Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12)
by Gena Showalter


Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST TORMENT is coming in paperback! The Queen of Paranormal Romance, USA TODAY bestselling author Gena Showalter, returns with THE DARKEST TORMENT, the eagerly anticipated twelfth novel in her Lords of the Underworld series! Order your copy today!


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Can Beauty tame her Beast?

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he's back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he's unable to withstand the touch of another…and he's quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she's taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she's plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she'll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

Includes Q&A featuring J. R. Ward, Jeaniene Frost, Nalini Singh and more!

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Going into this book, I had not read any of the previous books in this series. I know that sounds crazy, but I have loved other books by Gena and the synopsis of this book really intrigued me. After finishing this book, I definitely would say that I should have read the other books in this series first. I was able to follow most of the stuff that happened in this book, but I would have had a better understanding of it if I read the previous books. I think I would have been able to enjoy the book more if I had the connection with the other couples and characters that were in the previous books. This book can be read as a standalone, but I think people are better off reading the previous books first.

Baden was a typical alpha male. He was protective, strong, sexy and very "he-man" like. There were times that I thought he was very sexy and interesting, but there were also times where I found him to be overbearing. I found his internal struggle interesting, and I enjoyed seeing that throughout the book. The main female character, Katarina, was fine. I appreciated her dedication and love for her dogs, but that became a bit much as the book went on. Katarina was hard to connection to because she felt emotionally detached and even patronizing at times. I admired her strength but I still had a hard time relating to her. 

Baden and Katarina definitely had a lot of chemistry. The sexy scenes were very steamy and well written. I do wish their relationship would have been developed more. I just felt like they went from hate to love way too quickly, which made it hard to believe their romance at times. That being said, I could tell that they made a good couple. Their personalities worked well together and they made a strong pair. 

The plot of this book was interesting, even though it was hard to follow at times. However, that was my fault because I did not read the previous books. Gena did a good job at explaining the world and the powers of the characters without bogging the book down with information. That helped me out a lot, and I think it was enough to remind lovers of this series of what happened previously without boring them with re-hashed information.

Overall, this was a sexy and intriguing book. I am definitely going to go back and read the previous books in this series because I am dying to know how some of the side couples got together. I am also looking forward to seeing what Gena does with this world and characters in the next book!

3 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

Katarina wasn’t afraid of Baden. Not anymore. 

He took a step to the side, intending to move around her. Oh, no. She flattened her hands on his shoulders, keeping him in place. 

“I want to know what’s wrong with you.” She said. “Tell me.” 

He snapped his teeth at her in a show of dominance. “You think you want to know my problem. You’re wrong.” 

Her tone dry, she said, “I’m so glad you know my mind better than I do.” 

“Very well. I need sex.” He threw the words at her as if they were weapons. “Badly.” 

Whoa. Blindside! 

Heart pounding, she jerked her hands away from him. “Sex...from me?” 

“Yesss.” A hiss. “Only from you.” 

Only. Amazing how one little word could send pleasure soaring through her, warming her. “You told me never to touch you.” Which she’d just done, she realized. My bad. 

“I’ve changed my mind.” His gaze dropped, lingered on her lips. 

Burning her... “But you and I...we’re a different species.” As if that mattered to her body. Gimme!

He took a step closer, invading her personal space. “We’ll fit, I promise you.”

Tristo hrmenych! The raspy quality of his voice, all smoke and gravel...she shivered with longing. Must resist his allure. 

But...but...why? Before she’d committed to Peter, she’d dated around, had made out in movie theaters, cars and on couches. She’d liked kissing and touching and “riding the belt buckle,” as her friends had called it. Then, after committing to Peter, she’d gifted him with her virginity. At first, he hadn’t known what to do with her—he’d been just as inexperienced—and she’d left each encounter disappointed. When finally she’d gathered the courage to tell him what she wanted, he’d satisfied her well. 

She missed sex. But connection...intimacy...she thought she missed those more. 

The dogs barked, jolting her from her thoughts. They’d cleaned their food bowls, and now wanted to play. She clasped Baden’s hand to lead him out of the kennel. He jerked away, severing contact. 

One action. Tons of hurt. 

“I’m allowed to touch you and you want to have sex with me, but you’re still disgusted by me.” She stomped outside the kennel, done with him. “Well, I’m leaving. Good riddance! Your do-what-I-say-or-else attitude was annoying, anyway.” 

He darted in front of her, stopping her. Breath caught in her throat as sunlight streamed over him, paying his chiseled features absolute tribute, making his bronzed skin glimmer. 

So beautiful. Too beautiful. 

“I’m not disgusted by you. You need me. I’ve come to accept it,” he admitted, looking away from her. “But being skin-to-skin with another is painful for me. We’ll have to proceed carefully. And you’ll get over your annoyance.” 

Another order! She would show him the error of his ways.


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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at  


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