The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter Release Date: December 15, 2009 Publisher: HQN Books Book #4.5 in the Lords of the Underworld series Number of Pages: 118 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Paranormal Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 12/11/18 to 12/12/18
Winged warrior Lysander has been alive for centuries, and yet he’s never known desire – until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of his enemy, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the untouched Lysander into temptation. He may try to evade her attempts, but even the most iron-willed demon assassin can resist for only so long.
Another wonderful “filler” story by Gena Showalter. Just as with The Darkest Prison (book 3.5), this story focuses on minor characters in the scope of the Lords of the Underworld family. Unlike that other novella, these characters actually actively interact with the main characters of the series.
Bianka is a Harpy, one of Gwen’s sisters from The Darkest Whisper. Lysander is an Angel, one of the Elite Seven. In other words, the head honchos of the angel world. When he first lays eyes on Bianka he feels she will be his downfall, therefore decides to destroy her before she can destroy him. Unbeknownst to Bianka who has never laid eyes on the Angel. Yet once she does, when he snatches her out of the air and takes her to his home, she feels the same connection that Lysander had felt. But Bianka is the offspring of Lucifer himself and Lysander is a soldier for the One True Deity, they are like oil and water…they don’t mix. Or do they?
I love the image of strong, confident Lysander turning to a bit of a bumbling, uncertain suitor when he is not sure how to deal with his body’s reaction to Bianka and the pull she has on his heart. This story is a lot of fun and also gives us quite a few glimpses into what is coming for the Lords of the Underworld. As well as a seat at Gwen’s wedding! A great read if you can find it. I was able to get my hands on it through a compilation book called Heart of Darkness. I’m hoping to get a chance to check out the other two author’s stories in this book before I have to return it to the library.