The Darkest Pleasure – book review

The Darkest Pleasure
by Gena Showalter
Release Date:  June 24, 2008
Publisher: HQN Books
Book #3 in the Lords of the Underworld series
Number of Pages: 432
Kindle Edition
Source:  MCL
Paranormal Romance M/F
Rating:  XXX
Read 10/10/18 to 10/12/18

Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her—even defy the gods.

Danika is on the run. For months she’s eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won’t rest until she and her family have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can’t forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear….

I have been obsessed with Reyes and Danika since the first book, The Darkest Night.  Man, these two were worth the wait. Turns out, Reyes is even sweeter than Maddox!  Not only when it comes to Danika, but in all aspects of life.  The way he cares about his friends and all the humans he interacted with in his past, he feels things so deeply.

Sometimes in stories like this I have to remind myself that the characters don’t necessarily know everything the reader knows.  Of course, we know that Reyes would never hurt Danika or her family.  But why in the world would she ever believe that?  I kept wanting to tell her that he’s a good guy and not to be scared and not to turn against him.  In hindsight, I enjoyed watching Danika come to these realizations on her own.

Obviously, there is something special about Danika or her family if the gods want them dead.  The question all along has been what’s so special about them?  That reveal is awesome.  I love the things we learn about Danika in this story, as well as finding out what makes her family remarkable.  The things that happen when Reyes and Danika let their guards down are just astonishing.  I love this couple!

Not only do we find out more about Danika and her family in this book, but there is more revealed about the Lords of the Underworld and other demons, gods, and warriors.  Now that I’m writing about this book, I realize how much the author packed into this story.  But it never felt overwhelming or too bulky.  It just has me even more excited to continue this series.  There are still so many unanswered questions.

4.5 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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