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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sheep Book Review: The Darkest Craving by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Craving 
Lords of the Underworld (Book 14)
Paranormal Romance 

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.

Gena Showalter is hands down, one of the best PNR writers out there today. That being said, was this latest story epic beyond compare? No, but does it really matter in the overall grand scale of this saga? Heck no! If you are looking for some of the best pieces of PNR writing out there you will find it in this series. 

For those that have followed the Lords from the start, you may be wanting more of the hard hitting action and snarky characters Gena brings. We are spoiled rotten with this author, she almost did a bad thing by giving us all we could ever hope for so early on. Now, we want that same explosion each and every time. We want more, we want more! Can the craving ever be filled? Hades no, and I would not have it any other way. :)

There's been so much talk about Gena's new writing style and how it has affected this story, I didn't see that all. This latest book is actually much closer to how we've come to crave her hot and steamy romance. What I had issues with, in this installment, was the action adventure portion of the story. In return we get a fairytale feeling which is not typical for the Lords. Some major editing down of the excess plot needed to be done here. Add to that the wishy-washy hot and cold leading man and it became a little hard to muscle at times. But keep in mind, this is small potatoes compared to the overall awesomeness that is this saga. 

When you're invested in the characters, you pull for them and ache when they do. These guys and gals are so vividly written it's hard to think of them as fictional. Wacky as that may sound, but in my heart I love them. 

Did Josephine and Kane blow me away, no not really. But ask me again if I care? I don't! I'll pick up a Gena book any day of the week and enjoy it regardless. She's a master at her craft and deserves all the credit she gets. 

You want a good read that will entertain you, grab this saga and hang on! 

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  1. Thanks for your review. I am looking forward to reading The Darkest Craving. I love the Lords. evamillien at gmail dot com

  2. I can ramble on, but those are the bottom lines. I really wanted to love this book. I was so excited. I can even deal with lackluster sex scenes, even though they did bother me a little. The big issues were the blatant sexism and patriarchal demeaning all throughout this book, and these characters. I can't read something like that and enjoy it.