Review: The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

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The Darkest Night
(Book #1 in the Lords of the Underworlds series)

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Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Publisher: HQN Books (January 1, 2010)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, 379 pages

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member--a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments...and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction--and a soul-shattering test of love....

Ashlyn Darrow can here voices, voices of conversations that have passed in any given location. When she hears of angels on a hill in Budapest, Ashlyn sets out to find these men to see if they can help her get rid of the voices that have been plaguing her since she was a little girl. What she wasn't expecting, was to find herself in the mist of  warriors with demon's trapped inside of them, or that she could feel something for this warrior/demon with amethyst eyes. 

There are times when you wish you could read slower... this was that time for me. I forced myself to read this book as slow as possible, but instead, I zoomed through it like a match was lit under my ass. I absolutely loved all the characters in this book, as many as there are, Ms. Showalter definitely made each one unique in his/her own way. In the beginning of The Darkest Night, you're introduced to Maddox, keeper of Violence. Maddox is one of those dark & brooding alpha males, who doesn't love that? The constant battle between warrior & demon, where Maddox is trying to tamp down the demons urge to kill anything and anyone that got in his way and then the sudden change, when his demon started to agree with him, was definitely interesting and kept me wanting more... and surprisingly more of Violence. Kid me not, I like Violence... well, when he started to somewhat get along with Maddox that is. Ashlyn is strong but delicate, which I think made for a great heroine and a very good match for Maddox. She was scared (being a puny lil human, of course she would be) but determined and strong-willed, which I think really added to her character.  

What I liked about this book is that it's different. Completely different from other PNR books I've read. Demons trapped in a warriors body... who woulda thought, right? Seeing the Lords take on these demons within themselves is something else entirely and pretty much makes this series freaking awesome, IMO. Honestly, I wouldn't want to know the Lords or read about them without the demons taking up residence in their bodies, the demons play a very major role here & add that much more flare to the books. What I didn't like... Gosh, nothing?  Zip, nada, zilch! I absolutely loved this book.

I would definitely recommend this book! Read it NOW! You're missing out. I know I was ^_^ If you love you some PNR or some sezzy warriors with demons that tend to lash out every now and again, then I suggest you jump on this bandwagon & get to reading! Pronto!



  1. LOL, I does make you zip thru it don't it, I went nuts then read the next and kept going like I was insane.

    LOVE this series and Gena is fabulous! You just made me want to reread Maddox again :) I love him.

    1. haha it sure did! *sigh* I'm just upset I didn't know about this series sooner!! Nevertheless I'm 100% on board now! Hehe you should! I know I'll prob re-read it in a few months lol. Thanks for stopping by <3


    2. I stumbled on her by accident, it was before my blog, I used to belong to tons of forums and She was a suggestion to try and boy I am glad I did.

      She has a Atlantis series too that I love but there is only 4 books , we keep asking her if we are getting more she said no one is speaking to her right now :(

      But then she has like a zillion series going on LOL.

    3. o.O Yeah I was looking at all her books.. Good lawd she has so many series! Have you read Wicked Nights? That was my very first book by her <3<3<3

      o.O she was recommended to me by Neyra @ DarkestAddictions & Ning @ ReadingbyKindleFire ^_^ so glad too <3

    4. No I haven't yet, I hoping to get it here soon. It's been driving me nuts I don't have it yet.

      Honestly I don't know how she keeps all her books straight, when she is writing LOL.

    5. omg I loved it <3 ^_^ So excited for this series. You gotta let me know when you get a chance to read it!

      lmbo ikr. talented I guess lol

  2. Great review Ana ^-^ Knew you'd fall in love with the Lords, I'm glad you finally got around to reading it! :P Can't wait to see what you think of Lucien's book, lotsa surprises in that book two ;)

    1. Thanks, Neyra ^_^ haha I can't wait either. I knowww!! *sigh*

  3. love ur review!! favorite part "like a match was lit under my ass* lmao!!
    what got to me was the end of this book, how she got them out of the curse!! ahhh! had me in tears!!
    can't wait to see ur thoughts on the 2nd book. I love Anya! Best heroine ever!

    1. Thanks, Ning! o.O *covers your spoiler* haha. I know I had to put the book down for a minute before I continued reading *sigh* Really looking forward to reading Lucien's book ^_^ Thanks for stopping by girly <3


  4. Obviously I am missing out! I love books that makes me read so fast I lose track of time.

    1. You are!!! OMG I'm super late to this series but I <3 it!!




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