The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter

7145268Title: The Darkest Pleasure
Author: Gena Showalter
Source: Secondhand
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Publication: Harlequin
Pages: 384 pages
Category: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy


Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her–even defy the gods.Danika is on the run. For months she’s eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won’t rest until she and her family have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can’t forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear….


On the cover: The third book for the Lord of the Underworld series is  coloured yellow. As usual, the format for this book does not differ from the first two books. The only difference is the position of the butterfly tattoo on the man’s body. Also, the pose of the man is very different from the first two models on the previous books. The colours of the books differ too, since the first book is red and the second is blue. This cover’s color is not very flattering. I just don’t like it, the model looks like he has jaundice. Despite this the model still looks sexy just like the other first books.

On the story plot: This story is about Reyes and Danika. They were introduced in the first book where in their story did not go well. Somehow, this book is about the second chance which Reyes and Danika took for love. They were separated on the first book because Danika and her family needed to hide from Aeron. This is because Aeron who has the “wrath” as his demon was ordered by Cronus to kill them. In the second book, Reyes decided to help Danika but she became one of his enemies. Although, feelings start to develop but both characters don’t know if the could trust each another. In the end, love was stronger than hate and that a lot of revelations are revealed in this book.

On the characters:  Reyes is a warrior who was made by Zeus. He betrayed the Gods which made him house the demon “Pain”. He needs to inflict pain on himself in order to satisfy his demon. However, when he met Danika, missing her was enough to satisfy the demon’s craving for pain. Danika is an artist who took a trip to Budapest with her family. However, they were kidnapped by Aeron and Lucien which led them to know the existence of the the lords of the Underworld. Although, the whole family was freed by the lords they still lived in fear because Aeron was in the hunt for them. Thus, Danika became aware that she needed to defend herself and her family. Both characters, know what pain is which made them the perfect couple for each other. The journey of how their relationship came to be was very unpleasant ride, but in the end it was worth it.

All in all:  This is the third book to the series Lords of the Underworld. I’m convinced now that Gena Showalter is definitely one of my go to read authors when its paranormal romance. This third book is about the story of Danika and Reyes. Somehow, this is the continuation of their interactions which happened in the first book. Honestly, I had a hard time reading this book. It had a lot of angst and drama that I just was not in the mood for. However, I was able to finish it and I definitely appreciate their story because a lot of revelations happened. I think my emotions were battered too much that it had me not want to read for a while. I gave this a three hearts rating because I just like the story.  I had more fun reading the  story of Lucien and Anya.  The negativity and hatred of Danika pissed me off, to the extent I had a hard time reading this book.


“This means nothing,” she said.
“Less than nothing,” he lied.
“I’ll hate myself later.”
“I hate myself now.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Pleasure

“She’d already decided to be with him. If only to wipe him from her mind, get him out of her system and
stop the fantasies plaguing her. If only to prove to herself that being with him would not be pleasurable for
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Pleasure

“Hope is a demon worse than your Pain.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Pleasure

“Pain laughed giddily at the thought, for love brought its own brand of torment. Lots and lots of torment. In the heart, the soul. Both causing a physical ache too intense to be relieved.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Pleasure
“We must fight for what we want or it will be taken from us.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Pleasure

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