Review: The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter ★★★★

The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter
Genre: Paranormal Romance (Greek mythology, ancient warriors, demon possession, fated mates, explicit sex scenes)
Series: Book four in the Lords of the Underworld series
Original Language: English
Publisher: HQN Books
Country: Toronto, ON., Can
Publication Date: Sep-2009
ISBN: 9780373773923
Page Count: 406
My rating: ★★★★

Summary

Bound by the Demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more. Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she'd fall for a kind human who wouldn't rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora's box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love.

REVIEW


I find myself pleasantly surprised by this, the fourth instalment in The Lords of The Underworld series. I have to admit to judging this book before I started it. Not by its cover, for that is mucho, mucho pretty, but by the lead character Sabin, whom I hadn't really developed any great appreciation for since his introduction into the series in book...two? Was it only book two the rest of the warriors rejoined the group? I forget. Too many books in my poor, tired brain. So sad.

I really enjoyed both the hero and heroine, Sabin and Gwen (also sometimes known as Gwendolyn the Timid). Both were strong- physically and emotionally- although one needed a bit of convincing on the latter. And I also enjoyed Showalter's interpretation of the Harpy as a supernatural creature. This isn't something that I've come across often on my paranormal travels. At least not with the Harpy as a main character.

As with previous couples, the love story progressed very quickly. All of these matings seem to share this trait. The attraction when each Lord meets "the one" is usually pretty instantaneous, and this was no different. Even with the valid reasons for wariness they both had. I enjoyed their journey- rocky as it was at times- and that part of the story was more than satisfying.

I also enjoyed the little departures we took from the main couple to catch up with the other Lords. There is further development in particular for the characters of Torin, Paris, Galen and Aeron, and I'm greatly looking forward to following each subplot up in future books.

The only slight downside was the ending. There was a decision made that I didn't agree with but I do understand its need in terms of the ongoing story arc as this is a series and that means sometimes threads get left waving in the wind. It was just a small thing, really, but it dulled the impact of the final pages.

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