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"Hot, touching and packed full of goodies!"

Not only is this an anthology made up of stories from Gena Showalter's LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD and ATLANTIS series, but once you finish the stories, the end is chocked full of all kinds of goodies.

In our first story, THE DARKEST FIRE, we get a prequel to the LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD, and wow what a prequel! We have Kadence, the goddess of Oppression, kicked out of Olympus and now bonded to the wall of Hell to keep the demons from escaping. Then we have Geryon, guardian of Hell, who sold his soul to the devil in order to save his wife's life, only to have her leave him for another man. Now hideous—not even a man anymore—Geryon only has one thing to look forward to—the daily visit of the goddess. When Kadence notices a crack in the wall, she knows she will need the guardian's assistance to fix it, and so she goes to Lucifer to bargain for the guardian's soul.

Will the two of them be able to fix the crack in the wall? Will the demons overwhelm them? Will the attraction between grow into something more?

The second story, THE AMAZON'S CURSE, takes us into the world of ATLANTIS. In this story, we learn of the Amazons' mating ritual. For the Amazons capture males just prior to their breeding season and use the males as slaves. Once the time is upon them, they fight over the males to see which one of them claims each particular male. Once their season is over, the males are released. However, this time, they happened to capture Zane, a vampire who can't stand to be touched by anyone. Since Zane has proven to be so contrary to the Amazons' plans, they have weakened him by portioning out the amount of blood he is allowed to take. Nola, an Amazon, has been cursed with invisibility—no one can see her, hear her or feel her. When she sees Zane chained and ready for the choosing, Nola knows she must do what she can to free him. After her mother sold her to men as a child, Nola cannot stand the touch of a man. For some strange reason, Nola craves Zane's touch.

Will Nola be able to free Zane? Will the Amazons be able to get a child from Zane? What of Nola's curse?

The final story in this anthology, THE DARKEST PRISON, once again takes us into the world of the LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD. But this one doesn't deal with the Lords. Instead we get to meet the Titans and the gods and goddesses. When the Titans were imprisoned in Tartarus, Nike was one of the goddesses who guarded them. Unfortunately for Nike, she fell in love with Atlas when he seduced her. Unfortunately for Atlas, she wasn't the only goddess he seduced, as Nike discovered as she was leading him to freedom. Angered beyond belief, Nike had her name tattooed across Atlas's chest. Now that the tables have turned and the Titans are free, Atlas can't wait to get on his revenge and have his name tattooed on Nike's back. Once he does, he's surprised by the fact he doesn't feel the satisfaction he thought he would. Instead what he feels is possessiveness. And Nike never did get over her feelings for Atlas.

Is there a hope for a relationship between the two of them? Will Atlas help Nike escape Tartarus, knowing what his punishment will be?

INTO THE DARK is a fantastic fantasy anthology into the worlds of Gena Showalter's creation. Not only are these three stories wonderful romances on their own, but they also give us more of a look into Gena Showalter's worlds. Both the heroes and heroines are deeply wounded and it's extremely touching to watch them come together. And then there's all the bonuses at the end, from an interview between Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter, to the Hunter's notes on the various Lords. Have to admit though, my favorite was the conversation among the women of the Underworld. Wonderful anthology and one I can't recommend highly enough. Well done, Gena!

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted April 25, 2010

SUMMARY

Those of you who aren’t fans of the eBooks will love this one!

In May of 2010 this book will be released. It will be the two eBooks of LOTU (The Darkest Fire & The Darkest Prison) combined with Gena’s Atlantis eBook The Amazon’s Curse. It will also contain some surprise bonus material! We will add more information to this page when we have it.

Three otherworldly tales from the master of paranormal romance...and a brand new Lords of the Underworld bonus guide.

The Darkest Fire
Lords of the Underworld prequel Geryon is the guardian of hell, more monster than man. Kadence is the goddess of Oppression, more angel than woman. Together they will enter the flames to battle a dangerous horde of demons - and discover a passion unlike any other.

The Amazon's Curse
A Tale of Atlantis
Zane, a fierce vampire warrior, has been enslaved by the Amazons. Nola, a lovely Amazon warrior, has been cursed with invisibility. Now, these two stubborn enemies must overcome the pasts that haunt them and embrace a love that can set them free...

The Darkest Prison
A Lords of the Underworld tale
Once, Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, was the Greek goddess Nike's slave. Now he is her master. And soon these sworn rivals destined to destroy each other will be forced to risk everything for a chance at love...

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Vampire, Anthology

 

Into the Dark
by Gena Showalter

HQN
April 1, 2010
Available: April 27, 2010
ISBN #0373774516
EAN #9780373774517
384 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Gena Showalter

The Darkest Seduction
The Darkest Surrender
Dark Taste of Rapture
Lord of the Vampires
The Darkest Secret
On the Hunt
Ecstasy in Darkness
Unraveled
The Darkest Lie
The Bodyguard
The Darkest Passion
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 Night
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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