She has tempted many men… but never found her equal.
Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death – a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.
But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining…
The Darkest Kiss is Lucien and Anya’s book. Lucien is the scarred (physically and mentally) keeper of Death. Anya is the beautiful goddess of Anarchy. Anya is a wild child. Lucien has no discernible sense of humour. So you’d think that these two would both be better off as far away from each other as humanly possible, right? Apparently not. We met Anya in The Darkest Night, after she helped the Lords out of a tight spot, and she’s been jonesing after Lucien ever since. She’s been following him around while invisible, hoping to see him do something… naughty. Lucien’s been aware that someone has been following him around, but he didn’t know who. When these two finally meet, the sparks fly. Just as things are starting to get interesting, the shit hits the fan when Cronus the Titan rocks up. He orders Lucien to kill Anya because she has something he wants, and she’s not willing to give it up.
Lucien accepts, not that he’s got much choice, and then the games begin. Lucien and Anya circle each other, both wanting to go there but knowing that it’s an impossible situation. Lucien has to kill Anya, or Cronus will hurt the other Lords. Anya isn’t willing to just lie down and die, so she’ll fight Lucien with her last breath. Also keeping the Lords busy is the fact that the hunters are out to kill them. If the slimy bastards get their hands on Pandora’s box, the Lords are history. So they’ve been searching for artefacts that will hopefully lead them to the box before the hunters get it.
I liked The Darkest Kiss a lot more than The Darkest Night, but I think that was mostly because of Anya. That chick was insane. She’s a klepto, she’s over the top, and she can never seem to find it in herself to put some real clothes on. She was just a really odd duck and she totally made this book for me. I also enjoyed the insight we got into the peripheral characters, especially Paris. I think we met his eventual HEA. I’ll admit, I didn’t like her. A little too self-righteous for my liking. I’m not entirely sure how Showalter is going to work their story out, but I trust her. The only real problem I had with this book was Lucien. I was a little disappointed in him. He was very hot and cold towards Anya, and spent about half the book convinced that Anya couldn’t possibly want him because of his scars. I understand he was conflicted, and that he was self-conscious. I get it. But, at one point, I was thinking, “FFS, man up!”
All in all, I enjoyed The Darkest Kiss. It’s gearing up to be an epic series.
Once again, the place to go will be the Diesel ebook store. At less than R40 (about $4), it’s a steal.