Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld, #4) by Gena Showalter ~ Review

Source:  Purchased audiobook

He is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked.

Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern…until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.

Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love…


I continue to enjoy the Lords of the Underworld seres, though I do love this cover the best!  In this story, Sabin and Gwen are featured but we see and hear from a lot of the other Lords.  It's a bit different from other series' where a different couple is featured for each book.  In this one, there is always something more than passing mentions of the couples that came before and there is always details that will lead to others stories going forward.  I enjoy that.  It's nice to have the overarching story including all the Lords and there are a couple of Lords who's stories I can't wait to read because of it (Is it Paris' turn yet???).

As for Sabin, I was a little worried.  He's part of the group of Lords that broke off during a disagreement on what their purpose should be.  Since the stories up to now have been about the other group of Lords, I wasn't certain how I would feel about Sabin.  He's very much a warrior and at the beginning of this one shows very little softness at all.  But I shouldn't have worried, I completely fell for him.

Talk about a mis-match, in this one you have the solid warrior Sabin pitted against the harpy that's afraid of her harpy side and can't fight, like at all.  It's kinda funny actually.  But I don't think anyone could have made it past the demon doubt and melt the heart of Sabin and certainly no one else could teach a harpy how to fight.  I loved that.  They each brought something to the table that benefits the other and they made that into the best thing that every happened to them.  It's very balanced for a romance story.

Of course the sexy times are hot and spicy.  Sabin really has stayed away from women and Gwen has always been afraid to let herself loose.  When both of them let go, they are seriously hot together.  And while Gwen really doesn't need to be protected, Sabin is all over that job.  And while Sabin has always been able to fight alone, Gwen is all about being at his side.

I enjoyed how this one played out.  We gets lots of information about the series over-arching story as well as an interesting resolution for the couple.  I can't really say more without spoiling their ending but I will say that it has a "proving" aspect that I liked.

Still not sure that this is an obsession.  I might not know until I'm done with it and decide if I move on or re-read.  But this is one great paranormal romance series and I'm definitely enjoying it.  So if you haven't started this series, you should get on that.


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