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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter



The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (400 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Larkspur

Lords of the Underworld #5

For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel--a 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...

Long ago in the realm of the gods a Greek warrior opened Pandora’s Box releasing the demons within. In the ensuing pandemonium each of those demons sought out hosts and chose the guards to the Gods themselves.

The warriors, still immortal, now exiled to earth still play host to those demons and became The Lords of The Underworld. The warrior Aeron and his demon Wrath are in a constant battle for supremacy, until Olivia, a heavenly angel, falls. What Aeron and Wrath discover about themselves from her and what she discovers for herself because of them can only add to the descension between the realms.

Gena Showalter in her expert storytelling brings us another tale of the Lords, and she does so with gritty detail and edgy dialogue. Her scenes can be from your worst nightmare or your wildest dreams and are displayed in vivid detail. Her characters, The Lords, are immortally unbelievable and yet she gives them very human wishes and fears. Her villains are undoubtedly some of the most sinister beings ever thought up.

Her hero Aeron/Wrath is portrayed as a haunted individual constantly battling to save the human realm and her readers will find themselves drawn to him and cheering him on. Her heroine Olivia is definitely not what we have been taught about angels. She has very human wants and yet is very innocent and angelic in her deeds. Gena’s love scenes are immensely visual, intensely physical and undeniably sensual, and yet the love that blooms between Aeron and Olivia is incredibly sweet.

Gena Showalter gives her audience more bang for their buck with The Darkest Passion, not only is it a roller coaster ride of an action adventure, an edge of your seat mystery thriller, but also a page turning paranormal romance.

So if you love page turning, nail biting, spine tingling excitement dosed with a liberal amount of spicy romance, give this one a try. And even though this stands well alone, to get all the history and nuances of The Lords and their ladies I suggest after finishing this you go back and read the series in order, because believe me once you meet one Lord you’ll want to get to know all of the rest.

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