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4.29.2012

Review: The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9) by Gena Showalter
Paranormal Romance, Mythology, Demons, Angels
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (504 pages, HQN)
Ebook $6.99

At long last, New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter unveils the story of Paris, the darkest and most tormented Lord of the Underworld….
Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive—but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he'd thought was forever beyond his reach…until now.
Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet in Paris's arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up.
Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally—or tear them apart?

Author Site: genashowalter.com

Heavily climactic but unimpressivelly so... (3 stars)

I'm sure I wasn't the only Lords of the Underworld fan who was anticipating Paris' happily-ever-after with much frustration for several books now. Every Lord's demon gives him some trouble finding the right woman but Paris definitely had it worse than most. So when he found Sienna I was really excited until Showalter pulled the rug out on that and gave us all something to mull over for several more novels.

Admittedly, I skipped THE DARKEST SURRENDER after reading several reviews, so when I came into THE DARKEST SEDUCTION I was expecting to feel considerably more lost. Showalter always does a great job of slipping in enough details your memory gets refreshed if it's been a while since you read the last one or are jumping in after a few skipped books. There's a LOT going on in this book, not just for Sienna and Paris, but the Lords and the angels and the gods and the Hunters. Yeah, let me just say there's a slight over-abundance of stuff happening. I would usually not complain but the romance actually felt secondary in the grand scope.

I was thrilled to see Paris and Sienna together again but if you're a reader of my reviews you know I dislike when the love scenes get gratuitous. A lot of the time the ones here felt both gratuitous in spite of Paris' demon, not to mention cheesily silly. Many felt like filler that just didn't need to actually be written out for the sake of story. I'd even go so far as to say I felt strangely detached from the couple after a certain point because they seemed to lack any chemistry outside of sexual desire for one another. I'd have liked to feel like they'd have more in common than demons and sexy times, it just didn't feel romantic enough.

The overall story arc of the series hits a major climax which was a relief but left me disatisfied as far as where it can go from here with other Lords still lacking a HEA, the introduction of several new characters, and that there's a spin-off series now. Call it an overload or an underload, it's definitely a little of both. I'm honestly not sure I'm going to keep going with the Lords and I'm iffy on the Angels of the Dark series. After reading THE DARKEST SEDUCTION I'm just really neutral on this particular mythology holding my interest longer than it has. I love Showalter's writing, I'm just not smitten with this world and the characters as a collective enough after this book. Worth reading if you're a die-hard fan, a good one if you've been wanting to see Paris' HEA, not one to linger over if you're hoping for something to spark fresh interest in the series.



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Notes: Purchased by me.

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