Josh Reviews: The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

Posted September 10, 2012 by Joshua Burns in / 11 Comments

The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

Title: The Darkest Seduction
Series: Lords of the Underworld #9
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: HQN Books
Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Published: February 28 2012
ISBN #: 9780373776578/ 0373776578
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: borrowed
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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?

At long last the latest book in the series receives a review fore all the rest…Coming into this book eight books late was a true challenge. The world is so complicated! We have gods, warriors, the dead, and angels. Just to name the major players in this edition. Not to mention the fact that a demon is packed inside each of their bodies, which usually acts contrary to their own motivations and creates additional tension. The book chooses to pull no punches by setting us in a bar where Paris, a warrior nestling Sex, lusts after everyone in the bar, men included. Now none of the imaginings are explicit, merely implied but still quite a haymaker for page ten.

Before I continue I feel it is best that I address a growing phenomenon for me, namely coming in and out of series willy nilly. I think of all the books I have read this book puts it to the limit and then some and it makes me enjoy reading out of order. After the first hundred pages passed, the scene became increasingly clear. All the strange jumps into viewpoints of characters other than Paris made sense and much of this large cast grew on me, none more so than those at the center of the conflict, Paris and Sienna, the woman mastered by Wrath.

When it comes to her, there are serious complications. Not only is she dead, pumped full of ambrosia (which acts as an addictive drug in this universe), bullied by Cronus, showed scenes from her past, locked in a castle, wanted by angels, but also occasionally blacks out to be overtaken by Wrath, a demon that has only one word in his vocabulary Punish.

In a book this long, one can hardly judge it for having laughable, inconsistent, or confusing sentences. The love at the core of the book between Paris and Sienna is redemptive. Their characterizations, however absurd and burdened by tortuous pasts, are likable. Something clicks in the midst of chaos whatever that might be. To be more clear about the sentences, the diction sometimes strays into slang, which could not clash more with this mythological world where Cronus wears tight leather pants. So it is a really disjointed and cumulative read but surprisingly satisfying. Maybe just because I let it beat me over the head with pocket dimension upon pocket dimension. PUNISH! PUNISH! Seriously I have no clue how I would have mapped their journey. But with a goddess possessed by the demon of Narcissism and an immortal always craving his conditioner who can care too much with connecting the pieces?

Books in this series:
The Darkest Night The Darkest Kiss The Darkest Pleasure The Darkest Whisper The Darkest Passion
The Darkest Lie The Darkest Secret The Darkest Surrender The Darkest Seduction  

Recommendation: Unless you are feeling inhuman start at the beginning of this series. If on the other hand you are not an immortal and don’t mind a little bid of muddling I assure you the story has enough entertainment to recommend it on its own merits
Like this, like that: Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione and the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh


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11 responses to “Josh Reviews: The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

  1. @Read Our Lips! Book Review Blog I am sad to say I was slightly at a loss to your comment. I did a little homework and racked my brain. Legion of those three gets the most attention and it isn’t an HEA. Torin gets the least attention. I think since Showalter flipped into the Angel Mini-series these characters have a good chance of gaining the spotlight. But unfortunately I am not yet the master of Showalter or her massive universe. Thanks for the comment!

  2. I enjoyed this one a lot, and I’m shock about the fact that we are not going to get Williams and Torin’s book 🙁
    Great review!, I also really enjoyed side stories.

  3. @Joshua Burns

    Hiya, Josh! I just checked GS’s site and the next LOTU book is slated for August 2013 and it is Kane’s book! As of right now she doesn’t have a title for it. *fans self in relief*

    OMG you almost gave me a heart attack! I need my Legion, William, and Torin HEA! LOL

    And you’re right, nothing is certain nowadays and publishers have been going wonky lately. Couldn’t believe one of my fave series from Jill Myles (The Succubus Diaries) got cancelled out of the blue. *sad julie* So I’m glad LOTU is still – for now – going strong.

    thanks again,
    I <3 Rabid Reads!
    julie 🙂

  4. @ Amber Hughes I’m kind of excited even though I’m sure the first hundred pages or so will be me just barely keeping my head above water.

  5. Nice, yes very nice. I can’t wait to read it now! I agree, sometimes these books are confusing. But then a character will say something ridiculous and pull me back into loving it.