"Once again, Gena Showalter's talent comes through!"
When we last left our immortal warriors, the curse was
broken on Reyes, Lucien and Maddox, who no longer has to
die each and every night—thanks to Anya, goddess of
Anarchy. Maddox and Ashlyn are now happily together, much
to the disgust of the other warriors. Aeron is filled with
bloodlust since he has not done as Titan—now the top dog in
the world of gods—has ordered him to by killing Danika and
her family. Aeron has been locked in the dungeon for
safekeeping. Torin—keeper of Disease—is still recovering
from having the Hunter slash his throat, which created a
bit of an epidemic and killed off the Hunters in the area.
The other warriors have all come to the castle now. All of
the immortal warriors have decided they will now destroy
Pandora 's Box so they don't have to worry about the
Hunters killing them all and their immortality will be
As we pick up our story, Anya has found herself very, very
attracted to Lucien—keeper of Death. Even though the smell
of roses on any other man would be weird, on Lucien, it
smells delicious. And Anya wants him. Badly. She's become
so obsessed with him, she's been following him everywhere
he goes—invisible of course, so Titan won't find her. Even
when he's delivered souls to Heaven or Hell, Anya has
followed him. Thanks to Anya, the warriors know about the
two temples rising out of the sea in Greece and Rome and
have decided to start their search for the box there. One
group will go to Greece and the other Rome, with three
warriors remaining in the castle—Reyes, in the dungeon,
Torin, still recuperating and Maddox with Ashlyn. On the
night before they leave, they've decided to have a party,
to which Anya has invited herself. Not surprisingly, her
goal is to seduce Lucien. Also not surprisingly, he proves
difficult. When she finally manages to get him outside in
an alley and they kiss, she has to flash because she can
sense Titan's approach.
When Anya flashes, Lucien wonders why she left, until Titan
appears. Lucien is more than unhappy with his orders from
Titan—kill Anya. He starts to argue with Titan to no avail.
The only thing the arguing does is irritate Titan and the
god threatens everyone Lucien loves. So Lucien decides to
take care of the matter sooner rather than later to spare
Anya. Of course, he's shocked when Anya not only doesn't
give in, but fights back and manages to surprise him.
Eventually, Lucien gives up flashing after Anya and they go
to the respective temples, only to find Hunters already
there—thanks to Anya's warning. Everywhere Lucien goes,
Anya finds him and entices him. With his scarred
appearance, he can't believe she really wants him.
Will he eventually give in to Anya? Why does Titan want
Anya dead so badly? Will Aeron escape the dungeon and go
after Danika? Will Reyes be able to Danika safe from Aeron
in full-blown bloodlust? Exactly what secrets is Anya
THE DARKEST KISS: LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD is a story of
love and trust. Once again, Gena Showalter proves her
ability to fill a story of love and danger and humor along
the way. Have to admit, I loved it when Anya shoved Lucien
into the Arctic Ocean. Anya is the woman we all wish we
were—smart, beautiful, a fantastic fighter and able to
think on her feet. But she is a woman, and one cursed with
a fate worse than death to her. She has grown up being
reviled due to her mother and has had to deal with that.
And at the end, she is forced to ask herself if she will
sacrifice herself for true love. After Lucien lost the
woman he loved, he intentionally scarred himself so no
woman could possibly want him. So when Anya shows an
interest in him, he can't understand why. All I can say
about this series is MORE, MORE, MORE!!!!
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted May 29, 2008
**A PNR Recommended Read**
He is Death, destined to be her executioner.
Ordered by the gods to escort the tempestuous Anya’s soul to hell, Lucien is an immortal warrior torn between duty and desire. For Anya sparks the flames of passion inside him as no one else ever has.
She is Anarchy, as beautiful as she is deadly.
There is nothing Anya wants more than to be Lucien’s lover. His half-hearted attempts to kill her are exhilarating. His kisses – electrifying.
They should have been enemies but they become allies, traveling the world to find and destroy an ancient relic of the gods before it can be used against him -- separating them for eternity.
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy