The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter Release Date: June 1, 2008 Publisher: HQN Books Book #2 in the Lords of the Underworld series Number of Pages: 384 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Paranormal Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 9/27/18 to 9/29/18
Hoo boy! The build up to Lucien and Anya actually connecting in a meaningful way really ratcheted up the heat in this one. This story is a different take on the enemies to lovers trope, and I loved it!
One of the things I loved about the first book, The Darkest Night, was the peeks into the lives of the other Lords. Their lives and mission don’t stop while the story focuses on just one demon/lord. As their collective undertaking becomes more pressing, more begins to happen. Now I’m not just enthralled with the story of Reyes and Danika, I’m fully invest on Paris finding a way to find a real love. His part of this story really slayed me. I actually yelled “NO!” (thankfully I was at home during this part) when something particular happened in his storyline. (no spoilers!)
As for Anya and Lucien, their story seems so volatile from the outside but is actually super sweet. Poor Anya. Judged her whole life by the sins of her mother, by her physical appearance, and by rumors about her nature. Although these things get to her on a deeper level than she will not admit to anyone, she is still such a strong woman (god).
Lucien’s insecurities are a whole other issue in this pairing. He’s gone so long denying himself the pleasure of affection, even something as simple as a one-night stand being off-limits in his mind, that he’s not sure how to react to Anya’s interest. In fact, he suspicious of her from the start. All of the lords are suspicious of anyone “other” since they are being hunted, but it goes much deeper for Lucien. Anya really won me over with her inner thoughts on Lucien’s initial reactions to her as well as the reactions of the other Lords and their thoughts on Anya’s interest in him.
The bone-deep insecurities of these two is really why this story is, as I said before, so sweet. Once all of their walls and guards come done, there’s no stopping the love between these two. It’s a beautiful thing.
These are definitely not standalone books. I am chomping at the bit to read the next story and see what’s happening with Reyes and Danika and Aeron back in the States. These books are engaging, passionate, and fun.