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The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, Book 1 | [Gena Showalter]

The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, Book 1

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.
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His powers - inhuman; His passion - beyond immortal. 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.

Don't miss the other books in the Lords of the Underworld series.

©2008 Gena Showalter; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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    Amazon Customer Spokane, WA 02-10-13
    Amazon Customer Spokane, WA 02-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    This book kept me tagging along through it, albeit having to trudge though some tortuously bad spots. By chapter 9 I was SICK of hearing all of Maddox’s tortured thoughts. Good heavens he goes on and on with those, and I could have gone without having to hear it all... And he's not the only one, but maybe the worst, lol. All of these tough guys reduced to anxious ridden melting pots was just not what I wanted to read about. Despite that, there seemed to be just enough teasers and things to keep me reading. The last half of the book really picked up though, and had me white knuckling it through to the end in suspenseful excitement. I'm off to pick up the next book (too sucked in to walk away).

    One thing that was tough was keeping up with all the characters. The author didn't remind me enough of which fella is lord of which demon. I found another reviewer (can't remember where) had listed everyone out and found that list a very helpful reference....

    Torin - Lord of Disease
    Lucien - Lord of Death
    Reyes - Lord of Pain
    Aeron - Lord of Wrath
    Paris - Lord of Promiscuity
    Sabin - Lord of Doubt
    Gideon - Lord of Lies
    Kane - Lord of Disaster
    Strider - Lord of Defeat
    Cameo - Misery
    Amun - Lord of Secrets
    Anya - Goddess of Anarchy
    Maddox - Lord of Violence
    Ashlyn - when standing at a spot, she can hear any conversation that has taken place at the spot from the pass no matter how long time has passed.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Sunbury, PA, USA 07-23-08
    Mary Sunbury, PA, USA 07-23-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Tortured and Sexy"

    OK,folks,listen up... the genre reviewed here is Romance, specifically Paranormal Romance. The hero/heroine interact wonderfully because they both are internally tortured by their own personally unresolvable problems, but that are satisfied both personally and sexually in each other. If you would be at all familiar with the concept, Romance frequent has the concept of 'destiny' in it,as in foredestined mating, and that concept comes across beautifully in this novel and audiobook.The action to bring this mating to its fruition comes in fits and starts, as a good novel should have, knowing that these characters are coming together, but how? and when? Also the interaction of the myriad cast of characters keeps the pace going well(I don't know how Gena keeps track of them all!) As for the narrator, Max Belmore, I was sold almost immediately with his sweet,sexy voice, delightfully male. It is no mean feat to tone one's voice to approximate different character traits...yeah, go ahead,you try it! So, kudos to a beautiful, dark, tortured, sexy tale. The sequels are delicious, too. Plan to keep comin' back for more. Luv ya, Gena and Max!

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 02-09-12
    Katheryne MD, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2009

    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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    "I loved this book!!"

    This was my first Gena Showalter book and now I'm a fan forever!!! Good book to get lost in.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Mc Kinney, TX, United States 01-13-09
    Annie Mc Kinney, TX, United States 01-13-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it loved it loved it"

    I really enjoyed this entire series. The narrator was great and was totally entranced by the story. If you are not into detailed steamy sex scenes this is not for you. If you appreciate deep romance and a great developing story line I do suggest this series. They all tie in well and I loved all the charracters.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Rice 11-05-08
    C. Rice 11-05-08 Member Since 2002
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    "I Gave It a Try"

    OK, I was looking for erotica. I had in mind something similar to "A Spy In The House of Love" or some of the short stories in "Delta of Venus," both by Anais Nin. Or, more explicitly erotic, "Vox" by Nicholson Baker or "Lila Says" by "Chimo" (the publisher says the book is by an anonymous author who wants to be known by the name of "Chimo;" a name that is used in the book).

    I knew I was getting what my mother used to call "a bodice ripper." I knew it would be more explicit than the romance novels she grew addicted to after she retired, and I knew it would use much more graphic language, hence "erotica" rather than just "romance." I thought it might be entertaining.

    Well, I guess it was, but not in the way I had hoped. The primary problem, for me, was that I didn't care about any of the characters. Nothing in the narration led me to empathize or sympathize with any of them. And if you don't care about the people about whom you're reading (or being read to), you can't really care about the novel.

    So what was entertaining was just how bad (I'm sorry -- I tired to think of a kinder word) it was. I know there is an audience for this genre, and I certainly don't intend to insult them... but I just laughed my way through this. And it wasn't because the author was trying to be funny.

    So -- I guess, unless the selection changes, I'll give up on erotica from Audible.

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    Linda 12-21-08
    Linda 12-21-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Darkest Night"

    Very good book. Held interest throughout book. Couldn't wait to listen to book 2.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 06-17-08
    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 06-17-08
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    "Good premise, just ok book"

    The premise of this book is just great, but it lacked in the execution. The relationship between the main female and male characters is not developed well enough to make their inexplicable attraction believable. The narrator is just ok. All the male voices sound the same and don't sound like how any man really sounds. The story is pretty sexy so that kept my attention.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Ottawa 11-13-09
    Susan Ottawa 11-13-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great New Paranormal Romance Series"

    By day, immortal warrior Maddox lives among his fellow Lords Of The Underworld in their Budapest castle as they try to stay away from the human world, for their demon companions urge them to do all manner of evil. However by night, Maddox is doomed to die a painful, terrible death and spend his time in hell's inferno. Centuries ago Maddox and his immortal brothers released the horde of demons from Pandora's box and as punishment, the gods cursed the warriors to each host a demon inside themselves. Maddox is the Keeper of Violence! When strangers are detected trying to invade their compound, the Lords believe they are Hunters, who want to destroy them, so Maddox is sent to kill them, for there is no greater warrior. Ashlyn was born with an ability to stand in one location and hear every conversation that has ever taken place there, which has been a nightmare for her. She'd do anything to stop the voices! When Maddox finds Ashlyn in the woods, even though he thinks she's Bait sent by the Hunters to entrap him, he is instantly drawn to her. For Ashlyn, being around Maddox is a miracle since the voices she constantly hears have suddenly ceased, as if they are as afraid of him as she should be! Maddox cannot help himself and takes her home with him, where the two will find themselves edging closer to a soul-searing test of love. Will this cursed couple be able to overcome great odds to be together? And what about the other cursed Lords: Lucien, Keeper of Death; Reyes, Keeper of Pain and all the others? Readers can look forward to their immediate sequels, THE DARKEST KISS and THE DARKEST PLEASURE The truly remarkable Gena Showalter has given paranormal romance fans everything they could want in her amazing new Lords Of The Underworld series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 05-05-08
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 05-05-08 Member Since 2005
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    "loved this book"

    I must say I can not tell you how much i enjoyed this book.... I thought it would be a fun book but did not expect to not be able to put it down.. this book is steamy in places and it is not very realistic with the time line of falling in love but this is very fun and it was all that i would want it to be and will lesson to this book again I hope you enjoy this book I loved it,, it is very different than I had expected much better.....
    Heather

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-27-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-27-14 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "I totally love these books!"

    OMG!!! I forgot how awesome these "Lords" truly are....

    "We'll give you Tylenol"... the sweetest, saddest, and most gut wrenching phrase I have ever listen to in an audio book... Tears... I tell you... tears (drip, drip, drop).

    When Ash gave her life for Maddox... OMG! Best scene ever...

    Now I know why I keep re-listening to these books... On to book 2! Listen to the prequel before the this book, really does add a level of (I know what's going on).... in the beginning...

    Bellmore is one great narrator... especially during the gut wrenching moments...

    Well worth a credit...buy or sale...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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