept with Paris (the Keeper of Promiscuity - or, to put it bluntly, sex). It isn't the fact that Kaia once slept with his friend that bothers Strider, but rather, he fears that his demon's determination to win all challenges would demand that he outperform his extremely experienced friend... something he fears might not be possible. So regardless of how very attracted he is to Kaia, Strider would like to keep as much space between them as he can. For preference, a Continent or two.

Until he discovers that she is in an extremely dangerous position, having been co-erced into entering an ongoing series of Harpy contests - a sort of cross between Gladiators and Mortal Combat - known as the Harpy Games. And thanks to a disaster she caused years before (earning her the nickname 'Kaia the Disappointment'), Kaia is at a significant disadvantage, as nearly all of her race (including her mother) are out to get her. Obviously, Strider can't turn his back on her. Even if he has to pretend to be her consort in order to be allowed to stay with her. When they discover that the prize for winning the Games is one of the four artifacts the Lords have been seeking, it becomes clear that for both Kaia and Strider the outcome of the Games is a matter of urgency. They'll have to learn to trust and rely on each other to ensure that both of them win.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 4 Sep 2014
By Bee
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Having read the other books in this series and found them to be compulsive, I had to buy this one. JR Ward did not disappoint as this series is full of surprises.

It's the sort of book I enjoy reading and Kaia's and Strider's story was very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lords of the Underworld Book 9 13 Sep 2014
Strider is the Lord who has been bound to the spirit "DEFEAT" who lets nothing come between him and victory. Strider suffers intolerable pain if he loses a challenge until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy tempts him. Kaia must bring home the gold from the Harpy Games or dies, Strider is a distraction she can`t afford, especially as he intends to steal first prize - an
ancient magical artifact which will help the lords track Pandora`s box, but as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter, the dangerous, addictive passion neither thought possible. This book is not suitable for children as the contents can be a bit explicit in places. ???????
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raunchy sexy lustfull delightsss 7 Dec 2011
By fordyuk
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Love these books im getting on a bit now so raunchy sexy imortals hits the spot and all with a nice love story as a cherry on top. theres other great character storys throughout the book as well to keep you inticed on the other warriors to be honest I would like them all please!!!
Good story well written plenty of raunch for us pervy women the perfect womans book to take to bed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Lords of the Underworld" series book 8 2 Oct 2011
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Harpy Kaia (sister of previous leading ladies Gwen and Bianka) only realises Strider (the Keeper of Defeat) is her destined consort when he catches her looking for a repeat bedroom performance with Paris (Promiscuity). Now Strider is unwilling to face a possible defeat in the bedroom if he can't satisfy Kaia more than his (extremely experienced) friend did. To be defeated is to suffer overwhelming pain, so to avoid any possible agony filled situations Strider opts to keep his distance from Kaia.

Of course circumstances ensure close contact with the tempting and challenging Kaia. Strider and the other Harpy consorts have their women's backs, but there's only so much they can do when said women are participating in a blood thirsty Harpy competition in which every participant wants to kill or maim Kaia. All because of an unfortunate incident in her past she still hasn't shaken off the name she received at that moment, but Kaia the Disappointment is about to show everyone how truly awesome she now is. Undoubtedly she'll be fighting her mother and another rival who hates her, plus Strider is facing his own challenges when learning a certain artefact hunted by the Lords, the Gods and the Hunters just happens to be the first prize in the violent Harpy Games. Both Kaia and Strider need to win, but will the other's defeat destroy the passion between them?

There is plenty of action surrounding the gladiatorial style games Kaia and her family and friends participate in but the romance between Strider and Kaia remains heated throughout (well she is half Phoenix).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Darkest Surrender
Enjoyed the story but it felt rushed at the end hence 3 stars. Will continue to read the series anyway
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rec to all, my wife loves these books she has the lot so far.well written and a enjoyable read. she is looking forward to more releases
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