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The Darkest Craving: Lords of the Underworld, Book 10

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Romance, 2014

New York Times best-selling 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.

©2013 Gena Showalter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Earphones Award, 2014

"Narrator Max Bellmore rides herd on Showalter's epic paranormal romance to excellent effect. He clearly portrays Showalter's huge cast of immortals, each with individually crafted personas, while simultaneously building sympathy for Kane and Josephina's star-crossed romance. In particular, he captures Kane's frustration as he tries to free Josephina from Fae enslavement. Listeners experience firsthand the perils of Josephina's life in the Fae realm through the indifferent or downright nasty tones Bellmore gives to them. Segmenting an extended plot into meaningful episodes, he alternates moments of high drama with well-inflected description. His commanding voice reflects the mood of Showalter's action-packed story, filled with both fight scenes and Kane and Josephina's stolen intimate moments. Bellmore ensures that Showalter's immortal-length saga doesn't drag for its mortal listeners." (AudioFile)

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    Katheryne MD, United States 08-04-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Not your typical LOTU book"

    Although this book was an improvement over the last installment, it still lacked a certain spark from the other Lords of the Underworld books. Most die-hard Gena Showalter fans are aware of her new writing style and either like it or hate it. For me it wasn’t the writing style as much as the substance. This book started out well and ended well, but really just fizzled for the majority of the listen. The whole Cinderella story was a bit different for a LOTU book and just didn’t work for me. I found most of the story boring; with the exception of William. He’s always entertaining no matter what the storyline. I will probably continue with the series simply because I'm 10 books deep now and have to know how it all ends.

    Overall I can only give this book 3 stars.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 09-24-13
    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Really Disappointing"

    First off, I am a huge Gena Showalter LOTU fan. This book was really lacking the same fire, passion, interest and strenght of characters that her prior books had in abundance. Gena's new writing style is really hit or miss, and this was a big miss. Most of the story was boring, and it was very hard to get into Kane and Josephina as main characters. There was no chemistry or passion - it just seemed off. Also, Kane's nick names for Josphina were very annoying - "tinkerbell" or "tink" - it just seemed to grind on my nerves. On the positive side, Gena did set the stage for a couple of other books to come that might be interesting! I just hope they are the "old" Gena style!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-07-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2016

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

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    "Not a complete disaster."

    This addition seemed to have a different feel to it. The book was good but far from my favorite, closer to my least favorite. I did like how things turned out in the end. I am still a fan though and will continue to read Gena Showalter's book diligently. The ones I enjoyed most are Death, Doubt, and Defeat, although Violence and Lies are close second. I am a Torin groupie so I can't wait for his story. This book has made me also anticipate Misery's story which I bet is next. If you have read this far then you know you like this series. If you are looking for something similar I would recommend the Demonica series by Larissa Ione.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 08-05-13
    Leesa 08-05-13 Member Since 2016

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Ah...The Lords of the Underworld"

    I'm a big fan of the Lord's. I've read them all and enjoyed each and evey one of them. Some more than others. This one will rank as a good one but will not be at the top of my Lord favorite's. In saying that though I must say that it was a very good addition to the story. If your a fan like me then you know you must continue with the story. Sometimes all of the story can't be great, but it fills you up anyway. This one leaves you wanting more and with that question of "Oh no, what's going to happen next?" I, for one, look foward to the answer.

    So YES use that credit and continue the story with me. If your not a fan then you know my advice, LOL, get Book 1 and catch up because I know you'll love this series.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Lexie 08-05-13
    Lexie 08-05-13 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook addicted!!

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    "Disappointed..."
    Any additional comments?

    **NO SPOILERS** First of all let me say that Gena Showalter is one of my all time favorite PNR authors particularly her Lord's of the Underworld series. I devoured all of the previous books in this series and have listened to the entire series multiple times...this book did not even come close to Ms. Showalter's usual writing perfection that we find in all of her other lord books. I am so disappointed!! All of her usually steamy scenes were watered down so much that they only tease us with vague uninteresting descriptions, leaving all the juicy details up to the reader's (or listener's in our case) imagination. I can't understand why Ms. Showalter completely changed her writing M.O. in the middle of a series, especially a series that has done so epically well...the other parts of the book were also sadly lacking. There are several new stories being spun in this book with no answers or resolution. Also, diaster's love for tink has no natural progression, heck there isn't even any sort of super natural progression. One minute the two are strangers and the next minute the two are inseparable soulmates. It's not believable and therefore it didn't engage my emotions or interest. I would have stopped listening halfway through the book had I not kept hoping it would get better....disappointing to have to write such a review about a writer I respect and like but I know she can do better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dayana Hialeah, FL 08-03-13
    Dayana Hialeah, FL 08-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Disapointed"

    I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the story, maybe both. I was bored from the very beginning to the last chapter. I was hoping the story would pick up, but it just keep lingering on. The narrators had no spunk in this story. It's sad because I really enjoyed the series. I have been looking forward to Williams story. But right now I don't think I even want to torture myself with listening to the voice of Max Bellmore. I have listened to hundreds of books some good and some not so good But I could not wait for this story to be over. I've always like Kane Lord of Disaster but I just could not get into this book. I had pre-ordered this book. Next time, I will wait for the reviews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    roseystone 06-18-16
    roseystone 06-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "poor cain"

    loved it. finished way to soon. the end really had me worried for a moment. lll

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-02-16
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-02-16 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"

    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Kane and Josephina...their story was good overall but there were some points that I didn't feel worked quite right.

    Josephina is a half human/half fae and is the illegitimate daughter of the King of the Fae. She was made the blood slave for her sister (who is the crown princess) which means that whenever her sister does something wrong, Josefina gets the punishment. Since her sister is host to the demon of irresponsibility, poor Josephina is constantly being punished and lives in her own private hell.

    Kane is one of the immortal warriors that opened Pandora's box. As a way to imprison the demons and punish the men who released them, the greek gods decided that the warriors would act as hosts to the worst of the demons. Kane became host to the demon of disaster and anywhere he goes, things go wrong and people get hurt.

    In a previous book, Kane ended up in hell and captured by the minions of his demon, disaster. The minions didn't care about Kane, only the demon inside of him, and did horrible things to Kane that made him determined to find a way to kill his demon. Eventually, Kane was rescued from his captivity in hell by Josephina. She pulled him out and then nursed him back to health. As repayment, she asked Kane to kill her which he refused (not understanding the hell she has to deal with that would prompt such a request). Kane and Josephina end up getting separated and she goes into hiding in an effort to stay away from her family who wants her back so they can punish her for her sister's sins again.

    Kane decides that he has to find Josephina because he owes her. He feels an attraction to Josephina but because of his experiences in hell, he tries to ignore those impulses for now and just wants to find a way to help her. He ends up having to get captured by her family in order to get to her and there's a bit of a mess when he ends up engaged to Josephina's sister. Kane has a plan (sort of...maybe 12% of a plan) to help Josephina but he has to keep things to himself while he tries to figure out how to get things to work out the way he wishes. Josephina isn't sure what to think of Kane as he seems to change his treatment and attitude towards her frequently. It takes some major effort (and I'm still not convinced that all the pieces fit perfectly) but Kane and Josephina do end the story starting a HEA together.

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Josephina and thought she was a good heroine. Kane I liked overall but I don't think he made sense all the time. There were times when his plans seemed kind of lame and it was mostly luck that things turned out well in the end. Regardless, I liked the story and would recommend it, just don't expect perfection. :)

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    MeekaBleeka Louisiana 03-25-16
    MeekaBleeka Louisiana 03-25-16 Member Since 2016

    Jane Yellowrock = Greatness

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    "Who wrote this?"

    This Lords of the underworld book was written by someone else. It's a different take on the Cinderella story. The Kane in this story is different from how I imagined him based on the other "warriors" ( I'm so tired of that word by the way lol) and the few glimpses I had of him in other books. Max Bellmore did a bad job on the narration too. I liked Cameo's voice in the other books. In this one she didn't sound miserable. Anywho... Kane does not come across as a lord of the underworld to me. More like an average immortal joe with issues. Tinker Bell is pathetic one second and brave the next. The only reason I'm still Listening to this is for the side stories. My review is all over the place yeah but this book is just wrong. No excitement, no build up, no tension. Just Blah. Thank God for William. Oh and please give Legion back to Galen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rita 06-03-15
    rita 06-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring"

    Terrible! Page- filler.
    When you read and/or listen to something this bad, you realize how great J.R Ward books are!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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