Saturday, June 4, 2016

Heart of Darkness by Gena Showalter

Source:  Purchased the audiobook.

From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction…

The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter

A Lords of the Underworld tale

An iron-willed demon assassin, the angel Lysander has never known lust—until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation….

Love Me to Death by Maggie Shayne

Twenty-two years ago four teenage boys were convicted of a young girl's murder. Now, in the form of a beautiful woman, the "victim" is seeking vengeance. And only one man dares to dig into the past to uncover its secrets… and set her free.

Lady of the Nile by Susan Krinard

Lady Tameri believes herself to be the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian princess, and Leo Erskine has set out to prove her wrong…never dreaming that the two of them are about to discover a prophecy that will bind them together forever.


I only listened to the first book in this anthology, The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter.  

I've enjoyed this series so far, but this one may have killed the obsession threat.  I just wasn't a fan of Bianka so it took a really long time to even enjoy the book. 

Bianka is part of the last story as she is Gwen's sister.  The problem is that I didn't like her there.  The way they treated Gwen had my claws out wanting to throw her across the room.  I just don't like Bianka.  Not a good time for me to read her story.

I did like Lysander, though I didn't always understand his choices.

But the biggest problem I had with the story was the strong need to change the other person.  Lysander is an angel.  He's strong, righteous and good.  A warrior that fights the evil in the world.  What could he possibly have in common with a harpy?  Yeah, I'm thinking that's the point of the story.  But it felt like too far of a stretch for me to accept.

About half way through, I became more interested.  I think it may be because Bianka toned it down a bit.  Her hurt feeling had her re-thinking things.  As she mellowed and Lysander came to accept her for who she was, I was more content with their story.

It was fine.  Just not a favorite.  The biggest problem is that I didn't pick up the next book when I was done with this one.  Need a break.  That's a clear sign that it's not an obsession.  Hopefully, I will come back to this series because I own several more in the series.  


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