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Monday, January 10

Lords of the Underworld Series by Gena Showalter

The Lords of the Underworld is an ADULT series about 12 Ancient Greek Immortal warriors. They schemed together to open Pandora’s box, box-housing demons which caused chaos on earth. To punish the warriors for their pride and insolence, the Greek gods decided to bound each warrior to a demon rather than allowing the demons to escape. Therefore the lords where forced to live with a demon; that often dominates their control for eternity. If you separate the demons from any of the Lords, They die. None can live without their Demon.
Title: The Darkest Fire
Author: Gena Showalter                                                        
Series: Lords of the Underworld # 0.5
Publisher: HQN
EBook: 66
Publication Date: 2008
He is the guardian of hell, more monster than man. She 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....Don't miss this sizzling prequel to Gena Showalter's breathtaking new paranormal series, The Lords of the Underworld Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive -- and unimaginably powerful….

Title: The Darkest Night
Author: Gena Showalter                                                         
Series: Lords of the Underworld #1
Publisher: HQN
Paperback: 379
Publication Date: 2008 
His powers – Inhuman...His passion -- Beyond immortal… .All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member -- a man trapped in a hell of his own. Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments . . . and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction -- and a soul-shattering test of love . . . Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive -- and unimaginably powerful . . . Don’t miss this incredible new paranormal series from Gena Showalter!
The Darkest Night is the first book of the Lords of the Underworld series. I really liked The Darkest Night because Gena Showalter has a way with words. Her writing keeps you captivated and the characters are charming and attention grabbing.  Gena writes with passion and humor. This book is about Love, Lust, trust, sacrifice and many more! When reading this book, you get to laugh, cry, smile think and rejoice!

In the Darkest Night, Maddox, keeper of Violence meets Ashlyn Darrow, a young woman whom all her life has been able to hear voices - voices from the past and present. Ashlyn is desperate to quiet the voices in her head.  Together Ashlyn’s and Maddox’s love and passion moved mountains, cheated death, and tamed Violence. Based on the Pandora myth, Gena Showalter gave us an original alluring story that keeps you turning pages. She's a great raconteur! Plus her superb fresh descriptions, describes images that you want to read over and over again! Its a great book and very Addictive! I have yet to meet anyone who enjoys reading paranormal romance who doesn’t like this book.

Maddox houses the demon of violence. Despite his need he also is suffering…every night. Ashlyn, has an inner demon of her, not quite like Maddox. Her cure, Maddox. She refuses to let this cure go. Maddox refuses to believe that she is not a death trap sent to him by “the hunters” What are they to do. Ashlyn shows what true love is by making the ultimate sacrifice, while Maddox is at risk for loosing everything. In this first  Lord of the Underworld book, Gena gives us a great story incorporating Greek mythology in every way with our modern world. Humor, action, love and passion, all in one book. Had me hooked from the beginning.

Title: The Darkest Kiss
Author: Gena Showalter                                                        
Series: Lords of the Underworld #2
Publisher: HQN
Paperback: 368
Publication Date: June 1st 2008
She has tempted many men...but never found  her equal. Until now. Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death--a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him. But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining
THE DARKEST KISS is book 2 in the electrifying and imaginative Lords Of The Underworld series… and it's absolutely incredible!
Book 2 focuses on Lucian, keeper of the death, leader of the Budapest immortal warriors… 6ft 5in, rippled muscled, wicked abs, Sexy male… and a total drool inducer is the leading character in this book!  And Anya, tall sexy Anya… Stubborn to her very core, stunning beyond imagination and passionate goddess of Anarchy is his conqueror. All I can say is that both Anya and Lucian perfected kissing as the new third base! WOW!  Who knew kissing could be described in such an intense way!
Gena Showalter has outdone herself here, her explanations were so vibrant and her choices of words were engrossing.
Their story is filled with raw passion, loads of sexual tension and non-stop sexploit… Oh, I meant Adventure!
Oh my goodness, this book did set me on flames and I LOVED it!  A Must read! A page-turner and utterly bravura.

This book so far My favorite in the series. Modern take of Greek mythology continues with a story of love for Lucien- possessor of the Demon of Death. This time we meet Anya. Ahh an adventurous, perky artistic sarcastic one of my own girls…with a dark secret. The answer to the key…Lucien finds himself drawn to her, despite his vow to never love another. He is soon torn to pick between love and duty.
We also meet another great vibrant character; despite he is not a lord. He is an immortal named William. Kind of reminds me of Zac from saved by the Bell. Womanizer, swoon sweet talker—Love him. This second installment is nothing but great. Two Thumbs Up Ten toes, and…some strawberries.

Title: The Darkest Pleasure
Author: Gena Showalter                                                        
Series: Lords of the Underworld #3
Publisher: HQN
Paperback: 368
Publication Date: July 1st 2008
 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.…
The Darkest Pleasure is book 3 in Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld Series. The story continues with Reyes, keeper of pain and Danika ford as the lead characters.
This is my least favorite book of the series so far. However, this book is a great read nonetheless. I really enjoyed the use of humor in the book, the closeness, and the camaraderie the lord’s share as brothers and warriors. Fascinating!
Basically Reyes likes pain! Anything he does, must be painful…  Anything, and Yes! You guessed it!
Cutting himself was his daily ritual until…. Danika, the woman his brothers kidnapped! It was a love hate relationship at initially, but either of them could stand being away from the other. So naturally, they battled the gods- (Meaning Crony… the pop head) and won to be together! I guess in the end, even the gods could not keep them apart! It was an emotional read. Powerful, mind- shattering… and freaky- if that’s your cup of tea! And I liked it!

In darkest pleasure, Reyes is enchanted by Danika. The problem, she is a thorn in Cronus’ big foot and therefore he wants her removed- Permanently. This task/ burden were put on Aeron- Reyes’ brother in most ways. In darkest pleasure Reyes has make a choice between Danika and Reyes. And whatever choice he makes, he must be able to handle the consequences. Either he is willing to lose his Immortal brother, loose Danika or he is willing to corrupt her to a point of no return.
Secrets crawl in the dark for Danika, Reyes Aeron and Paris. How will they overcome this without angering the almighty Cronus?
Gena s third installment has you captivated and wanting for more Action, romance and great passion.

Title: The Darkest Prison
Author: Gena Showalter                                                        
Series: Lords of the Underworld #3.5
Publisher: HQN
Kindle Edition: 84
Publication Date:  July 2009 
Passion and danger collide in this brand-new, eBook exclusive Lords of the Underworld adventure! Once, Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, was the Greek goddess Nike's slave. Now, he is her master. And soon these sworn enemies destined to destroy one another will be forced to risk everything for a chance at love…

This is a novella revealing the secret relationship between the God and Titan of strength Nike and Atlas. Their love is tabooed an abomination to Cronus, but still passion lies deep within for these two. Unsure how committed one is for the other, they refuse to confess their mutual feelings, until one of them makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Title: The Darkest Whisper
Author: Gena Showalter                                                         
Series: Lords of the Underworld #4
Publisher: HQN
Paperback: 406
Publication Date: September 1st 2009
New York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter returns with her long-awaited next installment of the Lords of the Underworld series… He is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked. Bound by the demon of doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern…until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more. Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love…
THE DARKEST WHISPER is book four in the Lords of the Underworld series. AND…Let me clarify for the record that this was my favorite book so far! Therefore I shall be bias!
Sabin, keeper of doubt… Immortal warrior, 6ft 5in, beautiful… sexy, arrogant, stoic, vicious, all round badass and ME!…  ahh… Gwen are the sovereign and ruler in this installment.
Sabin and Gwen were complete opposites…  it was laughable! And you know what they say, opposites attracts! End of story… this book was a funny, sexy and a painful ride! But it was worth it!   There are no words to justify the magnitude of this book! I totally loved every page of this book! It was well written! The message? Inspiring!  Sexploits?... WOW!
(5 stars) plus 2 star for good measures!

All it takes is a whisper of doubt from Sabin’s demon and most women are ready to take their lives for him out of mere insecurities. In darkest whisper the lords are out to find the remaining artifacts which can help lead them too Pandora’s Box. On this quest Sabin finds Gwen who has been held captive by the notorious hunters. Gwen is half harpy and has problems embracing this side of her. Sabin is determined to help her do this as it proves him to have a powerful ally on his side.
In this fourth installment of the Lords of the underworld, Gwen’s dark secret is revealed which affects the lords in a most --- way. Paris is still fighting his inner demons while Aeron is determined to repay his debts.Action, romance and great passion.

Title: The Darkest Angel- Heart of Darkness
Author: Gena Showalter                                                        
Series: Lords of the Underworld #4.5
Publisher: HQN
EBook: 255
Publication Date: January 1st 2010
rom the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction. The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter, A Lords of the Underworld tale: An iron-willed demon assassin, the angel Lysander has never known lust; until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation... Love Me to Death by Maggie Shayne: Twenty-two years ago four teenage boys were convicted of a young girl's murder. Now, in the form of a beautiful woman, the victim is seeking vengeance. And only one man dares to dig into the past to uncover its secrets and set her free... Lady of the Nile by Susan Krinard: Lady Tameri believes herself to be the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian princess, and Leo Erskine has set out to prove her wrong, never dreaming that the two of them are about to discover a prophecy that will bind them together forever…

Review to come...
Title: The Darkest Passion
Author: Gena Showalter                                                        
Series: Lords of the Underworld #5
Publisher: HQN
Paperback: 438
Publication Date: May 21st 2010
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with another sizzling installment of theLords 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…
The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter is book five in the Lords of the Underworld series. This book is about Aeron the demon of wrath and Olivia, an Angel … Fallen…. ahh… Joy bringer? It was a great book and I loved it!
Aeron's book surprised me and I didn’t see this coming. I wasn’t disappointed… Not a little bit. I LOVED IT!  This book portrayed Aeron in such a way I couldn’t fathom! I mean his selflessness is so un-canning in ways that kept me gasping for air! His Love for his fellow warriors/brothers, the great passion he felt for Olivia -his angel and His Little Legion. (His little B.E.E.P of a child/daughter/ whatever the hell she is!) gods I dislike that little Legion!  Anyways-great book… As usual.

My  2nd favorite book so far in the Lord’s series. I’ve always had a crush on Aeron, possessor of the demon of Wrath. Olivia a high angel sent to kill Aeron, due to his relationship with Legion finds it hard to accomplish. With this both Olivia and Legion make a deal which possibly puts Aeron on the brink of death.
What will Aeron do? I do grow a small liking to Legion, despite all her actions that lead Aeron to Lysander’s feet.
We also get a more in depth look into Lysander- whom I personally wish would whisk me into the heavens. With hunters on the rise, artifacts still missing and Lucifer ready to make his move all hell is literally breaking loose.Action, romance and awesome passion
Two thumbs, ten toes, a nose and definitely a tongue. Go Team Leigon!!!

Title: The Darkest Lie
Author: Gena Showalter                                                         
Series: Lords of the Underworld #6
Publisher: Mira
Paperback: 442
Publication Date: July 2nd 2010
  In this riveting new installment of New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series, Gideon, keeper of the Demon of Lies, fights to uncover the truth…. Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding — or bedding — her. But he wants to . . . almost as much as he wants her. But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free, and a future with her could mean ultimate ruin. Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer . . . and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love…
Gena Showalter's "Lords of the Underworld" series carries on strong with this latest installment The Darkest Lie- book 6. This time the limelight is on Gideon, Keeper of Lies and Scarlet, Keeper of Nightmares. She's dodgy, aggressive, and scenic ... and she claims to be Gideon's wife from long ago. Gideon has no recollection of Scarlet or their nuptials, but he cannot deny the outlandish connection he feels for her… Worst he can’t tell if Scar… is telling him the truth! This wasn’t my favorite read but it was a good read nonetheless. It was funny, full of suspense and I don’t think Gena can write anything bad. I liked it!

Gideon cannot tell a truth. Yes only lies. When Scarlet shows up claiming to be his wife, Gideon has no recollection of this. His demon finds a strange liking to scarlet and therefore is handicapped in helping Gideon determine if she speaks truth or fiction.
Apart from all of this Scarlet is determined to have her revenge on all those who took her happiness away from her, including Gideon. But she finds it hard as her inner demon Nightmares refuses to harm him in any way. It is in this story I start to grow a warm heart towards the almighty Cronus. Everyone has a personal agenda and it is in this book I see a good side to the Titan Lord.Gideon and scarlet start to grow a bond, but the darkest Lie has yet to be revealed one so dark, it changes everything putting Scarlet and Gideon in a position to make the ultimate choice.
Action, romance and distorted passion.

Title: The Darkest Secret
Author: Gena Showalter                                                        
Series: Lords of the Underworld #7
Publisher: HQN
Paperback: 410
Publication Date: March 29th 2011
In this sexy new installment of Showalter's bestselling Lords of the Underworld series, the haunted Amun meets a woman who tempts him like no other...Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when the immortal warrior is chained and isolated to protect those he loves, death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty.Haidee is a demon-assassin, raised to despise Amun's kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul...and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.
I started reading this book with reservations on my mind and a bad attitude!  I didn’t know what to expect…. In the ending I was reminded why Gena is one of the awesomest…. Writer! (Is that even a word?) She wrote the book like no other and she made us fall in love with the once hated   heroine.  The story between Secret and Hate was more than passionate it was intense!!!
Erotic?  YES!
Sexy?  gods…  YES!
Mind blowing…? Ahh… QUI!  (I mean there isn’t an English word to describe it! …Totally HOT!!!! )  There is more to meet the eyes with Hadiee … and she will make a good addition into the growing fortress and their naked Thursdays… SIGHS….
Gena Showalter has always been a great writer and I can never get enough of her writing. She sucks you right in and just like that you are hooked. I loved every minute of this book and I highly recommend it. Well done!

Gena you have done it again. I don’t know how, but she keeps it refreshing and so ingenious. Amun keep of secrets is still tormented by the demons he absorbed during his last escapade in hell. How the hell to fix this? More or less if a solution isn’t found soon, the angels will have their way kill him and be off.
Strider on the other hand is jetted back to the fortress to bask in the glory of his most recent capture, only to find out that no one is there but Amun, William, and Torin. To make things worse, Amun is practically killing himself overcome by demons, and the only cure… you got it is tangled and bonded with Striders’ kill. What would you do if you had to choose between sparing the woman who can save your best friend or killing the woman who murdered your brother… hard choice, to make matters worse Paris is off binging, Strider is a selfish Prick and William is out for revenge? This book is truly my favorite so far. I can’t wait to see where Gena will be going next.

Title: The Darkest Surrender
Author: Gena Showalter                                                        
Series: Lords of the Underworld #8
Publisher: HQN
Paperback: 426
Publication Date: September 27th 2011
Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor's edge of surrender. Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can't afford because he has an agenda of his own-steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter-the love neither had thought possible...
Centered on Strider and Kaia, This installment is what you would expect from Gena Showalter; it was LOL funny, action packed romantic and witty! Strider and Kaia is a perfect match, Strider needs his EGO worshipped and Kaia is the one to do it just right…. With the pair always wanting to prove themselves, they were given the perfect arena…. In the end they both did. With added bonus off course, kaia got a new name (wing Shredder) and Strider got  (Bonin the Barbarian). – Inside joke! OH! The Lords now has the “pairing rod”- a godly artifact, go figure… talk about manner from heaven or should I say “Rhea”, Cronus’s Lunatic…er wife! With three out of four artifact, I wonder where this series is heading??? All in All, it was a very good read and I liked it! Well-done!

Talk about humor. In this episode of LOTU Stridor is after the ancient artifact, but there is only one way to get- enter the HARPY GAMES. But how can he enter when he is not a Harpy himself? That's where Kia comes into play. She and her sisters will help but at a price. Can Stridor handle this all the while battling his demons? Can they win? Kia has a deep secret that may in fact cost them the games and the rod. This story showed the humorous side to Gena and I guarantee an enjoyable read.

Title: The Darkest Seduction
Author: Gena Showalter                                                        
Series: Lords of the Underworld #9
Publisher: HQN           
Paperback: 504
Publication Date: February 28th 2012
At long last, New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter unveils the story of Paris, the darkest and most tormented Lord of the Underworld….Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive—but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he'd thought was forever beyond his reach …until now. Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet in Paris's arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up. Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally—or tear them apart?

Review to come…


Marcassa said...

Can u fine girls help me out? Is there a LotU book that ends with a woman who wouldn't sleep, sleeping after a LotU protects her?

Dawn and Wini book lovers said...

I haven't found any :D in the paranormal world, it about finding their one true mate... :))

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