Jun 2, 2010

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Review: The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter (Lords of the Underworld #5)

Paranormal Romance
May 25th 2010
Mass Market Paperback
438 pages

Yummy Man – Aeron (Keeper of Wrath)
Kick Ass Chick – Olivia

From Goodreads
“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 Lords of the Underworld… *dreamy sigh*.  This is a series I really enjoy reading.  So far, every book has been filled with appealing characters and interesting plot twists.  And “The Darkest Passion” is no exception.

This series is about men and women who were created to serve and protect the gods.  Thousands of years ago, they made a little mistake – they stole and opened Pandora’s Box freeing the demons that were imprisoned inside.  Oops!  As their punishment, the gods cast them to earth and required them to house the demons they freed.  In the previous books, we’ve followed the keepers of Violence, Death, Pain and Doubt.  In “The Darkest Passion” we follow Aeron, keeper of Wrath.

Aeron is a character we know very little about.  He mostly keeps to himself.  The reason is that his demon constantly wants to make people pay for their sins.  (If Aeron isn’t around others, Wrath can’t be tempted).  He is a very loyal friend and a strong warrior.  He also has a very guilty conscience and a very tortured soul.  He has covered himself in tattoos depicting many of the violent acts Wrath has forced him to execute as a reminder to himself of what a monster he is.  And he has wings!  Who doesn’t love a man with wings?!  Olivia is an angel who has been sent to kill him, but finds she can’t.  She chooses to fall instead of completing her task.  Watching her adapt to life on earth is really cute.  I really can’t think of another word for it.  Her interaction with Gideon, keeper of Lies, is laugh out loud funny.  She is pure yet spunky — a very likeable heroine and a great match to our tortured Aeron.  Legion also plays a big role in this book.  She is a demon minion that Aeron brought back from hell in a previous book.  She is only as tall as a child and is really fugly.  Since being on earth, she likes being very girly – the color pink and tiaras are among her new favourite things.  Aeron treats her and loves her like a daughter.  It makes your heart melt a little to see him with her.  *sigh*

I was quite surprised by the twists that were thrown into this book — especially the ones concerning Legion.  They made me gasp and made the book that much harder to put down.  We were introduced to Scarlet, keeper of Nightmares, and Gideon’s wife, ex-wife?!  We’re not too sure about that tale, but we’ll only have to wait until June 29th to find out, for that is when “The Darkest Lie” comes out.  It will, I’m sure, give us the answers we are craving – and undoubtedly leave us with new questions that will have us coming back next year when the next couple of books are released.

The Darkest Passion was a home run for Gena Showalter and her Lords of the Underworld.  The possibilities for this series are endless, seeing how many characters there are who would make incredible heroes for their own books.  And I for one am glad for it.  I can’t wait to read each and every one of their stories.

5/5 stars

Giggle worthy quote:

“Is that the only word you know?”
“More, damn you.”
“Unfortunately, he was wearing jeans.  His feet were bare, though, and she saw that even his toes were tattooed.  Adorable.”

Smile worthy quote:

“Confidence was more than nice.  Confidence was soul-changing.”

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