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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sheep Book Review: The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Seduction, by author Gena Showalter, is the ninth book in her 'Lords of the Underworld' series. Gena is a solid writer who you just can't live without in the PNR world. I'm a big fan of her writing and this series as a whole. That being said TDS is a tad too long and a little drawn out in the start, it picks up midway but getting to the good stuff was an ordeal.

Plot:
Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive—but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he’d thought was forever beyond his reach…until now.

Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet, in Paris’s arms the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up.

Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally– or tear them apart?

Paris, oh how I love thee. Let me count thy ways...Paris is The lord of Sex, and damn he's one sexy-male-muscle-of-beef-cake-goodness. (I swear that IS a word!) If it's not clear from the first two sentences let me spell it out. I. Love. Paris. So after all the grief he's recently been going through I was eager to jump right in and get going with his story. Unfortunately instead of jumping right in to the deep we ended up wading around in the shallow pool and not getting anywhere, minus the piƱa colada and floaty I might add. Once the first hundred pages are sorted out things gradually pick up and then we get to the meat of it all. But it was a bit distracting, and somewhat taking away from our main plot is the back and forth with other side stories building up.

Case in point: Galen and Legion was entertaining enough, and I did enjoy those parts, but so much was going on with a goddess of selflessness of that it was more an annoying distraction than anything. You then get Kane and his capture/struggle, which leads to some Horsemen activity, maybe not awful to read about but more another sidetrack to the main plot than anything. Now we have more going on with William the Dark which was nice but again, let's get to the good stuff, folks!

Leading lady Sienna was never that interesting for me in previous stories, as the betrayer to the Lords I really didn't hold much love for the backstabbing chick. But as we get into the whys and hows of it I did come around with her, and by the end the twists and turns have become a total game changer. Talk about some wow moments. You get those but it's a long time coming!

The overall plot could have used a lot of streamlining which would have taken the story to another level in my opinion, but that being said this is still a nice edition to the saga. And as always Gena delivers the heat and passion like no other, her books are so jam packed with vivid detail and colorful characters it's hard not to love it.

If you're a fan of the series you do not want to miss this, no matter what else it's truly one of the best written saga's you'll read. Building up to a spin-off series taking place with Zacharel and the Angels in coming months, I'll be getting my copy when it's available and sticking with Gena in the months to come.

Getting 4 'just rip my cloths off already Paris!' Sheep
KD

6 comments:

  1. I just finished it a couple of days ago. I agree it was bit slow in the begining, but I just thought is was me being anxious for the "good stuff" ;). William's story is getting more interesting and the the tid bits of Kane were too brief, but I guess that is why he is the next book. Looking forward to the angels!!

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    1. Totally agree. It needed some of the first parts take out a wee bit. Just too long getting to anything of worth in the story. All the back and forth with side characters was good but just too much. Took away from paris. BUT I loved it and I too am soooo eager to see what goes down both with Kane and William! His conditioner routine got a tad old though. lol

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    2. LOL @ his conditioner. It wasn't even a good brand at that.

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    3. LMAO Right?! We should take him to a better hair shop. ;) You're too funny Christina

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    4. Hehe. We can send him to my friend he does hair at a higher end salon. We'll get him some good product. :D

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  2. I agree as well. The book was bloated and would have benefited greatly from some streamlining!

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