Book Review: The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter


darkest passionFor weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel-demon-assassin has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn’t bear to harm him. But trusting – and falling for – Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this mortal with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron’s darkest passion?

With an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn’t…

My Review:

The Lords of the Underworld series is an adult paranormal series about a group of men who are possessed by different demons, such as Lies, Wrath, Promiscuity, Greed, etc, Throughout the series, a continuous story line occurs regarding the Gods, Titans, and love. The Darkest Passion focuses on Aeron, the demon of Wrath, and his growing love for a remarkable angel, Olivia. Just having fallen from heaven, Olivia has just lost her wings and scrambled her way back to Aeron to win his heart forever.

I’ve been waiting for Aeron’s story from the very beginning of this series. To be honest, I thought that his story would occur sooner than it actually did. However, it did make sense since Aeron has his own unique storyline throughout the first three books in this series. I will say, though, that I was not disappointed. I was a big fan of his story! Aeron was tough, loyal, passionate, and sexy as hell.

The whole demon-angel relationship between Aeron and Olivia was very appealing to me. The only thing I would have changed was how Aeron and Olivia came to meet. In the previous book, we were teased with an invisible being (Olivia) haunting Aeron and spying on his every move. This really isn’t a spoiler, because it’s obvious that whoever was spying on him would be his love interest in his book. I kind of wanted something to happen like having Aeron catch Olivia spying on him. Maybe feeling eyes on him and reaching out and grabbing her from the shadows. I did feel like that particular storyline came to an abrupt halt and just kind of faded in the background.

Olivia was such a fantastic female lead to read about. Even though she is a goody two-shoes angel, she’s also very fierce and aggressive, as she continually likes to point out to everybody who questions her abilities. I loved that she had that sweet, loving side but also had that “I will cut your throat if you mess with me” side to her. She was a really good match for Aeron and they had so much chemistry!

Action wise, there were a couple things that were super cheesy and unrealistic. I can’t believe that I’m even saying that since this whole series is unrealistic and is supposed to be unrealistic. I gotta say, though, some of it felt very rushed and forced, almost like the author didn’t want to take the time to extend certain storylines or to put more effort into them. I don’t want to say what those things are, because it will spoil a lot about this series and this book, but I did think that certain scenes could have been done better.

Overall, I was a big fan of this book. I accidently made the mistake of reading the next book before writing this review, so I’m having a bit of a difficult time separating what happened in each book. I will say, though, that I thought that this book was fantastic!

Rating: [rating: 4]