Review: The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

Review: The Darkest Seduction by Gena ShowalterThe Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

Series: Lords of the Underworld,
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Harlequin on February 28, 2012
Pages: 504
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars  

Have you ever had a book you were so looking forward too? Well this is the one for me. I have loved Paris since the first Lords of the Underworld book with Maddox as the hero. When he has to choose between saving Aeron or Sienna, I felt deeply his agony of choice and the agony of loss. In each book afterwards, I wanted them to find each other so much that I was in agony having to wait. I stalked Gena’s Twitter account as she was writing his story and then the edits. Then the last two books left me not so happy with things so I had a little bit of a disappointed attitude going into The Darkest Seduction.

During the first third of the book, I struggled to get into the story. It seemed to move very slowly and I was getting disappointed. I started and stopped the story several times before I got past this point and started to enjoy the story.While this is a great book, it was not as good as I had hoped it would be. Several story lines were tied up as we know there are only three more Lords left unattached. It feels like the series is coming to an end and that is sad as well as a happy time. Enough meandering, let’s get to the good stuff.

BEWARE: I am going to provide spoilers from other books in this series, so if you haven’t read all the books in this series, please be aware that this might spoil them for you.

If you have followed the series, you know Paris has the demon of sex inside of him. He can only bed a person once and never again, but needs to have sex daily to keep up his strength. When Paris and Sienna meet, Paris is weak, but she drugs him and turns him over to the Hunters, her being one herself. As they torture him and weaken him, Sienna tries to save him by having sex with him. This of course strengthens him enough to escape, but he takes Sienna with him. She gets shot in the escape and dies cursing him, but Paris also learns he desires her for a second time, which never happens. He is given a choice later between saving Aeron or saving Sienna’s soul. Friend or enemy? He choses Aeron, condemning Sienna to Cronus’s plans to put Wrath inside her when Aeron is beheaded in his book and loses Wrath. In Strider’s book we learn that Paris is in the heavens hunting for Sienna using Gods and Goddess to get information and ways to find her. So that’s the back story in a vary abbreviated form.

When the book opens, we learn the Deity’s angels also want Sienna. It seems she is key to a war that is coming and Zacharel is charged with finding her and bringing her back to the heavens away from Paris. The books does tend to jump a lot. One minute your with one character and then another, but it is all sequential so  you know what is happening when. We learn that Sienna is a dead soul and unless you have the power, you can’t see her. Paris learns from Viola, a minor goddess of the Afterlife and the keeper of Narcissism. To see her he must tattoo his eye lids with ink made from her ashes. To touch her, tattoos on his finger tips, etc, etc. But Viola being the keeper of Narcissism, gets involved with herself and forgets to tell Paris one small detail.

Sienna is being held in a secret location by Cronus, who wants her to go to Galen, the keeper of Hope and seduce him for information and to basically keep Galen from killing Cronus, which the All-Seeing Eye has painted. There are several other paintings of the future as well, but this one above all is the one Cronus is trying to prevent. She is tortured with the disappearance of her sister Skye, wearing the new wings is taking a lot of time getting used too and Wrath likes to take over and slaughter people. Basically life is sucking right now, but she wants Paris desperately.

When the two get back together again is is uncomfortable to watch how they don’t know what to say or do and mess it up left and right. When they do get back together they acknowledge that they will have just this time together then go their separate ways. The love scenes rocked my world with sensual delights awakening my senses. Making me melt all over for Paris again.

There are a lot of side stories going on as well. Cronus and Rhea are at each others throats, but if one dies so does the other so they dance around each other. Ashlyn is delivers the twins and they have some surprises of their own. Maddox makes my heart patter so hard with the love he feels for Ashlyn, taking way back to the beginning of the series. Legion has some tough choices and my heart bleeds for her throughout the book. Kade, the keeper of Disaster, is stuck in hell with his minions wanting his seed to make more demons. His fate is left wide open and I don’t want to say to much about it because really, I am looking forward to his book. Torin gets hit by a choice that rocks him and you wonder what he plans to do about it. Cameo is still there…and I seriously want Cameo and Torin their own HEA!

This is an extremely long review so I think I will wrap it up. The book is over 500 pages long so I guess I can write as much about it as I want too.

So while I love Paris, he will be my second love in the LOTU series. Sorry, Gideon has my heart and if Scarlett ever dumps him, I will be there in a heartbeat to comfort him.

This is a great addition to the LOTU series and I am finally happy Paris got to find his HEA with a big twist in the end. You will find yourself hungering for Paris to find some peace, solace and the love of a lifetime, while also having Sienna come to terms with being a keeper of Wrath. I was a puddle of sweat reading the last half of this book. The sweet, erotic words moved me deeply and I will be coming back over and over again to read this series!

One last point…Zacharel gets put in charge of bad boy angels as the Deity’s last punishment for some transgression Zacharel has done. He currently has snow falling on him constantly, so he must have done something wrong. Being put in charge of these bad boys is spinning off into a new series called Angels of the Dark. I hope we continue to see the same witty banter, hot romance and alpha males taking on their equally alpha females.

Do not suggest the king of the Titans needs a breath mint. She gulped. And don’t you dare think about the warrior you upset. Don’t you dare think about Paris. Oh, no, no, no. “Y-yes.” And now she was stuttering? Grow some lady balls, Blackstone!

About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Sophia Rose

    I just got the book so I am looking forward to seeing the poor guy’s story tied up for him. He was never a big interest to me, but I’m still eager for the storyline to continue. Love the series!

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  • Ning

    I’m more than halfway through the book now. I can’t wait for them to get their HEA! I loved Paris from the beginning and I wished that his book was earlier, but I really like the set up for all of it. Usually I don’t mind the other storylines, but this time I wish there was more time spent with Paris and Sienna.

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