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The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

476543Title: The Darkest Night
Author: Gena Showalter
Source: Secondhand
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Publication: Harlequin
Pages: 379 pages
Category: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy


His powers – Inhuman…

His passion – Beyond immortal…

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member — a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments… and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction — and a soul-shattering test of love…
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive — and unimaginably powerful…


On the cover:   The cover is coloured red. It has a man with a butterfly tattoo on his back. The cover was not that striking but it did intrigued me. Also, the blurb by Karen Marie Moaning convinced me to try this series.

On the story plot:  The story were about immortal men who pissed of the greek gods who  damned for all eternity. This is the first book in the series Lords of the Underworld. It is about Ashlyn and Maddox and how they fell in love. Both have paranormal problems which involve dying everyday and hearing voices. This story was a good introduction to the series. I like the writing style of the author too. Her writing is very straight forward, to the extent that it could be crude. Never the less, I enjoyed the story because of the authors use of humour and wit. Also, there were scenes which were hot and sexy. I was anticipating a lot of things while reading the story but most of my guesses were wrong.

On the characters:  The main characters of the story are Ashlyn and Maddox. Ashlyn can hear voices which she can not control. Also, she is employed by an organisation which specialises on the paranormal. Maddox and his fellow immortals live in Budapest. They are considered angels because of their donations etc. Their lives have been uneventful until Ashlyn came to the castle to seek help. Both characters have insecurities, Maddox is scared of hurting Ashlyn, while Ashlyn’s parents donated her to the organisation because of her paranormal gift. This made her misunderstood by normal people. Maddox and Ashlyn found love with each other, but a lot are opposing their love, except the demon inside Maddox.

All in all:  This book is the first book for the Lords of the Underworld series. It did not disappoint me. Maddox was the mixture of hot, sexy and vulnerable. Ashlyn played the perfect part of lady to be rescued but in the middle of the story she showed that she could sacrifice anything for Maddox. I gave this story a 3 hearts rating because it was a good introduction to a series. Yes, it did not disappoint but I was not enamoured by their love story. I was not able to connect with any of the main characters which made me look forward for the next story.


“Once I learned, I went online and ordered every romance novel I could find. They’re fairy tales for grown-ups.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Night

“He would have been handsome—in a serial-killer kind of way—if not for those tattoos.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Night

“That means life itself is a fairy tale. Like the characters, we all live and love and search for a happily-ever-after.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Night

“Every night death came, slowly, painfully, and every morning Maddox awoke in bed, knowing he’d have to die again later. That was his greatest curse and his eternal punishment.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Night

“Wildness had never been a part of her life. Home, work, home, work. That’s all her life had consisted of, really. She’d told Maddox that she’d been glad for her solitude, but the truth was, there were times she’d been starved for touch. Any touch.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Night


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