Monday, April 18, 2016

The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld, #3) by Gena Showalter ~ Review & Giveaway

Source:  Purchased audiobook. 

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....


Jumping into the middle of this complex of a paranormal series was a little challenging but only has me wanting to start from the beginning and read the whole thing!

Having not read books one and two, I was a little behind but the author does a good job of explaining the important parts I missed.  I fell into the world and devoured the book.  The story is compelling and rich.

Immortal warriors that each hold a demon from pandora's box make up this world.  They are tortured by their demon and struggle to keep themselves true to who they really are.  Reyes holds the demon of pain and as such is forced to inflict pain upon himself to appease the creature.  His loyalty to his fellow warriors are what grounds him and his motivation to survive.  At first, I worried about this man.  Cutting and hurting himself didn't sound like something I could deal with but his depth of caring is strong.  He isn't interesting in hurting those he cares for and takes the pain himself.  As he gets to know Danika, his love for her develops and grows.  He will gladly take any pain to protect her.  I loved that about him.

Danika is a bit of mystery that we discover is so much more than she appears.  Her strength is what motivates her to stand up to her half demon man but it's the love she develops for him that has her taking risks and protecting him even from himself.  

I enjoyed the dark and compelling world this series takes place in and loved the deep devotion of these warriors to their women.  I was cheering for them and fearful for them.  And I may have found another paranormal obsession!

I'm heading off to start at the beginning and devour more of this series.  I can't wait to get to the new book, The Darkest Torment.  Don't miss out on this enjoyable and dark paranormal romance!


Just wanted to drowned in this one, it was just so good!

About the Author...

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit ChroniclesAngels of the DarkOtherworld AssassinsLords of the UnderworldAlien Huntressand Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”. 

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The latest in this series is available May 31st!

Series: Lords of the Underworld
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (May 31, 2016)

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him…

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.


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Gena Showalter’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, March 28th: Read Love Blog – Series spotlight
Tuesday, March 29th: Supernatural Snark **The Darkest Craving
Tuesday, March 29th: Booked on a Feeling **The Darkest Night & The Darkest Kiss
Thursday, March 31st: Bewitched Bookworms – spotlight, The Darkest Passion
Friday, April 1st: Reading Reality **The Darkest Touch
Monday, April 4th: Reader Girls **The Darkest Lie
Tuesday, April 5th: Bibliotica **The Darkest Secret
Wednesday, April 6th: Romancing the Book **The Darkest Seduction and The Darkest Craving
Thursday, April 7th: From the TBR Pile **The Darkest Night
Monday, April 11th: Lovely Reads  **The Darkest Whisper
Monday, April 11th: Books that Hook **The Darkest Touch
Tuesday, April 12th: Stranded in Chaos  **The Darkest Night, The Darkest Kiss
Wednesday, April 13th: Romancing the Readers **The Darkest Seduction
Friday, April 15th: Bibliophilia, Please ** The Darkest Night
Monday, April 18th: Stuck in Books – **The Darkest Pleasure


  1. I've never read this series before I've added all to my TBR list

  2. Haven't read this series but I plan on reading them all.

  3. Haven't read this series but I plan on reading them all.

  4. I don't know how I missed this series. It sounds fantastic and I can't wait to catch up.

  5. I don't have a favorite because I just discovered this series today! Looking forward to reading them.

  6. I haven't read this series before but I'm looking forward to reading them, they look great :)

  7. I haven't read them but I will read them all :)

  8. This is a new to me author. Looking forward to reading this series. Great giveaway, thanks.

  9. This is a new to me author. Looking forward to reading this series. Great giveaway, thanks.

  10. The Darkest Night is my favorite. I always love starting a new series and this is an awesome start of an awesome series!

  11. I haven't read any of The Lord of the Underworld books yet. They sound great and the covers are awesome ♡ Thank you

  12. All of them! This is my favorite series!

  13. can't find a bad book in this's awesome!

  14. My favorite was The Darkest Kiss!!

  15. I'm really far behind in this series. I think the only one I read was book 2, the Darkest Kiss.

  16. I haven't read them yet so I don't have a favorite

  17. I haven't read them yet so I don't have a favorite

  18. I have only read a few so far but so far ... Reyes is my favorite (The Darkest Pleasure)

  19. There is a lot to catch up on with this series but from what I can tell you are off to a great start! Thanks for being a part of the tour!