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The Darkest Passion

Official information

Darkest Passion Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld

Publisher: HQN Books

This is an another sizzling instalment of the "Lords of the Underworld" series as Aeron, keeper of the Demon of Wrath, finally meets his match...

For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel - demon-assassin - has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting - and falling for - Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this 'mortal' with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron's darkest passion?

Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn't...

My review

The Darkest Passion was one of the most awaited books this year. And it didn't disappoint. I was engrossed with it from the first page and couldn't let go of it. I can't remember enjoying Lords of the Underworld story as much since probably Lucien and Anya (The Darkest Kiss). Gena Showalter really delivered with this one!

Though I feel obliged to point out a few shortcomings I encountered:

First of all, I am getting tired with all the repetitions, reminders and explanations given about the characters or events involving them that happened in previous stories. While in some cases I understand the necessity, I mostly found myself skipping those parts. Cause every Lord of the Underworld fan knows which Lord is which and since it is not exactly a standalone book, the new readers should read others first thus solving the problem of knowing the ins and outs of this world.

Second, I began to notice how similar some of Gena Showalter's characters sound. Male and female. They have similar speech pattern and thought mannerism and I am afraid it reflects the author's own mannerism. Sometimes too girlish. Especially since they should be tough and scary. No matter how hard I try I simply can't imagine real men talking the way and on subjects they talk in books. Or for example letting anyone to paint their nails in shiny pink. It's a bit too much!

But all the above are just nits and bits compared to everything wonderful in The Darkest Passion. I loved both, Aeron and Olivia, the characters interesting and entertaining. Strong and three dimensional. The characters that had no difficulty in forcing me to be emotionally invested in their romance and search for happily-ever-after. Actually, there was no force involved. They were simply fascinating and their story gut-wrenching.

I have to admit, that because of all those horrible tattoos I didn't find Aeron sexy at first, though wings I adored immediately. My mind had to erase most of them. But when it came to his character, I not only found him sexy, I found him worthy. Aeron fascinated me and conquered my heart in a matter of moments.

Showalter weaves an intricate world full of adventures, unexpected twists and profound feelings. A romance hot as hell itself, love strong and pure, risks and possibilities as high as ever. Moreover, the book didn't quench my passion for the Lords of the Underworld, it only kindled it. My heart craving The Darkest Lie now more than ever!

Easily recommended!

Rating 4.5

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