The Darkest Kiss – book review

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.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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