Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Pleasure

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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 hold dear…

The Darkest Pleasure is book three in the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. This book was so much better than the first two. Not to say that they were bad, but this book just blew them out of the water. I loved the hero and heroine. Reyes had that whole tortured hero thing going on, and Danika was a strong heroine. They made a really cute couple, and I’m glad they didn’t do that love-at-first-sight thing (major peeve of mine).

Danika and Reyes first met in book one, The Darkest Night, after Danika and her family had been kidnapped. For reasons unknown, the gods had wanted Danika, her mother, sister and grandmother dead. They had ordered Aeron, keeper of Wrath, to kill the ladies. Poor Aeron did his damnedest to resist, which was a good thing since Reyes found himself jonesing for Danika in a bad way. The Darkest Pleasure starts a couple of weeks after the Darkest Night took place, and Danika has been on the run. She’s determined never to be a victim again and has begun taking self-defense classes. She’s living hand-to-mouth, not even keeping contact with her family. Reyes hasn’t exactly been having the time of his life either. Bad enough that, for centuries, he could only derive pleasure by hurting himself, he now finds he’s willing to lock up Aeron, one of his dearest friends, just so that the guy wouldn’t kill Danika.

I’m really enjoying the story line that’s running through this series.  I love the war against the hunters and the Lords’ pursuit of the artefacts that will help them eventually locate Pandora’s box. This book also allows us more insight into Paris, keeper of Promiscuity, and Sabin, the keeper of Doubt. There were lots of interesting revelations in this book, including the little tidbit about Galen, the keeper of Hope. Turns out he’s not such a nice guy after all.

Just to share a couple of my favourite quotes from the book with you:

This is a little snippet from a conversation between Lucien and Reyes. Lucien wants to know where Reyes has put Aeron, and Reyes is tring to justify to himself why he’s choosing a woman he barely knows over a man he’s been friends with for centuries.

With only only a glance she had changed his life, and not for the better. And yet, the fact that Lucien refused to say her name pissed Reyes off royally. Reyes desired that girl more than he desired a hammer to the skull. For Pain that was saying something. 

The next bit comes from a conversation between the Lords while they’re waiting for the hunters to break into their home.  The revelations regarding Galen have them all justifiably ticked off, and Sabin is particularly pissed off to discover his old friend is still alive…

“Whatever his reasons, if you’re right and we’re about to have a cozy little family reunion, I’m going to take his head. His skull will look nice on my nightstand. Save me from having to get up to used the bathroom at night.”

I really enjoyed this book. The start of this series was a little rocky, but if it carries on like this, I’ll be hooked in no time!

If you’re looking to buy this book, I’d recommend going to Diesel’s ebook store. It’s cheapest there.


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