Sunday, March 4, 2012

Review The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

Title: The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9)
Author: Gena Showalter
Source: Self Purchase
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel (ebook 405 pgs)

Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally-or tear them apart?

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. 


Wow, what can I say?  I've been waiting for Paris' story since he first met Sienna in The Darkest Pleasure (LOTU #3) As hyped as I was I struggled through the first 100 pages.  It was sooooo slow.  I mean, come on, I've been waiting for four years for these two to get together.  When they FINALLY meet up past betrayals put a damper on the reunion, but are fairly quickly resolved.  Then, we get treated to numerous chapters of Sienna warring between staying with Paris and (according to prophecies) getting him killed, or leaving him to fulfill the duty that King Cronus guarantees her will assure the survival of all the Lords.  Tedious is the only word that comes to mind when trying to describe the drama between these two.  I wanted to reach in the book, shake Sienna and yell, "MAKE A DECISION!"   
The overall story was good, but I wasn't enthralled. Maybe I just hyped myself up too much. I didn't feel the *spark* that I'm always looking for. Honestly, I found myself far more interested in the side story of Galen and Legion.  Not to mention the perilous situation that Kane (Keeper of Disaster) is thrown into. 
While some have found the extended length daunting I probably would have been annoyed if it weren't for all the extra stories twirling around.  The introduction of the angel Zacharel had me raising an eyebrow.  With the situation concerning the Lords being, pretty much resolved, it looks like we're to be treated with a spin-off series featuring Zacharel and his band of bad-boy angels in Wicked Nights scheduled for release in June of this year.

In all, if you've been following the Lords from the beginning you absolutely have to read The Darkest Seduction.  It ties up a lot of loose ends and, honestly, is a fun read.  But promise yourself you'll stick through the first few chapters or you'll never get to the good stuff :) 

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