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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Into the Dark by Gena Showalter

Into the Dark by Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full(361 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

The Darkest Fire - A Lords of the Underworld prequel
Geryon is the guardian of hell, more monster than man. Kadence is the goddess of Oppression, more angel than woman. Together they will enter the flames to battle a dangerous horde of demon lords -- and discover a passion unlike any other . . .

The Amazon's Curse - A tale of Atlantis
Zane, a fierce vampire warrior, has been enslaved by the Amazons. Nola, a lovely Amazon soldier, has been cursed with invisibility. Now, these two stubborn enemies must overcome the pasts that haunt them and embrace a love that can set them free...

The Darkest Prison - A Lords of the Underworld Tale
Once, Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, was the Greek goddess Nike's slave. Now, he is her master. And soon these sworn rivals destined to destroy each other will be forced to risk everything for a chance at love . . .

The darkest desires are the most dangerous and the most powerful. But you have to be open to the possibilities and willing to seek your heart’s desire. Do you dare or do you retreat? You’ll never know unless you venture Into the Dark.

Gena Showalter writes highly charged stories. This collection is one you won’t want to miss. The scenes are detailed and draw you in immediately. You feel for the characters and want to see them succeed. Even with the unconventional looking heroes, you still find them sexy through the ways she writes them.

There are three stories that make up this collection. But I guarantee, it’s worth every word to read them all.

In The Darkest Fire, we meet Geryon and Kadence. Geryon physically everything a hero isn’t supposed to be; he’s got fur, claws, and hooves. That being said, he’s a great hero because once he sets his mind to working with Kadence, even though he knows they may be doomed, he’s with her heart and soul. What woman doesn’t want to know her man is devoted to her and willing to give his life for her? Kadence is a great heroine. She’s willing to sacrifice herself just to be with him. Sounds edgy? Well it is, but it’s a love affair you won’t want to miss.

In The Amazon’s Curse, Nola, an Amazon, needs to take a mate to breed. There’s only one man she wants for this job, but he’s got his own issues... Zane’s a vampire. While the coupling isn’t conventional, you want to see these two make it work. The emotional scarring between them is enough to keep them separate, but I like how Ms. Showalter brings them together to heal. It’s a really beautiful love story.

The final story is The Darkest Prison. This story is truly complex. The hero and heroine really dislike each other to begin with, but the hate is really a mask for the desire they feel for each other. This story shows that stubbornness and pride can either rip a relationship apart of be the glue to fix it together for good. I liked the back drop of the Olympian/Titan war causing an extra rift between Nike and Atlas. It kept me firmly in my seat and wanting more.

If you want a collection of stories that sizzle with passion, blaze with snappy heroes and heroines, and will make you pant for more, then you need to read Into the Dark.