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Heart of Darkness (Lords of the Underworld #4.5)

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From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction…

The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter

A Lords of the Underworld tale

An iron-willed demon assassin, the angel Lysander has never known lust—until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation….

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by HQN Books (first published December 15th 2009)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
*this review is only for the LOTU novella*

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This is a shortie from the LOTU series about the golden-winged angel Lysander and a harpy named Bianka :)
I liked it, but it was nothing special, worth the read only for the little teaser for book five, and the oil-wrestling scene :D

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Lysander forms a plan to get rid of his temptation, and that is to kidnap it and train it to become like him.
For an angel, the guy is uber-thick in the head ;)
His temptation is Bianka the harpy, and his plan backfires when he
My review is only for The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter.

It is my favorite from the three LotU novellas (The Darkest Fire, The Darkest Prison). Why? Because it is the best, of course. :)

Chronologically, The Darkest Angel is between Sabin’s book, The Darkest Whisper and Aeron’s story, The Darkest Passion. So we get a little bit from Sabin and Gwen, as well as an appetizer from Aeron and Olivia’s story.

But the best is Paris’ appearance. Oh, Paris, my favorite Lord! Normally I’m pretty satisfied
Apr 12, 2015 Natalia815 rated it really liked it
4,5 estrellas.

Por ahora este relato, que es el 4.5 de la saga, es mi favorito. ¡Adoro a las Arpías y sus locuras!. Espero que las otras dos hermanas de Gwen tengan sus propios libros o relatos, son personajes interesantísimos. Sus conversaciones y desvaríos dan un toque de humor a la saga.
~ Becs ~
My review is just for the Gena Showalter story - The Darkest Angel.

This is the story of Bianka, a harpy and sister to Gwen from The Darkest Whisper, and Lysander, an angel of the Elite Seven. I still have a hard time with a harpy being a heroine, seeings as my boss is the High Priestess of the Harpies, but I am definitely getting over it.

This is a lovely story - 2 kinds of immortals that should never be together but their love transcends their differences like Romeo and Juliet. Bianka is all har
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jan 25, 2010 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
5 stars for "Darkest Angel"
I loved Gena Showalter's "Darkest Angel" so much. the angel Lysander sees the harpy Bianka (Gwen's sister, remember her from Sabin's story?) and realizes that she is his one temptation that could make him Fall. So he tries to catch her breaking a heavenly rule so he has an excuse to kill her rather than be tempted by her, but when that doesn't work, Lysander gets the brilliant idea to kidnap her and force her to emulate his model angelic behavior. Like that'll work on
4 stars – Paranormal Romance Anthology

The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter is Lords of the Underworld story #4.5 that takes place between The Darkest Whisper and The Darkest Passion and tells the tale of innocent, pure-hearted warrior angel Lysander, a demon assassin, who finds himself led into temptation by naughty, fun-loving, bad girl Harpy Bianka. It’s only a 140 pages, but it’s a smokin’ HOT story with lots of laughs and a sweet HEA. It’s worth reading for the hilarious and sexy Lysander ve
Vanessa theJeepDiva
May 19, 2010 Vanessa theJeepDiva rated it really liked it
The Darkest Angel gets 5 stars. Bridesmaids dressed as Southern Belles on crack, a demon with a tiara glued to her scaly scalp & Paris in a loin cloth oil wrestling need I say more. The story of Bianka & Lysander was sweet. I loves it when complete opposites get their HEA.

Love Me to Death gets 5 stars. A murdered teen gets her justice through another while bringing her into her soul mates life through dreams. The 5 teens who thought they were responsible find out after 22 years are reles
Jul 10, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only read the first story. The Lords of the Underworld one. Might read others later but moving on to next Lords book.

Okay so we have an Angel Lysander who is obsessed with the Harpy Bianka. He captures here and keeps her at his cloud determined to teach/train her to be good.
Ya if you've read the previus book with Bianka's sister Gwen you'd know how fun this is gonna be.
Bianka is awesome. I love her tricks and how they both try to minupluate each other.

Ohh and a highlight I have to share...loinc
Aug 16, 2011 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter
Part of the elite seven (Angels that destroy all those who break heavenly laws), Lysander was watching the Lords of the Underworld when he saw her. As Harpies went, Bianka Skyhawk was fascinating, feeling the need to keep her safe, keep her from doing anything that might make him have to destroy her, he whisked her to his home in heaven. Being trapped in a cloud was a new on Bianka, never been to heaven, but she had to get back to her sisters and being trapped was
May 23, 2013 Iva rated it it was amazing
This rating is only for The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter..
Sep 29, 2012 JenJenBoBin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"4 Stars for Bianka and Lysander!"

"Temptation seeped past your defenses, changed you, made you long for things you shouldn’t."

What a sweet little Novella I really liked this one... wished it was loooonger!! :)

Bianka the beautiful, fun, free spirited, seriously naughty little Harpy (sister to Sabin's woman Gwen) is spirited away to Heaven by Lysander the very straight faced, honest and majorly uptight Angel. He found Bianka to be his greatest temptation (which is a sin... yikes!) so he takes h
Jan 08, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
look for susan krinard books, not on emedia though - have read them all

The Darkest Angel - Gena Showalter

a story of angels and demons, and grey areas. Lysander is One of the Elite angels - dispensing justice, serving the One True Deity, doing his job well... but he has found ihs one temptation, the one thing that can make him a fallen angel... Bianka Skyhawk, a minor demon (granddad is Lucifer)... she is beautiful, and Lysander can't stay away from her... He decides to kidnap her and trap her in
Jun 27, 2012 Saly rated it really liked it
Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter

I only read the Gena Showalter & loved it, an Angel and Harpy pairing awesome. Bianca is Gwen's sister and a true Harpy. Lysander is an Angel who finds out she is his temptation so thinks he will make her into him so takes her to his cloud where she drives him batty, until he sees he was wrong to take away free will from her. I loved it that the hero was a virgin, a stranger to desire and even kissing. Both of them try to reform the other. Bianca realizes he is
Oct 21, 2014 Claudia rated it really liked it

LOTU 4,5.
Ez egy teljesen másfajta élmény volt. A furcsa történések nem idegenek a műfajtól, de még ehhez képest is valószinűtlen események, meseszerű elemek szerepeltek benne.

Mégis Bianka cserfessége, és Lysander férfias bája érdekessé tette, és ha fogtam is a fejem olykor, megragadott a hangulata és szívesen olvastam végig.
Bianka Gwen kissé heves természetű nővére, Lysander pedig az egyik arkangyal, pozíciójánál fogva kicsit mindenki felett álló merev jellem. Érdekes volt kettőjük szócsatáit ol
I'm only giving this a 3 because it is an anthology.

Gena's story was very good. An Angel and a Harpy, how could it not be, but entirely too short.

Maggie Shayne's story was very good. I'd never read anything by her and I did enjoy her way of writing. The story pulled me in.

Susan Krinard's story just didn't do it for me at all. I understood where she was going with it but the way it was written was confusing. She had many characters that she would go back and forth with. Some of the people that
Darla Stokes
Sep 30, 2014 Darla Stokes rated it liked it
Interesting. I had the exact opposite reactions to the other reviews I read.

The first story, "The Darkest Angel," by Gena Showalter, was awful. It pairs a harpy and an angel, and both of them are obnoxious. They both know at first glance that they're meant for each other, a trope that's fairly common in paranormal romance, though when there's no development of real feeling for each other, it's still irritating. My biggest complaint, though, is that it read as though it were written by an adoles
May 27, 2012 Ronda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ronda by: Melissa Fetterman
Shelves: 2012-favourites
What a fantastic story!!!!! Not only did this book give me an insight into the fascinating sister of Gwen, it also give me a firm understanding of what those eyes were on Aeron in the last book and it is obviously going to be a firm feature in the next book!

What laugh Bianka is, she is so naughty and just so funny and I love that Lysander turned out to be her consort - Karma!

Loved the book and I am itching to read Aeron's story!!!
Mar 04, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Shelves: didnt-like, 2016
Meh. Meh all around.

I read this compilation because it contains LOTU #4.5, however I continued and read the other two series because I felt like I'd be leaving the book unread if I didn't. I also like reading new authors and I wanted a quick break from Gena Showalter (not in a bad way, just in a vacation into new territory).

I should start off saying I don't really like paranormal romance. It just isn't my favourite, and I've tried a few types & genres but never captured me (aside from Nigh
Lynsey A
My review is only for The Darkest Angel. Whew! One hot read! I'm still fanning myself. I wasn't too sure about having Bianka as a heroine in a story but I loved her. Showalter is such a great writer!
Chrissa Vasileiou
Mar 19, 2015 Chrissa Vasileiou rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Ένας άγγελος που ερωτεύεται μια Άρπυια.
Μια κοπέλα που πέθανε πριν 22 χρόνια και μετενσαρκώνεται,προκειμένου να υποδείξει τον αληθινό ένοχο του φόνου της και να κλείσει τον κύκλο.
2 άνθρωποι στο Λονδίνο του 1890 που ανακαλύπτουν πως σε μια άλλη ζωή ήταν αρχαίοι Αιγύπτιοι και προορισμένοι να πολεμήσουν το Κακό,μαζί με τον Όσιρι και την Ίσιδα.

Εντάξει,η αλήθεια είναι πως βγήκε αβίαστα το βιβλίο,πολύ πιο εύκολα απ' ότι περίμενα και αποδείχτηκε ενδιαφέρον.Αρχικά το ξεκίνησα με σκοπό να το 'ξεπετάξω' απ
Deborah Darsie
I just read The Darkest Angel and I am so glad. - Currently not interested in the other two stories.

All kinds of mythological beings and a very different take on its place in the world as we, the reader, know it.
This was a good novella, I think a few of my questions may get cleared up by reading the first couple of books.

Lysander is a warrior angel and has been warned that Bianka (a Harpy) will be his downfall, so he decides to make a preemptive strike and corral Bianka while he helps her rema
Jul 21, 2010 Janetlee rated it it was amazing
There are three stories in this book, each from a different author. I am new to reading Gena Showalter but enjoyed her story immensely!
Jan 31, 2016 Adrielle rated it liked it
Meh, I read this then took a substantial break from the series because it was all starting to read the same.
Nov 04, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it
Three short stories by three wonderful ladies.

1)‘The Darkest Angel’ by Gena Showalter. Lords of the Underworld 4.5. 5 stars. Bianka, a harpy gets kidnapped by an angel: Lysander so he can teach her to behave. See separate review under book title.

2)‘Love Me to Death’ by Maggie Shayne. 3 stars. A reincarnation mystery involving an arson death and soul mates in a small Maine town. The relationship didn’t make sense to me. Too creepy and going by the speed that the sex takes off, I would’ve thou
Heather C
only read The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
Mar 14, 2016 Les Chroniques Aléatoires rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Cette nouvelle est totalement inattendue pour plusieurs raisons : elle ne concerne ni un Dieu, ni un des Seigneurs ; elle met en avant de nouveaux personnages importants pour la suite : les Anges. Et en plus de ça, il n’y aucun doute que c’est une sorte de plateforme de lancement pour le spin-off : Angel of the Dark.

Bianka est une des sœurs aînées de Gwen, ce qui nous donne tout de même des bases pour l’histoire. Elle se démarque par le fait qu’elle souhaiterait pouvoir trouver son consort et to
Sophia (FV)
Dec 23, 2009 Sophia (FV) rated it really liked it
The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter

Lysander, is a very serious, down to business demon slaying angel. He has never experienced desire or lust and that’s just fine with him. Things like that are messy, and distracting according to the warrior angel. Until the day he discovered Bianka, his true temptation.

Bianka is a spunky little Harpy who is unknowingly driving Lysander crazy. Naughty by nature she’s lusty, likes to get drunk, and has a mischievous personality.

Lysander decides he cannot allow t
Dec 26, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I loved Gena Showalter's The Darkest Angel. Lysander and Bianka fight so hard against their mutual attraction that their inevitable climax is mind-blowing. Harpies and angels are two creatures I never knew I would enjoy so thoroughly. I really have to start reading the Lords of the Underworld series.

Love Me to Death by Maggie Shayne was also very good and an extremely powerful story. Part murder mystery, part love story that overcomes impossible obstacles, and completely enthralling.

Susan Krinar
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It is not fair that in the book were included others apart from the darkest Angel by Gena Showalter, because my rating is far too much for them.

The Darkest Angel --> This book definately earns its place at the Lords of the Underworld series. The Story is about Bianka, Gwen's sister, and Lysander, an angel.
For Lysander, Bianka is his one temptetion, something that can lead him to his fall. So he thinks about the perfect plan to prevent his fall. To make Bianka fro a sinful creature to an obe
Aug 28, 2010 Monica rated it it was amazing
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The Darkest Angel
I have been feinding for a 'Lords' story for awhile now, and I definitely was not disappointed. Gena Showalter has a very specific writing style, I could recognize it even without knowing she wrote it, and that's an awesome thing, in my opinion. I loved this story, it was sweet, sizzling hot and just cute. I am glad Gena Showalter is expanding her characters as well...we now have sexy angels, and probably more demons to play with. Great story, loved the entire thing.

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Gena Showalter Fans: The Darkest Angel (LOTU #4.5) 2 21 Jul 23, 2012 11:48AM  
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  • Pleasure (Shadowdwellers, #3)
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been transl
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Other Books in the Series

Lords of the Underworld (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1)
  • The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld #2)
  • The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3)
  • The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4)
  • The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5)
  • The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6)
  • The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7)
  • The Darkest Surrender  (Lords of the Underworld #8)
  • The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9)
  • The Darkest Craving (Lords of The Underworld #10)

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