Book Review: The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter


darkest lieForced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie – until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding – or bedding – her.

My Review

The Darkest Lie focuses on Gideon, demon of wrath, an Scarlet, demon of nightmares. We met Scarlet in the previous book in the series. If you’ve followed this series (which you should be reading them in order,) then you know that Scarlet dropped the bomb on Gideon that they were married. I don’t know about you, but that one took me for a bit of a loop. I was definitely caught off guard. It did the trick, though, because I definitely wanted to know more about their story!

I’ve been dreading Gideon’s story since the very first book in this series, because I had a very bad feeling that I was going to hate decoding every word he said. While I did really enjoy this series, I was correct in that assumption. This book gave me such a headache. Since Gideon is possessed by the demon of Wrath, he can’t speak any truths. Honestly, I think the author took that concept way too far. Gideon can’t even say someone’s real name since his demon considers that a truth and would have to call Scarlet demon instead of angel. That didn’t make any sense to me. A like is saying that you want broccoli when you really don’t. A lie isn’t calling someone by their name or calling someone demon instead of angel, especially when they’re not even an angel. I guess that would have made sense if it would have been Gwen, since she really is an Angel. I don’t know. I just thought that the author took that whole lying concept a step too far.

There were several places in this book that I just wanted to give up and skip to the next book in the series. That’s really difficult with this series, though, because there’s a constant storyline that continues throughout each book in the series. If you skip one book, you’re going to miss a lot. It was really difficult for me, though, because I was constantly having to translate what Gideon was saying. Sometimes, I couldn’t figure out what he was saying, and then that author would dedicate a whole paragraph to translate what he said in the true form. I felt like that was a huge waste of space and time. It was just…..ugh. I definitely will never be reading Gideon’s book again.

On a more positive note, I LOVED how much stuff happened in this book. There was so much going on, so many twists and turns. I was mind blown. I also loved that I would think one thing, and the something else entirely would happen. I’m normally very good about predicting twists and turns, so I was pleasantly surprised!

And can I just say Gilliam?! WOAH, BABY! I need more of these two STAT! They better not get one scene per book. I need more of them ASAP!

I am getting a bit annoyed that the past couples in this series don’t get any face time since their own individual stories. Anya wasn’t in this book AT ALL, which was super annoying, and I don’t think that Maddox and Ashlyn have had a scene of just the two of them since book 1. Come ON! Seriously? We fall in love with the couples in their own book, and then we still want to see some scenes of them in the future books.

Another thing that I was a little disappointed in, and have continued to be in this series, were the sexy scenes. Not all men are the same. They each have their own likes and dislikes, perks and quirks, things that make them unique or nerdy. While we did get to see a little bit about Gideon’s differences and preferences in this book, I feel like the sexy scenes are all just kind of blending together. Just doing the deed is not very sexy. Where is the spontaneity or the out of the blue, sexy scene. Or just the cuteness that couples can have every now and then? The author is continuously making these scenes almost exactly the same in every single book. It’s quite annoying.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book. Mostly, though, that was because of the huge story plot and not because of Gideon and Scarlet. I probably would have enjoyed them as a couple more if I wasn’t having to decode every single thing that came out of Gideon’s mouth. It was very time tasking! So, I definitely would recommend this book only because it’s essential to continue out this amazing paranormal romance series. Be prepared, though, to be very annoyed with every word that comes out of Gid’s mouth.


Rating: [rating: 3]