Three short stories, and plenty of insider data on the Lords of the Underworld series. If you are a fan of the LOTU series, then you would get a kickThree short stories, and plenty of insider data on the Lords of the Underworld series. If you are a fan of the LOTU series, then you would get a kick with most of the info on the book. The novellas are pretty brief, and there are two that are set in the LOTU world. It'll give you more background, but not really necessary to follow the series. The other one is part of another series, but written well-enough that I was able to appreciate without reading the previous book....more
The second book in the Lords of the Underworld Series of Gena Showalter, The Darkest Kiss turned out to be a delightful read for me. This is the storyThe second book in the Lords of the Underworld Series of Gena Showalter, The Darkest Kiss turned out to be a delightful read for me. This is the story of Anya, Minor Goddess of Anarchy and Lucien, Keeper of Death, characters that were originally introduced in the first book, The Darkest Night. The Lords of the Underworld’s premise is that these mighty warriors freed the evils in Pandora’s box, and for that transgression, housed a demon in each of them.
From the very beginning, I was charmed by Anya. I find her funny, forward and feisty without being unreasonable and bitchy. I’ve realized in my readings, I’m starting to favor heroines that knows their own mind, and willing to go after the man they want, and Anya, definitely wants to play with Lucien.
Lucien, leader of the Lords, found his normal brooding and disciplined personality, challenged by Anya’s obvious desire for him and her playful ways. Unbelieving that a woman would want him, with all his scars, he resisted the temptation she offers, but instead was given a God’s command to kill her instead.
Now turned by his own duty and need to protect his brethren, Lucien must find ways to fulfill his order of execution, while trying his best not to fall into Anya’s charms. The story continues with their escapades as they try to outwit Cronus and find the needed sacred artifacts that may be the key to freeing the Lords from their curses. It tells of two stubborn individuals who discovered their own strength as they realized what they are willing to sacrifice to save the other.
I enjoyed the book, caught myself chuckling several times over Anya’s antics, and have to stop myself from drooling over Lucien. He actually turned out, to my surprise, a sweet, endearing, loyal lover for Anya, once he accepted to himself that he loves her.
Overall, I gave The Darkest Kiss five stars, and will be hunting the next book to read Reyes and Anika’s story.