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"Lords of the Underworld" series book 5,
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This review is from: The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld: Book 5) (Paperback)At the beginning of this book Aeron (Wrath) foolishly challenges Cronus to send him a woman who will torment him. What he gets is the angelic Olivia; who has chosen to Fall rather than follow Heavenly orders and kill him. Their relationship is first explored in short story "The Darkest Angel" found in the anthologies "Heart of Darkness" and "Dark Beginnings" but it is in this book that they physically meet for the first time.
Olivia faces competition from Legion; the babyish female demon that Aeron views as a daughter, yet Legion definitely does not consider Aeron a father figure. Olivia is also trying to woo a man who does not want a relationship, yet his demon Wrath is besotted by Olivia; her sinless soul a touch of heaven to him. The backdrop to their budding relationship is littered with face offs with Hunters, tricky deals with the Gods and the introduction of a new Lord; Scarlet the keeper of Nightmares is a gal you definitely want on your side in a fight and her intended match Gideon (Lies) is in for a very interesting courtship ("The Darkest Lie" due for pub. June). There are furious moments of action, sharp verbal sparring and a wonderfully written romance; all expected from this author and delivered in abundance.
Olivia is a likeable mix of contradictions; innocent and temptress, peace lover and fiery warrior, she proves herself an equal partner in a relationship with an immortal warrior. Aeron and his demon Wrath I found slightly off. As Wrath is immediately able to read any of the sins committed by an individual and punish them accordingly, l was left feeling he acted more like vengeance or even justice in some cases. The ending of this book is also very unusual; of course expect the prerequisite HEA, but this is a happy ever after with a big twist when compared to other LOTU books. GS sets in motion a whole heap load of events in this book, and with the introduction of a new Lord, some startling information about the Gods, and the re-introduction of Lucifer, "The Darkest Passion" is action packed a plenty and leaves me wishing there were another 3 or 4 more books ready right now for me to read.