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Heart of Darkness | [Gena Showalter, Maggie Shayne, Susan Krinard]

Heart of Darkness

From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction.... An iron-willed demon assassin, angel Lysander has never known lust - until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation.
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Publisher's Summary

From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction.

The Darkest Angel (a Lords of the Underworld tale) by Gena Showalter
An iron-willed demon assassin, angel Lysander has never known lust - until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation....

Love Me to Death by Maggie Shayne

Twenty-two years ago four teenage boys were convicted of a young girl's murder. Now, in the form of a beautiful woman, the "victim" is seeking vengeance. And only one man dares to dig into the past to uncover its secrets...and set her free.

Lady of the Nile by Susan Krinard

Lady Tameri believes herself to be the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian princess, and Leo Erskine has set out to prove her wrong...never dreaming that they are about to discover a prophecy that will bind them together forever.

©2009 Gena Showalter (P)2011 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 11-27-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Angel vs. Harpy = Fun"

    5 stars - The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter is fun and right up there with the rest of the series, so for all those who enjoy the series it is a great addition. Max Bellmore was good, but he did seem to have a little more whine in his female's voice this time. But with Bianka's antics I hardly notice, since I was having a good time with the story. 4 hrs 13 mins.

    3 stars - Love Me to Death by Maggie Shayne was okay for a short story. I have read a few of Maggie Shayne books and to me the stories are mostly average reading. Ashford MacNab had a slow voice and it made my mind wonder sometimes, I was not overly impressed with her reading. 2 hrs 56 mins

    2 stars - Lady of the Nile by Susan Krinard this book was a mess. It had a confusing storyline, I felt like the characters should be in a mental asylum, even though I know this is a paranormal story based in regency times. It was such a short story, I finished it but I was glad when it was over. 2 hrs 41 mins

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kytten Rosemount, MN, United States 12-15-12
    kytten Rosemount, MN, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Can only recommend Gena's story"

    This book contains 3 short stories. The first is written by Gena Showalter and is part of her Lords of the Underworld series. It's an off-shoot, really because neither of the main characters one of the Lords. This story involved one of the Harpy sisters and an angel. It also provides information on the female angel that will be featured in another Lords story later in the series.

    Unfortunately the other two stories were not very good at all. I'm not familiar with either Author, and I'm not sure if these were part of a series. Neither of them made me eager to seek out any additional stories along the same lines, nor to check into books by the same author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 08-24-12
    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good 3 story book"

    I love Gena Showalter, and Lysander and Bianka's story was great. Lysander is totally hot and Bianka is naughty. I could not stop listening. Maggie Shayne's story was good as well, and this is the first book of hers that I have read. Susan Krinard's story was my least favorite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam ANTLERS, OK, United States 07-31-12
    Sam ANTLERS, OK, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Oh Gena You Are My Hero"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hell yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Ok so I haven't been super impressed with Showalter's shorts but this one rocked. Not only is B my new favorite girl but there was loin clothes, oil, and hot guys wresteling! Why hasn't that been in more books? There is a God and he is a good one. Read this and read it now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dorothy adair, IA, United States 10-21-11
    dorothy adair, IA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another great book by Gena Showalter"

    Again another great book by this author. I love listening to Max Bellmore also. He has one dreamy voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy P Round R, TX, United States 09-04-13
    Lucy P Round R, TX, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2006

    Lucy

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    "For Me This Was Unlistenable"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    I have read, or listened to, Maggie Shayne's books before, but not the other authors. The stories are all formulaic Romance/Paranormal and maybe I haven't read enough lately, except the excellent Jayne Castle, to be able to stomach them. I found myself rolling my eyes way too much. So it's doubtful that I'd listen to or read anything else by these authors. Wanting to get my money's worth, I read a third to half of each book before stopping completely.


    Has Heart of Darkness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'll still continue to read other paranormal books by Jayne Castle, and the upcoming trilogy by Nora Roberts, and also Molly Harper, etc.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the narrators helped me understand who was speaking, but that didn't help with my overall negative experience


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment was my main reaction. I thought this would be a fun listen and didn't expect this book to be so old fashioned. The first book was especially cringe worthy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keithwsr Charlotte, NC United States 02-05-13
    Keithwsr Charlotte, NC United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2002
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    "I knew Better than to get short stories"
    What would have made Heart of Darkness better?

    If they had been three separate books of about 8 hours each. Then i would have avoided them all


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    take time to develop plot. Read Fifty Shades to see how this genre should be presented


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 01-20-13
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2001

    BJS

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    "5=Showalter, 3=Shayne, 2=Kinard"
    What did you like best about Heart of Darkness? What did you like least?

    Gena Showalter made this book, the other two stories were just ok. If you have followed the Lords of the Underworld series you'll enjoy the story by Showalter


    What did you like best about this story?

    See above


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    See above


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    See above


    Any additional comments?

    I never would have gotten this book had it not been for the story by Gena Showalter. But glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BamaBell MONTGOMERY, AL, US 08-02-13
    BamaBell MONTGOMERY, AL, US 08-02-13 Member Since 2010

    Carolyn Parker

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    "Stupid, stupid, stupid!"

    I didn't actually read this book, just the .5 prequel and about 1/3 of the first book. But, when Audible was kind enough to refund the books I had bought in the series, they accidentally left this one in my library. I was glad because that gave me a chance to warn buyers, who love listening to urban fantasy like Kate Daniels, The Weather Warden, Kim Harrison, Rachel Morgan, Anita Blake (w/Kimberly Alexis) etc... books that are well written, and excellently narrated, to BEWARE, these books are not of the same caliber.

    After reading the .5 prequel, it was so bad, I just had to log in to Audible to reread the reviews again, to make sure I didn't make a mistake ordering this series. I do a lot of research before buying audio books, because they ain't cheap, especially when you by the whole series, and yes, lots of people said they were great books. So, I thought I would give the first book a chance, try to withhold my judgement. But nope, it sucked just as bad as the prequel. The narration was awful, Max Bellmore has a nice voice, but his narration was boring, boring, boring. All the male characters sounded the same, all the women sounded pathetic, he does not do women voices well at all. The more I read, the more I felt like I was banging my head against the wall. The story was lame and the dialog was pure drivel. If you still want to give these books a try, just buy them one at a time so you don't waste your credits. What would make these books fun is if we could hear Mike and the robots, from Mystery Science Theatre, listening to the books and critiquing them like they did for all those bad B movies from the 50s and 60s. Then the stupid will become funny, because they are just that bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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