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512 pages, Hardcover
First published May 31, 2016
Earlier in the year, Dominik had signed up to work for Alek of his own free will. So after she'd laughed in Alek's face and said, "Go ahead. Torture him," he'd upped the ante. Marry him, or witness the torture of her precious dogs.
“You may be able to survive the world without me, but I can't survive the world without you. We can't. You keep us calm. You are our home.”
"You may be able to survive the world without me, but I can't survive the world without you. We can't. You keep us calm. You are our home."And, don't fret, our favorite non-couple—Gillian and Willy aka Gilly? Gilliam? Willian?—will not let you down.
"I love you, Liam. When I had nothing and no one, you gave me friendship and joy, and I will be forever grateful to you."You are in for a wild ride. Be ready. Trust in the Showalter. Baduction is coming. I cannot wait to read the next book and see what Gena has in store for us! Also, Hades is mine.
He was a large man, similar in size to Baden, with inky hair and eyes so black they had no beginning or end. He wore a pin-striped suit and Italian loafers, the elegance at odds with the stars tattooed on each of his knuckles.PS. While reading this book, take several pairs of panties with you. You'll need them.
"One look at her and he'd been overcome with the urge to rut, long and hard and often—and oddly enough, to protect."PPS. And for those of you who were not happy with Gena's choice of hero for this book, I can honestly say, after reading it, Baden's story needed to be told. I know some of you really wanted Cameo's story or, even better, William's (I did too) but, I promise, you'll understand her choice after reading The Darkest Torment. For them to find their HEA, this story needed to happen. Be patient. It'll be worth it.
"You hardest times often lead to your greatest moments. So get hard." — William the Ever Randy
“I’ll leave with the coin...or I’ll leave with something you value.”
I think i’m going to train a beast so evil his name is Destruction?
I’ve lost my mind. That’s the only explanation.
If Baden were a dog, he would have barked at her, too. Maybe even nipped her. He would have been labeled aggressive, but as she knew, aggressive wasn’t synonymous with cruel.
“The more evil you do, the more evil you are.”
Once again Gena Showalter has proven why I love her books and this series!! When I found out the next LOTU book was going to be Baden’s book, to say I was disappointed would be an understatement as all I’ve been wishing for is Cameo and Lazarus’ book. But once I started reading this book, I could totally see why Baden’s story just had to be told.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
Baden was such a damaged hero, who couldn’t stand the touch of others, as it only brought him pain. He and Pandora is bound to Hades, and it seems an evil beast has taken possession of Baden. A beast who only craves violence and death. And Baden is slowly losing himself to these dark urges. Then things go terribly wrong on a mission for Hades, and he has to kidnap his target’s bride in order to get what he needs.
Katarina Joelle is a famed dog trainer, known for her ability to work with the most damaged and broken dogs. And because of her love for her dogs, she is forced to marry a monster to protect them. But then right after the ceremony she’s taken as a hostage by the gorgeous and ruthless Baden, and suddenly her life got more complicated. How is she supposed to get back to her monster of a husband to ensure the safety of her dogs, if Baden won’t let her go? Can she trust him with the reason for her marriage when he believes her to be a gold digger, and he seems to be the enemy?
And when things go horribly wrong for Katarina, and Bane realises his mistake, can he get Katarina to forgive him? And will Katarina be able to use her magic with damaged creatures to save the broken Baden before he goes too far into the darkness?
“Because I need you more than I’ve ever needed anything. Even a second life.”
I just loved Baden and Katarina. Both were so damaged in their own way. Once Baden realised how wrong he was about Katarina, he went out of his way to care for her, to protect her, and I loved that about him. Katarina did everything she could to save Baden from the darkness that was trying to pull him under. And I just loved how Baden and his beast slowly fell under Katarina’s gentle spell!
“For the first time in forever, I have hope for the future. At least, I think I have hope. It’s been so long since I felt the emotion, I can’t be sure.” He rubbed his chest. “Whatever it is, you are at the center.”
The romance was sweet and sexy and so very romantic!! I just loved these two together.
So many things happened in this book. Lucifer is at war with Hades, and the lords needs to find the Morning Star, a supernatural being still trapped inside Pandora’s box, who is capable of granting any wish, before Lucifer does.
Pandora is a real bitch, but I like her. Of course she sees all the lords as her enemy, but I think there is a lot more to her than her revenge, and I can’t wait to find out more about her.
Things with Cameo aren’t going very well. Her demon Misery erases every single moment of joy and love that Cameo experiences, so she’s finding it hard to remember Lazarus and her time with him in the Rod. Which just broke my heart. Cameo and Lazarus is a favorite of mine and I can’t express how eager I am to read their book.
Things with William and Gillian took an unexpected turn. I’ve been waiting for William to stop his manwhoring ways, to finally tell Gillian how he feels about her, but because of his curse, that the woman he bonds with will be the one to kill him, he refuses to man up. But then Gillian gets sick, and things changes between them. I have no idea how things are going to work out for William and Gillian. And I can’t wait to find out!
Then there’s Galen, who is the keeper of the demons Jealousy and False Hope and who was the leader of the Hunters, a group of humans determine to end “evil” immortals like the Lords. And Legion or Honey as she's known now, who Aeron loves like a daughter, a demon who was turned into a human, and who was terribly abused in hell. And Galen and Legion has a history, one that might just be able to heal Legion who is still suffering after her rescue. These two really intrigued me in the previous book, and I was a little disappointed that there weren’t anything about them in this book. But Galen seems intent on pursuing Legion, and I’m really looking forward to read more about them.
This series just continues in strength, and I cannot wait to read the next book, and to see what will happen next. This is one of the best PNR series’ I have read, and I highly recommend it to all PNR fans.
DNF @ 75%