"Angel plus demon equals explosive combination!"
In this story, Aeron, the Lord with the demon Wrath, knows someone or
something has been following him for a while now and it's made him the
slightest bit uncomfortable. So when he sees a wounded woman trying to get
up the hill surrounding the Fortress, he immediately thinks she's Bait. After
all, Bait has been known to allow themselves to be injured to draw on the
Lords' sympathy. Against his better judgment, he flies down and brings her to
the Fortress. Even though she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen and
Wrath doesn't immediately go off in his head demanding Aeron punish her,
he's determined to get rid of her.
When Olivia first noticed the gold in her angel wings—indicating Warrior
status—she was not pleased. She was quite happy being a bringer of joy to
humans and has no desire to become a Warrior. But she trained with her
mentor Lysander and was pronounced ready for her first assignment. When
Olivia received said assignment, she decided to learn a bit about the man she
is to kill. Eventually, Olivia fell in love with him and there was no way she
could bring herself to kill him, even if he did bind a demon to himself and
allow Legion to leave Hell. So when she fails to complete her assignment,
Olivia opts to become fallen and give up everything for Aeron and ends up in
Hell being tormented by demons, even having her wings ripped off. Somehow,
she manages to make it out of Hell and to the hill by the Fortress, where she
is rescued by Aeron. Now Lysander is exceedingly fond of Olivia and manages
to get a deal for her—she can have two weeks with Aeron, but then she must
decide to go back to Heaven and be the angel she was meant to be. If, at the
end of that time, Olivia decides not to go back to her old life, she will remain
human, lose all her angelic abilities and another angel will be sent to kill
Aeron. So her time to get Aeron to fall in love with her is limited and he seems
determined to get rid of her.
Of course, this is not the only thing going on in this story, there's also
Scarlet, holding the demon Nightmares who appears to Aeron. The Hunters
are all around, including in Buda, and Cronus and Rhea are interfering with
the Hunters and the Lords. And there's still two missing artifacts to be found.
Will Olivia be able to get Aeron to fall in love with her in two weeks? Will
Aeron want anything to do with Olivia? Will Legion accept Olivia's presence in
Aeron's life? Will Olivia be able to leave Aeron and go back to being an angel?
Will Lysander stay out of it, or will he continue to meddle in Olivia's life?
THE DARKEST PASSION is an excellent story! Gena Showalter has outdone
herself with this one. I just could not put this book down and had to keep
reading. The dialogue is engaging, the characters are all likeable—at least the
good guys—and there's plenty of humor sprinkled throughout the story. This
was quite an interesting triangle as well, with an angel—fallen—a Lord and a
demon the Lord sees as a daughter, but the demon doesn't see herself that
way. Add in all the other Lords and their women and this series just keeps
better and better. And the ending has quite a twist I sure didn't see coming.
So far, this one is my favorite of the series. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted May 17, 2010
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with another sizzling installment of the Lords of the Underworld series, as Aeron, keeper of the Demon of Wrath, meets his match.
For weeks, Aeron, once an immortal warrior of the gods, has sensed a disturbing presence. A presence about to make herself known. Olivia is an angel–a demon-assassin–and rather than destroy him as ordered, she chooses to save him. The price, however, is high. Her wings are cruelly removed, and her immortality stripped. But for Aeron, who has always despised weakness, trusting–and loving–Olivia will mean ruin.
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy