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"Showalter delivers an incredibly passionate and thrilling ride!"

Maddox was once an immortal guard to the gods, but was cursed when his pride was wounded when he was not chosen to guard the dimOuniak, a sacred box housing demons so vile and destructive they could not even be trusted in hell. When the gods chose the female warrior, Pandora, Maddox and the other guards stole the box and unwittingly opened and released the demons upon the unsuspecting world. As their punishment, each immortal guard was saddled with one of the demons to live out the rest of their immortal lives in pain and torment.

Maddox has lived untold centuries with the demon Violence living within him. The man and demon have virtually become one and, as such, it is a never-ending struggle for Maddox to contain the demon as he beckons Maddox to do vile and malicious things. He has grown weary of his tormented existence and of having to live in constant fear of harming others -- especially innocents.

For all her life, Ashlyn Darrow has lived in agony. For no matter how much time has passed, Ashlyn can hear the every voice and conversation that ever took place in any location she passes. Some call this a gift, but Ashlyn knows it for what it is -- a curse. For what else could it be when as a child, your own parent's send you away because they can't deal with your "gift" anymore?

Having worked -- and lived -- with the World Institute of Parapsychology since she was a child, Ashlyn has listened to rumors of vampires, goblins, witches and countless Others. Upon arriving in Budapest, Ashlyn hears of these men, these angels, as some of the locals refer to the men who live atop the hill overlooking the city. They don't seem to know what to make of these men that never seem to age, but have also helped keep them safe and their city free of crime. In an attempt to ease her torment, Ashlyn decides that she must meet these men. Once Ashlyn and Maddox meet, the attraction is instant. But having dealt with demon-hunters in the past, Maddox is unsure of Ashlyn's true intentions. Is she really who she seems or could this be a trap?

I found The Darkest Night an incredibly riveting and passionate book. I couldn't put this book down and devoured it in one night. The premise of the book was so "fresh" -- immortal guards cursed with the demons from Pandora's Box -- I don't believe I'd ever read anything along these lines before and I loved it. The magnitude of the guardians torment and suffering -- both physical and emotionally -- is staggering and you can't help but sympathize with the characters. I know as I read the book and discovered which demon each guardian was cursed with, I found myself more and more looking forward to the future books in this series. And while I know there are at least two more, I'm really hoping that we readers will be treated to more than that.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted April 23, 2008

SUMMARY

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 . . . Donít miss this incredible new paranormal series from Gena Showalter!

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

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The Darkest Night
(Lords of the Underworld: Book 1)
by Gena Showalter

HQN
May 1, 2008
Available: May 1, 2008
ISBN #0373772467
EAN #9780373772469
384 pages
Paperback
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The Darkest Passion
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Heart of Darkness
A Deep Kiss of Winter
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The Darkest Whisper
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The Vampire's Bride
Jewel of Atlantis
Heart of the Dragon
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The Darkest Pleasure
The Darkest Kiss
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Savor Me Slowly
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Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred, Season 2: Fangs Again
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Red Handed
The Nymph King
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Animal Instincts
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Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred: Season 1
The Pleasure Slave
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