The Darkest Lie By Gena Showalter

From  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!!)

The Darkest Passion

From  New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with another sizzling installment of the Lords of the Underworld series as Aeron, keeper of the demon of wrath, finally meets his match…

For 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?

Now, 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….

 Spoiler Free Review:

I feel like the blurb above does a good job of summarizing the plot, and since I am trying really hard not to reveal spoilers for this book, I will not elaborate any more.  Instead, we will briefly give the history of Kindlelicious and The Lords of the Underworld.  It all started with Kresley Cole and a little Valkyrie named Nix.  I had just finished reading the Immortals after Dark (IAD) series, and I read somewhere in cyberland that Kresley and Gena would be doing an IAD-Lords crossover with Nix.  After my happy dance  (I have major IAD withdrawal issues), I hurried to buy the Lords series.  Sadly, I was underwhelmed.  I liked the books, don’t get me wrong, but after coming off IAD, nothing was really working for me.  But I kept going, because I needed to see my Nixie (which was sorta disappointing but I digress).  Luckily, it wasn’t long before Anya and William came along and rocked my world.  Then you throw in some crazy harpy sisters, and suddenly I love this series.  Now, if you read my blog or tweets, you know I am obsessed with angels (Blame Nalini Singh), so I was really excited about hottie Aeron and angel Olivia and revisiting those harpies and minor Gods.   So without spoiling anything, let me tell you all this book has going on: lots of William, lots of angely goodness (Olivia, Lysander, Galen and Aeron), lots of Gideon including a BIG plot twist I did not see coming, and major plot developments involving the war with the Hunters and Galen.  I apologize for how vague I am being, but there was so much set up for future books, that I feel like talking about anything will give something away.   That being said, here are my vague thoughts about the book:  I loved the Olivia and Aeron story, Olivia is HILAIROUS, but doesn’t mean to be.  I wanted to jump through my Kindle and bitch-slap Legion.  I also have some choice words for Lysander and his fine self.  I am slightly uncomfortable with where William’s story is headed, but I am sure Gena will work it out.  I am SUPER excited to read more about Gideon, but I admit deciphering his sentences gives me a slight headache.   I am excited there are going to be 2 Lady…Lady Lords (?)…chicks possessed by demon other than Cameo, because she bores me.  And I really want to see what will happen with Galen and his…hook-up in the future.  Okay, this might be the worst review ever, so just know, this book was awesome.   It was funny, sexy, infuriating and exciting all at the same time.  AND it is officially the first Kindlelicious 10!!

Favorite quote:  “But I offered you a place in my bed,” William whined to the Harpy. 

“You suck at Guitar Hero, therefore I figure you’re bad with your hands.  Besides, someone we all know and love has staked prior claim on you.  …”Therefore I picked Paris to keep me warm the other night.  And I can’t wait to give Bianka the down-and-dirty details.”

Rating: 10