The Darkest Lie By Gena Showalter

From Goodreads.com:  Forced 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. But he wants to . . . almost as much as he wants her.

But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free, and a future with her could mean ultimate ruin. Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer . . . and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love . . .

I think what I am about to say will be considered blasphemous to some, and it pains me to say it, but I liked the last one better.  Maybe I was too excited about Gideon’s story because he is my favorite, so nothing or no one would be good enough.  Or maybe I have been reading too much PNR lately, so the whole “oh, i will let myself enjoy this one moment, because we can never be together again” thing is just old to me at this point.   But I was expecting Scarlet to be a kick-ass chick.  She is Nightmares for crying out loud! She can kill you in your sleep!  Why the lack of confidence?  Why are we still wondering if Gideon could ever really love her at 90%??  Ugh. 

Okay, I got that out, now I can sorta discuss the book.  Well, not really.  Not without giving out major spoilers anyway.  Basically, the book picks right back up from the last one with Gideon discovering Scarlet was his wife, Aeron trying to figure out how to save Legion from Hell, and the Titan Rhea still unleashing her Hunters on the Lords.  Aeron asks Amun and William to asist him in the rescue mission, so we get to learn a lot more about both of them.  And I gotta say, I really liked the little hint we got about William.  We also get to see the beginnings of Strider’s potential HEA, which I am very curious to see how that one will get pulled together, because the chick is NASTY.   Obviously, we learn the most about Scarlet and Gideon, and aside from Scarlet annoying the crap out of me, her back story was great.  I won’t reveal anything, but I will say those Titans are some dirty hookers.  At this point, I have read almost every type of villain, and I would have to put these crazy bitches at the top of the list.  Man, my heart was breaking for Gideon and Scarlet.  Anyway, despite the PNR formula grating on me a little here, the book was great like all the others.  I was a little disappointed by Scarlet’s whining because my blue-haired hottie deserves better, but the plot still rocked.  And Torin has some great one-liners…actually I think he has replaced Gideon as my favorite, though I have no idea how he will ever get his HEA.  Keep an eye out for another Immortals After Dark shout out during one of Torin’s scenes.  Those always make me happy.

Rating: 8 (though the lack of blue hair on this cover really sucks!!)

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Hunting Season (The Gathering #1) By Shelly Laurenston

From Gooodreads.com:  

Stubborn, lethal, and from Jersey…what more could a Viking warrior want from his woman?
The Gathering, Book 1

Neecy Lawrence, winged warrior for a Viking goddess and second-in-command of the fierce Crows, doesn’t know what to do with a nice guy. As it is, making up for a past she’d sooner forget leaves her barely polite most days. But Raven leader and loyal Odin warrior, Will Yager, isn’t just nice. He’s gorgeous, hot, and a distraction she simply can’t afford.

Yager has wanted Neecy in his life—and in his bed—for a long time. Not just for a night, but forever. And, like any self-respecting Viking, he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. So what if she’s the most difficult, complex, never-gives-him-a-break woman he’s ever known? She’s more than worth the effort. In fact, she’s worth everything.

And if it turns out that twenty-four hours of non-stop, any-way-she-wants-it sex doesn’t work with Neecy? Then it looks like he’ll just have to get a little more creative…

 I think I am developing a Shelly Laurenston addiction.  I just can’t stop reading her stuff.  This makes the 10th book (counting the GA Aiken books) I have read and I swear she can do no wrong.  There is just something about the way she captures funny, smart people being…funny and smart that I love.  I think the blurb above explains the plot pretty well, as it follows the standard PNR formula.  You know the one: Neecy and her group of bad-ass chick friends bump into Yager and his group of super hot dudes, they immediately hate each other, until tossed into grave peril, and then those pesky hormones take over.  Only this time, Neecy belongs to porn-loving Norse God Skuld, while Yager is forced to tolerate Odin’s penchant for turning strippers into Valkyries. Such a nice twist.  So, there I was, happily reading along, already loving this book because 1) Shelly Laurenston wrote it, and 2) it’s a fresh take on the standard PNR…and then she goes and does this:

“Didi looked up from the television as Arri, Janelle, and Katie walked into the living room.  It was a quiet night.  No job from their goddess, so they’d all decided to watch movies.  As usual, they ended up watching Aliens…again.  They simply couldn’t get enough of Vasquez.  Any chick who kicked that much ass was an honorary Crow.”

It’s like…she can see into my soul or something.  Not only is Aliens one of my absolute favorite movies EVER (behind Ghostbusters 1 & 2 of course), but she mentions Vasquez!!!  Do you know how long I have been lusting after that flame thrower she eviscerates the aliens with??  I have mourned her death all 573893495 times I have seen it! She’s gotta be the most underrated movie chick of all time, and they mentioned her!!  So I mean, I don’t really need to say any more about this book.  It was great, like all the others.  It was a little more edgy than the Pride series, which I loved; more cussing, more sexing, more awesomeness.  My only complain is, while stalking reading her blog, Ms. Laurentson said she doesn’t know when she will pick back up the series.  To that I say: It’s not very nice to set up not one but TWO more couples in the first book and not carry on with the series!  Please write more!  I am not above begging! 

Rating: 9.5