Darkest Kiss is the second book in Showalter's hot Lords of the Underworld series and is better than the first book. Lucie...more5 stars – Paranormal Romance
Darkest Kiss is the second book in Showalter's hot Lords of the Underworld series and is better than the first book. Lucien, the keeper of the demon of Death, and Anya, the Goddess of Anarchy, have great chemistry and sexual tension. Anya is a spirited, confident, and feisty heroine, and I often found myself laughing-out-loud at her great lines and sassy comebacks. Another great book in the fun, sexy, and steamy Lords of the Underworld series! (less)
Darkest Pleasure is the third book in Showalter's scorching hot Lords of the Underworld series. This is my favorite of the...more5 stars – Paranormal Romance
Darkest Pleasure is the third book in Showalter's scorching hot Lords of the Underworld series. This is my favorite of the series so far. Reyes, the keeper of the demon of Pain, is an extremely sexy warrior/hero. The heroine, Danika, wasn’t my favorite of the series, but I came to like her character better towards the later part of the book. Another great read in the fun, sexy, and steamy Lords of the Underworld series!(less)
Happy, happy, joy, joy...I loooved this book! I haven’t laughed out loud so hard at such clever, hysterical writing, fun,...more5+ stars – Paranormal Romance
Happy, happy, joy, joy...I loooved this book! I haven’t laughed out loud so hard at such clever, hysterical writing, fun, quirky characters, and sarcastic, snarky dialogue since reading the last book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, but Gena Showalter’s Playing With Fire delivers the goods, in spades! And Belle and Rome are another Cat and Bones type duo!
24-year-old Belle Jamison isn’t having a very easy time lately. She can’t seem to hold down a job for very long, she has to pay the bills at her father’s assisted living center (and support his Viagra habit), and to top it all off, she drank a spiked mocha latte and developed supernatural powers that she can’t control.
Now that “Earth, Wind, & Fire aren’t just a band anymore”, Belle’s got a hottie secret agent named Rome Masters from a covert government para-agency telling her he has to “neutralize” her and there’s a rogue, corrupt para-agency trying to capture her to harness and exploit her powers for evil. What’s a girl to do?
Here are some of the highlights and quotes that I loved most:
*Belle’s before resume (at the beginning of the book) and after/post-powers resume (at the end of the book) are hysterical and totally summarize her character.
*Belle is a flaky, spunky, fun, and bitchysweet heroine with a dry, acerbic wit that you’ll probably either love or hate, and I flat-out adored her!
*Although it’s told strictly from Belle’s 1st person POV, Showalter does a fabulous job with it, and I never felt a lack of insight or understanding of the other characters.
*PSI government agent Rome Masters is a mega sexy and totally yummylicious alpha hero...’nough said! “Marry me, Rome!”
*The chemistry between Belle and Rome is literally explosive and the romance is sizzling hot!
*Belle’s 19-year-old horndog sidekick Tanner “Crazy Bones” Bradshaw is a total trip, laugh out loud hilarious, and a riotous hoot...“Fo sheezie”!
*Belle’s various nicknames (Wonder Girl, Periodic Table Chick, Four Elements Girl, Pyro Chica, Homicidal Tendencies Wench, Fabulous Flame, Belle BBQ, Amazing Matchstick, and Viper)...sooo funny!
*Belle’s not above showing some cleavage to placate her aggravated, pervert, coffee shop boss to avoid being fired. “Was it wrong of me to rely on the girls to get me out of trouble? Probably. Did I give a shit? Hell, no. In fact, I unabashedly adjusted them for ample display. I was single, twenty-four and determined to keep this job. Anyone who objected could blow me.”
*Rome describing Belle to a recording device while she’s semi-conscious: “Subject is roughly five-six, slim, straight brown hair, hazel eyes-mostly green. Full lips. Uh, really full lips. Small scar on left shoulder. No tattoos...unfortunately.”
*Belle and Rome are discussing the need for her to practice controlling her powers (or superhero training) and she gets distracted by his sexiness. “Hello, my name is Belle Jamison and I have a potty brain.”
*Belle describing Rome’s ex-wife Lexis: “Lexis, who should be punched in the face right now, was working her way up my People to Punish When I Could Control My Powers list.”
*Belle reflecting on her inability to resist yumtastic Rome. “Maybe I was a slut and a harlot (a slot?). Or maybe, just maybe, Rome emitted lethal pheromones no woman could resist.”
So, if you enjoy paranormal romance with captivating characters, witty writing, funny, sarcastic dialogue, clever, spicy banter, some electrifying action, and fiery hot sex, then this might be a reading treat for you too! I can’t wait until the sequel Twice as Hot comes out in Jan’2010! Big 5 stars! (less)
It’s been a while since I’ve immersed into the adventures of those sexy, angst-laden bad boy demon Lords, and I’d almost f...more5 stars – Paranormal Romance
It’s been a while since I’ve immersed into the adventures of those sexy, angst-laden bad boy demon Lords, and I’d almost forgotten how much I love losing myself in their world.
I wasn’t too sure how I’d feel about The Darkest Whisper because Sabin (the keeper of the demon of Doubt) has never been one of my favorite Lords, but I was pleasantly surprised. As one of the LOTU leaders, he’s a total alpha who’s used to calling the shots and putting the war with the Hunters above everything else. His demon Doubt has cost Sabin every woman he’s ever tried to have a connection with, and after the painful loss of his last lover, he’s sworn off female companionship and given up on ever being able to have a real relationship.
When Sabin and the other warriors rescue Gwen from a Hunter’s prison, they get more than they bargained for, and maybe more than Sabin can handle. He feels an immediate, intense connection and explosive attraction to the mysterious, volatile Harpy, which is all the more troubling considering that Gwen seems to arouse his demon more than any other woman has before, while also bringing out his warrior’s protective instincts.
What can I say about Gwendolyn the Timid and her fellow Harpy sisters? Loved ‘em! They’re violent, unapologetic of their nastiness, sexy, and funny as hell. And when they team up with Anya, the goddess of anarchy, it’s a total Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” kick-ass good time! Although Gwen’s character got on my nerves a few times, I loved when she began to accept herself and finally went all Dirty Harpy on some Hunter ass!
My only complaint (like several reviews that I’ve read) is the total WTH ending that left me completely stunned (and pissed). It just didn’t make any sense and so didn’t match with Sabin’s character, his previous actions, or the Lords’ warrior code. But, I’m trying to have faith and trust that Showalter had reasons for it that will make more sense as the series progresses.
I loved that this story featured all the beloved LOTU characters, including quite a bit from Lucien and Anya (she still cracks me up!), Aeron and his little demon girl pet/companion Legion, Gideon, and my boy Paris (the tortured warrior needs a HEA...fast!). It’s a great addition to the dark, fun, sexy, steamy LOTU series, and I can’t wait to see what Showalter has in store next! 5 stars! (less)
I read this LOTU prequel short story in the Into the Dark anthology and although it's an okay read, I didn't really gain any further insights into the...moreI read this LOTU prequel short story in the Into the Dark anthology and although it's an okay read, I didn't really gain any further insights into the series and it's just a bit too short. 3 stars. (less)
Anyone who's read my review for Playing with Fire knows how much I loved it, especially heroine Belle's sarcastic humo...more4 ½-5 stars – Paranormal Romance
Anyone who's read my review for Playing with Fire knows how much I loved it, especially heroine Belle's sarcastic humor and the sexy romance between her and uber yummalicious agent/assassin Rome.
So I was totally ooh goody, goody gum drops for more Belle and Rome in Twice as Hot; but there's trouble in paradise for the engaged lovers, and it ended up being an emotional roller coaster to get to their HEA. Luckily, there's plenty of fun, action, hot sexual tension, and snarky humor to entertain along the way.
I was gaga for Rome in Playing with Fire, but he acted like a real jerk for much of this. But Belle's not a simpering damsel in distress, so she refused to play the jilted, wilted flower and never gave up on them as a couple.
There were a lot of funny moments, but I think the scene with Belle and her sidekick Tanner discussing possible superhero names for newly acquired, and formerly badgal, agent Elaine, aka Draino, was one of my favorites.
"Oh, and guess what? I've renamed her Super Absorber," Tanner said. I tried not to cringe. "You realize that name makes her sound like a tampon, right?"
So although I didn't enjoy Twice as Hot as much as Playing with Fire, it's still a superfun, supersexy, and highly entertaining read. 4 ½-5 stars!
I read this short story in the Into the Dark anthology and really enjoyed it, especially considering that I hadn't read...more4 ½ stars – Paranormal Romance
I read this short story in the Into the Dark anthology and really enjoyed it, especially considering that I hadn't read any of the other Atlantis books. It's a very sweet romance of two people from warring tribes, one vampire and the other Amazon, who have been abused in the past finding trust and love in each other. It definitely piqued my interest in reading more of the Atlantis series.(less)
The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter is Lords of the Underworld story #4.5 that takes place between The Darkest...more4 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 versus Paris loincloth, oil wrestling match...trust me! “So. Much. Fun.” 5 stars!
Love Me To Death by Maggie Shayne is a wonderful 93 page ghost/reincarnation short story about a young woman seeking vengeance and justice by uncovering secrets of a small town murder from twenty two years before where four teenage boys were convicted. This was a really captivating, touching tale and definitely made me want to read more by the author. 5 stars.
Lady Of The Nile by Susan Krinard was somewhat confusing and rather dull, especially after reading the other two exciting stories in the anthology, and I ended up skimming through it. 1 star/DNF.
So overall it’s a pretty good paranormal romance anthology that’s worth reading for the stories by Gena Showalter and Maggie Shayne. 4 stars.
The Darkest Fire is an okay LOTU prequel story, but I didn't really gain any further insights into the series and it's just a bit too short. 3 stars.
The Darkest Prison is a pretty good LOTU 'enemies to lovers' story that I enjoyed. 4 stars.
The Amazon's Curse was my favorite part of the anthology, which is a bit surprising since I mainly bought this for the LOTU stories and guide and hadn't previously read any of the Atlantis books. It's a very sweet romance of two people from warring tribes, one vampire and the other Amazon, who have been abused in the past finding trust and love in each other. It definitely piqued my interest in reading more of the Atlantis series. 4 ½ stars.
The Darkest Facts LOTU bonus material/companion guide includes a funny question/answer section with authors Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole, provides some fun character bios/details, and gives deeper insight into the LOTU series. 4 stars.
I can't wait for Gena to finally write Paris's and William's stories!
I have to admit, this started off pretty freakin’ slow for me, and I felt like it had been ages since I’d read the last LO...more4 stars – Paranormal Romance
I have to admit, this started off pretty freakin’ slow for me, and I felt like it had been ages since I’d read the last LOTU book ‘cause I was totally lost. Fortunately, the action really picked (and heated) up around the halfway point, and then it was an addictive, kick-ass, smokin’ hot ride until the very end. And I loved blue-haired, tattooed, pierced, sensitive, sexy, lie-uttering demon bad boy Gideon! It’s not my favorite LOTU book, but still a solid 4 stars. I can’t wait for Strider’s, Paris’s, and William’s stories!(less)