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Heart of Darkness

(Lords of the Underworld #4.5)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  9,608 ratings  ·  361 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by HQN Books (first published December 15th 2009)
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Bianka and Lysander's story is the only one I really cared about and the only one I enjoyed. I feel like this story should have been longer since it introduced us to a new plot and new characters but what can you do.
Blacky *Romance Addict*
*this review is only for the LOTU novella*

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This is a shortie from the LOTU series about the golden-winged angel Lysander and a harpy named Bianka :)
I liked it, but it was nothing special, worth the read only for the little teaser for book five, and the oil-wrestling scene :D

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Lysander forms a plan to get rid of his temptation, and that is to kidnap it and train it to become like him.
For an angel, the guy is uber-thick in the head ;)
His temptation is Bianka the harpy, and his plan backfires when he
My review is only for The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter.

It is my favorite from the three LotU novellas (The Darkest Fire, The Darkest Prison). Why? Because it is the best, of course. :)

Chronologically, The Darkest Angel is between Sabin’s book, The Darkest Whisper and Aeron’s story, The Darkest Passion. So we get a little bit from Sabin and Gwen, as well as an appetizer from Aeron and Olivia’s story.

But the best is Paris’ appearance. Oh, Paris, my favorite Lord! Normally I’m pretty satisfied
~ Becs ~
My review is just for the Gena Showalter story - The Darkest Angel.

This is the story of Bianka, a harpy and sister to Gwen from The Darkest Whisper, and Lysander, an angel of the Elite Seven. I still have a hard time with a harpy being a heroine, seeings as my boss is the High Priestess of the Harpies, but I am definitely getting over it.

This is a lovely story - 2 kinds of immortals that should never be together but their love transcends their differences like Romeo and Juliet. Bianka is all har
Laura the Highland Hussy
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
5 stars for "Darkest Angel"
I loved Gena Showalter's "Darkest Angel" so much. the angel Lysander sees the harpy Bianka (Gwen's sister, remember her from Sabin's story?) and realizes that she is his one temptation that could make him Fall. So he tries to catch her breaking a heavenly rule so he has an excuse to kill her rather than be tempted by her, but when that doesn't work, Lysander gets the brilliant idea to kidnap her and force her to emulate his model angelic behavior. Like that'll work on
4 stars – Paranormal Romance Anthology

The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter is Lords of the Underworld story #4.5 that takes place between The Darkest Whisper and The Darkest Passion and tells the tale of innocent, pure-hearted warrior angel Lysander, a demon assassin, who finds himself led into temptation by naughty, fun-loving, bad girl Harpy Bianka. It’s only a 140 pages, but it’s a smokin’ HOT story with lots of laughs and a sweet HEA. It’s worth reading for the hilarious and sexy Lysander ve
Vanessa theJeepDiva
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Darkest Angel gets 5 stars. Bridesmaids dressed as Southern Belles on crack, a demon with a tiara glued to her scaly scalp & Paris in a loin cloth oil wrestling need I say more. The story of Bianka & Lysander was sweet. I loves it when complete opposites get their HEA.

Love Me to Death gets 5 stars. A murdered teen gets her justice through another while bringing her into her soul mates life through dreams. The 5 teens who thought they were responsible find out after 22 years are reles
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter
Part of the elite seven (Angels that destroy all those who break heavenly laws), Lysander was watching the Lords of the Underworld when he saw her. As Harpies went, Bianka Skyhawk was fascinating, feeling the need to keep her safe, keep her from doing anything that might make him have to destroy her, he whisked her to his home in heaven. Being trapped in a cloud was a new on Bianka, never been to heaven, but she had to get back to her sisters and being trapped was
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only read the first story. The Lords of the Underworld one. Might read others later but moving on to next Lords book.

Okay so we have an Angel Lysander who is obsessed with the Harpy Bianka. He captures here and keeps her at his cloud determined to teach/train her to be good.
Ya if you've read the previus book with Bianka's sister Gwen you'd know how fun this is gonna be.
Bianka is awesome. I love her tricks and how they both try to minupluate each other.

Ohh and a highlight I have to share...loinc
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This rating is only for The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter..
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
My review is only for the first part of this anthology, The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter.
Amber Tucker
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! Lords of the Underworld is one of my all time favorite series. I was so excited that Lysander's story was told. I just wish it was longer.
Justine Brossart
The Darkest Angel - Five Stars
Love Me to Death - Five Stars
Lady of the Nile - One Star (I had to force myself to read the entire story.)
Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it
look for susan krinard books, not on emedia though - have read them all

The Darkest Angel - Gena Showalter

a story of angels and demons, and grey areas. Lysander is One of the Elite angels - dispensing justice, serving the One True Deity, doing his job well... but he has found ihs one temptation, the one thing that can make him a fallen angel... Bianka Skyhawk, a minor demon (granddad is Lucifer)... she is beautiful, and Lysander can't stay away from her... He decides to kidnap her and trap her in
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"4 Stars for Bianka and Lysander!"

"Temptation seeped past your defenses, changed you, made you long for things you shouldn’t."

What a sweet little Novella I really liked this one... wished it was loooonger!! :)

Bianka the beautiful, fun, free spirited, seriously naughty little Harpy (sister to Sabin's woman Gwen) is spirited away to Heaven by Lysander the very straight faced, honest and majorly uptight Angel. He found Bianka to be his greatest temptation (which is a sin... yikes!) so he takes h
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter

I only read the Gena Showalter & loved it, an Angel and Harpy pairing awesome. Bianca is Gwen's sister and a true Harpy. Lysander is an Angel who finds out she is his temptation so thinks he will make her into him so takes her to his cloud where she drives him batty, until he sees he was wrong to take away free will from her. I loved it that the hero was a virgin, a stranger to desire and even kissing. Both of them try to reform the other. Bianca realizes he is
I'm only giving this a 3 because it is an anthology.

Gena's story was very good. An Angel and a Harpy, how could it not be, but entirely too short.

Maggie Shayne's story was very good. I'd never read anything by her and I did enjoy her way of writing. The story pulled me in.

Susan Krinard's story just didn't do it for me at all. I understood where she was going with it but the way it was written was confusing. She had many characters that she would go back and forth with. Some of the people that
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ronda by: Melissa Fetterman
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What a fantastic story!!!!! Not only did this book give me an insight into the fascinating sister of Gwen, it also give me a firm understanding of what those eyes were on Aeron in the last book and it is obviously going to be a firm feature in the next book!

What laugh Bianka is, she is so naughty and just so funny and I love that Lysander turned out to be her consort - Karma!

Loved the book and I am itching to read Aeron's story!!!
Heather C
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
only read The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter
Lynsey A
My review is only for The Darkest Angel. Whew! One hot read! I'm still fanning myself. I wasn't too sure about having Bianka as a heroine in a story but I loved her. Showalter is such a great writer!
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: lotu fans - Darkest Angel only
Darkest Angel was great, it had me laughing out loud and receiving funny looks from passersby.

The others were OK.
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
There are three stories in this book, each from a different author. I am new to reading Gena Showalter but enjoyed her story immensely!
Meh, I read this then took a substantial break from the series because it was all starting to read the same.
Reena Jacobs
Mar 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2010-reads
I've finally finished reading this book. The reviews are available on my blog at the following sites:

Darkest Angel
Review of the Darkest Angel also available on my blog
I have to say, I absolutely loved this little book. I only wished it didn’t wrapped up so quickly in the end. Gena Showalter portrays Lysander as a naive angel with a very simple perspective of right and wrong. He seems absolutely clueless about the magnitude of the consequences associated w
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I got this book mainly for the Gena Showalter story, as I'm a fan of her Lords of the Underworld series. Once again, I enjoyed her work... I love her spunky heroines. This is the story of the older harpy sister, Bianka, who was introduced in The Darkest Whisper.

I didn't really like either of the other two stories in the book, though. (I'm glad they were short!) Maggie Shayne's story was the better of the two, (if I HAD to choose one), but I didn't really care for the reincarnation theme in eithe
The first novella of this anthology is The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter. It’s a Lord’s of the Underworld tale, and is Lysander and Bianka’s story.
Along with the fun story of Lysander and Bianka, The Darkest Angel also includes Gwen and Sabin’s wedding.
3.5 a reread for me. (Only rereading this story at this time)
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
They could’ve kept that last novella or whatever it was. I didn’t even finish it. Heart of Darkness was good. The second novella (name escapes me at the moment) was good also. The last one lost me after the first chapter. Couldn’t focus on it at all. Boring.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best. 5s I've read and im quite sad I didn't read this book in the correct order. (I read .5s if I really like the series and I read them last usually it doesn't make a difference to me but this one would of, in a good way)
Cassie's Lost Fallen Angel of the Reading Stars
Certainly a good opener for some of her books to give you an idea of what you’d be reading... you know if you hadn’t read some of her other books first (which me being a genius totally did). But it was still an awesome read!!!
Jessica Landers
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
amazing i wish there was more of all three
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been transl

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Lords of the Underworld (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1)
  • The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld #2)
  • The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3)
  • The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4)
  • The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5)
  • The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6)
  • The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7)
  • The Darkest Surrender  (Lords of the Underworld #8)
  • The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9)
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