Review: The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter

Posted November 25, 2011 in Review / 0 Comments

Title: The Darkest Secret
Series: Lords of the Underworld #7
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: March 29th 2011
Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

From Goodreads:  Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when new demons possess him, the immortal warrior must be chained and isolated to protect those he loves. Death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty…

Haidee is an infamous demon assassin, raised to despise Amun’s kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.

I admit it, I had Amun’s story sitting in my TBR pile for some time.  But like a lot of other reviewers, I saw Amun as kind of a boring hero.  In all the previous books, he was always the steady, dependable guy.  Add in the fact that he wouldn’t talk, I just wasn’t moved to jump on this book.  I finally needed my LOTU/Gena Showalter fix so I was stuck; I had to start this book.  Boy was I in for a surprise.  Right off the bat, it grabbed me in and kept me reading almost non-stop.

The story picks up after Amun has returned from the Underworld, his mind completely overwhelmed by demon minions.  Strider has also just brought his Hunter prisoner, Haidee, home to Budapest.  Many other characters also return home, which is nice to see since so many have been away.  I’ve started to miss some of the brother’s interactions with each other.
I seem to be a sucker for “enemies-becoming-lovers” stories but this one is different because of the depth Gena wrote into the tale.  Her usual snippets from the other Lord’s were pretty well balanced with the central story and didn’t either stall or overshadow the main story.  I think Strider was such a huge part of this book not just because his book was next but because he was a central figure in the main love story.
Gena Showalter is one of my authors I go to when I need a good PNR to cuddle up to.  What made this book stand out from the rest was her story weaving between the past and present, great action and, oh yeah, hot romance.  Add in some heavy crying at the end and that was my cuddling night.
I can always depend on Gena for great story weaving and spectacular romances, but Darkest Secrets was all around a stellar addition to the series.

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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