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Book Review: The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter


The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter 
Series: Lords of the Underworld, #1
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 379 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 3rd 2008 by Harlequin
Gena Showalter: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

His powers—Inhuman…
His passion—Beyond immortal…
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been 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 than 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…
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive—and unimaginably powerful…

This book has been staring at me for awhile in Goodreads. It has been awhile (2015 I think?) since I read this for the first time and somehow the site hadn’t saved my rating there. It just kept staring at me and reminding me that I had no memory if I liked or disliked this book, so I decided to use the gift card that I got from one of my sisters to buy it and reread it. Another reason I wanted to reread this one because demons! Also Ruby @ Ruby’s Books suggests this series every time I ask for demon recs.

“You are mine, woman, and I am yours. Until you, my life was desolate. I existed, but I didn’t truly live. Now I live, even in my death.”

There’s something about tortured heroes that aren’t trying to pretend that they don’t have feelings that I just really enjoy. I’m just so sick of those heroes (mostly in contemporary) that just wants to have sex before moving on. Maddox has a literal demon inside him but still he manages to treat his heroine better than any of those guys. Maddox and all the other warriors that released demons from dimOuniak had been given a demon and Maddox’s is Violence.

I don’t know which warrior I feel worse for. Maddox for having to die every single night or Torin who can’t touch anyone without giving them some kind of disease.

“Once I learned, I went online and ordered every romance novel I could find. They’re fairy tales for grown-ups.”

Ashlyn had a shitty childhood and she’s still suffering from the voices but then she meets Maddox and suddenly there’s quietness, so instead of running away from him she doesn’t want to let go of him. She was only five years old when her parents send her to the institute. There was only one person who treated her like she was a human being from what I gathered so despite of them studying her ability even when it hurt she felt thankful for them.

After all the young adult books I’ve been reading it was relief to read something with sexual content and I love romance books with possessive, protective heroes. How can I dislike a relationship with two characters when the male just wants to protect her with everything he has and when heroine accepts him the way he is instead of trying to change him?

I was hesitant to read this again because I only read two books way back then and there’s so many bad rating but I ended up really enjoying the first book. I think I could’ve rated it even higher but it didn’t give me all the feels.

4 stars

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