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

The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Lords of the Underworld #5
Publication Date: Jun-2010
ISBN: 9780373774555
Page Count: 442

Summary:

For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel--demon-assassin--has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting--and falling for--Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this mortal with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron's darkest passion?

Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn't....

REVIEW


I think this might just be my favourite of the series so far. There was just so much going on, so many sub-plots and brief tantalising visits with the other warriors whose books have yet to come. A better overall plot and an interesting twist to the romance as well in the form of a jealous female demon, Aeron's "pet" Legion, having something to say about Aeron shacking up with an Angel. Even if she did fall from Heaven giving up everything just to spend his last two weeks with him.

I spent quite a lot of the book trying to figure out how on earth the main couple, Aeron the keeper of wrath, and Olivia, a fallen angel could possibly end the story on a Happily Ever After as things just looked so hopeless at times. It drew you in emotionally with this theme of longing for something you know you can't have. The disastrous results of Legion's interference was particularly gripping. The female characters have never had to contend with another as competition in any of these stories so far, so that part was a very interesting change to the formula.

There is further progress on the war with the hunters, as well as insight into the bigger picture with the god Cronus and his wife Rhea. It's quite sad to see the way the hunters are portrayed in this series. Sad because it's probably an accurate depiction of how at least some humans would react were it real. People are scared of what the don't understand and instead of doing something about their ignorance, they lash out like a cornered animal. It's a depressing reflection on human behaviour, but it makes for great reading.

Overall I really enjoyed it. I give it 4 stars ★★★★

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