I'm so excited to be part of the Fall Into Romance Hop organised by The Romance Reviews (TRR) they're a great site for all your romance needs. As part of the hop, which runs for the next week participants have been asked to showcase a book and tell everyone why they love it. I found it hard to decide because I love to read and have so many favorites. While pursuing the book shelf trying to decide who to showcase, one book jumped out at me, for a few reason which I'll explain.
So without further adieu, the book I'm showcasing is The Darkest Craving by Gena Showalter.
I spent months anticipating this books release and as the time drew nearer I found myself obsessing about getting it as soon as it hit the shelves. I'm a fan of the Lord of the Underworld Series, naturally, but for some reason Kane's story was the one I waited for breathlessly. For those of you who have no idea what this series is about, here's the Jan Graham abridged version.
A group of sexy-smexy immortals (Lords) do something stupid and end up becoming the human prisons for some demons. Each main character in the series has a specific demon housed within them. Both human and god-types alike see the Lords as a threat, wanting each one of them and their demons dead. The sexy to the max Lords, run around trying to find and destroy Pandora's box (where the demons originally came from) have lots of exciting adventures, find their mates and fall in love in the process. Got it...good ☺
So back to The Darkest Craving, I loved this book so much because Kane (sexy Lord that the books about) houses the demon of disaster. He's in the other books but all you really hear about him is he causes disasters which sometimes impacts adversely on himself and the other Lords. He struggles with this issue and had often been portrayed as, lets face it, really depressed about his demon and the role he played in the gangs mission. I had no idea how Gena was going to write the story without the world ending, luckily she did and it was superb.
My favorite aspect of the book was the way Kane overcame the self-sabotaging role of the demon inside him. I found myself cheering him on as he resisted the urge, not always successfully, to prevent his demon from stuffing everything up. The inner battle for dominance over disaster rang true in so many ways for me personally. Yes, we all have inner demons (metaphorically speaking) and mine just happens to readily cause disaster if I don't think carefully about what I'm doing and the choices I make. Although I don't call them disasters I like to think of them as monumental f**k-ups. Kane also has a few of those in the book, but like anyone battling a demon, he learns from his mistakes, figures things out and forges on to his well deserved happy ending.
It hadn't ever occurred to me that I enjoy this series so much because of the battling your inner demon scenarios the books involve. Yes, call me slow witted if you must, it took a while for the light to dawn. I have Kane and my own demon of disaster to thank for the revelation. Another aspect of the story I really liked was the way the author showed Kane that even though he may think he's not that special, other people int eh book didn't view him that way. The Fae (who play a large role the story because of the female protagonist) worship him, they didn't see the demon of disaster as a hindrance like Kane does, they see the strengths in Kane as a whole person and focused on the positives, not the negatives. Hmm, perhaps another lesson for me there.
Josephina is the woman (or Fae) that Kane falls for, she's a force to be reckoned with and like a lot of us, has family issues. I really liked her character, she was strong, knew what she wanted in life (most of the time) and was a good match for Kane. I recognized a lot of me in her as well which just added tot he personal revelation factor in my enjoyment of the story as a whole.
Like all Lord of the Underworld books, Gena Showalter has included cameo's from a lot her other underworld characters, the continued story line of the Lords quest for Pandora's box has some really enlightening insights for future stories and the character interactions involve a good balance of suspense and humor, all things I've come to love about the series.
I've included the blurb from the book below so you can all check it out and perhaps buy the book to read. My suggestion would be read the whole series but it's totally up to you. I can guarantee if you love losing yourself in other worlds or hot paranormal romances, you won't be disappointed. Thanks for another great read Gena Showalter.
To find out more about Gena's books visit genashowalter.com
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, their love might just tear them apart...
If you've read the series or The Darkest Craving feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you liked about it, what your favorite book is or even which Lord's book you are desperately waiting to read.
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