Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter


The Darkest Pleasure
Lords of the Underworld, Book 3
Gena Showalter
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July 1, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-373-77310-7

From the back cover:
He can bear any pain but the thought of losing her…

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 thoughts:
Along with his fellow warriors, Reyes is bound by an ancient curse. As punishment for opening dimOuniak (Pandora’s box) he lives each immortal day with a demon who thrives on pain. In this third book of the Lords of the Underworld series, Reyes will do everything he can to win Danika’s trust. Her presence in his life may bring him salvation, but protecting her could bring his death.

Ms. Showalter takes readers on an engaging adventure where demons thrive on death and destruction, and hope burns eternal. From passion filled moments to visions of the gods, questions are answered while others are formed. There’s a scene in The Darkest Pleasure that may be viewed as a bit more disturbing than most, but it makes sense for this particular character. Readers should be satisfied with this installment, but will be hungry for more from this talented author.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

10 comments:

RachaelfromNJ said...

Nice review! LOVEEEE this cover. So hot! :)

Kimberly Swan said...

Thanks! All of the covers in this series have been as great as the stories. :)

scooper said...

Yep I'm getting it.

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi SCooper - I've enjoyed each of these, but Reyes and Danika are my favorite so far. I think it's because Danika really contributes a lot to the overall story. :)

daydream said...

Oh, I have to find a way to get a review copy for these! This sounds so terrific. Man, Gena Showalter is one of the most diverse urban fantasy authors out there with an impressive quantity of titles.

Kimberly Swan said...

Maybe you could get them in ebook? I like the dark element these all share and of course the sizzling romances. :)

jessewave said...

Kimberly

I think you are a great fan of this writer's work which sounds delightful. Great review.

Kimberly Swan said...

I do tend to enjoy everything I read from Ms. Showalter. :)

Bookslave said...

I personally love all of Gena's books. As for this one, I can truly say that it is by far my most favorite. I was starting to get tired of the same old sex scenes that are written these days. The stories rock, but I confess to skimming these certain scenes for dialog and moving on. And that scene that you so eloquently put as somewhat disturbing was, for me, well....yeah it was disturbing but OMG I have never read a hotter, darker, sexier scene. I was truly impressed with Showalter's ability to "shake things up" and try something so scandalous. I still blush just thinking about it. This is a must read, and my friends and I are anxiously waiting for the next batch of Lords of the Underworld.

Kimberly Swan said...

Bookslave - She sure IS a fabulous author with a pretty amazing imagination! I'm looking forward to more of her work as well. :)