Book Review: The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) by Gena Showalter

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darkest nightHis powers – Inhuman…

His passion – Beyond immortal…

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member — a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments… and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction — and a soul-shattering test of love…
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive — and unimaginably powerful…

Don’t miss this incredible new paranormal series from Gena Showalter!

My Review:

Holy. OMG. How have I NOT heard of this series, yet? HOW COME NOBODY TOLD ME ABOUT THIS SERIES? Seriously! This whole series screams my name! And the annoying part?! I’ve HEARD of Gena Showalter! Well, I’ve heard of her YA series. But did I ever think to pick up one of her books? Nooooooooooo. OF COURSE NOT! AND DO YOU SEE WHAT I’VE BEEN MISSING OUT ON! I could slap myself!

The Lords of the Underworld series is jam packed with severe hotness. Holy crap. I loved every single second of this book. I wish I could pick it up and devour it all over again, but I have more books in the series to read!!! I loved the whole concept of the Gods and the demons and the curses. There’s so much info going on and a whole big mystery plot surrounding Pandora’s box. LOVED IT!

What I really loved about this book was that it wasn’t 100% about the romance. Yes, the romance existed, but it also went into depth about the Lords, their relationship with each other, and their history with Pandora’s box. I loved that this was more than just your standard romance novel. I loved that there was a central theme that will hopefully stick around for several of the books.

The one downside of this book was that I wasn’t the overall biggest fan of Ashlyn’s. I liked her, but I definitely didn’t love her. Ultimately, that did take away from the book just a little bit. Not liking one of the main characters very much definitely is a step in the wrong direction. I guess I would say that she was just a little bit too…..what words to I want to describe her as……..I guess I always pictured her with a loud shrieky voice. She definitely had her clingy, whiny moments. However, I did love that she didn’t just bow down to everything that Maddox said. She had an independent streak that I found very appealing. So, I didn’t 100% dislike her. I would say I about 50% disliked her.

Maddox, on the other hand, was hot, hot, HOT. There was nothing about this man that didn’t scream violence, handsome, and steamy. I could have read about him all day long. The only thing that was kind of weird was that he still spoke like he was from the era when Gods ruled all. I mean, he didn’t even know about Tylenol? Come on. Some of the things he said and didn’t were just way too old fashioned sounding/acting.

I absolutely adored the other Lords mentioned in this book and was really excited to see themes beginning to form for their own upcoming stories. I also really loved that some of the future female leads were introduced and given a little dose of mystery behind them. They were all very intriguing!

Overall, I adored this book! I do have to talk a little bit of a rating since I didn’t like the female lead very much. However, this book has it all. It has the paranormal goodness, the steamy romance, the historical mystery, and violence to chalk it up. I absolutely loved this book. I finished it in less than 24 hours. Highly recommend this series to all paranormal romance fans!!!

Rating: [rating: 3.5]