Hello Avid Readers,
Last year, I came to the decision that mini reviews are the way forward for this book blogger. 😉
For the last few years, I’ve just been writing a paragraph or two for Amazon and Goodreads – especially when it’s a book with thousands of reviews already – but as I want to build up my blog to be THE place to go for paranormal romance fans, I’ve been moving those old reviews here too.
I started reading Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series back in 2017 and picked up the series again this year. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about about…
The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter
Aeron – Immortal Keeper of Wrath
His anger is his power 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 Olivia will endanger them all. 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…
A Story That Invoked Many of My Emotions.
I love Gena Showalter’s writing style; the prose she uses, the pace of her plots, the twists and turns she takes us on and how she concludes the main romantic aspect and imminent threats while still leaving some tantalising threads that lure you to keep reading the series.
I really liked how this book contained more than just the romance between Aeron and Olivia; there’s the background story arc surrounding the Lords’ arch enemy Galen and his Hunters as well as other threads about different Lords (no spoilers here). Every aspect of this story is there for a reason and propels the series forward.
I ended up really enjoying The Darkest Passion, hence the 4 stars but for a large proportion of time it was a 3 star read for me and I just wanted to explain why.
When reading paranormal romance, I need the female protagonist to be intelligent, resilient, resourceful, self-reliant and have plenty of gumption; sadly, throughout most of this story, there were a many aspects of Olivia’s personality that really irritated me. As an angel, she was a beautiful soul, empathetic and loving but becoming human brought out idiosyncrasies – selfishness, aggression, she became a bully – that plagued me and drove me to actually hate her. In my mind, she didn’t deserve Aeron for most of the book. But I persevered and I’m glad that I did.
Aeron was a male that ticked all my boxes and I already had a soft spot for him from the previous books; he was definitely alpha, loyal, had depth and deserved someone to love him. I love tortured, cursed heroes. 💚
Due to the explicit sexual content and graphic violence, I would recommend this book to adults who are not offended by scenes of this nature who enjoy romance stories about the complexities of relationships, about trust, loyalty and betrayal and of course, insurmountable odds and soul saving love.
I’m definitely engaged in the Lords of the Underworld series and I have already bought the next book in this series and can’t wait to read more.
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles.
She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heart-warming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs.
Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my mini review. I hope I’ve sparked your interest in this one and will add it to your ever growing TBR pile. 😉
Bye for now,