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Heart of Darkness (Lords of the Underworld #4.5)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  8,080 ratings  ·  327 reviews
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 in
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
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
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
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
I read only the Gena Showalter, and the rating is based on that story alone.

Each book I have read of Gena's, my appreciation has grown. I like the Atlantis books, I like the Alien Huntress books (especially after the first person point of view went away). I like all of the Lords of the Underworld books, too. Hell, in Deep Kiss of Winter, I preferred Gena's entry to that of one of my absolute favs, Kresley Cole. So, I am surprised to say that this one left me flat.

In this, we get the story of Bi
♥ Sarah ♥
The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter: (4.5 stars)
(Lords of the Underworld, #4.5)
Read February 16, 2011
This is a novella that takes place after book four, The Darkest Whisper, in the Lords of the Underworld series. I really like this series so this is why I picked up this small anthology.

In this story, an angel named Lysander has been watching Bianka. Bianka is a Harpy and Gwen's sister (from the previous book). Lysander is set out to take on Bianka as a "project" by showing her the light and help
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
This rating is only for The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter..
"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
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
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

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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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!!!
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
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
There are three stories in this book, each from a different author. I am new to reading Gena Showalter but enjoyed her story immensely!
Heather C
only read The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
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)
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
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
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.

Love Me
May 10, 2011 DGS rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to DGS by: Jen (Red Hot Books)
Shelves: read-in-2011
OK - I only read "The Darkest Angel" by Gena Showalter. It's the first story/Novella in the book. So my rating is based only on that.

So far in the LOTU series - I have not been a fan of the novellas. They seem to take away from the main focus of the story - although I'm sure there is a higher purpose to them that will be revealed at some point.

But this book was an exception. It DOES keep inline with the current progress of the story. And I quite enjoyed it. Granted, my expectations were low....b
Good anthology - I really liked the Gena Showalter story and the Susan Krinard story was a good read-once - but the Maggie Shayne story [although well written:] was not one I enjoyed.

The Darkest Angel is the story of the harpy Bianka [sister of the heroine in the last book:] who finds her consort, Lysander, who is a warrior angel. He sees Bianka as 'evil' since she does bad things - without realizing that she ONLY does them to bad people. Bianka sees him [correctly:] as a sanctimonious prig. The
Ooooookay. Let me start off with a little more information that will be helpful in deciding whether or not to read this or not. First, Gena Showalter's story in this book, titled The Darkest Angel, is a part of her Lords of the Underworld series and I'll admit was the big attraction to this book for me. The Darkest Angel was by far the strongest story in the book, so that's a good thing.

The Darkest Angel is the story of Lysander, an angel, and Bianka, a Harpy, who we met in the last book. The st
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Gena Showalter Fans: The Darkest Angel (LOTU #4.5) 2 21 Jul 23, 2012 11:48AM  
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  • Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica, #4)
  • Love at First Bite (Dark-Hunter, #6.5; Wild Wulfs of London, #2.5; Companion, #3.5)
  • Mysteria Lane (Mysteria #2)
  • The Bodyguard (Includes: T-FLAC, #14.5)
  • Wild Thing (Includes: Warriors of Poseidon, #1.5; Guardians, #1.5)
  • Hot for the Holidays (Includes: Mageverse, #5.5; Breeds, #19; Stormwalker, #0.5; Dark Magick, #0.5)
  • Haunted by Your Touch  (Doomsday Brethren #3.5, Moon Chasers, #4.5)
  • Finding the Lost (Sentinel Wars, #2)
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 12 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)
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)

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