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The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter

2498983Title: The Darkest Kiss
Author: Gena Showalter
Source: Secondhand
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Publication: Harlequin
Pages: 368 pages
Category: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy


She has tempted many men…but never found her equal. Until now.
Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of Anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death–a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.

But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining…


On the cover: This cover is better than the first book. I like this cover better because its has the shades of violet and blue. Also, the model’s pose makes a lot of difference. The cover is very misleading since Lucien is a scarred man. His face and whole body are full of scars that visually he would not be a good book cover. Anyways, I think that this book cover depicts his features before he disfigured himself. I like the butterfly on his shoulders, it looks so natural.  

On the story plot:  This is the love story of Anya and Lucien. I prefer this book than the second book. Anya and Lucien really had chemistry. Their story was hot, nerve wracking and had a satisfying ending. They have a push and pull relationship which I can’t get enough of. I like that they were given a choice, to love and not to love. Their flirting banter was very entertaining too.

Lucien and his crew are forced to look for Pandora’s box because if the box fell into the wrong hands, they would die. This is because the demons staying in their bodies have already merge with them. Anya tries to help Lucien find Pandora’s box, but everything becomes complicated. Both try to find solutions to their predicament however, everything goes down hill.  The story plot is very twisted and my deduced ending was a tragic one. I am amazed how the author, slowly unravels the story which would result to a happily ever after ending.

On the characters: Anya is a character which I like very much. She is sassy, sexy and knows what she wants. She tries as much as possible to do her best even if she will be rejected. Also, she does not judge by appearances. Anya is very confident that nothing can stop her from attaining her goals. On the other hand, Lucien is a character who is possessed by the demon of death. Also, his physical attributes are not visually appealing. Despite this, Anya was very much enamoured with him. Both characters have their own insecurities. Anya, because she is a minor goddess and that her mom is promiscuous. While, Lucien was forced to bring his first love to heaven or hell because he is possessed by the demon of death. They also have common powers like transporting. I love both characters because they seem perfect but are not.

All in all:  This is the second book for the Lords of the Underworld series. I like this book more than the first one. This made me think a lot. I did not really know how it will end. I love Anya because she does not give up. In my opinion, Lucien and Anya’s story had more depth than Maddox and Ashlyn. I gave this book a 4 hearts rating because I love the story plot, its characters and the witty, humorous way it was written. I hope that the third book would not disappoint. I have high hopes that it would be dramatic, romantic and hot.


“But we all must be true to our own nature. Acting as anyone other than yourself merely brings you pain and makes you appear ashamed of who and what you are. Others will feed off that shame, and soon it will be all that you are.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Kiss

“He didn’t face her. “I said go away.” “Like I’m going to obey you. You aren’t my daddy. Unless you want to be. ’Cause I’ve been a bad, naughty girl and I need a spanking.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Kiss

“Apparently, dancing for him and throwing herself at him weren’t enough. Apparently, she had to nearly commit murder to arouse him enough to attack her.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Kiss


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