THE DARKEST CRAVING (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter
466 pages, paperback
Available now (July 2013)
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him—a beast he’s determined to kill, no matter the price.
Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy—her royal family—and Kane is her only source of protection. He’s also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart…or die together.
First Date: There’s something so comforting about coming back to a series that has both new main characters and veteran characters who pop up throughout the story. Generally, there’s a pattern with this type of series. In this case, there’s tortured hero, endlessly tormented by the demon of Disaster, who makes his life a living hell. He knows he’ll never find true love because the demon will do everything in its power to prevent it, including killing anyone who gets too close. There’s also a tortured heroine, on the run from terrible things and a terrible family. They meet, there’s a chase with one stalking and the other running until finally, they fall in love, find a way to tame or conquer the demon and live happily ever after. They’re standalones, though it’s always fun to read some/all of the others so you can nod and smile when they pop up in the book.
Second Date: Josephina is the royal whipping boy, thrown into a portal leading to hell as punishment for the princess’s actions. She runs into Kane who’s been tortured and abused and winds up rescuing him. Then, even though he’s someone who could protect her from her family and someone she’s read about and dreamed about for ages, she takes off. Of course, he follows. The mating dance has begun. Kane’s your typical dark, tortured hero with very little sense of humor (being saddled with that damned demon Disaster and tortured for weeks would do that to you) and a death wish. *fans self* It’s strange that I find that hot, isn’t it? *shrugs* Oh, well. Though, when immersed in a series like this one, where there are so many dark, tortured heroes to choose from, I kind of picture them lined up against a wall, waiting for their lady love to grab their hand and drag them out into the light, thereby saving them from a life of misery. Kind of like the nerds hugging the wall at a dance but hotter.
Third Date: While Kane wasn’t my favorite of the Lords of the Underworld, he and his story still rank pretty high. It helps that Josephina is a great character, though I didn’t like how she was abused by those who should have loved and cosseted her rather than making her their whipping boy. I wanted to smack them around some. Kane’s the big lug who’s always knocking over glasses and accidentally breaking the floor (though, in this case, it’s because of that damned demon). Instead of dating him, I’m afraid I’d want to get him into therapy and wrap my breakables in bubble wrap. Then, maybe we could have a drink or two and he could show me his muscles.
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