The Darkest Pleasure

Official information

The Darkest Pleasure cover

Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld
Publisher: HQN Books

Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her - even defy the gods.

Danika is on the run. For months she's eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won't rest until she and her family have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can't forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear..

My review

The Darkest Pleasure was probably one of the most anticipated books after The Darkest Night and The Darkest Kiss (the first two constantly teasing us with bits of information about Reyes and Danika). So naturally, I held my breath for another amazing story, and…

Let’s start everything from the beginning, shall we?

Reyes is one of the immortal warriors living in secluded castle in Budapest, possessed by the demon of Pain and pining over Danika ever since he first saw her (in The Darkest Night).

Unfortunately, carrying Pain inside him forces Reyes to mutilate himself, or unleash the demon on others and he doesn’t want to taint someone as sweat and good as Danika. Besides, she and her whole family are being targeted by the Titans, sentenced to death by the hands of his own brother Aeron. And Reyes doesn’t want to choose between them. But he will have to, won’t he?

First of all, the underlying plot of The Darkest Pleasure is brilliant. Gena Showalter has truly an amazing imagination. Unfortunately, the romance between Danika and Reyes is not that enticing as I hoped it would be. They are nowhere near The Darkest Kiss and Lucien with Anya (my favorite couple by far).

Second, I find Danika simply annoying. With her attitude towards Reyes and her out of control actions. I could understand her being angry about how her life was messed up, her family being in danger, but what she is doing is illogical and irritating. Is it necessary for her to hit him every time she has a whim? Or is this just to show how much she has learned? Like I said, simply annoying.

Another thing to mention – some scenes I could have gone without (like the bathroom scene). Self mutilation and all this masochism is not that enticing for me, but I do understand it to be essential for the character of Reyes. Besides, who knows, some may even like it.

What I did like though, was the added subplot about Paris and Aeron. A true whirlpool of emotions there. Its pity they had only a few chapters of the entire book, but after entries like those, it’s impossible not to want their own stories to appear in my grasp as soon as possible.

And last, but not least – even though I wasn’t blown away by the romance, the revelations that unfold in The Darkest Pleasure are interesting and unexpected. Promising us more adventures and hopefully earth-shattering romance in the following books.

Truly can’t wait.

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