The breathtaking first novel in New York Times best selling author Gena Showalter’s new paranormal romance series, Otherworld Assassins, feat...moreSynopsis:
The breathtaking first novel in New York Times best selling author Gena Showalter’s new paranormal romance series, Otherworld Assassins, featuring a black ops agent who is captured and enslaved…and the beautiful deaf girl who holds the key to his salvation…
THE SWEETEST TEMPTATION…
Black ops agent Solomon Judah awakens caged and bound in a twisted zoo where otherworlders are the main attraction. Vika Lukas, the owner’s daughter, is tasked with Solo’s care and feeding. The monster inside him yearns to kill her on sight, even though she holds the key to his escape. But the human side of him realizes the beautiful deaf girl is more than she seems—she’s his.
THE ULTIMATE PRICE…
Vika endures the captives’ taunts and loathing, hoping to keep them alive even if she can’t free them. Only, Solo is different—he protects her. But as hostility turns to forbidden romance, his feelings for her will be used against him…and he’ll be put to a killer test.
I found myself enjoying this a lot more than others seemed to. It had its issues, but it certainly didn't seem all that bad to me.
We start off meeting Michael Black and his team of Otherworld Assassins-Solomon, John and Corbin. They are somehow betrayed and each of them ends up split up not knowing if the others are dead or alive. Solomon ends up in a circus that uses Otherworlders as attractions because of the way he looks. To just about every one he has ever known, he's been ugly and a "beast." However, while he's a captive in the circus, he comes to discover that his adoptive parents are not the only people that would ever see him differently. The daughter of the circus owner sees him as beautiful as well. Here begins a beauty and the beast story.
Vika is deaf and designated as the caregiver to the Otherworlders held captive by her father. Everyone sees her as timid and the captives see her as deserving of cruelty. They do not realize how much she is actually thinking of them. There's a reason as to why she doesn't let them know just how much their taunts hurt and just how much she's trying to save them and herself. She does her best, but it isn't quite good enough. However, working with Solo, she's able to realize that there's more to her than even she really knew.
I will admit, Vika is pretty much a typical PNR heroine and Solo a typical PNR hero. I loved Solo anyway and I liked Vika. They are not especially unique as characters, but there wasn't anything about them that I disliked so this book worked for me. It wasn't as steamy as I'm used to with Gena's books and it was somewhat preachy in parts, but I found myself not wanting to put it down, anyway. I can barely determine what it was that I enjoyed so much other than I just liked the sweetness of their romance. I know people are tired of the hard ass male becoming wimpy when he meets some perfectly chaste female, but it didn't get on my nerves this time. Granted, that first time having sex for Vika was completely unrealistic. I guess I just got stuck on the sweetness of these two, so the book didn't bother the way it would have in other books.
The storyline itself was not terribly complex. Somehow, Solo had to get himself out of that circus and he was determined to take Vika with him as well as an AIR agent that had gone missing. At some point, Solo and Vika do manage to get away, only to end up back where they started. Things do come to a head and, since this is a PNR, they are victorious. But victory comes at a price.
Honestly, for me, I just liked watching Vika and Solo open up to each other. They've never had that before. And they were just so freakin' sweet! That probably should have made my teeth hurt, but I just enjoyed it for what it was and had a fun time reading the book.
Now that things are where they are, I expect that there will be a hunt on for Corbin and John. I'm assuming that at least part of their stories will have taken place during the same time period that Solo was missing. I wonder if there will be any time skips? I wonder which of them will have their story told next?(less)
I haven't read Gena's Lords of the Underworld series, yet, so I was going to wait to read this. However, one of my groups wanted to do a buddy read, s...moreI haven't read Gena's Lords of the Underworld series, yet, so I was going to wait to read this. However, one of my groups wanted to do a buddy read, so I decided to bump it up. Glad I did. I loved it and it's made me even more excited to read LotU. Some of the Lords and their Ladies did make a cameo in this, but the two series aren't that related. I do wish I had read LotU first, though since Zacharel originally appears in some of those books, so it's going to feel a little weird to go back in time. I'm sure it will still be enjoyable, though.
In this first book of Gena's new Angels of the Dark series, Zacharel has been named the leader of an army of angels on the brink of being kicked out of Heaven. They slay demons, yes, but they have harmed humans in the process and not cared about doing so even one whit. At the start of the story, Zacharel is so cold and continually earning the displeasure of his Deity so much so that snow drips from his wings. He is unfeeling, except, for when members of his army disobey him and it irritates him that he has to be whipped for their wrongdoings. This is because his fate is tied to theirs and vice versa. If he falls, they fall. For some reason, he doesn't actually tell them this and they have only one year to whip themselves into shape before they lose their wings, immortality and ability to see demons. Initially, his men don't seem to respect Zacharel at all. They call him by insulting names and act before he gives an order. They continue to kill demon possessed humans. Despite all of this and the punishment he knows he will earn, Zacharel doesn't appear to be in any particular hurry to make these guys--and gals--get their acts together. The main crew we meet first are Thane, Bjorn and Xerxes who are thick as thieves followed by Koldo and Jamila. They all play major parts in this book and Gena very successfully got me anticipating their stories. I cannot wait for Thane's and Xerxes's books especially.
It takes some time, but Zacharel comes to realize that he respects his warriors and does not want to fail them, he does not want them to fall. These feelings would never have come about if not for his meeting the demon tortured and wrongly convicted murderer Annabelle Miller. Upon seeing her, despite her demon possessed state, he decides he will protect her and find out why demons seem to want her so badly. Annabelle was a perfect heroine for my sweet angel. She challenged him, made him feel again. Plus, she was pretty damned funny! There were forward movements in their relationship as well as setbacks. They proved themselves to one another and I loved seeing them together. Zacharel could be so bossy! I loved it. "I will now hear you concur." Lol! He was so sexy, but he was adorable, too. After all, this was his first time ever feeling anything, let alone desire. He would lose himself in it and he did make some mistakes when overtaken by lust, but he learned from it and he did better. I was so proud of him. I loved seeing all his "firsts." So cute! And not to mention hot. They were just wonderful together.
I figured out who that bad guy was when his name was revealed. If it had been anyone else, I would have been shocked. So while that was simple, the buildup in general was smoothly paced. I didn't feel any particular drags in the story and really enjoyed the POVs we received from Koldo and Thane. They, too, experienced some changes in this book. They still have a ways to go on their journey, but Koldo's book is next and I'm looking forward to seeing how he will be healed.
I know some people probably felt the ending was a bit too happy/sappy and in some ways, it was, but I thought they deserved that. I like sweet Zacharel just as much as bossy, arrogant Zacharel, so the ending worked for me.
Definitely anticipating where this series will go especially with a Heavenly war a-brewing. Plus, there are ANGELS! I fucking love angels! Can't go wrong with sexy, damaged angels. Bring on more angels, Gena!(less)
Really awesome first book in a series. Truly starts off strong and gets right into the thick of things. We are introduced to a lot of characters in bo...moreReally awesome first book in a series. Truly starts off strong and gets right into the thick of things. We are introduced to a lot of characters in book 1, but the cast looks strong and they are all very distinct from one another despite the fact that they are all tortured, lonely, suffering heroes. I totally have my eye on Torin and really want to see how Gena will give him an HEA because as bad as the others' demons are, his is awful. I wonder if she'll write a book for Cameo. I'm just beginning, so not sure if she's still around in the series as of the latest book, but like Ashlyn says at the end, surely someone can fall in love with Misery.
I love that the conflict is clear and concise in this book and definitely opens the series to an overarching story. I had no clue that this series was originally a trilogy. With such a huge story to tell, I wonder at how Gena was going to tell it in just three books. Obviously, they were popular enough that the series has continued into 9 books with a 10th on the way. I hope it keeps going long enough for Torin to get some happiness.
Back to the story. I actually loved Maddox and Ashlyn together. They e great for each other. I loved that (view spoiler)[both man and demon spirit fell for her. (hide spoiler)] I can also honestly say that I got a kick out of Maddox's violent rages. I felt awful for him that he had such issues controlling himself, but when the went violent on Ashlyn's behalf, I couldn't help but love him. I couldn't NOT like Maddox. He was just so win. Ashlyn was a sweetheart. Despite her situation, she wasn't bitchy, but she was firm. She was caring and she proved herself to these hardened warriors. Awesome heroine. Also, despite what she did for a living, thank goodness she wasn't a prejudiced heroine. She had assumptions about demons, yes, but there was none of that seemingly never-ending hatred that some heroines have towards certain types of supes because of a trauma or ignorance.
I like that we start to get glimpses into the storylines for Lucien, Reyes and Aeron here. I found I have a huge soft spot for Reyes. Can't wait to see how he makes things work with Danika. As soon as it was mentioned he could smell her scent, I knew who his heroine would be. Looking forward to his book.
The Titans are going to be playing a huge part in things. Especially now that Anya has been introduced. This should keep things even more interesting.
I'm also looking forward to seeing the two groups of Lords slowly regain each others' trust. I was wondering at first why I hadn't seen some of the Lords I'd seen people talk about and then they showed up. I thought it was cool how Gena did that and am looking forward to seeing more of the interacting between the groups.
Favorite lords so far: Torin, Reyes, Gideon, Paris, Maddox and Kane. I think Strider will probably end up on that list, too.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
He is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked.
Bound by the demon of doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most...moreSynopsis:
He is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked.
Bound by the demon of doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern…until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.
Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love…
I knew I was going to love this book. I've loved Sabin since the moment that I first saw him in The Darkest Night. And every time that he rolled his eyes or thought it weak to put a woman before the Hunter war or the is friends, I just knew he was probably going to be the one to fall the hardest of them all. And Gena did not disappoint. Sabin fell, shattered and was put back together totally new. And it was a Harpy that did it to him. What he did and allowed her to do at the end just proves how far Sabin fell. I still love him, though. He made some mistakes along the way with Gwen. Bad ones. Big ones. Nearly unforgivable. And still, I loved him. Sabin has always been one of my favorites after Torin. I just love him more after this book. Gwen is one lucky Harpy.
Speaking of Gwen, even though she was so scared of almost everything after her rescue, I really liked her. Mostly, because she was afraid of what she was capable of. But she liked Sabin on first sight, so the girl has good taste, at least. Even if that did make me want to choke her a little... Still, she really grew over the course of the story. From timid as all hell to really quite fierce. I had to admire her for that. I actually loved it when she started standing up for herself, even when it was to Sabin. And she proved herself to her sisters. No need for them to coddle them anymore. I wasn't happy with her decision at the end, (view spoiler)[but could she really be blamed? He is her father and she only just found out that he was Sabin's enemy and not truly an angel. I understand why she let him go. (hide spoiler)] Besides that, that wouldn't leave the Lords with much of a challenge in the upcoming books. So I know we'll be seeing that asshole again. I just wish they would at least get to kill Stefano already. I fucking hate that guy. So despite that decision, I still really like Gwen. Besides Anya, she's my favorite of the heroines so far. Especially in her case since she made Sabin's demon to afraid of her to project doubts into her mind.
I very much enjoyed the POVs from the other characters as well. Hell, we got two from Gideon! He, so far, is my third favorite and I've been dying for a POV from his, as well as Torin who we also got two from. I was damned happy about those. I was wondering what it would be like in the head of the Keeper of Lies. It seems his demon isn't as vocal as the others seem to be (especially Sabin's), but that doesn't stop him from having to lie all the time. Which he really doesn't seem to like doing. He loves being the keeper of a demon because it makes him stronger (unlike the others who really hate having a demon inside of them, except for Sabin and Strider, anyway), he just wishes that he had a more useful demon. It seems that just about all of the guys wishes they could trade their demon for one of the other guys'. I know both Lucien and Sabin have wished for Gideon's ability to lie when dealing with their women from time to time. I haaaattttteeee what he went through in Chicago. I did like seeing just how much he cares for his friends, though. What a great guy. I also liked that scene because it showed just what some of the guys that we don't always get to see much of go through when they do the one thing they aren't supposed to do that will end up with them being in pain. Gideon lost control of his emotions so much that he slipped and told the truth. Strider suffered a defeat because they all got trapped by the Hunters. And Amun spoke to tell Gideon that Stefano was lying about Sabin being dead. All three ended up in horrible pain. It was awful to read, but I liked seeing the consequences of it for once instead of just being told what would happen if any of them actually did those things.
Speaking of the Hunters, I hate those guys. (view spoiler)[This new development that we learn about in this book shows even more just how despicable Galen and the Hunters are. They call the Lords evil, but they're out there raping immortal women, and referring to them as incubators, in order to breed children with supernatural abilities that they can raise to hate the Lords from birth knowing the Lords aren't going to kill children. And yet they're supposed to be the good guys? Bastards. And not only that, they likely won't be trying to injure and capture the Lords now. They'll be trying to kill them so that they can put their demons in others. (hide spoiler)] Awful people. Just awful. I'm wondering if this has anything to do with why Cronus ordered Torin to find those other demon-possessed immortals. Still, someone is supplying Galen with too much info. He and the Hunters keep being a step ahead of the Lords. I don't get it. I hope the Lords actually get some more help in the future. They seriously need it. They are horribly outnumbered.
Speaking of Torin, so that was the glimpse of Nix that he got. Nice. And I still feel so awful for him. He's getting some satisfaction, but it will never be enough. And I'm thinking Cameo might actually find her one before he does. Even if he does, how does Gena plan to get around that whole Disease thing. I wonder if she already has some kind of a plan for that. I really hope that she wouldn't write such a tragic character without some way out of his suffering for him.
Okay, this is getting a bit long. Just goes to show just how much I loved this book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Oh how I loved this book! Funny and damned sexy as all get out! I loved Belle as a heroine. Her smart mouth and hilarious inner monologues were awesom...moreOh how I loved this book! Funny and damned sexy as all get out! I loved Belle as a heroine. Her smart mouth and hilarious inner monologues were awesome. She's completely my favorite kind of heroine in the same league as Cat (Night Huntress), Kate Daniels (Kate Daniels), Cassie Palmer (Cassandra Palmer), Gin Blanco (Elemental Assassin) and a few others. I love a snarky heroine. They make me want to keep reading. Can't enjoy a book if the heroine is horrible. And man did I love the hero, too. He was such an alpha. And crazy sexy.
I loved this story. It was fun and not too serious, but incredibly enjoyable. I did not expect to laugh so much. I love a sexy story that can also make me laugh. I thought it remained true to it's world. Nothing seemed out of place or unnecessary to the plot. I enjoyed it all the way through. I definitely have to read the second book.(less)
He can bear any pain but the thought of losing her...
Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure....moreSynopsis:
He can bear any pain but the thought of losing her...
Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her�even defy the gods.
Danika is on the run. For months she's eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won't rest until she and her family have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can't forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear...
So far, of the three books, I think book 2 is still my favorite. I love Reyes still, though.
I've had a soft spot for Reyes ever since book 1 and I first saw him cutting himself like it was nothing. And then he'd seen Danika and became tormented by how much he had to have her. As soon as that happened, I wanted him to convince her to be his so that he could be happy. I so very, very wanted Reyes to be happy. Like most PNR heroes, though, he believed he would only hurt Danika if he tried to be with her, despite the fact that he couldn't bear to be without her. Still, despite that well-used aspect of the story, I still loved it. Especially when he gave in.
I had expected to not like Danika much. I don't tend to like prejudiced heroines. I think with Danika it was different because I'd seen her since book 1 and she was thrust into a situation where she had no clue what was going on and only that some scary ass men wanted to kill her and her family. She didn't know what they even were until the Hunters told her. She had no real reason to believe that they wanted her anything other than dead. Except, then why was Reyes always coming to her rescue and setting her free? She didn't know. Part of her wanted to, though. And when they were reunited, she tried so hard to deny her attraction, but she just couldn't.
I had been dying to know why Cronus wanted Danika and her family dead so badly that he wouldn't release Aeron from his bloodlust. When it was revealed, talk about shocking. I had no idea about that. It made sense, though. I should have known it would be something like that, but didn't even see it coming. It puts her in a lot of danger, but I'm sure Reyes and the other Lords will do anything to keep her safe. I was proud of Reyes for figuring out how to save her and get her back with him at the end. Ballsy, but way smart.
After reading this, my soft spot for Paris is continuing to grow after what he did at the end, there. (view spoiler)[So far, all of the guys have chosen their women over the possible suffering of their friends except for him. He was the first to give his up. The worst part of it is, no one but he and Cronus know what he sacrificed to save Aeron, which in turn saved Danika and her family and got Reyes his happiness. If he doesn't lash out at some of them at some point, he'll be a better person than I am. And he even knows what her fate is after making the choice that he made. Ugh, that poor guy. I wonder about what Cronus meant by that for Paris, Sienna wouldn't be just a dead body. Does that mean that for someone else, she would be? (hide spoiler)]
I also wonder how Aeron will handle everything that he has done up until now. It isn't his fault, but I have no doubt that he's berating himself. He has Legion now and it's somewhat creepy that that tiny demon sees him has hers and that he made friends with a demon from hell, but at least he isn't alone.
And I'm looking forward to seeing Sabin fall head over heels. He doesn't hesitate to use the abilities of the other guys' women even if it puts them in danger and he wanted to kill Danika so the Hunters wouldn't get her. I wanted to slap him for that. Still love him, though. I'd been interested in seeing what kind of woman would be able to resist his demon constantly whispering doubts at her, so I hope his heroine is a good one.
Another intriguing development is that Torin and Cameo seem to be spending special time together. How does he handle her voice which pretty much makes everyone want to kill her considering she makes them all so miserable? I want to know more about this...
Anyway, the Lords are closer to their goal. Will the next book put them even closer? Now, they know who their ultimate enemy is, but how does that enemy know so much? Who is giving him the information? The Hunters are way too informed. Someone is on their side and I don't like it. The Lords have no real help. Cronus certainly doesn't want to help them. He's curious about them, but he's certainly no ally. The developments are keeping me quite intrigued.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
She has tempted many men...but never found her equal. Until now. Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known...moreSynopsis:
She has tempted many men...but never found her equal. Until now. Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death--a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.
But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining...
Man, do I love Lucien and Anya as a couple. They both overcame a lot to be together. I was wondering how they would do it. Talk about sacrifices.
Both of them had serious issues they've been dealing with for nearly all of their existences. But they worked out together. After meeting Lucien in book one, I never would have guessed that he could be so passionate and on fire. He'd always been in so much control of himself. But Anya makes him break loose and not hold back. I loved that she could bring that out of him.
Of course, things aren't all roses for them the entire time considering they literally tried to kill each other. Granted, circumstances made that what it was. I was glad when Lucien decided to fight it, even if it left his friends in possible danger from Cronus. Still, Anya and Lucien are smoking hot together. Considering that they hadn't gone all the way until the very near end of the book, everything else they did in bed was quite sexy.
I also continued to enjoy the ongoing storyline. The Lords are searching for Pandora's box and in this book, they finally learn more about what direction they should search in. They even score a victory on the way thanks to Anya and Lucien, but not everyone escapes the searching unscathed.
My heart broke for Paris. Despite what Sienna did, he couldn't seem to help himself around her. This was even more amazing to me because she seemed to be his one. But then THAT happened. I've seen plenty of spoilers about this series due to posting around various groups here on GR, but I don't remember hearing about that. I certainly hadn't realized that he met her so early in the series. Now I really want to know how things will turn out for him. He seems to be so sad now. Poor guy.
And then there's Reyes. He's been unable to forget Danika or stop worrying about her. And when what he's always known would happen does indeed happen, he sets off to save her. I knew that he would fight, but it still sucks to see him have to fight someone who is like a brother to him. I'm desperate to know what the hell happened with that.
Enter a world of dragons, demons and nymphs...enter a world of dark seduction and powerful magic...enter Atlantis...Searching for her missing...moreSynopsis:
Enter a world of dragons, demons and nymphs...enter a world of dark seduction and powerful magic...enter Atlantis...Searching for her missing brother, Grace Carlyle never dreamed she would discover a secret world populated by mythological monsters - or find herself facing a sword-wielding being whose looks put mortal men to shame. But there he was, Darius en Kragin, one of a race of shape-shifting warriors bound to guard the gates of Atlantis, and kill all travelers who strayed within its borders. Now Grace's life was in his hands, and Darius had to choose between his centuries-old vow and the woman who had slipped beneath his defenses and stolen the heart of Atlantis' fiercest dragon.
This was a decent first book in a series. It was sexy and touching and even had some exciting moments.
I really liked Darius and Grace wasn't too bad, though she doesn't stand out from other female characters that I've read in PNR. Too be honest, I suppose Darius wouldn't, either, but he was interesting enough to me.
The connection between the two of them was pretty much instant, though they didn't immediately fall into bed. They almost do, but Darius manages to fight it. He doesn't want to, but the man does have a duty to kill Grace, no matter how much he doesn't want to do it. First, though, he needs some answers.
Grace actually proves herself not to be wilting flower. She's pretty resourceful and outwits Darius more than once and gains her escape. She's desperate to find her brother and when she learns the truth about what happened to him, she's determined to save him. To do so, she works with Darius in order to help him learn about the humans that have invaded Atlantis and killed his mentor and his dragon army as well as stolen from them.
The two work together to get the answers they need, but it was so obvious who the bad guy was. I knew it was him and man that guy was such a douche. Darius gives him what he deserves in the end, but his partner gets away. It seems the vampires are pretty determined to wipe the dragons out if they're willing to form that kind of partnership.
The ending was a bit on the anticlimatic side, but it wasn't a bad battle. I suppose it ended only the way that it could have. No need for anything long and drawn out.
I did enjoy the chemistry between Grace and Darius. Gena Showalter never fails me in that department. I'll certainly continue this series.(less)
I, Cronus, King of the Titans, powerful warrior god, defender of the people, hereby command you to read and enjoy this Lords of the Underwold...moreSynopsis:
I, Cronus, King of the Titans, powerful warrior god, defender of the people, hereby command you to read and enjoy this Lords of the Underwold guide. I am not mentioned nearly enough, but that is neither here nor there. What you will find in this guide includes: notes from those vile fools, the Hunters; interviews with the Lords of the Underworld, as organized by that irreverent whelp William the Ever Randy; a candid discussion about the Lords of the Underworld among their women; answers to questions readers have been dying to know; and an intimate look at my very own sacred scrolls.
As I said, you will read and you will enjoy. That is your mission. Nay, your honor. Do not disappoint me. You will not like the results. Just ask Aeron, keeper of the demon of Wrath. Bad things tend to happen.
This Lords of the Underworld guide is also available in the anthology Into the Dark.
This was cute. It is in no way necessary for understanding anything about the Lords of the Underworld series.
There's an interview between Showalter and fellow author Kresley Cole which was nice. Then, there were some dossiers on each of the Lords that are a part of that asshole Hunter dude's files. We also got some words from Gena about how the series was birthed along with some chapters from that initial attempt. There were some FAQs and my favorite part, interviews of each of the Lords by William as well as interviews of the women as a group by Gilly. Apparently, there's some interest in William on Gilly's part and possibly some interest in her on his? I never got this impression while reading the books, but those interviews sure make things seem that way.
We then got a glossary of terms and characters and chapter 2 of The Darkest Passion.
All in all, not bad, but not something that absolutely must be read.(less)
She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change...moreSynopsis:
She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real.
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
Another YA that I've totally fallen in love with. I've been on a serious YA roll lately. Hopefully, I can keep it going for a few more books.
I really, really like Ali and Cole. Even after the tragedy she lived through, Ali bounced back as best as she could and eventually, she began to thrive. She found her calling in life and fell into it with gusto and she was so badass when doing it, too. I was glad that she found a place for herself despite everything and that she has something important to do.
Cole is awesome. And totally alpha. He gives orders and expects them to be followed. Even when it comes to dating. Once we get to know him better, it's no wonder as to why other students are so terrified of him. But we also learn he's a really good guy with an extremely big protective streak and that he values the people he cares about over himself.
And boy do these two have serious chemistry. From the first time that they lock eyes, they see themselves together. And get totally freaked out. It seems that each morning, the first time they look into each others eyes, they get a glimpse of something. And despite how weird that is, they can't seem to stay away from each other. And when they do kiss? They get utterly lost in the other. Talk about no PDA in public for these two.
Anyway, Ali learns a lot about the monsters her dad has always seen after she loses her family. She learns how to fight them and finds out that there's something a bit different from her as opposed to the other slayers. Ali seems to be quite powerful. I hope the journal she found can reveal more answers for her. I wonder who wrote it.
She also learns that it's not just the zombies that she has to worry about. There are other humans that go after the zombies, though they do so for entirely different reasons than Cole's group does. I can't stand these people. And when we find out the truth about them, I wanted to punch somebody. What I really want to know is why Justin contacted Cole at the end. Surely he doesn't care what happens to Ali. He sure didn't seem to before. That guy really is a snake and I can't stand his sister.
Even as Ali gains some really good new friends, she loses some as well. The days of loss are not over, but at least she still has Cole, Kat and the others. I hope they all make it through, but I know someone else will probably be lost in the next book as well. I'll probably cry again. I hope things work out for Kat (love her!) and Frosty and for Reeve and Bronx as well. I get why Bronx did what he did, though. Poor Reeve.
I am so looking forward to the sequel. Especially after that big fight at the end.(less)
From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction. The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter, A Lords of the Underworld ta...moreSynopsis:
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 into temptation...
I only read this anthology for the Lords of the Underworld The Darkest Angel novella, so that is what this review and rating is based off of.
I loved this story. I even cried when Lysander realized how badly he'd messed things up with Bianka and then again when he showed her that he really wasn't ashamed of her. Oh, how I loved that.
Anyway, this story was quite fun and enjoyable. Up until now, in the LotU, we haven't dealt with angels that much. In Reyes and Danika's book, that was when angels were first introduced, but no one had actually interacted with one. And then, in Sabin and Gwen's book, we learn that Aeron has been being watched by angel, but still no real interaction. Other than her touching him and it making him hard. Still, I knew a little of what to expect from Lysander since I've previously read Wicked Nights back when it was released last summer and Zacharel went to see Lysander for some advice and had a run in with Bianka, who he didn't seem to like very much. Still, I really liked Lysander from the start. Even with him being so self-righteous at first. I felt bad for him and his temptation, though. He had no idea what to do. No experience so he did mess up, but he made it right.
And I'll say it again, I don't seem to have any issues with the Harpies as I expected to considering some of the reactions I've seen about them. I liked Bianka. I thought that she was wily, but she was damned sweet. And it hurt her when she thought Lysander didn't approve of her and thought she wasn't worthy. And it turns out, that she was never as bad as he believed she was. Good for her for standing up to him when he wanted to keep them secret, though. True, she could have fought instead of letting them end the way she did, but she stood up for herself and he was forced to realize that he was wrong. And that he had to do what it would really take in order to keep her.
Plus, that sex scene between them, hooooootttttt!(less)
Once, Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, was the Greek goddess Nike's slave. Now, he is her master. And soon these sworn enemies destined to d...moreSynopsis:
Once, Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, was the Greek goddess Nike's slave. Now, he is her master. And soon these sworn enemies destined to destroy one another will be forced to risk everything for a chance at love...
This was actually a nice little novella. Nothing convoluted, but it certainly moves the story forward in a slight way.
I have a feeling that we will be seeing Atlas and Nike again at some point. A Titan-Greek alliance? Interesting.
I like the two of them together, though. I have no love for Cronus, especially not with the way he seems to be using Sienna (even if I don't like her very much), so I hope they do succeed. After all, Danika painted Cronus's head being taken, so someone has to do it. Maybe, it will be Atlas...(less)
Short introduction to the Lords of the Underworld series. We see here how the Demon Lords escaped from hell. There was an attempt to keep them from do...moreShort introduction to the Lords of the Underworld series. We see here how the Demon Lords escaped from hell. There was an attempt to keep them from doing by the Goddess of Oppression, Kadence and the Guardian of Hell, Geryon, but it was not to be. However, the two found love and happiness with each other. Quite the unusual HEA.(less)