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The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  51,602 ratings  ·  2,290 reviews
His powers--inhumanHis passion--beyond immortal

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member--a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant
ebook, 275 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Harlequin Books (first published 2008)
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My Problem that I Know Will Not Actual Bother Everyone:

Okay, the main ‘hero’ is an immortal warrior who is partially controlled by demon of Violence. Yes, Violence, which the heroine, Ashlyn, is dating. He spends the first 50 pages (give or take) chanting kill, murder, slice, hurt, killkillkill to himself. He acknowledges that while he tries to fight the demon, he does fail - on a nearly nightly bases. Now, I’m aware that in this genre love conquers all and that relationships and people in roma
Blacky *Romance Addict*

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"Every night death came, slowly, painfully, and every morning Maddox awoke in bed, knowing he'd have to die again later. That was his greatest curse and his eternal punishment."

This book is a great intro into the Lords of the Underworld series and I admit, I am completely hooked!! I will not stop until I read them all!!!

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Before I tell you about the story, you have to know a few facts about the Lords (all of these facts will be explained in the first 10 pages of the book so I won't be giving an
Oct 29, 2008 new_user rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kenyon, Feehan fans
*sigh* What can I say? The Darkest Night wasn't very dark. I wanted to like this book because it came so highly recommended from friends, but I've read Showalter's writing before and I was skeptical.

Well, my first impression was unfortunately right. Showalter's writing style is still very light and sugary, only it's even more out of place in such a dark setting (i.e. constant violence).

Her heroes are supposed to be Greek immortals, exalted and admired guardians of the gods until their hubris lea
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Well, I finally started the much lauded Lords of the Underworld series. I was happy with this book. However, it does have some issues with it that I felt detracted from it as a stellar read. I felt like there was a roughness in some of the writing. I have a theory about this. I think that the publishers really put a lot of pressure on the paranormal writers to put out a series quickly. This takes time away from the authors that they need to polish each book so that it can be at its best. I felt ...more
“Sometimes what we want isn't what we need.”

Let me tell you a story.
Thousands years ago the box that held the most disastrous demons was given by the gods to Pandora . She was a warrior and everyone felt envy that a female had the responsibility to reck the box . Anyone would kill for this position. Moving Pandora into a trap wasnt a smart move and warriors were bound to be possessed by these demons .

In this book we are introduced Maddox . He played a significant role in Pandora's (view spoiler)
Kellie is a bookwhoreasaurus


Long ago twelve immortals warriors made by Zeus, became jealous of Pandora she was chosen to guard a box. Inside that box housed some of the most dangerous demons ever known. The Immortals made a horrible mistake of killing Pandora and opening the box. As punishment for the evil they have unleashed each warrior was sentenced to carry one of those demons for all eternity. They are - Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wr
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Jun 16, 2010 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance readers - Esp. Fans of BDB and IAD
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: Recommended by RNDo and Vale - Thanks!
(4 Stars)

Ooohhh!!! Yummily sexy cover! That was my first reaction. ^_^ Seriously. Love the covers in this series.

The Darkest Night, the first book of the Lords of the Underworld series, is my first Gena Showalter book. I really liked it but wasn’t completely captured by it. I haven’t been hooked yet like I am with J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. I’m putting it out there – I just LOOOVVEEE those Brothers!!! Okay? Bias, outted. Though, to be fair, I wasn’t completely addicted to the BDB unti
I must preface this by saying that I only made it to page 200, so i probably shouldn't be reviewing this book. However, the fact that I couldn't really be bothered to make it past page 200 makes this worthy of explaining why.

I picked up this book, first because I got a rec for it and second because the cover art is so darned striking. And I was really stoked by someone doing something a little different within the paranormal genre. I admit, I am always on the look out for paranormal that don't i
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
Nov 23, 2014 Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ by: Lkay ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Kitty (I solemnly swear that I am up to no good)
""I need to prepare you." He was about to see her underwear-another embarrassing topic. They were plain white cotton. Granny gear, she's once heard a man say. She never wore sexy clothing, even underclothing, while on the job. It wasn't practical. "I do own sexy underwear, I promise, but i'm not wearing it right now.""

Get a grip sister...I mean seriously when in the throws of passion who cares what pants you are wearing just take them off. Have a little confidence for goodness sake. Bu
July 12, 2013
"We’ll wait there and let the Hunters come to us.”
“That’s it? That is your plan?”
“Well, that and kill them.” The fragrance of roses became stronger as Lucien’s eyes glittered menacingly.
“It’s a good plan.”

Pretty good opening book of the ’Lords of the Underworld’ series.

Smartly built alternative mythology, gradually measured tension and multiplying conflict.

Maddox is the least significant Lord for me, so the first book being his is really smart, because his personality doesn
I must admit that when I first started reading this novel, I absolutely hated it. I just could not get into this book. So I put it down, as cutie would say, in the time out corner for a few days.

I then decided to start over. After all, this book is highly rated by Goodreads reviewers. Everyone seems to love it. Well – I am glad I gave this book a second chance. Once I got over my initial confusion, I really could not put the book down.

The Darkest Night is the story of a group of warrior/brother
Opening line: " Every night death came, slowly, painfully, and every morning Maddox awoke in bed, knowing he'd have to die again later.

As a fan of paranormal romance and in particular JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood my searches for what to read next kept taking me to this series. That's not to say the two are comparable, because they aren't but if you like continuing story arcs with multiple character POV's, hot, sexy love scenes, the occasional bloody fight and tortured yet strong alpha male
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
★Book Basics★

Genre : - Paranormal Romance
Series : - 1st in the series
Love triangle? - (view spoiler)
Cheating? - (view spoiler)
HEA? - (view spoiler)
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes
Rating - 5


This is a new to me series, and as such, for me (even though this series has been out years) it was a refreshing take on the paranormal genre.

I loved both main characters, and the entire world this is based in.

Miss Kim
Jun 14, 2010 Miss Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kenjii
Recommended to Miss Kim by: about 30 GR friends!
3.5 out of 5

The Lords of the Underworld are ancient Greek Warriors that were involved in opening Pandora’s Box centuries ago. This caused a load of awful demons to posses each of the Lords. This is Maddox’s story. He is possessed the by the demon, Violence.

Ashlyn struck me as TSTL right off the bat. She is wandering through the forest in the damn winter at night. Alone. What the hell? She has a terrible secret that she think the ‘angels’ will be able to help her with. The townspeople all believe
Julie (jjmachshev)
My first Gena Showalter book was "The Stone Prince" back in 2004. Since then, I'm pretty sure I've read every book she's had published with the exception of her young adult line. And I'm also pretty sure that I've highly enjoyed every one! Her books always contain elements of magic and although her different series may have become darker and more sensual over the last couple of years, I, for one, am certainly happy about that!

"The Darkest Night" is her new series that revolves around the myth of
What I expected:

1. A too-sexy-to-be-true hero.
2. A too-feminine-to-be-anything-but-Barbie heroine.
3. Lust at first sight that magically transforms into true love barely 50 pages into the book.

What I got:

1. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments.
2. Swoon-worthy heroes.
3. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

Yes, the girl's a virgin. Yes, the guy's an immortal who has existed since before time yet still hasn't ever fallen in love. But no, the girl's not a wimpy, gullible, brainless idiot. And no, the guy actuall
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
** 12/08/11: Edits added to reflect an attempted re-read

I feel like I should explain why this was the ultimate DNF for me. It had so many great reviews and I loved the blurb. I checked the bookstore every week to see if they'd restocked it. Finally, one day they had it and I put the book on reserve.

Maddox is an immortal warrior who, along with his five warrior buddies got pissed when they were passed over in favor of Pandora to guard the sacred box of demons. So, they steal the box and release t
Aug 14, 2011 MISS VAIN rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR lovers!!!!!!
Shelves: gena-showaler
Destroy, Destroy, Destroy, Kill."

Never has any man fictional or non fictional ever made those words sounds enticing, much less sensual but Gena Showalter has succeeded in making the inner dialgue of Maddox, the keeper of Violence a voice I want in my darkest erotic fantasies. ;)

Maddox as the Keeper of Violence has kept himself wrapped up in a tight guarded space to ensure the safety of others around and especially arou
Anzu The Great Destroyer
The Darkest Night is a fun introduction to a new series (for me at least) that goes around demons, crazy people, violence, hot drooly (yes, I mean it as drool-y - it should be a word, it’s awesome) sex and extreme redecorating. But we all love crazy people don’t we? And violence. And sex. And hotties. Beats the hell out of watching Animal Planet.

Even though the book was a great read I found many problems regarding it. It stars with the typical PNR problem: the ease with which they hooked up. I’
Mar 28, 2009 Christel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Auntee, Kathrynn and the rest of the bunch
Shelves: gena-showalter
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This was such a boring read, it is kind of ridiculous.

The Darkest Night is supposed to be a PNR book a-la-J.R. Ward - while there are many similarities, Showalter ultimately does not deliver. The book is filled with tortured fallen angels, forced to host a demon within them. But apart from being tortured, they are utterly indistinguishable. This is the case for the entire book - we are introduced to so many characters and none of them seemed to have a personality!

The heroine, Ashlyn, was a comp
Oooo... kay
Cause i have read this book before join goodreads, so i re-read it for write the review (and cause i join May Challenge Reading in " Officially Addicted to Lords of The Underworld" group, lol)

Maddox is Keeper of Violence. One of many demons that has released from Pandora Box long years ago. He with his 5 other friends (Lucien, Reyes, Aeron, Paris & Torin), live in Fortress at Budapest, Hungaria. Live in peace, although he must struggle with his demon and his curse. Until he meet w
Dec 11, 2008 L8blmr rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Auntee, Daisiemae, Marion, & others wit similar tastes
*4.5 stars* Wow. When I started this book, I wouldn't have believed that, by the last 25 pages I would have been glued to the pages, shedding tears, surprised, and happily contemplating that there are 2 more books in this series! The Lords of the Underworld are warriors from the days of gods and goddesses who got a little frisky back in the day and ... well, suffice it to say that Pandora and her fabled box are involved. As punishment, these men have to live an eternity, each possessed by a demo ...more
I didn't think anything could be any better than the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I was clearly wrong. I am already in love with every single Lord and this is only the first book. I cannot wait to read each man's story and find out about the women who will unlock their curses. Anya is hilarious and I am looking forward to seeing how she continues to defy the Titans and help out the rest of them. Gena Showalter is immediately being added to my Favorite Authors list.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
BIG price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US, plus get the audiobook for only $2.99 more! 10/31/14!
Tammy Walton Grant
DNF #2 for 2011.

JR Ward was my introduction to the whole PNR genre and I've read 8 of her silly books. I know it's not fair, but I kept comparing the setup of this book to those. I found myself wondering how Showalter was going to write a book about each of these guys. Their 'curses' are way more ickier than Ward dreamed up for her BDB.

I wanted to like this one - I found the premise interesting, with the whole Pandora's box idea, and there are tons of 5 star reviews on GR. The Hero being stabbe
I read so good reviews of the Lords of Underworld serie [image error] that decided to read all… well I couldn’t go further than the first.
If you, like me, read the Black Dagger Brotherhood serie (by JR Ward), Dark Hunter serie (By Sherrilyn Kenyon), Sookie Stackhouse serie (by Charlaine Harris), Love at Stake serie (by Kerrelyn Sparks), Garnet Lacey serie (by Tate Hallaway)or Vegas Vampires serie (by Erin McCarthy) don’t waste time reading Lords of Underworld. Why? Well if you are searching for
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
I didn't think I was gonna like the book,so I read a friends review, & decided, "I'll give it a try" & now I'm totally hooked,if the book can make my insides tingle, than it's definitely good, & I'm going with my instincts & finishing the series,mmmmmm....yes That sounds like a very good idea!

I love the relationship status between Maddock & Ashlyn, but I'm liking the person that made everything continue "Anya" oh yeah! she seems to be, the Bad Ass that I look forward to when
I really should have known better, but I chose to try this book out anyway against my better judgement. The premise was what caught my attention. It certainly sounded like it would be interesting! However, in my personal experience, I am not enamored by Paranormal Romance novels for the most part the way I am by their Urban Fantasy counterparts. I think it stems from the sexual tension and build-up found in the romanctic aspects from an Urban Fantasy series, versus the quick in bed everything or ...more
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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.

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Other Books in the Series

Lords of the Underworld (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • 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 Touch (Lords of the Underworld, #11)
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)

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