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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Review: The Darkest Secret: Lords of the Underworld, book 7 By Gena Showalter
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Publishers
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Rating: You Want to Read
Reviewed By: Wendy
Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when new demons possess him, the immortal warrior must be chained and isolated to protect those he loves. Death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty….
Haidee is an infamous demon assassin, raised to despise Amun’s kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.
The Lords of the Underworld are former warriors from Olympus, who opened Pandora’s box and unleashed the demons within. As punishment, Zeus bonded a demon to each warrior and cast them from the heavens. Amun is the keeper of the demon high lord, Secrets. On a prior rescue trip to the Hell realm, he was possessed by a multitude of minor demons, which has pushed him into evil insanity. Haidee is a Hunter sworn to hunt and destroy the Lords. She was instrumental in the killing of Amun’s best friend Baden, and is despised by all the Lords. Captured by Strider, the keeper of Defeat, Haidee is imprisoned in the Lord’s Budapest compound in the room next to Amun. Somehow she is able to calm his demons. Can the Lord’s keep from killing Haidee long enough for her to find a way to free Amun?
This was a hard book for me to read. I have followed this series since the first book and despised Haidee right along with the Lords. I just couldn’t imagine how Ms. Showalter was going to turn Haidee into a viable heroine. She did proffer a buyable back story the absolved Haidee to some degree. It still didn’t set well with me. Maybe I harbor the demon of Holding a Grudge. Amun, it seemed was all to ready to toss his loyalty to his fellow Lords for this chippy, which just kept tipping the scale into pissing me off land. If you are new to this series, it will probably read better for you, since I have had years to bind with these sexy warriors.
The thing that kept my attention for this book was the progression of Strider’s story. We also had the requisite visits by the other Lords and their newly acquired ladies. Their interactions always make me smile. William, sibling of Lucifer and friend to the Lords, also had quite a few pages, and his story promises to be a heartbreaker. If you are a follower of this series, this is a must. However this is not the book to start your journey.