Speed Date with Kane: THE DARKEST CRAVING by Gena Showalter

Posted 19 September, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 18 Comments

THE DARKEST CRAVING (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter
Paranormal romance
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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18 Responses to “Speed Date with Kane: THE DARKEST CRAVING by Gena Showalter”

  1. KANE! I feel so bad for him Mary! Disaster is not the demon I would want to house. I wouldn’t want to house any of them obviously, but Disaster would be particularly bad. Give me Gideon’s demon and let me talk in riddles instead. I’m glad Josephine is an awesome heroine, I can’t wait to meet her and experience two tortured souls. Lord knows I love damaged characters:)

  2. I have never actually heard of this series (probably because I don’t read a lot of adult titles), but you made it sound good. If you’re 10 books into a series and the author still has your attention, they’re doing something right!

  3. I haven’t read these yet! I still need to go through each and every one of the books she writes. Sometimes I just need a good PNR. Even if it wasn’t your fave, I’m glad it ranked high! Loved that… must read!

  4. I am behind on this series! Well that isn’t fair–I skip around so much it is hard to tell where I am LOL

    I might have to jump to Kane next!

  5. I’ve heard a lot of things about this series but I haven’t read it yet, I’m just too far behind on the series I’ve already started, but one day! The story does sound familiar, but I usually tend to like these stories.

  6. “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.”YES! I love this about companion series, and i’m glad you’re still enjoying this one 10 books in.

    “Generally, there’s a pattern with this type of series.” This is where long series get me. I get bored after too many books featuring the same types of characters. But I admire your loyalty and I’m always a fan of the tortured hero!

  7. It’s totally not strange that you find the dark tortured hero with a death wish hot, it IS hot. 🙂 Sounds like I need to read this one. I’m not at all caught up on the series, but these have always been fine to skip around with because you’re right, they read like standalones. Great review!