The Darkest Lie by Gena Showalter Release Date: June 29, 2010 Publisher: HQN Books Book #6 in the Lords of the Underworld series Number of Pages: 446 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Paranormal Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 1/24/19 to 1/29/19
Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding—or bedding—her. But he wants to…almost as much as he wants her.
But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free. A future with her might mean ultimate ruin. Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer—and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love.
This one was a slow starter for me. As much as I have loved Gideon throughout this series, especially the last couple of books, it was hard to immerse myself in the story with the way he speaks. Mostly because the author felt the need to interpret everything he said in the beginning. I understand why she made that decision, but it did make the beginning a bit rough for me. Thankfully, it smooths out and takes off from there.
The love story between Gideon and Scarlet is quite the rollercoaster ride. I really thought I had an idea where the story was going when BAM, it takes a big turn. And that turn adds more mystery to the story. What is real and what is not? It’s quite a puzzle, but a super interesting and fun puzzle at that.
Cronus seems to have a soft spot for Gideon. Not just in this story, but also in past books. I’m not sure exactly what that relationship was before the Pandora’s Box incident, but Cronus seems to look at Gideon as a sort of pet. Either that, or he’s getting softer in his reverse aging. I actually did notice that Cronus is getting a bit more reasonable as he regains his youthful look back.
As usual, the author weaves the other characters into each story. Amun featured pretty prominently in this story and he broke my heart. I was a bit ticked at Aeron and prefer to think he doesn’t understand the extent of Amun’s demon and how deeply things can reach into him. But Amun is such an amazing guy he goes along with Aeron’s plan, and takes on some excruciating pain for his efforts.
This story had me crying quite a bit, to be honest. Scarlet’s story, Gideon’s realizations, Amun’s journey. They all hit me in my heart and soul.