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The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter
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Third re-read, still epic!



May 27, 2012
As for me, “The Darkest Seduction” is one of the best books of 2012.

The Darkest Seduction is filled with emotions, surprises and hope.

Paris and Sienna’s love is so heartwarming, the chemistry and intimacy between them is overwhelming. Sienna deserves Paris’ adoration and respect; and Sienna’s tolerance and devotion for him is a balm for Paris’ tortured soul. They are perfect for each other.



I was thrilled about the twists and turns. Stunning facts were revealed and a lot of power changed hands. The plot was complex, with serious conflicts, concerning every participant of their world. There was a perfect balance between the main plot and subplots. The secondary characters didn’t take the attention from the main couple.



I’m so hopeful about Galen! The insight to his soul in Aeron’s story was promising. I’ve been thinking differently about him since then. And now… his thoughts and his deeds… I definitely want to know more about his motivations and personality. Galen is a perfect choice for transforming the antagonist into a positive character. Just see Gena’s professionalism as she plants hope in me for Galen. Actually, hope pervades the whole novel: I also have great expectations of Baden, Kane and Torin. And William...

The end was surprising and really unexpected, and I’m very happy about it. It was amazing how Gena combined the final turn with one of the most important paintings of Danika.
It is a significant episode, not only in this installment, but hopefully in regards to the following ones as well.

Back to the characters

Paris' frustration and rage is understandable. He’s suffered so much, and it made him bitter.
He is determined to find and save Sienna, and nothing will stop him. I’m blown away by his relentlessness.
Disgusted by his own demon, he hates himself because of the deeds he is forced to do: lying, cheating and betrayal. He feels guilty about breaking hearts and dreams, and he always tries to do his best to lessen his partners’ disappointment and to ease his guilt.
I enjoyed getting an insight into Paris’ personality. Yes, there is a change in his attitude, but not in his personality. It is clear that he was always thoughtful, generous, selfless (see how he feels about not helping his friends, how much he loves them, more than himself). I know that many of you miss his cheerful attitude, but I like this resolute aspect of his character. He has a goal, something really important to fight for.
He fights not only for Sienna; he fights for himself too. Because if he succeeds, he will finally gain the control back over his own body, he will be free from submission to his demon.



When Paris finds her, Sienna is fatigued and broken. She suffers from guilt and her insecurities, and from helplessness against Cronus.
She can see Paris’ past, his memories, his feelings, she can read his mind. Wrath shows her everything. By the help of her demon, she can use the “ability to read other people’s intention.”
She understands Paris’ pain and sufferings, feels sympathy toward him and accepts him as he is. Her honesty and acceptance to him is compelling.
I love her generosity, strength and dry humor.
By the end of the story Sienna becomes an incredibly strong character, due to that unexpected twist in the final battle. I was shocked, but absolutely satisfied with the end.



Some grumblings
Calling Sienna "baby" instead of her name repeatedly put me off enjoying the book.
It wouldn’t be a problem, if it hadn’t been a problem when they’d first met in Rome. Paris had called Sienna sweetheart because he’d forgotten her name. Back then Sienna saw red – not a surprise.
Now she delightedly accepts Paris calling her “baby”. Well, I can’t see the difference between "baby” and "sweetheart”. For me, both are equally impersonal.

I’m a little bit disappointed the Lords left Budapest, as I live there, but I love the new scenery. The castle in the Realm of Blood and Shadows is creepy and surrounded by the most horrifying creatures ever. These phantoms are inferior to the new bad guy Hades. I’m eager to know more about him as well.



I'd like to give special thanks to Derek Burns for the picture.

Originally posted on my blog on May 27, 2012.
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Reading Progress

09/05 marked as: currently-reading
09/18
3.0% "The micromini skirt stopped just below the hem of her panties. Was she even wearing panties?
Paris yawned."
09/18
5.0% "He couldn't afford to leave survivors. They had a nasty habit of returning for revenge."
09/18
22.0% "“You’re such a wuss,” William said, pacing beside him. “I hope you know that.”
“Really? I’m not the one carrying conditioner around.”
“Maybe that’s why your hair has so many split ends.”
“Tell me about your hair one more time. You’ll wake up bald.”" 4 comments
09/21
38.0% "He couldn’t get enough, didn’t think he’d ever get enough. Everything he’d done to reach this point, absolutely worth it. " 2 comments
09/21
40.0% "“Sienna, meet Zacharel. He’s a warrior angel for the One, True Deity. Zacharel, meet Sienna. She’s mine.”"
09/23
59.0% "That bastard Cronus!!"" 2 comments
09/28
80.0% "She loved him back; she had to love him back. If she didn’t, he would seduce her, romance her and woo her until she did. Most important battle of my life."
09/28
89.0% "“And now that I’m not dying,” Paris announced, “we talk.”"
09/29 marked as: read

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Sassy P Oh I just loved your review. It mirrors my feelings exactly. That Showalter can make me hope and dream of Galen finding love, speaks volumes. I had looked forward to this book for so long that I was afraid it would disappoint, but it was such a breath of fresh air!


Exina Thank you, Samantha! I'm glad you liked it. :)
My darling Paris, suffered so much. I'm happy for him!


message 3: by Pam (new) - rated it 5 stars

Pam Great review Exina :) I loved this one, we waited so long for his story


Neyra ♦ This was by far my favorite of the series (: and I do miss Paris's previously cheerful persona, but I love this new darker side, and like you said he still has his charm about him. I loved Sienna too, she went from this weak helpless woman to a strong backbones heroine I can't wait to see what happens next ;) great review Exina!


Exina Naomi Soraya wrote: "Fab review, babe!! This book has a hot cover"

Yes, the model perfectly fits Sienna! Beautiful!


message 6: by Exina (last edited May 29, 2013 05:39AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Exina Pam wrote: "Great review Exina :) I loved this one, we waited so long for his story"

Thanks, Pam. It is my favorite of the series. :)


Exina Neyra wrote: "This was by far my favorite of the series (: and I do miss Paris's previously cheerful persona, but I love this new darker side, and like you said he still has his charm about him. I loved Sienna t..."

Thanks Neyra! I'm glad we agree! :)
Can't wait to read Kane's story, too!


message 8: by Rin (new)

Rin Warner babyyyyy call me baby too please.. lmao.

great review, Exina!


Exina Rin wrote: "babyyyyy call me baby too please.. lmao.

great review, Exina!"


Thanks, Rin! :)


message 10: by Lola (new)

Lola Ohh, fantastic review, Exina! xxx


Exina Lola wrote: "Ohh, fantastic review, Exina! xxx"

Thank you, Lola! :)


Bèbè ✦ the Ryski  ✦ Sounds amazing!!! Amazing review!


Exina Bèbè ✦ the Ryski ✦ wrote: "Sounds amazing!!! Amazing review!"

Thank you, Bèbè! :)


message 14: by Mysza (new)

Mysza Wonderful review Exina!


Exina Mysza wrote: "Wonderful review Exina!"

Thank you, Mysza! :)


message 16: by Jen (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jen That was an awesome review Exina! I am glad I checked it out even when I noticed it was a re-read for you! I loved this book as well. This is a series that is one of my all time favorites! I am a huge fan of Gena Showalters..I love her humor..ah heck..just everything!! LOL
You brought up some great points, especially about the Baby/ Sweetheart thing.. I had forgotten that at first he called her that..You made a lot of sense in that point! I hadn't realized you are from Budapest! That must have been cool to read a book with your home in it!!! I'm sorry they took off too!
Are you rereading the whole series? Or just this one???


message 17: by Kat Stark (new)

Kat Stark Wow, this is a wonderful review Exina!


Exina Jen wrote: "That was an awesome review Exina! I am glad I checked it out even when I noticed it was a re-read for you! I loved this book as well. This is a series that is one of my all time favorites! I am a h..."

Aww, thanks so much, Jen! Glad we have another common favorite!
LOL, yes, with the Lords being here at least I had a hypothetical chance to meet them. :D

I reread book 1-7 before the publication of The Darkest Craving, this year the novellas and book 8 and 9. Can't wait The Darkest Touch. :)


Exina Kat Stark wrote: "Wow, this is a wonderful review Exina!"

Thank you, Kat! :)


Eda** # Deacon Bruce's kitten # Fab review Exina! This is one of my absolute favourite series! I am hopeful for Galen too, Gena said we'll get to see a new side of him in The Darkest Touch, so YAY! :)


Exina Eda** # Deacon Bruce's kitten # wrote: "Fab review Exina! This is one of my absolute favourite series! I am hopeful for Galen too, Gena said we'll get to see a new side of him in The Darkest Touch, so YAY! :)"

Thank you, Eda! That sounds great! :)


Priyanka Nice cast and a great review! I LOVE Paris and William!! I think William will get a book dunno about Galen though she did say Galen will get some story..


Exina Priyanka wrote: "Nice cast and a great review! I LOVE Paris and William!! I think William will get a book dunno about Galen though she did say Galen will get some story.."

Thanks, Priyanka! I hope both William and Galen will have a story! :)


message 24: by Debra (new)

Debra Fantastic review, Exina! :)


Exina Debra wrote: "Fantastic review, Exina! :)"

Thanks, Debra! :)


Alex is The Romance Fox Another amazing review. Your pics are totally awesome....got to read this one...i love the series.:)


message 27: by Exina (last edited Sep 20, 2014 06:44AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Exina Alex is The Romance Fox wrote: "Another amazing review. Your pics are totally awesome....got to read this one...i love the series.:)"

Aww, thank you, Alex! You're so sweet! Hope you'll enjoy it too! :)


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Delta Do you love it as much the second time???


Exina Delta wrote: "Do you love it as much the second time???"

Absolutely! I just don't have much time to read recently.



Sammy, the Cyborg Slut  & Lover of Books Absolutely Wonderful review, Exina! Gah I loved this book. I loved the plot, the characters, the unexpected twists.


Exina Sammy, the Cyborg Slut wrote: "Absolutely Wonderful review, Exina! Gah I loved this book. I loved the plot, the characters, the unexpected twists."

Oh, yes, this book is perfect! Thank you, Sammy!


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Barbara amazing review Exina! ;)


Exina Barbara wrote: "amazing review Exina! ;)"

Thanks, Barbara! :)


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Anja Wonderful review, Exina! ❤


Exina Anja wrote: "Wonderful review, Exina! ❤"

Thanks, Anja! :)


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Ilze Terrific review, Exina!


Exina Ilze wrote: "Terrific review, Exina!"

Thank you, Ilze! :)


SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ Happy you re-re-re-enyoyed Exina. Beautiful review and casting! = ))


Exina SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ wrote: "Happy you re-re-re-enyoyed Exina. Beautiful review and casting! = ))"

Lol, thanks so much, Sue! :)


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Kelly Wonderful review, Exina! :)


Exina Kelly wrote: "Wonderful review, Exina! :)"

Thanks, Kelly! :)


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