The Darkest Seduction
by Gena Showalter
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: HQN Books
Book #9 in the Lords of the Underworld series
Number of Pages: 508
Paranormal Romance M/F
Read 3/12/19 to 3/16/19
Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive—but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he’d thought was forever beyond his reach…until now.
Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet in Paris’s arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up.
Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally—or tear them apart?
If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting anxiously for Sienna and Paris to meet again. They both really deserve their own HEA. After so many others found their “mine” before them, it’s finally their turn. Yay!
To be perfectly honest, this was another slow-starter for me. I just wanted Paris to find Sienna already. There was so much lead-up to their reunion in the other books in this series that I just wanted them to get on with it already. Don’t worry, Paris does eventually make it to Sienna and their story is well worth the wait.
Both Sienna and Paris carry guilt for the very brief time they knew each other in her “life”. That guilt prevents them each from realizing the other holds no grudge. They are beating themselves up so thoroughly, they assume the other thinks they deserve any mistrust aimed their way. It’s oddly sweet and touching.
While the Lords always find their way out of any predicament they find themselves in, I was hard pressed to figure out how they’d be able to satisfy Cronus and their own needs in this one. Gena Showalter really had a great one up her sleeve and actually provided a twist I never saw coming. And it somehow makes so much sense.
The connection Paris and Sienna have is swoon-worthy. I love their love. Therefore, I got irrationally irritated with the rest of the Lords when they did their usual “can we trust her” thing they do. I get they are trying to protect him and they’re going off Paris’ previous interactions with Sienna, but haven’t they learned anything through all the relationships that have developed recently? While it’s always an issue for me with this group, it annoyed me even more this time. It is just so amazing to see Paris and Sienna finally together, I didn’t want anyone trying to tear them apart.
There are so many added bonuses in this book. Ashlyn and Maddox grow their family. We get a lot more of Zacharel and he has me even more curious. Plus, Kane had me practically in tears. The discord between Kane and his demon just tore me up.
Be prepared to have some intense reading in the last chapters of this story. My heart was pounding and I could not put it down. Amazing!