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"Grecian Gods, Titans, immortal warriors, hunters, oh my!"

Once upon a time, the Grecian Gods created warriors to guard them. And these warriors were just as immortal as the Gods who made them. Everything went swimmingly well until the "box". You see, when the Gods gave the safekeeping of the "box" to Pandora—excellent warrior she may have been— our warriors became jealous and felt they should have been given the honor. So, they decided to prove it by finding and opening the box, thereby allowing all the demons contained therein to escape. Not surprisingly, the Gods were not pleased with this development and as punishment, decreed the warriors would house the demons themselves since the box was lost. Maddox—the hero of our story—ended up with Violence and became the most dangerous of them all. Lucien got Death and forever after smelled of roses. Torin housed Disease and with one touch, could wipe out an entire village, and so on and so forth. Well, with Violence inside him, Maddox went a bit crazy and killed Pandora. And so he ended up with another curse. Every night at midnight, Reyes— keeper of Pain—would "kill" Maddox using the same method he had with Pandora—a sword six times in his torso—at which point, Lucien is forced to deliver Maddox to hell, where his body would be consumed by flames over and over again until the morning. When one of their number ended up killed by a Hunter—mortal men who hunted them—the warriors split. The group with Maddox ended up in Hungary in a castle and this is where they live at the present time.

Ashlyn Darrow, on the other hand, never had to endure these types of torture, but that's not to say she's had an easy life either. Her gift—or curse as she considers it—is to be able to "hear" any conversations that have ever occurred in the spot she is occupying. And she can understand whatever is being said, regardless of language. At a very young age, she was given into the care of the Institute since her parents just couldn't handle her. Once there, she was tested, poked and prodded and eventually came to work for them. The only person she ever considered a friend is her boss, Dr. McIntosh who read her fairytales when she was a child in an effort to stop the voices in Ashlyn's head. So Ashlyn grew up to become a very lonely adult, never having friends or boyfriends, since they were afraid she would "hear" something. On an assignment for Dr. McIntosh, Ashlyn has heard there are either demons or angels in the castle and she's decided to visit them and see if they can help her somehow control the voices. So when covered in blood, Maddox grabs her, Ashlyn is shocked by the silence. Shocked and extremely pleased. Since it's close to midnight, Maddox returns to the castle and his room, where Reyes and Lucien end up chaining him to his bed and proceed with the "curse". Ashlyn is horrified by what she sees them doing and tries to save Maddox, only to wind up in the dungeon.

Is Ashlyn bait used by the Hunters? Will she betray the warriors' location to them? The Gods have been overpowered by the Titans. What are the Titans' plans for the warriors now that they are in power? What are these feelings Maddox has for Ashlyn and what will his demon do to her? Will Maddox be able to keep Ashlyn, or will one of them— including himself—kill her?

THE DARKEST NIGHT is a fantastic, funny fantasy. Once again, Gena Showalter firmly establishes why she's an auto- buy author for me. Her ability to weave humor, sex and a dangerous plot all together and come up with a good story all ensure she will remain on this list. We have all these warriors trying to reconcile themselves to living with their particular demons—and all of them do suffer—plus the additional curse Maddox, Reyes and Lucien have to endure day in and day out. We have insane Hunters out to kill them all. We have no idea what the Titans are planning. And then we have Ashlyn, somehow trying to learn to control her gift— something she still hasn't been able to do. She knows the Institute won't give her up easily, but she really, really wants to stay with Maddox—the one who gives her blessed silence. The action is non-stop as I became caught up in this story and couldn't wait to see how it all ended. This is a series you do not want to miss!

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted April 25, 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 . . . Don’t 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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Gena Showalter

The Darkest Seduction
The Darkest Surrender
Dark Taste of Rapture
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The Darkest Secret
On the Hunt
Ecstasy in Darkness
Unraveled
The Darkest Lie
The Bodyguard
The Darkest Passion
Into the Dark
Twice as Hot
Heart of Darkness
A Deep Kiss of Winter
Intertwined
The Darkest Whisper
Not That Innocent
Seduce the Darkness
The Vampire's Bride
Jewel of Atlantis
Heart of the Dragon
Mysteria Lane
The Darkest Pleasure
The Darkest Kiss
The Darkest Fire
Savor Me Slowly
Blacklisted
Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred, Season 2: Fangs Again
Catch A Mate
Red Handed
The Nymph King
Playing With Fire
Mysteria
Oh My Goth!
Enslave Me Sweetly
Animal Instincts
Awaken Me Darkly
Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred: Season 1
The Pleasure Slave
The Stone Prince


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