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The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter

5509920Title: The Darkest Whisper
Author: Gena Showalter
Source: Secondhand
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Publication: Harlequin
Pages: 406 pages
Category: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS:

New York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter returns with her long-awaited next installment of the Lords of the Underworld series…

He is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked.

Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern…until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.

Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love…

LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤ (4.5 hearts rating)

MY THOUGHTS:
On the cover: This is the fourth book to the Lords of the Underworld series. It has the usual format which was used on the first three books. This book is coloured violet while the others used the primary colours. The pose of the man also exposes the butterfly tattoo. Now, that I think about it, most of the poses of the models needed to show the butterfly tattoo. In this book, the butterfly tattoo is explained by Cronos. This book is blurbed by Karen Marie Moaning, who is a author who specialises in paranormal romance too. I like this cover. The colour looks nice and  the pose of the model isn’t  very sexy. I usually cover the covers of this kind of books  because of the obscene sexy covers but for this one I did not.

On the story plot: The story is about Sabin who is the keeper of Doubt and Gwen who is a half harpy half Angel. Sabin was able to rescue Gwen in Egypt from the hunters. In this story it is revealed that Hunters have done cruel things just to gain want they want. It seems this story is a love at first sight thing but I think it was not. As for the perspective of Gwendolyn, it could be, but for Sabin he tried as much as possible not to fall in love.  Aeron was already released from his orders to kill Danika and her family. This is because Paris the keeper of the demon promiscuity saved him in exchange for his first love. While this is happening, it is an all out war between the Lords and the hunters. Thus, for Sabin having Gwendolyn the harpy and her family by his side can guarantee his victory. However, his romantic feelings could intervene with reaching his goals for his men and himself.

On the characters: Sabin is a character full of male pride. He is the leader which everyone would want to follow. He is focused on what he wants. Everything he wants, he usually gets. He loved a lot of women but because of the demon “doubt” this women slowly deteriorate. Their confident personality crumbles and they tend to become fickle if not they kill themselves. With this in mind, Sabin eventually not to fall in love and just centre all his attention in killing all hunters who try and hurt his friends. On the other hand, Gwendolyn likes a normal life. Although she is a harpy, she is half angel, or so they thought. Despite being half something, she is still bound by harpy rules. Some rules are that she could not eat things which she did not earn or steal. As a character she is quite timid but deadly because of her harpy side. However, in the end she is able to protect herself and her loved ones because she was able to control the harpy inside of her. I love this pair because although they have contrasting traits they still compliment each other. This pair could attest to the thought: to show love one must compromise, trust and understand each other.

All in all:  Out of all the books in this series which I have read, this is the best one. I love how Sabin’s demon interacted with Gwendolyn and other people. I like how the demon attacks the opponent with sassy insults. Its a technique which slowly kills the opponent. Anyways, I love this book because the story was not that dramatic. The characters namely Sabin and Gwendolyn were just perfect for one another. Somehow, Sabin’s pushy attitude is what Gwendolyn needs to improve. I am a firm believer that relationships should help you improve and grow as a person. The improvement of Gwendolyn as a character was nice to read. I gave this book a 4.5 hearts rating because there are still problems which are needed to be addressed. The ending was just not that satisfying but there are still other books which I need to read. I’m excited to read Aeron’s story, I hope that they would be able to face off with Galen, who is one of the villain in this series. However, when compared to the other three books this one had me reading at a fast pace. Sabin’s demon “doubt” made this story interesting because of its snarky remarks. The other books had the same elements in their stories but this just had the right balance of romance, action and intrigue.

QUOTES:

“He’d never be able to touch her, and as passionate as she was, she would eventually need a man who could. He’d never had to worry about these things before because he’d never been with a woman. Not even before his possession. He’d been too busy then, too involved in his job. Maybe he needed to join Workaholics Anonymous, he thought dryly. He had to be the only millennia-old virgin in history.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Whisper

“If only Paris and the Harpies had gotten along. But Promiscuity had taken one look at the beautiful women and deemed them “too much effort.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Whisper

“They were connected, one being, fused together. She belonged to him, and he to her.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Whisper

“To stop himself from reaching out, he folded his arms over his chest, his shirt straining. Her gaze fell, locking on his left bicep. Damn. If she wanted him the way he wanted her, they were going to be in trouble. Lots and lots of pleasurable, oh, so wrong trouble. Again”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Whisper

“THE WOMAN WAS GOING TO KILL HIM, and not because she was stronger and more vicious than he was. Which, if he thought about it, she was. He’d never ripped a man’s throat out with his teeth, and he was damned impressed that Gwen had. She’d made the Lords of the Underworld look like marshmallows.”
― Gena Showalter, The Darkest Whisper

 

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