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The Darkest Passion

(Lords of the Underworld #5)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  38,896 ratings  ·  1,338 reviews
For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel-demon-assassin has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting—and falling for—Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this mortal with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron' ...more
Paperback, 438 pages
Published May 21st 2010 by Mira (first published 2010)
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It's so hard for me to rate this book beacuse I liked it a lot and it was so much better than a few of its predecessors -therefore I think I'm harder on it. I liked Olivia and Aeron and while in some aspects they work as a couple, I just can't shake the uneasy feeling I have. Olivia is so plain and it's such a shame because I think she could've been written so much better.

Like I've said before: there's so little development when it comes to these women. It's sad and kinda insulting.

That's the
Blacky *Romance Addict*

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" aren’t what you believe you are. You aren’t what everyone else believes. You might have delivered countless deaths but you love more fiercely than anyone I’ve ever known. You give of yourself with no thoughts to your own happiness."

Awesome book. Made me cry too. If only there was no Legion in it :(

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Aeron and Paris see a woman screaming and running toward their fortress.
She is screaming for Aeron.
Thinking her a Bait, Paris goes to check the situation, but even though he knows it might be
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Yet another favorite for me in this series. I found Olivia and Aeron to be a great couple. I loved how Aeron just couldn't resist her, and how Olivia was so drawn to Aeron, that she was willing to 'fall' for him, instead of killing him as she had been ordered to do.

As this series progresses, I am seeing more investment in developing the heroines. I liked Olivia's steadfast ability to love. Her determination to enjoy her time with Aeron, and for him to be happy. Even though Legion was a real pain
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Fallen stars

I'm going to keep this review short, because as with most series that are really long, all the reviews start to sound alike with different names. I enjoyed The Darkest Passion. The first time I read it I rated it a five star. This time I would have gave it a 4. While I still loved Aeron and Olivia as much as the first time, Legion made me want to punch something. She was a selfish pos. I couldn't believe that Aeron just overlooked her bullshit. Olivia was great. I loved her mor
"Better a fool who plays the game than one who remains on the sidelines."

The Darkest Passion is the fifth book of the Lords of the Underworld series, the story of Aeron, keeper of Wrath and Olivia, a fallen angel.

It’s an amazing, thrilling, heartbreaking, exciting story. I have only one serious problem with it: Olivia’s character. I’ve read this book twice, and even for the second read I see Olivia as selfish.

Olivia, a former joy-bringer, now a newbie warrior angel, is assigned to e
Sophia Triad
Aeron:Demon of Wrath
Butterfly: in the middle of his back. (Although he kind of likes tattoos. He has several others.)
His curse: He craves violence. His Demon senses the sins of anyone nearby and forces Aeron to attack and to punish – no matter how small or big the sins are, no matter if there is a good reason for them or not.

Olivia:warrior angel
Supernatural ability: She used to be an angel, so she had a number of abilities including creating weapons from air, shielding herself from the world’s
3 Very, Very, Very Low Stars (and that is only because the story is well written)

I'll make this review quick and to the point. If I don't, I will do nothing but rant!!

I've never been a fan of Aeron and after reading his book, I'm still not, though he did redeem himself at the end. But Legion, Aeron's little demon pet fiend...OMG! I hated her character with such a passion that I almost gave this book 1 star! She completely and utterly ruined this story for me. Even the awesome heroine couldn't s
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
4 My Fallen Angel Stars!
This was the fifth book in the Lords of the Underworld Series. Aeron and Olivia's story.
Aeron the keeper of wrath. He's full of tattoos and has wings. Flying through the night punishing those that need to be punished.
Olivia a fallen angel that has finally become visible to Aeron after months of following him around.
I loved Olivia. She wanted Aeron. She wanted to experience so much in life. She wanted to experience her own joy instead of just making others experience it
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

** 6+++++ STARS **

Starting this series, and rereading this particular book approximately 13765 times...

"The Darkest Passion" is the 5:th instalment in the "Lords of the Underworld"series and follows the carnally romantic,humorous,action-packed magical love-story between Aeron keeper of Wrath and the loving passionate woman who will be his ruin,the fallen angel Olivia.The search for the next artifacts are still going on and the war against the Hunters.Gena Showalter have...without a doubt become one of my favourite authors right now!Its about time i admit it!

Olivia was the angel who had the missio
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“I watched you,” she continued, “as well as those around you, and I…ached. I wanted you, and I wanted what they had—freedom and love and fun. I wanted to play. I wanted to kiss and to touch. I wanted joy of my own.” Her gaze met his, bleak, broken. “In the end, I had a choice. Fall…or kill you. I decided to fall. So here I am. Yours.”
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads, demon

I like tattoos oh yes I do, I like tattoos how about you. I like them on hot faces, and some that are hiding in his pants. I like them in places, places I can grab. Oh Aeron I do love you, oh Aeron my winged baby you have enough for me and you.

So here it is right in your face, I loved Aeron, this crazy ass man lights my fire, and as this series goes on I just love it more and more. I freaking cried for this book, I felt sad at times, not for the book, but

Meet Olivia. Olivia is an angel. She used to sit on her white cloud in Heaven and watch us mortals having such a great time, but one day she realized that she wasn’t having any fun. Then her superiors sent her on a mission to kill the man who seemed to be so much fun.

Meet Aeron. He is the keeper of the demon Wrath. He has fancy black wings. He is covered in tats that tell the story of his gruesome killings from head to toe. He is obviously the epitome of fun.

Olivia refuses to kill Aeron and as a
Opening Line:"They Don't seem to care that they're dying."

THE DARKEST PASSION is book #5 in the fantastic and addictive Lords Of The Underworld series and this time its all about the winged and tattooed immortal Aeron. A warrior cursed (along with several others) after opening Pandora’s box and bound ever since to a demon, his being Wrath (sort of like a devilish alter ego you can’t ignore)

Recently Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence around him and here we learn that she is in fact an
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w-az, c
2.27 stars.

I am so frustrated with this author. I am starting to think the only good book in this series (The Darkest Kiss) was an accident. The characters are always in instant lust that after 2 days they call love. There is so much internal monologue about wanting to shag each other. I get it already.

All the heroines in the series are starting to blend together for me. Apart from Anya, they are all bland, passive, and boring. Olivia annoyed me more than any other heroine. Her attempts to exper
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness



First things first, the cover -HOT Gotta love a guy with a back like that,I cant tell you how many times my husband must walk in on me with a little bit of drool hanging from my mouth in an almost catatonic state while I have been thinking about these men! Plus Aeron has tattoos and I myself am a lover of Tats.

So how does a man possessed by a demon, literally covered in tats, oh AND has wings *drool* -
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I didn't like this book as much as the others. I didn't really like Olivia, and Aeron was just a bit "meh" for me. I also didn't feel the chemistry between them I thought it felt a little flat, for me it seemed that Wrath loved her more then Aeron. What I also didn't like was how abruptly it seemed to end, on minute they were fighting the next minute everything was okay and everything resolved.

I did like this book though, just not as much as the others, and I look forward to the next book as I c
Paige  Bookdragon

I skimmed the rest after reading 60% of the book. The Darkest Passion is the kind of book that you will enjoy if you have read the previous books of the series. Olivia (the heroine) confuses me and the Aeron didn't really wow me. The story is more like:

Angel gave up her wings and all that goodness because she's attracted to the guy and wants to have sex with him. Guy wants the angel but is trying to be "distant" but the angel is oh-so-yummy that he cant help himself blah blah blah.


The only thing
Larissa Ione
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
*sighs* Can't go wrong with a Gena Showalter book...
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Amazing!!!!!! My favorite lords book yet. A-frickin'-mazing

This Lords of the Underworld book picks up where "Darkest Angel" left off. Remember Lysander, the angel? His protoge Olivia was to watch Aeron, keeper of Wrath, and then to kill him. But Olivia fell in love with Aeron's fierce loyalty and the fact that he put his friends above his own wants and needs. So rather than killing Aeron, Olivia fell. Scraping and clawing her way up from the Underworld, Olivia emerges in front of the fortress s
Deborah Obida
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aeron my sweet sweet Aeron, oh how I love Aeron, he is so selfless, he will do anything for his love ones, even die without a second thought. Aeron also considers relationship as a distraction that is until he met Olivia.

Olivia is a fallen Angel, she fell cause she wants "love, freedom and fun" she also expects Aeron to deliver those things, it didn't take long before she weakened his resolve, I love that she is confident and goes for what she wants, she manipulates Aeron into kissing her by giv
~ Becs ~
Well, I really loved this. I'd taken quite an extended break from Lords of the Underworld but it didn't take long for it all to come back.

Aeron Keeper of Wrath, and Olivia make a fabulous couple - Olivia is a Warrior Angel despatched by the one true deity to execute Aeron for rescuing his little demon, Legion, from hell. She can't bring herself to do it as she's falling in love with him and, as punishment, she is cast out from heaven into hell and is a fallen angel. Her wings are ripped off by d
Chitra *CJ*
Wow. That was a soul wrenching- emotional- roller coaster ride.
"The Darkest Passion" is the story of Aeron and Olivia.. and it an experience.
Olivia is an angel we met in previous books- she has been fascinated with Aeron for a long time- so much that she gives up her immortality and becomes a fallen angel for him.
Offering herself to him on a silver infatuation filled platter- she is not ready for reluctance and rejection, but she gets it from her demon, Wrath aka Aeron.
After years of being witho
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, to-review
This is the book that started it all for me with this series. I got the ARC from Netgalley and just had to get the other books before I could read this one and I am so happy I did. I am in love with this series right now.

The Darkest Passion tells the HEA of Aeron, the keeper of the Wrath Demon. There’ve been some chapters in the previous installments where we got to see his POV and he is such a brooding character. His relationship and beliefs in terms of mortality are so extreme that i was reall

My problem with this book was its length, there was way too much going on, so much so that I wanted the book to end already, I had enough of the drama. This is less of a review more of a recap, to serve a purpose for me, help me remember the developments because PNR series tend to get so complicated.

We know that Aeron the keeper of Wrath was chained by Reyes when he gave into bloodlust and was given a task by Cronus, kill Danika and her family. It was then that he met the female de
Feb 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites-pnr, pnr
Angelic being, Olivia, has been watching the Lords of the Underworld for some time now- one particular Lord to be specific- Aeron the keeper of the demon of Wrath. When Aeron gets into trouble with the Angelic council for aiding anther lessor demon and releasing her into the world, Olivia has no chance to save him- unless she falls. Making the ultimate sacrifice, she leaves her heavenly home and joins Aeron on earth as a mere mortal- well, a significantly diminished angel anyway.

Aeron is instan
Jen Davis
I'm a sucker for a tortured hero. It's one of the reasons I loved Lucien's book so much. But Aeron... poor, poor Aeron. He always puts the needs of his loved ones first. He rarely seeks happiness for himself, because he doesn't really think he deserves it. But Olivia knows better. She is angel tasked with killing him. His crime: rescuing his beloved Legion from Hell. Olivia is given a choice... kill Aeron or lose her status as an angel. But in the weeks she has been secretly observing Aeron, she ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The Anxious Bookaholic
WoW. Just wow.
Aeron was never ever my favorite hero, so when I found out that the fifth Lords of The Underworld book will be for him I was like :

Me: Why won't it be for Paris or William, why won't it be Toriin ???
*wipes eyes, blows nose into hanky*
Gena Showalter: Their turn will come soon. Every one of my men will find himself a lovely lady.
Me: Will the next book be about one of those three?
Gena Showalter: No it will be about Gideon.
Me: Nooooo!
*wipes eyes, blows nose into hanky again*

I totally
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“Hold everything. I missed a four-way chick fight. Then I find out someone's been nibbling." William's attention shifted to Olivia, who was still lying on the floor. "Please tell me our sweet little angel is the biter. It'll make me want her ever so much more.” 51 likes
“You can include me, too." William blew Olivia a kiss, and her cheeks heated with a blush. "No need to say anything. I already know what words are perched on your tongue. Stop me if I'm wrong, but my getting to know you will be your pleasure.” 44 likes
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