Darkest Craving is the 10th book in Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series.
As anyone who follows my blog most likely knows, the Lords of the...moreDarkest Craving is the 10th book in Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series.
As anyone who follows my blog most likely knows, the Lords of the Underworld series is my absolute favorite. I love the way the hero, in this case Kane, has to battle with the demons that have possessed them to try to maintain some shadow of what they used to be. All of the Lords are truly good at heart, contrary to some of their actions, and are always willing to do anything for the women they love.
Kane is no exception. After recently being imprisoned in hell, he is losing the battle with his demon, Disaster. Coupled with the recent prediction that he is destined to end up with someone who... well let's just say is not his first choice, and that he will start an apocalypse, Kane's future isn't looking too optimistic.
As hard as Kane has it, Josephina might even be worse off then him. She has been being treated as a blood slave by her royal family for years, which probably helps them understand a little of what each other is going through. These two had amazing chemistry and friendship. While most heroines tend to drive me a little crazy, it always amazes me how Gena does such an excellent job making me love them almost as much as the hero. There's also plenty of humor, not only between them but William's there too so need I say more? William and his kids, the Rainbow Rejects, are through out the book and I just can't get enough of him. He has such a snarky sense of humor that always manages to lighten up many of the scenes.
Gena Showalter has once again proven what a master story teller she is. The only way to make a paranormal romance series better... add a dash of Greek mythology. Gena has such an amazing overall story and cast of characters throughout the Lords of the Underworld series that it's no wonder why I recommend it to everyone :)
I have really enjoyed the series to this point but I really had mixed feelings about this book. Nora has been kidnapped and is being held captive for...moreI have really enjoyed the series to this point but I really had mixed feelings about this book. Nora has been kidnapped and is being held captive for most of the book. As a result, about half of the book is comprised of flashbacks. It was nice to get a little more back story of Nora, Soren and Kingsley but I just felt like it was way to heavy on the past and not enough present. We will be getting plenty of their early days in the future and I was really hoping this one would have focused more on the here and now. There's certainly plenty going on to deal with, one of which is Wesley. This was another sore spot for me. I felt like the Wesley we saw in this book was a totally different person than we've grown to know and love through out the series. Soren redeemed himself a little with his actions and through some of the stories, as did Kingsley. Grace was even more disappointing than Wesley. Again, it just didn't feel like the same character. Some of her actions were... disappointing to say the least. I have so much more to say, but I don't want to give away any spoilers. I would still recommend the series as the other books, including the novellas, are well written with just the perfect blend of story and steamy romance. The Mistress definitely wraps things up and is still worth the read, even if it wasn't quite on par with the rest of the series.(less)
A Soul for Vengeance is the third book in Crista McHugh's Soulbearer Trilogy.
I have been anxiously awaiting this third and final book! This is a truly...moreA Soul for Vengeance is the third book in Crista McHugh's Soulbearer Trilogy.
I have been anxiously awaiting this third and final book! This is a truly unique series that I have just fallen in love with. Crista McHugh has created such amazing characters and such vivid world building that it would be hard for someone to not love this series.
We've been following Arden and Dev's story for the most part throughout the last two books and their struggles coping with the Chaos God. This book still continues their story but really focuses on Kell since parting with Arden. I have to admit, I was a little concerned when I heard it wouldn't be all Arden and Dev but I should have known that Ms. McHugh wouldn't disappoint. One of the traits I value most in an author's writing is the ability for you to "see" the world they've built. She does an amazing job of this! I feel like I'm right there in the towns and scenes she describes.
Arden is a strong, compassionate character and I love her interactions with the Chaos God and Dev. It takes quite a woman to handle these guys and their powers. I wish Dev would have admitted his feeling to her earlier, but what would be the fun in that?!
I honestly can't remember how I came across this series initially but I'm so glad I did. It has been an amazing and unique series. I have had the chance to read some of Crista McHugh's other books as well and they have all been great. Definitely one of my new favorite authors!
*mild spoilers if you haven't read the first book in the series*
Arden Soulbearer continues to work on her partnership with Loku, the soul of the God o...more*mild spoilers if you haven't read the first book in the series*
Arden Soulbearer continues to work on her partnership with Loku, the soul of the God of Chaos, which inhabits her body. In the past, Loku has driven the other soulbearers crazy over time, eventually causing their deaths. Luckily for Arden, Loku and her seem to be the perfect match for each other. It was great watching them both grow throughout the series. Arden used to be a timid barmaid, cast out by her family and friends due to her different looks and abilities. She's now in a land where magic is not only permitted but encouraged and it has given her a new feeling of confidence. Loku, who once made it his mission to drive his soulbearers to death as quickly as possible, is learning that not only can he tolerate Arden but that he's coming to care deeply for her. They have both made huge strides since the last book.
Book 2 in "The Soulbearer Trilogy" also continues with the Arden-Dev-Kell love triangle. Arden has had strong feelings for Dev throughout book 1 but after not having the feelings returned, she found comfort in Prince Kell's arms. Not wanting to be parted from Arden when she leaves for Gravaria to continue her training, Kell accompanies Dev and Arden on their journey. Not only does Arden have her romantic relationships to worry about and her issues with Loku, but now someone appears to be out to kill the new soulbearer.
This series has a little bit of everything, which makes it an exciting read. It is built around an amazing fantasy world which reminds me a little of a historical romance mixed up with an intricate magical fantasy with a little mystery, suspense and humor on the side. I have to say, as much as I loved the first book in this series, this one is even better. It didn't hurt that we get to find out a lot more about Dev and Arden's backstories. The side characters are very well written and add a lot to the main story as well.
The next book in the series, "A Soul for Vengeance" will be out next spring. The synopsis for the book talks mostly about Kell, but Crista McHugh says we will get plenty of Dev and Arden too. Whew! I was a little worried there for a minute! I hope this last book heads in the direction I'm hoping that it will.