Title: The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8)
Author: Gena Showalter
Source: Bought Book
Genre: Paranormal Romance - Demons, Harpies
Format: 426 pages
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor's edge of surrender.Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can't afford because he has an agenda of his own-steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter-the love neither had thought possible...
My Review -
Finally Strider gets his story and it was fun to read about his struggles with Kaia the Harpy. Strider knows he is attracted to Kaia but he doesn't want to get involved with her because he knows it will only cause him pain, physical pain from his demon Defeat. Kaia has slept with Paris and even though Strider knows his is good in bed he questions himself on how he will feel completing against Paris. He knows everytime he will try to bed Kaia his demon will want to rise to the challenge of beating Paris in every aspect in the sack which if he doesn't win will lead to pain from Defeat. Whether in bed or otherwise he knows Kaia will always be a challenge to him.
After finding out that the Paring Rod is the prize in the Harpy games that Kaia must participant in Strider agrees to go as her consort not only to capture the last remaining artifact but also because he cares for Kaia more then he wishes to admit.
The story covers a lot of detail surrounding the Harpy games and Kaia's determination to prove herself because of her past incident that lead to the deaths of many Harpies. As the games progress the sexual tension that develops between the two of them reaches a fever pitch.
Even though it took a long time for the two of them to get together it was worth the wait, however I just wished there were more sexy scenes. LOL I loved how Strider created a challenge that both of them could enjoy and still meet his demon's needs (multiples now takes on a different meaning LOL).
The side stories in the book were just as interesting surrounding Paris, William and Kane and out of all of them there is something about William that I love and can't wait to read his book. Based on who he is I would love to learn about his struggles to become who is is today and what special lady will win his heart and soul. :)