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The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter
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The Darkest Seduction proves to be one of the most exciting, heart-pounding Lords of the Underworld stories, and Gena Showalter doesn’t disappoint with the tale pretty much every LOTU fan has been waiting for!

I’m finding it really hard to explain my feelings on this particular book and actually have it make sense. I had both high expectations and no expectations at all when going into this book. I adore this series, but I felt as though Showalter was beginning to struggle after the last two books. I loved both Amun’s and Strider’s tales, but there was this tiny inkling in the back of my mind that told me they weren’t up to the same standard as some of the earlier books in the series. And yet the Darkest Seduction is the Lord of the Underworld series at its best! This is one of my fave LOTU books! Showalter wrote it so spectacularly—everything fit and went together perfectly and the entertaining and sensual plotline had my attention from the first page! It had everything I’ve come to expect from this series....heart-stopping action, incredible romance and all the humour that make this series a joy to read.

In this book we finally get to see Paris get his girl. Paris and Sienna have had the most complicated relationship in this series. Their few interactions in the past have been shaky at best and a mess at worse. He attempted to use her, she kidnapped him so the Hunters could torture him, they then had “apparently” emotionless sex together so he wouldn’t die and then he tried to flee and she died as a result. And yet for whatever reason none of them understood they were drawn to one another, often not knowing if they liked or hated each other. Then....after her death things changed. Suddenly events allowed them to see each other in different lights and their feelings changed until all they both wanted was to be with the other. Honestly, it seemed strange to me, all that yearning to be with each other but in this book it made complete sense. I felt their desire to be with each other, even if it seemed hopeless.

You know, I’ve never really loved Paris. Oh, I liked him enough. I emphasised with his pain and I felt for him, but he never really stood out for me. His pain and torment has been such a prominent feature in the series for so long now that I really just wanted him to find his woman and get on with it. I still never saw him as anything other than a tormented man in the background..... but sure has changed how! What a fantastic character Paris is! Who would have guessed that the man who housed Promiscuity would be the Lord that craved monogamy and commitment the most? My heart broke for him in this book. It really did. Until this book, until I got this glimpse into his head and saw his dedication and devotion to Sienna in a new light I never completely understood their relationship and why he felt so strongly for her. I never understood why he wanted her the way he did and with their complicated history, why he would risk so much for her. Now I think he may potentially be one of the strongest of the Lords. To go through everything he’s been through and everything he’s willing to do for her...it takes a lot of strength. With Sienna being the only woman Paris could apparently be with more than once it opened up a new door for him, the chance to be with the woman he cared about and truly loved. I loved his fierce protectiveness and desire to be with her and take care of her no matter what—it was wonderful.

Alight, who here doesn’t like Sienna? Have you lost your freaking mind people?!? Hunter or not, Sienna is one of the best leading ladies to grace this series! I know I’ve probably said that about heroine’s in the past, but Sienna is everything a heroine should be. While she’s far from perfect, she’s brave and manages to find her spirit throughout this book. She’s very normal, and even somewhat plain, but that’s the beauty of her. She’s very normal, and as everything she’s been through and is currently going through changes her it just makes her even better to read about. Her ability to accept Paris exactly as he is, to be able to let go of everything he’s done in the past and to make him understand he doesn’t need to be ashamed with her is just remarkable. She’s exactly what he needs and she allowed him to be himself.

Paris and Sienna as a couple are incredible. Despite their history, or perhaps because of it, the sparks between them run wild! Neither is the same person they were when they first met, but their desire to be with each other strengthens their relationship. Seeing them fall in love after all they’ve both been through is beautiful. Their interactions were entertaining and the sex between them hot. I love how highly they think of one another; how Sienna loves Paris for being nothing more than who he is and who is able to ignore all the horrible, however justified, things he’s done in the past and how Paris sees Sienna as the most beautiful thing in his world and how he won’t take other people disrespecting her, even his friends. They accept each others fault and mistakes in the past and they love each other regardless—it’s beautiful.

Showalter has written this story perfectly, however there is a lot going on throughout the book. With so many sub-storylines taking place and unfolding, one could be mistaken for getting a tad confused. But it you manage to keep track (like I just barely managed to) you’ll see all the incredible possibilities set up for this series and even Showalter’s new spin-off Wicked Nights series that have been set up! There are only three Lords left single now, Torin, Kane and the sad, but beautiful female Cameo and I’m oh, so eager for their stories! I’m thinking Kane will be next and we’ll get to see what happens to him and his mysterious female Horseman. That leaves Torin and Cameo and with some new developments in this book for Torin I’m hoping he’ll finally find his HEA with a woman he can touch...hmmm, how about Viola? A hilarious new addition to the series, this goddess and houser of Narcissism looks to be an interesting character. Cameo will be interesting and now I’m wondering about Hades. It seems like an odd fit, but the “Shadow Man” proved to be an interesting new development and considering who and what he is, who better to be with the Lord of Misery?

Oh, but then there’s William, Galen and Legion. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Galen and Legion need to be together. I’ve always throughout Galen was more than he seems and in The Darkest Seduction he proves he truly cares about Legion and after all the horror she’s endured, she deserves to find some happiness and feel safe and loved. And Willy! Yes Willy! We all know who his heart belongs to even if he’s too afraid to go there. Gena Showalter has got a lot in store for him and I for one cannot wait to see what awaits him in his story.

As the 9th book in the series, The Darkest Seduction comes with big revelations and big shocks! Major plot changes, and completions, will see the series head in a new direction and the inclusion of new characters shows that Gena Showalter is far from done when it comes to this series! CANNOT WAIT FOR MORE!


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03/01/2012 "*SQUEEE* 'Nuff said!"
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Natalia Hey, sorry I saw this just after I was on Gena's site. From the Q & A section is sounds like it will be Kane sometime in 2012, then Cameo, then Torin. Plus Baden sometime and possibly Galen - "depending on how he acts in the next book or so." Just thought I should share because I was like you, wanting to know whose story is next. (:


Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten) That's alright! I'm always happy to talk LOTU =D

I'd really love to see Torin's story next! He's my fave i think!!!


(S.V.P) Samantha I think Torin or Camo :P


Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten) Torin's my fave so I'd love to see his story. I think he deserves it. I love Strider next, so I'm excited for him, but I'd really like to see Kane's for some reason. He always strikes me as sad and I think it'd be interesting to see Galen's. I think he and Legion are going to be together if anyone.


Kagama-the Literaturevixen She doesnt really look like Sienna was described though...


Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten) Kagama wrote: "She doesnt really look like Sienna was described though..."

No, I have to agree there. She isn't how I pictured Sienna at all.


Kagama-the Literaturevixen Rachel wrote: "Kagama wrote: "She doesnt really look like Sienna was described though..."

No, I have to agree there. She isn't how I pictured Sienna at all."


You cant help but notice a certain lack of freckles and the girl is too beautiful...not plain in the least.

But I guess its quite common nowadays that the covers dont resemble the characters. But still :/


Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten) Kagama wrote: "Rachel wrote: "Kagama wrote: "She doesnt really look like Sienna was described though..."

No, I have to agree there. She isn't how I pictured Sienna at all."

You cant help but notice a certai..."


I know. She looks as un-Sienna like as anyone could. No freckles, no ordinariness. She doesn't fit with the picture I have of Sienna in my head :/

I know, but it's still better when they at least resemble how the characters are supposed to look.


Taylor And in the story, Sienna doesn't have violet eyes...the model on the cover does...


Taylor But, it was a GREAT story...can't wait for the the next one, and for Wicked Nights...


Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten) I'm reading it now! So happy to finally have it!!


Slimchick Cant wait to read Zacharel's story!


Darla It would be nice if the next book were to be about my favorite Lord, Torin!! All the other original Lords from Buda are now happily tangled in relationships, even most of the group from Rome. Torin needs love too(in the worst way;-) What gives Ms Showalter?! Where is his happily ever after already!!


Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten) Darla wrote: "It would be nice if the next book were to be about my favorite Lord, Torin!! All the other original Lords from Buda are now happily tangled in relationships, even most of the group from Rome. Torin..."

Yes! Yes! YESSSS! Torin is my favorite Lord too Darla and I sooooo want his book. Considering who Torin is and his demon I think he needs a really special lady love. Granted she's going to have to drag him out from under my cold dead body, lol, but I think his story will be excellent. Hope it's worth the wait!


Darla LOL! I just gave you an air high five! You are my girl!!! Anybody who recognizes what a great guy Torin is, earns that title! But really, let's face it, the only way he'd be pulled from under your cold dead body is once he's been pulled from under mine!!! I'm just saying, fall in line! There is nothing sexier than a green eyed, black browed, white haired man!!! I hope his book is around the corner because he deserves an amazing woman for all the years he's been alienating himself for the safety and comfort of his friends and later,their women! And I think the book will be excellent just because its about him!


Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten) Haha! *high five back* Yes. I am most definitely a Torin girl. I think I fell in love with him the moment we met him in the first book. Those looks, that attitude and hilarious sense of humor stole my heart. There's no one like Torin and he breaks my heart so often with how sad he seems as he watches the other Lords go off and fight and fall in love. Such a honey.
Lol. How about we share him? Forget his lady love, he's ours ;) I think Torin's book will be really emotional. And I cannot wait to see how Gena works around the whole he-can't-touch-anyone-without-infecting-them problem!


Darla I agree-he had me at HELLO! I love love love the underdogs in any story, and OUR Torin(yes we can share, he needs all the love he can handle!)is the biggest underdog in the whole Lords series. He has gone so long without a real connection, physical or emotional, to another person,besides that little freaky stuff with Cameo(OFF WITH HER HEAD!). I truly think his book will be absolutely amazing and emotional as the story of him and this woman that catches his eye, his hope, and his heart unfolds. I can't wait! I'm just ready for Gena to get it moving already like geeze who do I have to bite(PG version) to get this book out!!! Wonder what the cover will look like too!


Gabriella Can't wait to read your full review. Paris is my favorite... I don't know why. :P Too bad, that the hungarian edition is not out yet. :S
Aww... I love Torin too. I'm usually into bad guys, but Torin is so sweet and caring. He deserves some happiness.


Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten) Gabriella (Bunny0217) wrote: "Can't wait to read your full review. Paris is my favorite... I don't know why. :P Too bad, that the hungarian edition is not out yet. :S
Aww... I love Torin too. I'm usually into bad guys, but Tor..."


I really need to update this with my review. I wrote it the moment I read the book, but I just haven't gotten to posting it. Paris has never been a fave of mine but I really warmed up to him in this book so you'll love it Gabriella!
I LOVE Torin. He's just so wickedly good. CANNOT WAIT for his book. There's a new character that pops up in this book and I wonder if she might be Torin's potential HEA. Will be interesting to find out.....


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