Fighting Destiny: Born to Darkness

Born to Darkness

Born to Darkness

Dishonorably discharged, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin is down to his last ten bucks when he finally finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the OI compound, he is plunged into a strange world where seemingly mild-mannered scientists–including women half his size–can kick his highly skilled ass.

Shane soon discovers that there are certain individuals who possess the unique ability to access untapped regions of the brain with extraordinary results–including telekinesis, super strength, and reversal of the aging process. Known as “Greater-Thans”, this rare breed is recruited by OI, where they are rigorously trained using ancient techniques to cultivate their powers and wield them responsibly.

But in depths of America’s second Great Depression, where the divide between the haves and have-nots has grown even wider, those who are rich–and reckless–enough have a quick, seductive alternative: Destiny, a highly addictive designer drug that can make anyone a Greater-Than, with the power of eternal youth. The sinister cartel known as The Organization has begun mass-producing Destiny, and the demand is growing. But few realize the drug’s true danger, and fewer still know the dirty secret of Destiny’s crucial ingredient.

Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie knows the ugly truth. And as one of the Obermeyer Institute’s crack team of operatives, she’s determined to end the scourge of Destiny. But her kick-ass attitude gets knocked for a loop when she discovers one of the new test subjects is the same smoldering stranger who rocked her world in a one-night stand. And although Shane quickly discovers he isn’t a Greater-Than like Mac, as an ex-Seal, he’s got talents of his own. But Mac’s got powerful reasons to keep her distance from Shane–and reasons to want him close. She’s used to risking her life, but now she faces risking her heart in the ultimate war on drugs.

Have you ever read a book where you just weren’t sure what to think about it once you were done? That’s how I felt with this one. There were bits that I liked and bits that… I really didn’t. And, dammit, I wanted to like this book!

Born to Darkness is the first book by Suzanne Brockmann that I’ve read. I was quite keen on the premise of the book, but I felt that it fell a little short. Let me start with the book’s format. Born to Darkness didn’t focus on one main couple, but on three. This was good because the “main” couple bugged the hell out of me. More on that later. Next is the whole universe that Brockmann had set up. This is an America of the future (don’t know how far into the future because I don’t believe that the year was ever mentioned), and it is a very, very bleak future indeed. Money is tight, people in general are so apathetic it’s scary, and rich yahoos take drugs that make both superhuman and crazy. There are also people with incredible powers, who come by their superhuman-ness naturally. Some of these people work for the Obermeyer Institute in an effort to not only train those who’ve just discovered their powers, but to get Destiny off the street. The Obermeyer Institute is a safe place for those born with extra super special powers, a place where tests are carried out and a place where Greater-Thans, without somewhere to live, can stay. Sounds good, right?

But there were bits that just felt a bit iffy for me. The bad guys were sort of… obvious bad guys. Because all bad guys are hideously disfigured, because how else will you know how to avoid them? And the three main couples, who I’ll talk about more in just a sec, seemed to just fall in love in the space of less than a week. Upon reflection, all the couples bugged me in some way and let me tell you why. Mac and Shane were Born of Darkness’s main focus. Mac has issues, and fair enough. She’s got this huge wall around her and she very rarely lets anyone too close. And because of her unusual… talents, she doesn’t believe that anyone will want her of their own free will. Shane and Mac had a thing, which Mac believes was as a result of her talent. Shane, after having the situation explained to him, doesn’t much care. He wants Mac. He believes that there’s a connection, despite the fact that Mac treats him like a yo-yo with her “go away, no come back!” routine. Very irritating. The next couple is Elliot and Stephen. I honestly felt that they declared the “I-love-yous” far too quickly. And I thought that Brockmann could have gone deeper with their relationship. Their issues and stuff seemed to be glossed over. The last couple were Dr Joseph Back and Anna Taylor. Theirs was the relationship I was most invested in and, by the end of the book, it was left up in the air.

There was also a little short story at the end of the book, Shane’s Last Stand. I’ll be honest, it didn’t do anything for me. It basically covered the how and why of Shane’s dishonourable discharge. It’s only about five chapters long, so it’s a really short read.

So, in all, this is not a book that’s going to make it onto my top ten list. Born of Darkness definitely had it’s good bits, but I just felt that something was missing. I’ll probably read the next book in the series (if one ever comes out; it’s a 2012 release and I haven’t seen any mention of a sequel) if only to see what the hell’s going to happen with Anna and Bach.

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Str8te Boys

Str8te Boys

Str8te Boys

How far would you dare to go… to win it all?

Maverick Holms and Duke Warren share almost everything-a college soccer team, an apartment and and the same extremely competitive nature. Thanks to that never-back-down spirit, they’re about to share more than they bargained for.

The game is “gay chicken”. The rule: get as close as possible without kissing, and the one that pulls away first is the loser. The problem: neither of them likes to lose. It isn’t long before the game becomes an excuse to touch and kiss in every possible forbidden way. And after they pose for a gay website to earn extra money, things really heat up.

Suddenly Duke is talking lifetime commitment, and Mav is backpedaling as hard as he can, not sure if he’s ready to accept all his best friend is offering him. Or the truth about what he is.

Warning: Hot M/M sex inside. Do not open this book if you don’t like the idea of two deliciously muscular best friends becoming lovers.

Str8te Boys is a reread for me. I first read it when I was just breaking in to the M/M genre, and it was a cute story. Definitely not the best written thing you’ll ever read, but it had a sweet friends-to-lovers theme. If you’re a stranger to gay romance, I’d recommend trying this book out for your first time. The sex is hot without being uber-explicit.

Mav and Duke have been best friends pretty much since their first day of university. They both play on the soccer team and they’ve been roommates for years. Mav is the serious, studious one while Duke is the life of every party. He’s loud, happy and a little on the touchy-feely side. Mav doesn’t mind; it’s something he’s gotten used to over the years. Only lately, Duke has been getting extra touchy-feely. Like, beyond what’s normal for best friends. Their relationship is bordering on the *shudder, gasp* gay. The story starts when it’s revealed that Duke has spent their rent money on weed. Now Duke and Mav need to come up with the money or end up sleeping on the street. That’s when a friend recommends that they apply for a modelling gig. The catch? It will be for a gay website called “Str8te Boys”. Mav is less than enthusiastic but, as Duke points out, rather that than being homeless. Mav agrees and that’s when things start to escalate. Things had been a little… strange… between Mav and Duke for a while, but after the photo shoot things get hot. 

The thing with this book is that it’s really short, about eighty or so pages. There wasn’t enough time to go in-depth with the characters or their situation. Another thing that bugged me was the whole “gay chicken” concept. I had no idea people actually did that so it seemed a little contrived to me. In terms of the characters, I thought they were okay. The whole book was from Mav’s perspective so we only saw Duke as Mav saw him. I liked Duke. I thought he was really sweet, although I do question his judgement for springing the “Lets spend our lives together” on a guy who still considered himself straight. As for Mav… well, I thought he was a bit of an idiot. But a sweet idiot, so it was mostly okay.

Like I said, not the most wow-inspiring book out there. But it’s sweet. I know I keep using that word, but that was exactly what this was. So if you feel like a light, fluffy, quick read and if two hot guys making out revs your engine, give this book a go. You can get it over at Books A Million.

The Adventurers’ Club: The Care and Taming of a Rogue

The Care and Taming of a Rogue

The Care and Taming of a Rogue

How to tell if a man is an unrepentant rogue:

1. He has no patience for frivolous debutantes.

2. He kisses you after a single dance.

3. He makes you forget yourself and kiss him back…

After years away from London, Captain Bennett Wolfe is back-and alive, much to Society’s surprise. Having been presumed dead, this rugged adventurer is much sought after by every marriage-minded young woman… but Bennett only has eyes for the intriguing Lady Phillipa Eddison.

Phillipa would rather read than flirt, but she does know a thing or two about proper courtship rituals. A gentleman does not kiss a lady senseless, and he certainly does not bring his pet monkey when he comes calling. Lady Phillipa’s never been so scandalized… or tempted. She simply must teach Bennett some manners-before she succumbs to temptation as wild as the man who offers it.

The Care and Taming of a Rogue is book one in the Adventurers’ Club and I enjoyed it for the most part. There were bits and pieces, though, that kind of irritated me. The biggest issue I had with this book was Bennett Wolfe, the hero. I started out liking him, but the more I read and the more I thought about it, the more he struck me as a bit of a bully. And that diminished my enjoyment of this story.

Bennett Wolfe lost his parents at an early age and is used to taking care of himself. He’s never been one for frivolity, which makes London and Society his least favourite places in the world. As soon as he was old enough, he left England and went on a number of expeditions around the world. He most recently traveled to the Congo, where he was very nearly killed. Now three years after he last set foot in London, Bennett is back… and boy, is he in for a surprise. Not only did his second-in-command during the expedition leave him behind in the Congo, the man plagiarised his work and wrote a book portraying Bennett as a bumbling oaf. Also, he spread a pesky rumour that Bennett was dead. Needless to say, Bennett is not a happy camper. There is one bright spot in the dreariness that is London, though: Lady Phillipa Eddison. Phillipa is what Society calls a “bluestocking”; she prefers books to people and finds Society unbearably boring. So imagine her excitement at meeting the famous explorer Bennett Wolfe, the man whose books she’s read a number of times. And imagine her surprise when she realises that he finds her just as intriguing as she finds him.

I found that I could relate to Phillipa. She’s a booknerd in every sense and topics like fashion and flirting are beyond her comprehension. Rather than looking forward to the next big soiree, Phillipa just wants to be at home with a book. So when Bennett started paying attention to her, she was a little taken aback. Typically, men tend to gravitate towards her older, more sociable, sister. I found that I enjoyed Bennett’s character in the beginning. But as the book progressed, I found him to be a little bit of a bully. Phillipa had never had a beau, so her experience with physical and emotional intimacy was nil. There were moments where Bennett came on really strong and he kept telling her that he was being really patient, like he expected a noddy badge or something. It was just something that bothered me and it kept me from really enjoying this book as much as I wanted to.

In all, a little disappointing but I enjoyed Ms Enoch’s writing. If you’re looking to give this book and Ms Enoch a try, you can get this book at Foyles.

Lords of Deliverance: Rogue Rider

Rogue Rider

Rogue Rider

Jillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues-and falls for-a gorgeous stranger with no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming, and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he’s also the kind of man who can be very dangerous…

Reseph may not know why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian’s life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian’s neighbors are killed, and demon hunters arrive on the scene, Reseph fears he’s putting Jillian in danger. And once it’s revealed that Reseph is also Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world, he and Jillian must face the greatest challenge of all: Can they forget the horrors of a chilling past to save the future they both desire? 

I had mixed emotions about this book. On the one hand, it’s by Larissa Ione and you guys know I love her stuff. But, on the other hand, this book felt a little bit… off. In fact, the first half of this book bored me to tears. It was a bit on the cliche side, and I found it a little too easy to guess what was going to happen next.

But enough whinging. Rogue Rider is the last book in the Lords of Deliverance portion of the Demonica series and deals with the final, formerly evil, Horseman of the Apocalypse. The last we saw Reseph, he’d shed his evil alter-ego and was being tortured down in hell. Then Reaver came along and freed Reseph from hell and gave him a temporary bout of amnesia. This is where our story starts. Jillian, our leading lady, finds Reseph in the snow. Starkers. Seriously, some people have all the luck. Anyhow, being the good Samaritan that she is, Jillian dredges him up and takes him home so he can stop with his snowman imitation. When Reseph wakes up, he’s a bit disorientated but otherwise doing pretty well for a guy lying around naked in below freezing tempretures. Jillian finds this a little… strange but she lets it go. She’s just relieved he’s not dead. Boy, is he not dead. Pretty much as soon as he’s awake, and not being confused as hell about how he came to be there, he’s making eyes at Jillian. The story moves on in a pretty predictable (and boring, much as I hate to say it) way, with the two slowly falling in love and Reseph eventually deciding that his past doesn’t matter. So, naturally, this is when said past decides to bite him in his shapely ass.

I was so majorly disappointed in this book. I loved Reseph and was really hoping for a grand tale of redemption and romance. The romance element was there, but it felt almost sickly sweet. There was a scene where Reseph got on stage to sing to Jillian. I know this was meant as a romantic gesture but it made me cringe a little. I’m really hoping that the next book in the series, Reaver, makes up for this one.

If you’re so inclined, you can get it at Sony.

Highlander: The Highlander’s Touch

The Highlander's Touch

The Highlander’s Touch

A Warrior of Immortal Powers

He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty-and seduce him with a desire he could never fulfill. For this woman he burned to possess was also the woman he had forsworn to destroy.

A Woman Caught in the Mists of Time

When Lisa felt the earth moving under her feet, the fiercely independent 21st-century woman never dreamed she was falling… into another century. But the powerful, naked warrior who stood glaring down at her was only too real… and too dangerously arousing. Irresistibly handsome he might be, but Lisa had no intention of remaining in this savage land torn by treachery and war. How could she know that her seductive captor had other plans for her… plans that would save her from a tragic fate? Or that this man who had long ago forsaken love would defy time itself to claim her for his own.

This book has me a little confused. I typically love Ms Moning and her work, but I have mixed feeling about this one. It was going really well. I was enjoying it up until the last three or four chapters, and then everything sort of fell apart. I actually feel a little bit cheated, and that’s why I’m not giving The Highlander’s Touch a higher rating.

The Highlander’s Touch tells us the story of Lisa Stone, a modern twenty-first century woman, and Circenn Brodie, a fourteenth century man. How could these two possibly meet, you ask? Well, you can blame a certain nefarious fairy by the name of Adam Black. You might remember him from Beyond the Highland Mist. Anyhow, through Adam’s scheming, Lisa finds herself smack bang in fourteenth century Scotland and at the mercy of a mightily annoyed highland laird. Circenn had made a promise to kill the person who returned with a lost artefact. However, upon making that oath, he never imagined that a woman might find said object, let alone a woman like Lisa. See, our highland lord finds himself in a bit of a quandary: the interfering fairy, Adam Black, made him immortal, and it is Circenn’s biggest fear that he may end up being just like Adam. So he’s come up with a few rules, basics like always honouring his vows and never lying. When Lisa shows up, all those rules go flying out the window. Despite himself, the stern, serious laird finds himself intrigued by the strangely dressed young woman. Lisa Stone has had a rough time of it the past few years. She lost her father in a car accident when she was eighteen and that same accident put her mother in a wheelchair. Gone were any aspirations to go to university. Now Lisa had to worry about paying hospital bills and making enough money to take care of her mother, who they later found out had cervical cancer.

The story progresses in a fairly predictable manner from here onward. This isn’t a bad thing; I mean, cliches become cliche because they work, right? So I was enjoying this book, and then Ms Moning cheated. I hate saying this, but I honestly felt like Moning just completely copped-out with the ending. The whole idea of using magic to just, well… magically fix all of Lisa’s problems just didn’t sit well with me. I don’t normally mind having an element of the paranormal in my historicals but this was too much. I was really disappointed with how The Highlander’s Touch ended.

My faith was a little bit shaken with how this book ended, but I still mostly trust Ms Moning. I just hope she doesn’t do something like this again…

I looked around and the cheapest place to buy The Highlander’s Touch will be on Kobo.

Renegade Angels: A Touch of Crimson

A Touch of Crimson

A Touch of Crimson

Can a love that transcends death survive a war between angels, vampires, and lycans?

An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the Seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen-angels who have become vampires-and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. 

But Adrian suffered his own punishment for being involved with mortals-losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly two hundred years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once again inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won’t let her go.

With no memory of her past as Shadoe, Lindsay Gibson knows only that she can’t help being fiercely attracted to the smoldering, seductive male who crosses her path. Swept into a dangerous world of tumultuous passion and preternatural conflict, Lindsay is soon caught between her angel lover, her vampire father, and a full-blown lycan revolt. There’s more at stake than her love and her life-she could lose her very soul…

I don’t think I made any secret of the fact that the Crossfire series did nothing for me, but I was quite keen on trying something else of Sylvia Day’s. So I settled on trying out her Renegade Angels series, and it wasn’t half bad. I’m actually of two minds about it. There were bits I liked and there were bits that I really didn’t. I’ll start with the negative aspects of the book and then end with the positive.

My first complaint is about, what seems to me to be, the excessive use of adjectives. I think this was more of a general thing than something specific to Ms Day, but it still irritated me. Adrian, our hero, could never just walk, or gesture, or stand, or whatever. No. It has to be “sinuously”. Or “fluidly”. Or “sensuously”. I found myself thinking, for the love of God, can the man not just stand up without us making a big production of it? The second thing that bugged me, and this is specific to Day, is Lindsay. Lindsay has the ability to sense nonhumans. She just gets this vibe of malevolence, and she’s made it her mission to kill any demon she comes across. Sadly, despite these Buffy-like tendencies, she was just… dense. She and Adrian meet in an airport, and the sparks immediately begin to fly. Adrian invites her to dinner and she says yes. She’s not stupid about it; she calls her dad to let her know who she’s with and where they’ll be. But then she begins to act like a moron. Turns out dinner is going to be at his place and he needs to buy some wholesome, organic ingredients. While there she senses a demon and then, in the middle of the shop in front of God and everyone, she kills the guy. Now, there’s no mention of anyone else around, but I find it damn near impossible to believe that there is no one else in there. She pulls the same stunt later on in the book, running after a vampire and throwing knives at her, Really? In public? Finally, I thought the book’s resolution was a tad… convenient. The ending felt rushed, and I thought that we could have left out a lot of the angsting and spent a little more time with a solid ending.

But it really wasn’t all bad. I liked the concept of having a world where it’s vampires vs angels, with the lycans as the angels’ “indentured” servants (read: slaves). I wasn’t too keen on the angels, but the lycans and the vampires had me intrigued. I was especially interested in the plight of the lycans. These guys are sort-of fallen angels. The vampires had their wings ripped off because their “rebellion” was unforgivable; the lycans rebelled, too, but they were given the chance to avoid becoming vampires by promising to serve their obedient brethren. Centuries have passed since the lycans were forced into slavery, and now they’re getting restless. This is where my favourite character in the book comes in: Elijah is the only lycan that we know of who is able to choose when to transform into a wolf, which means that he has the potential to be an Alpha. This has both the other lycans and the angels watching him very carefully. The lycans are hoping that Elijah will step up and free them from the angels’ shackles, and the angels are ready and waiting to crush these aspirations. And this is how we end the book and go onto the next installment of the series, A Hunger So Wild.

I enjoyed this book, although there were bits that left me a bit “meh”. I’m actually really looking forward to Elijah’s book even though I’m not too thrilled about his leading lady.

Women of the Underworld: Bitten

Bitten

Bitten

Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a world where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her-her temper, her violence-but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

Bitten is the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld series. This book is told from the perspective of Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf. The reason that there are no female werewolves is that the werewolf gene is passed down through the males. But there’s a loophole: a person can become a werewolf if they’re bitten, which is exactly what happened to Elena ten years ago. Since being bitten, she’s been living with the Pack. There is only one Pack, and no other werewolves may form their own pack. They’re really picky about who they let in, and they make sure the other loner werewolves (referred to as “mutts”) toe the line and don’t expose the rest of them.

The person who bit her was her boyfriend, Clay. She and Clay were crazy in love before he turned her and she found out what he was. I think it’s a bit of an understatement to say that she was shocked. And, once the shock wore off, she was furious. I’m glad Armstrong didn’t gloss over that bit. Too many heroines just shrug that sort of life-altering bit of jackassery from their boyfriends. So, for a good long while, Elena hated Clay with a passion. But it’s been ten years, so she’s (mostly) gotten over it. But she and Clay have always had a tumultuous relationship, where they did that whole make-up-to-break-up thing. But Elena eventually decides that enough is enough, and she leaves the Pack to live a normal life. And she does. For a whole year, Elena rocks the Average Jane look and she meets a nice, normal Average Joe. They have a nice, calm, healthy relationship. But then the shit hits the fan when she gets a phone call from Jeremy, the Pack’s alpha. He needs her back in New York to help them take care of the threat being presented by a group of mutts who are making a power play. See, as well as being the only female werewolf, Elena is also an enforcer. This basically means that it’s her job to deal with any errant mutts, sometimes using lethal force if necessary. Elena is not happy about heading back to New York. She was hoping that she’d left that all behind her. It’s not that she doesn’t want to help, but her helping means she’ll have to be in close contact with Clay again.

I liked that Elena was a very no-nonsense female character. She was extremely capable, and didn’t hesitate when it came to doing what needed to be done. I liked that  Clay acknowledged that Elena could take care of herself, and that he didn’t get all uber protective over her. I also like how action packed this book was. There was rarely a dull moment. But, with all that said, I struggled with this book. I didn’t really like Elena. I mean, I liked that she didn’t pull the wilting flower routine, but I found her willingness to engage in hanky-panky with Clay while she’s got someone waiting at home for her a bit… blegh. Infidelity in a book for any reason doesn’t really sit well with me, especially when the person being unfaithful barely gives their partner a second thought. Like, I understood to an extent. She and Clay had chemistry and a history, and still loved each other deep down, but some bloody common courtesy shouldn’t have been too much of a problem.

So, in short, this book isn’t going to go down as one of my all time favourites. But that’s okay because the second book in the series, Stolen, made up for it.  

The Inferno Club: My Scandalous Viscount

My Scandalous Viscount

My Scandalous Viscount

Sebastian, Viscount Beauchamp, lives by a code of honor, and now honor dictates that he must marry Miss Carissa Portland. He has no regrets over stealing a kiss from the adorable little busybody-a fitting punishment for putting her delectable nose where it didn’t belong. But now, caught in a compromising situation, he knows he must make her his bride. He’s faced danger before-but nothing like this!

Carissa is not a gossip-she’s a “lady of information”. All she was trying to do was warn the rakehell Beauchamp away from an irate husband. But even she can’t flaunt Society, and while her head tells her that Beau’s a notorious scoundrel, her heart-and her body-are captivated by his dangerous charm. But when Carissa next goes snooping, the secrets she uncovers about the Inferno Club may prove even more hazardous than falling in love with your own husband.

My Scandalous Viscount is book five in the Inferno Club series by Gaelen Foley. Let me give you a brief run down of who and what the Inferno Club is before I actually get to the story. The Inferno Club is actually a cover for a group of highborn English spies for the Crown. The Order of St Michael portray themselves as a bunch of hedonistic rebels while they are secretly in charge of protecting England from any foreign threats, and have been engaged in a secret war against the evil cult of Prometheus. In the previous book, My Ruthless Prince, the Prometheans got their asses handed to them in Germany by members of the Order. In My Scandalous Viscount, Beau, the only Order agent who remained in London, is unaware of the Order’s victory and is having to deal with a commission of inquiry. Some members of the British government are concerned that the Order has grown too powerful, and fears that agents are abusing their status.

Carissa and Beau’s story has been a long time coming. These two have been eyeing each other since book one, but Beau’s been warned off the nosy lady of information. His fellow agents are married to Carissa’s best friends, and these guys see Carissa as a younger sister. As such, they want the womanising Beau nowhere near her. Despite this, Beau and Carissa still feel this undeniable pull toward one another. This attraction finally manifests itself at the end of My Ruthless Prince when Beau kisses Carissa in a public place. While no one saw them, Carissa and Beau have been thinking about it ever since it happened.

In all honesty, I was a little disappointed in My Scandalous Viscount. Like I said, fans have been waiting for these two to get their HEA for ages now, and I just feel that it didn’t really live up to the hype. I liked Carissa more than I liked Beau, although I wouldn’t have blamed Beau if he’d decided to throttle her. I think that if she weren’t such a sweet and well-meaning character, she’d have been put down as too stupid to live. She was so bloody nosy! I understand her motivations, but good grief! There were points where I wanted to get into the book, shake her and tell her to think. But at least she was entertaining. Beau, on the other hand, was kinda… stodgy. I was hoping for more from him. In the previous books, he was all mischievous and stuff. Here, he was so serious and all he ever seemed to do was tell Carissa what to do. I know that the poor guy was a bit stressed out and all, but I think we could have done with more lighthearted moments in this book. We met both Nick and Trevor, the two Order agents who’d gone missing in Europe, although we only actually saw Trevor towards the end. I think these two are going to be pretty interesting as the series progresses.

I think this book might have been more of a filler than anything else. I seemed like Foley was just tying up the remaining loose ends with the whole Promethean thing before she moves on with the story line for Trevor and Nick. I think it’s actually quite a pity, because I was really looking forward to Beau and Carissa getting together. Now, it’s kinda… meh.

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Night

thedarkestnight

The Darkest Night

His powers — Inhuman…

His passion — Beyond immortal…

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member– a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments… and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction– and a soul-shattering test of love… 

I made a little bit of a blunder with how I ordered my posts. Having the slightest case of OCD, I actually meant to post my reviews in reading order, but then I forgot. So while it’s not a major crisis, it is annoying. I’m sorry about that…

The Darkest Night is the first book in the Lords of the Underworld series.  Let me just give a quick breakdown of the overarching story line before I start on what happened in the book. I absolutely adore the premise of this book. Showalter has done something pretty cool with this series. She’s taken an element of Greek mythology (which I love) in the form of Pandora’s box, and switched it up a little bit. The Lords of the Underworld were once Zeus’s most trusted soldiers. They had it all going for them: they were respected, they were immortal, and their troubles were pretty much limited to beating the crap out of the gods’ enemies. A pretty easygoing life, all in all.

But you know that little saying, “pride cometh before the fall”? Well, that was totally what happened in this case. The Lords let their pride get the better of them when Pandora, a female warrior, was chosen to guard a box filled with the nastiest, most evil demons imaginable. They had their knickers in a knot because none of them had been chosen to be keeper of the box, and thus conspired to take the box from Pandora, proving to the gods that they had made a mistake.

Such a bad idea. This little plan backfired in a big way. The demons were released and the box went missing. This meant that there was no way to re-imprison the demons now that they were running amok in the world. The gods were naturally furious, and decided that a fitting punishment would be to force the warriors to keep the demons in their own bodies. That’s how the Lords of the Underworld were created.

The Lords are: Maddox aka Violence; Torin aka Disease; Lucien aka Death; Reyes aka Pain; Aeron aka Wrath; Paris aka Promiscuity; Sabin aka Doubt; Gideon aka Lies; Kane aka Disaster; Strider aka Defeat; Amun aka Secrets; and Cameo aka Misery.

Awesome, right? A fan-freaking-tastic idea. But… I was a little let down by The Darkest Night. I just felt like something was missing. Maddox and Ashlyn just didn’t do it for me. I think it may have been the story’s time frame that put me off. These two decided that they were meant to be after two days. That’s right, two days. Now, I’ve been reading romance novels since before I started high school. I’m totally used to the thing where the lead couple falls in love in a heartbeat. It’s usually water off  of this duck’s back. And I may have been a little less… blegh… about it if I’d felt the chemistry between these two. I liked Maddox well enough, but I found Ashlyn annoying. She kinda gave me toothache, she was so sweet.

So The Darkest Night wasn’t a great start to this series but, as I told you after reviewing The Darkest Pleasure, it does improve. If you can grit your teeth through this first installment, the rest of the series looks to be pretty awesome. Think of it as eating your veggies first so you can get to the good stuff  🙂

The best place to find this one would be at Diesel’s ebook store. It’s nice and cheap over there.