Friday, April 27, 2012

The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter
2010, HQN Books
Series: Book 2 of Lords of the Underworld

Synopsis: She has tempted many men...but never found her equal. Until now.
Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death--a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.

But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining...

Why read: Reading the series.

What impressed me: Anya makes a good match for Lucien. She has her own power that causes their relationship make more sense. I loved how Lucien couldn't believe she was interested in him - that she must have an evil ulterior motive. It showed a lot of the inner goings on of Lucien's mind.

What disappointed me: Anya's very convenient inability to to be intimate with Lucien was a huge annoyance. Yes, it dragged the story out, but it never created tension - just annoyance. I didn't really like that her reluctance to take that final step was due to an outside force rather than her own messed up psyche.

Recommended: Yes. This is a great addition to the Lords of the Underworld series.

Continue series: Definitely

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