The Darkest Pleasure

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The Darkest Pleasure

The Lords of the Underworld, Book 3 - Reyes, Keeper of Pain

Thousands of years ago, Pandora was asked by the gods to guard a box full of demons.  These demons were all things that were bad in the world like wrath, pain, disease, and death.  Several of the gods’ guard thinking that they should have been the ones to guard this box killed Pandora and the box was opened releasing all the demons.  The gods to punish these guards had a demon possess each one.  Now, man and demon cannot be separated.  These former guards now are called the Lords of the Underworld and are immortal warriors.  They search for the clues to find Pandora ’s Box in order to insure their survival.
Reyes is possessed by the demon pain.  He must cut himself frequently in order to keep his demon happy.  Occasionally, that doesn’t work and he will through himself off the roof of the keep where he lives.  This will break bones and cause internal damage, which really makes his demon happy.  A while ago, the Lords kidnapped 4 women who the demon of wrath wanted to kill.  They did it to protect them and to try to figure out why wrath was told by the gods to kill them.  Reyes was attracted to one of the younger women, Danika Ford.
Danika has dreamed of demons most of her life; she just didn’t think they were real.  Now that she’s seen them, she’s keeping as much distance between her and them as she can.  She also has been taking defense lessons and learning how to protect herself.  On the run and working in a cheap grill serving food, Danika is approached by two men wanting something from her.  In a panic, she fights back, loosing her job and killing one of the men. 
These men are with a group called Hunters.  They hunt the Lords of the Underworld to contain them.  They want to find Pandora ’s Box to contain the demons but the demons once separated from the warrior, kills the warrior.  They will do anything they can to find the Lords, even killing innocent by standers or kidnapping and using women as bait.  Danika is kidnapped by them and is sent to Reyes as bait.  The problem is, Danika while scared of Reyes is also attracted to him.
This is the third book in Ms Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series.  This book can be read without reading the previous two books but many of the characters and situations in the previous books influence this one. 
The characters are very well developed and you really get to know them.  Reyes looks at Danika as an angel and would like to keep pain far from her.  He tries staying away from her to seriously hurting himself prior to seeing her.  He will do anything for Danika and doesn’t want her tainted.  Danika though sees what Reyes craves and needs and wants to give it to him.  She isn’t the soft, gentle woman Reyes sees but can be tough when she has to.  Can she convince Reyes of this or will he keep her on a pedestal making them both miserable?
The storyline is very similar to the previous books.  The Hunters are after the Lords and the Lords are killing the Hunters as fast as they can without getting the towns people involved.  Both groups are searching for a relic that will lead them to Pandora’s Box but neither has a clue as to what exactly they are looking for.  Reyes and Danika are meant for each other yet they have barriers to staying together.  Other Lords are dealing with other problems like a pregnant mate and a dead mate.
Though this book has many of the same characteristics as the previous books, it still has enough differences to make it interesting.  With two of four relics found, it’s a race to see who finds and controls the next one.

Book Blurb for The Darkest Pleasure

He can bear any pain but the thought of losing her…
Reyes is a man possessed.  Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure.  Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her—even defy the gods. 
Danika is on the run.  For months, she’s eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won’t rest until she and her family have been destroyed.  But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can’t forget.  Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear. . .

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2008 5.00