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The Darkest Craving

(Lords of the Underworld #10)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  13,803 ratings  ·  974 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a breathtaking Lords of the Underworld tale about a warrior trapped by darkness and the woman determined to save him

Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside
Mass Market Paperback, 472 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published July 2nd 2013)
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Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
*~EDIT~* Finished. I'm giving it between 2.5 and 3 stars.

So, where do I start?

I guess it would be my overall feeling to this book.

This is what it was like for me;

It felt like a big punch in the face of her series.

It's true that there wasn't a major "Christianity > Greek Mythology" issue that I thought there was going to be. And I can almost hear you all taking a big sigh of relief to hear that, HOWEVER, if you are spoiled by previous Gena books, you'll not like it for a different reason.

Sophia Triad
Kane: Demon of Disaster
Butterfly: on his right hip
His curse: Destruction. Catastrophes are caused everywhere Kane goes.

Josephina “Tink” Aisling: Half Fae, half human. Princess
Supernatural ability: She has the awesome ability of temporarily stealing others’ abilities with her hands. She can also project into others’ thoughts

I think this is the first book that a Lord and his Demon really absolutely hate each other. In the previous books, the Lords tolerate their Demons – sometimes they even like t
4.5 stars
“You make me crave things I never thought I’d crave again.”

This book is very different from the previous installments of the series in many ways, and it also represents a turning point. A very important thing is revealed that could give a completely new turn to the events.

In The Darkest Craving the relationship between Kane and his demon, Disaster differs very much from the other Lords’ relationships with their own demons.

While the other warriors have never liked their demo
Anna (Bananas)
Feb 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
One star for the cover. I do love the cover.

By the end of this nightmare I just wanted it to be over. Gena Showalter's books used to be smutty guilty pleasures, full of fun, humor, and steamy sex. Now all 3 have magically disappeared. *Poof* What happened? I'll get to that in a minute.

I had hope going into this. After all, I adore those testosterone-fueled (well, except for Cameo) Lords of the Underworld in all their supernaturally buff glory, endless ropes of muscle included. (Yep, the ropes m
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3.5 pretty good stars

I don't want to spend too much time on Kane because I want to get to the next book. I will say a few things on this book though. Like how I didn't really feel the passion between Kane and Josephina. I liked both of them a lot. As a couple they had no sparks, no sexual tension. I don't know why, but I just didn't feel them. Kane has never been one of my favorites. It's hard to think of him as a sexy warrior when he is always getting beat up by his demon.

He's like a bi
Neyra ♦

This is my fourth, and I hope my LAST attempt at writing my review for The Darkest Craving by Gena Showalter. I'm tired, and more than a little grumpy...

If you remember in The Darkest Seduction, Kane was taken captive by Hunters and was being escorted to hell, when he was once again kidnapped, but by demons this time. Later on, we saw how he had been tortured, but was saved by an unknown female who rescued him on the condition that once he was free, he'd kill her. Fast forward to The Dark
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
3 Tink and Candy Kane Stars!
This is the tenth book in the Lord of the Underworld series. It's Kane and Josephina's story.

Kane is the keeper of Disaster. He hates Disaster! Kane has always been left on his own pretty much because where he goes there is always a disaster. Floors cracking, bulbs bursting, ceilings falling anything Kane's demon can do to cause a disaster happens. So it's best if Kane stays away from others.
Josephina is half Fae and human. She is a blood slave in her world because h
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5 ★'s

Kane has been stuck in hell for quite a while and being tortured by who knows what, doing who knows what else and it has damaged him emotionally. How could it not? So when he is finally rescued by some strange woman who then steals his powers including Disaster, why should he care about her? The problem is he can't stop thinking about her.

Poor Kane...


Kane, Kane, Kane aka Candy Kane...who knew? He's really just a big teddy bear that needs some lovins'. He really surprised me at how needy
Ren Puspita

The cover is now up!

Umm, I'm not really like this cover. Poor Kane deserve better cover and the yellow color is too bright. I prefer dark color actually, and where his tattoo? :( . This is a little bit disappointment after The Darkest Seduction and Wicked Nights cover which I really love.

But well, I can live with it. I really hope the story is, of course, great than the cover :D.

Okay, I'm on minority about Strider's book. And no matter what people said Paris change a lot and Sienna not des
Melissa ***BITCH, I'M READING!***
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This is painful y'all, Giving a LOTU book such a low rating,but my god! what happened to Showalters writing?! I read the Angels of the Dark series and thought maybe these are just different because it's a spinoff series. regardless it's threw me off my Showalter game, so starting this book I told myself "self..."Image and video hosting by TinyPic

But no, I just couldn't get into this book! I would set it down..and roll my eyes when I went back to pick it up..I can't really tell you want all happened because after about 45% I
Alice Wulf
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Not nearly enough Gilliam for my liking. I mean, like a scene and a half, IF THAT? YOU, MRS. SHOWALTER, ARE A TEASE. Sex scenes were very lackluster (although abundant), hated the Torin and Cameo cliffhangers, and I'm like 75% sure that Mari's friend is going to be his HEA. William, like always, makes everything better.

Alright! So when's the next book coming out? I want. If I have to wait another year, I'm gonna... *shakes fist* the gap between the last two books was so long, I totes forgot tha
Brianna Ryan
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it


3 and a half stars

Ok so ill start by saying that I DID enjoy this book I loved Josephine smart mouth and the fact WILLIAM was in most of the book,

I really enjoyed Cameo's and Torins side story and looking forward to them,

What I didn't like and to be honest will probably can the series if the next books follows the same path.

Kane was a HUGE disappointment for me and at times I found him to be an Ass and not the sexy
2 ½ stars – Paranormal Romance

I'm a big Gena Showalter and LOTU fan, but this was a disappointment for me. Kane has never been one of my favorite warriors, and I just couldn't get into the story. It was too slow and dragged at times, and the Fae element didn't really interest me. The steam factor was just a low simmer and never quite sizzled. William's scenes and his sarcastic humor kept it from being a total bust. Overall, this was just an okay addition to the series. Hopefully Torin's book wil
We are already hooked Gena, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! ;)
An excerpt from THE DARKEST CRAVING!
His skin prickled, and maybe he moved. Maybe he spoke. Her gaze lifted to meet his. Her lips parted on a startled exhalation. Could she see the rawness of his need?
“Kane.” A breathy entreaty.
In that moment, the cry of the demon ceased to matter. The past faded, leaving only the present…the future, and the unstoppable tide of the pleasure to come. Every bone vibrated. He needed to get inside her. Here. N
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I know I was a little harsh in my last review so let me start by saying that this book was definitely a huge improvement from her last ones. It didn't have the in your face religious propaganda the last few have had and the preachiness was very well disguised.

As soon as you start reading it, you come face to face with the old GS. The one we love and have missed so much. It was incredible! I was so excited I couldn't wait to get into it. You meet Tink and you feel so hopeful. She is everything al
What the hell will i do once i finish this series?!!!Gena Showalter is amazing at writing plots with angst,drama,humor,romance,action and the character developements are wonderful made.I just love "The Darkest Craving" which is the 10:th book in the "Lords of the Underworld"-series and follows the story of Kane the warrior keeper of Disaster who was tortured and raped by demons in Hell in the former books.A sweet beauty by the name of Josephina saves him from Hell so he in turn can kill her.

Deborah Obida
This book is worse than Amum's book, the only none boring part is Torin and Cameo's POV.
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Hovering between a 4 and 4.5 star

Showalter has really outdone herself with Kane's story, breathing life into his character and making him stand proudly alongside the other Lords of the Underworld.

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Lover of Romance
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The Darkest Craving is the tenth book in the Lords of the Underworld series and you honestly can never go wrong with this author. I am not reading this in order of course because I still have a couple of books before this one I need to read but this was on sale on Amazon and honestly, of late, I have been such a mood reader and I was in such a mood for this goodie here. And Showalter always knows how to deliver a good story. And
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
I feel bad saying this, but I'm disappointed:/ I mean the book was overall okay, I liked some parts of it but I also got often bored. The sex scenes used to be so much better, in this one everything kinda felt rushed and there aren't really any details in them anymore which is a bummer:/ The books used to be really steamy, what's happened!??
I was also looking forward to some Gilly + William moments or at least something from William's POV but there wasn't any of that either so I'm sad:(
But ther
Jen Davis
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I went into this story with a little bit of trepidation. The last two Showalter books were not the best for me –and on top of that– I have never been that interested in Kane. But I am happy to say that I actually ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would. Kane turned out to be a pretty good tortured hero; and his heroine turned out to be just as tortured, but with an inner strength that could not be denied.

As the story begins, Kane is recovering from his trip to hell. He had been t
Jul 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lotu

I was really looking forward to this book. Gena's recent turn to vanilla in her newer series was annoying but not for one second did I think she'd shortchange me in the LOTU.

The storyline and characters were forgettable (seriously, I'm struggling to remember much of it) and how did Kane's demon, Disaster, come to terms with the HEA again? Totally can't remember, I think I was just reading to get it over with at that point. None of it hung together very well and quite frankly, I find myself not
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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2.5-3 very cheesy stars

Unfortunately, for me this was a huge honkin'.... meh.

Seriously, all I was pretty much thinking while reading this one was:


IMO Kane, aka Disaster, definitely lived up to his moniker as a hero and the heroine was... well, just plain D-U-M-B. And that's me trying to be nice.

The only redeeming qualities I can list are that the stage has been set for Torin's book (woot!) and Cameo's circumstances just got wayyyy more interesting. I sure hope GS gets her game ON and bring
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok

*Spoiler free review*

Saying that I was disappointed by Kane's story is an understatement.

For me this book was long, dragging, dull with little action, long and dragging. I'm sorry but for me, all the part taking place with the Feys was plain boring and Kane and Josephina's relationship oscillated between bland and over dramatic.

Two things saved this book from the 1 star rating: William (who already saved Paris's book) and what was happening with Cameo and Torin. So, yeah, their books better be
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy

RATING: 3.75 HEARTS! *Revised*

Starting a book with trepidation and disinterest in a main character is never a good sign. Admittedly, that was the relationship between me and Kane. I only saw him as ‘just’ a side character. Surprisingly, and quite wonderfully, The Darkest Carving turned out to be, not only, a good read, but an enjoyable one at that, despite some major flaws.

This book follows the traditional PNR tale, a HUGE step-back from Showalter’s earlier books. Unlike Paris’ book which had s
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was really frustrating to me. Although it was better then the most recent book in her angels series she still isn't back to her old self. I found myself skimming parts of the book and I had a hard time connecting to Kane and Tink. I just didn't care about them at all. I didn't enjoy the addition of the Fae at all. It felt like she didn't want Kane to end up with White, because she is evil, so she had to create a sweet kind creature for him to ride off into the sunset with. Another thin ...more
Chitra *CJ*
The Darkest Craving tells the story of Kane, who holds the Demon of Disaster and Josephine, the half fey servant blood slave.
We know from the previous books how Kane was in pits of hell, and later tortured and abused by Legions. He is rescued by half fey/half human Josphine in exchange of her death.
He however refuses having feelings for her, and when she is pulled back into her sick world, he goes there to save her. She is their blood slave, earning punishment for her pervert family's discretio
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Just as everyone else has said, these books have changed, and not for the better. They're rather boring now. I don't feel the need to read them as quickly as possible or I'll die. All sedate now.

What I liked about this enough to give it 3 stars was Tink/Josephina and William. Oh William, you make everything better. There needed to be even more of him, of course, and Anya! Tink was funny & sweet, Kane was sweet as well, and "tortured", but this new writing style didn't give him the dark edge he
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over seventy books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series, the Gods of War series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Forest of Good and Evil series. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family an ...more

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