The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter (‘Lords of the Underworld’ series Book #3)

The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld, Book 3) The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter

‘Lords of the Underworld’ series Book #3

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages – Publisher: HQN Books (July 1, 2008 ) – Language: English – ISBN-10: 0373773102 – ISBN-13: 978-0373773107

Back of the Book reads:

HE CAN BEAR ANY PAIN BUT THE THOUGHT OF LOSING HER…

Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of Pain, he is forbidded 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…


30-Jul-08 to 1-Aug-08

Review: Book #3 – the best so far!

Oh, how I loved this one! The story of Danika and Reyes is a whirlwind of emotions and self-doubts (although Sabin’s demon doesn’t help here either). Inner battles waging war, battles with those who want them dead and/or captured, enemies trying to get the four artifacts and Pandora’s Box before the warriors do – incredible fights, incredible thoughts, incredible suspense and mystery, incredibly erotic love scenes all added up to a perfect ending!

Danika – now there is a heroine I truly adore in a novel. Running, hiding and fighting for her life, she and her mother, sister and grandmother are seperated, hiding from the one warrior who was sent by the gods to kill them – Aeron, who ‘houses’ the demon or Wrath. (He is currently chained, by Reyes, at the very bottom of the fortress’s dungeon – and I can’t wait for his book!) Captured by hunters, she is told a story that she is meant to believe, and she sort of does. Rescued by the warriors, she’s back under Reyes’s ‘protection’, and yet most believe that she is either bait or a plant – especially Sabin. Fighting her inner battles, wanting to run, wanting to stay, wanting to find and protect her family, she is supposed to be spying on the warriors and relating information back to the hunters. Only, she can’t do it – she can’t betray Reyes, for his touch alone brings warmth.

Reyes is completely enthralled with Danika. Housing the demon of Pain, he learned to control the demon somewhat, and now only hurts himself to control the demon’s urges. He is forced to chain Aeron in the dungeon to keep Danika and her family alive – and it eats him up inside. Meanwhile, he wants Danika in every way – and is determined to get her. However, there’s a catch. He’s tried the relationship thing before, but by allowing the women to give him pain at the same time as pleasure had always turned bad – the women turning around and hurting everyone in their path. Reyes refuses to allow that to happen to Danika – until she finally proves that she can do what he needs without damaging herself in turn. But then, there is a turn of events as well, for his demon seems to ‘take a hike’ when they make love.

An incredible love story, they both beat the odds and the head God, Cronus, the king of Titans. And very creatively, I might add. I soooo can’t wait for the next novel!

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