The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld) Paperback – 21 May 2010
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'One of the premier authors of paranormal romancee.' --New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole"
About the Author
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.
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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!
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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Areon and Olivia story was captivating I struggled to put it down. Areon is a complicated man but when Olivia came along she just fixed things well seeing see was an angel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by becky
Loved it. Lots of twists and turns. The characters are great. The storyline keeps you guessing. Recommend to all. Wow.Published 4 months ago by maddi
I love this series. I always wait with baited breath for the next one :)Published 13 months ago by Helen Pearce
Her books keep getting better should be doing my assignment can't leave this book alone for long next book pleasePublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
You always know you will get an amazing read from any of GenS books. This was no different. Loves it!Published 15 months ago by vickles666