Review: The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

Tuesday, April 24

Title: The Darkest Seduction*
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld #9
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher:  HQN
Format: Paperback, E-Book
Date/Year:  February 2012
Reviewed by: Andrea

*This book was won from Literal Addiction Paranormal Book club

Summary from the publisher:

At long last, New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter unveils the story of Paris, the darkest and most tormented Lord of the Underworld….

Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive—but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he'd thought was forever beyond his reach…until now. Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet in Paris's arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up.Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally—or tear them apart?

My Musings:

Anyone familiar with this series knows that Gena generally gives us one main story, and then there will be 3 or 4 completely separate side stories thrown in throughout the book.  I’ll deal with each story on its own.  I also have to be rather vague in details in order to avoid spoilers.   This book has some major changes which will alter the course of the entire series and I don’t want to ruin the surprise for anyone.

I’ll start with the main story which is Paris and Sienna.  Paris is self-destructing, he has become violent, selfish and is out of control.  There is a darkness growing inside him that is threatening to take over and destroy him.  His only focus is killing hunters and finding Sienna.  He’s not even sure what he’ll do with her once he finds her but he knows he needs to find her.

Sienna has changed since her death.  She was a hunter but now Cronus has made her the keeper of Wrath which has given her first hand experience in the struggle the Lords deal with every day.  Now that she knows the truth about the origins of the Lords and their demons, she feels awful about trying to kill Paris.  She also has an irresistible urge to find Paris even though she believes he must hate her.

Sienna has been trapped in the Realm of Blood and Shadows by Cronus.  Paris knows where she is but can’t see her now that she is dead.  He has to enlist the help of some friends.  We meet Viola, the keeper of Narcissism.  She enters the lives of the Lords, which is hilarious but very disruptive to them.   Zacharel has been ordered by Lysander to help Paris find Sienna and then convince her to leave Paris and return with Zacharel to heaven.  William the Ever Randy is also tagging along to offer his help (William-style help which is mostly painful and only sometimes helpful but always funny).  When Paris and Sienna are finally reunited it makes for a very interesting romance.  Basically they tried to kill each other the last time they met and Sienna ended up dying.  How do you build a relationship and trust from that?!  Then the other Lords get involved with them.  They can’t see Sienna and they definitely don’t trust her so they try to break them apart.   It’s a convoluted mess of a romance but they are so good together.  Big shock here, the sex is great too :)

Ok, now for the side stories taking place:

While all that is going on, Kane is being held hostage in hell by female minions wanting to make baby demons with him.  He is rescued by the horsemen of Apocolypse but we’re left hanging on what they intend to do with Kane now that they have him.

The war between Cronus and Rhea is heating up.  Galen is still leading the hunters and has decided to use Legion and Ashlyn in order to draw out the lords. 

Ashlyn and Maddox became the proud parents of adorable little demon twins.  This led to some great scenes with William, and I love him even more now.

Throughout the entire book Zacharel has been punished for a crime we’re unaware of. In the epilogue we find out that in order to pay for his past sins he must lead an army of fallen warrior angels.

This book answered some questions but raised many more.  Now that there has been such a major change in the story, what is going to happen with the Lords?  What’s going on with Kane?  Am I ever going to get books about Torin or William?  Then there is Zacharel, I can’t wait to get my hands on that book when it comes out.  

If you’re a fan of this series this one is a must read book.  If you’re new to the series you need to start at the beginning and work your way up to this one, it’s worth it.

I freaking love this series!!!!


Overall: 3.5 (It could have been higher but there was just so much going on at once.  It might have been better to focus more on Paris and Sienna and leave some other side stories for other books.)
Sensuality level: 3.5

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