Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Review: The Darkest Craving

THE DARKEST CRAVING
Lords of the Underworld #10
Gena Showalter
Paranormal Romance
472 pages
Harlequin
Available Now
Source: Finished copy from publisher for review

THE STORY (from Goodreads)
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.


MY THOUGHTS
The Lords of the Underworld series is one that never disappoints, always delighting with a sinful combination of sexual tension and humor on the way to happily ever after. The Darkest Craving is another quick read despite its length, the darkness of what Kane endured in hell tempered by an adorable heroine in Josephina as well as the complete absurdity of series favorite, William, as he accompanies Kane to the land of the Fae.

While each of the Lords is in the unenviable position of housing one of the various demons released when they opened Pandora's Box, a handful of them have particularly brutal demonic companions that earn them a special place in our hearts long before we're given their story in full. Kane is one such Lord, his presence in previous books always one that garnered a wince or two in sympathy as his demon, Disaster, wreaked havoc time and again. When we meet up with him once again he's finally escaped hell and its endless torture thanks to Josephina's help, and we find him much changed as a result of his time there. He's plagued by nightmares and memories of both physical and sexual abuse, and we can't help but want to reach out and hug him despite the fact that he would recoil from our touch. He wastes no time pitying himself however, and once he sets his sights on Josephina we get to see the warrior in him on fully delicious display.

Though Kane's recent past is dark and we get fleeting glimpses of unimaginable brutality thanks to his flashbacks and nightmares, Ms. Showalter ensures our time with him isn't overwhelmingly heavy thanks to Josephina. Despite being a blood slave for her miserable excuse for a sister (meaning for every misstep her sister takes, Josephina receives the punishment) and seeking out Kane in order for him to kill her as her only means of escape, she's still a source of light in this story. She doesn't take herself too seriously, giving herself compliments here and there because she never receives them from anyone else, and standing up to those she can–without being suitably punished–using her quick wit and smart mouth.

Another source of lightness in this tale comes from the Fae themselves, a race so fascinated by the Lords that they've spied on their lives for hundreds of years, detailing their battles, antics, and sexual escapades in pieces of fiction read by Fae everywhere. The result is various Fae fan clubs dedicated to each Lord, and when Kane finds himself in the Fae realm, it's nothing short of hilarious to watch them get starstruck in his presence. 

Overall, The Darkest Craving is everything there is to love about this series, and is highly recommended for Showalter fans everywhere.

Rating: 4/5

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This book was sent to me by the publisher  free of charge for the purpose of a review
I received no other compensation and the above is my honest opinion.

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31 comments:

  1. I read the first book to this series, but have yet to pick up the next. I don't know...the first one didn't really wow me. i felt like it was just like every other PNR/UF I've ever read. I'm not completely writing it off just yet, though.

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    1. They follow a familiar PNR path for sure Joy, but I think Gena Showalter has a great sense of humor, and the character interactions in later books are such fun:)

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  2. I don't think I've tried a book in this series but I think I have one to read in French if I'm not mistaken. one day!

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    1. I hope you give them a try Melliane!

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  3. I am so behind on this series. It is on my list next year to catch up on :)

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    1. I still need to read Torin Felicia, and I think maybe one other? I fell behind too:)

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  4. I'm surprised Josephina is so well-functioning considering her past. I would have expected her to have some issues to deal with.

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    1. I think Kane had plenty of issues for the both of them! I thought they were adorable together:)

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  5. I'm not huge on fae reads but this does sound really good Jenny!

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    1. They're fae Ali, but not fae fae if that makes sense. It's more about the romance and Kane battling his literal and personal demons:)

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  6. I struggle with this author, but should really try this series..it has so many elements I love Jenny!!

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    1. I hope you give her another try Kim!

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  7. I haven't read this series yet, Jenny, but you're making me want to. I'm up for a humor and sexual tension. And lol the Fae sound hilarious with all their antics. :)
    I'll try to find a couple of books in this series soon!
    Lovely review, Jenny! I'm glad this didn't disappoint.

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    1. I think you would enjoy this series Nick! It doesn't reinvent the paranormal romance wheel, but they always entertain me:)

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  8. Another series that I feel like I should really start reading! Great review Jenny!

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  9. Here is a another series I have long wanted to try. I love books featuring the Fae, and I don't know why I haven't started this.

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    1. Definitely a series to start at the beginning Heidi! Each book is its own romance, but the Lords are all linked and their battles cross over from one book to the next.

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  10. Love this series and loved the humor with this couple. It off set him being a Disaster! Great review

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    1. ME TOO! Kane and Josephina were one of my favorites:)

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  11. I have not seen these bad boys around in a while

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    1. It had been a while since I'd read them! I fell behind:(

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  12. Oooh, this sounds good! Love the cover. ;)

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    1. The Lords are delicious Amanda:)

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  13. I've never even heard of this series but it sounds exactly up my alley! I'm definitely going to be checking this one out--thanks for putting it on my radar, Jenny!

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  14. This is one of my all time favorite series. Can't wait for Baden's story to be told. Gena does a great job keeping it fresh.

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    1. MINE TOO! Glad you're a fan as well Victoria:)

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  15. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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  16. One of my favorite series. I love all the Lords. Each story is fascinating and intense, I can t wait to read The Darkest Trment. Thanks for the giveawy chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. One of my favorite series. I love all the Lords. Each story is fascinating and intense, I can t wait to read The Darkest Trment. Thanks for the giveawy chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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