The Darkest Craving

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The Darkest Craving

Lords of the Underworld, #10

This was a great story. Dark and intense, with an intriguing plot that pulled me into the story, and loads of suspense that kept me interested right up until the last page.

The Darkest Craving is Kane's book. Now, I’ve long been intrigued by Kane, the keeper of Disaster. I also felt that out of all the Lords, Kane was the most vulnerable. Wreaking havoc everywhere he goes, he knows that he is a liability to his team. We first met Kane way back in book #3, The Darkest Pleasure, when the two factions of Lords were rejoined. He made an unforgettable entrance, and I just knew his would be an amazing story. Turns out that I was right. Up until the last book, Kane had remained quietly in the background. He does seem to bring mayhem - aka Disaster - to himself and those around him. However, in the last book, Kane was captured and dragged off to Hell, where some very bad things happened to him, before he was rescued by the mysterious Josephina. It must be said that Kane returned from Hell as a very different man. Dark and damaged, and on a mission to kill the demon inside him. First he has a debt to pay, and it's one that could break him.... or save him.

This story is different in many ways from the previous LOTU books. The most notable difference being the toxic relationship that Kane shares with Disaster. It has been shown that the other Lords have reconciled with the demons that they host. Their demons share a bond with their LOTU mates. Kane and Disaster have a deep hatred for each other. Kane is done with the demon and plans to kill him, even if the cost is his own life. He only wants to keep everyone safe. Disaster has NO love for Josephina. He hurts her any way he can, wants to kill her and makes Kane miserable.

Josephina was an interesting heroine, though she contradicted herself from time to time. In the beginning she was very strong, smart and funny, with a sassy attitude that I loved. Then after returning to her home world, though she had a horrible life there, she just accepted it. Okay, so she was willing to die to end her suffering. This was great drama, but I couldn't get on board with that. Then, for love, she changed yet again. This is where she redeemed herself for me. No spoilers.... but she put herself out there for her man. So ... I might've surreptitiously wiped a few tears away while reading one particular scene. And I might've looked crazy for triumphantly shouting as Josephina still had a few secrets yet to reveal.

While it must be said that Gena Showalter's writing style has most definitely changed, cover to cover, this book had this reader captivated. The plot had so many things happened, it was one that I got lost in. The characters were just as vibrant and rich as ever. The dialogue was witty, simply toned down a bit. The situations intense, but it still had a few LOL moments. The sexual tension was still there, Kane and Josephina shared some passionate love scenes, just not as explicit as the earlier LOTU books. It is true that the language was at times bland, without the naughty sex talk that I generally crave, yet this did not take away any of my enjoyment. The book had a fast moving plot, full of intrigue, and I easily got into the story that was being told. The drama was thick, the plot was ever changing, twists and turns were taken, and revelations were made that may prove to be a turning point in this series.

I loved the message that I read in this book. Kane and Josephina were drawn together, with a future that seemed hopeless at times, they had to constantly fight to be together. I found myself believing in their love, realizing that they loved deeply, wanted to save each other, and they would sacrifice all for their love. I came away from this book with a wonderful feeling, knowing this was a memorable story that I won't soon be forgetting.

I have to get it out there ... I enjoyed the subplots that were woven into this story. A bittersweet, but enlightening, glimpse into Torin's future book. Cameo is already on her own adventure, with a mysterious man that I'm thinking will be her mate. The hunt for Pandora's Box is ongoing, with plenty of new adventures and revelations to come.

This was a very good book. It was well written, exciting and entertaining. I really enjoyed reading it, and feel that other LOTU fans are bound to love it as much as I did. I'm recommending it to all.

Book Blurb for The Darkest Craving

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a breathtaking Lords of the Underworld tale about a warrior trapped by darkness and the woman determined to save him  

Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him—a beast he's determined to kill, no matter the price.  

Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy—her royal family—and Kane is her only source of protection. He's also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart…or die together.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2013 4.50