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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Brande Malden, MA, USA 05-12-08
    Brande Malden, MA, USA 05-12-08
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    "FANTASTIC!!!!"

    I am not one to normally read fantasy type romance. Bought this on a whim! All I can say is WOW!!! I AM HOOKED!! The first 15 min I was sucked into the story and the characters while I couldn't just get enough. The devotion and love story and friendships brought me to tears actually. I can't wait for the remaining books to be released!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    C. Rice 11-05-08
    C. Rice 11-05-08 Member Since 2014
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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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 08-10-13
    BluBumbleB 08-10-13 Member Since 2014

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "YES LORDS!!!!"

    Where have I been??? Under a rock apparently! Lords of the underworld....awesomely fantastic! I purchased book one several months ago and sadly it's been catching dust on my bookshelf. Finally I am in the know with this series. I LOVED this first book and plan to buy the entire series so I can catch up with the rest of the listeners that have given such rave reviews. I totally concur whole-heartedly. If you're a fan of paranormal romances this is definitely one to get. I adore the lead characters Maddox and Ashlyn. Their romance really spoke to me and of course I'm a sucker for a hunky guy that falls head over heels and isn't ashamed to shout it to the world! The other Lords are equally as interesting and my ears are burning to hear the remaining stories. Looks like I won't be getting any sleep or working very hard...oh well! :-) highly recommend this book as a credit purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 06-10-13
    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 06-10-13

    I am in love with pararomance and am always trying to find new series with a great story and sizzling hot spots!

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    "Found my second favorite series!"
    What did you love best about The Darkest Night?

    Great story, I absolutely love how each character has their own person hell they have to deal with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    For now, Lucian, I am very curious about him...


    What about Max Bellmore’s performance did you like?

    I thought he was wonderful! For those of you who have complained about how slow he speaks, you CAN speed up the narrator. I sped him to 1.5 and it was PERFECT. I love that he has a different voice for every single male character. I love Robert Petkoff but Max is now my other fav!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I absolutely did.


    Any additional comments?

    Also, people that complain about a book being a "waste" of a credit, you CAN redeem it if you disliked a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 11-17-11
    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 11-17-11 Member Since 2014

    I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.

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    "Me Caveman, You Tasty Morsel"

    Four stars for pure fluff. A good romp with a neanderthal in a castle.

    As a book, this is seriously just heat. A girl who hears voices gets picked up on the side of a hill and at the top is a castle where all the inhabitants haven't upgraded their English in a century (despite going clubbing each week?) The big brute of a man who plays guard detail has to get killed every night because of a curse so the gal spends the evening in a dank dark cell. Between her fainting and his constant deaths the two finally have some weird desire to latch on to each other and lots of sex.

    As a story, it's not so good, but every gal has a fantasy of being manhandled. Every now and then anyway.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda lexington, KY, USA 11-23-09
    Amanda lexington, KY, USA 11-23-09
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    "This narrator sucks"

    This book lags on and on and on. The narrator is monotone and sounds exactly the same no matter what emotions the characters are feeling at the moment.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah, USA 05-21-09
    Amazon Customer Utah, USA 05-21-09
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    "Gah! Will it never stop?"

    I thought the story for this sounded really interesting and could be a fun romance. Instead of being fun, I found the dialog between Maddox and Ashlyn to be forced. The majority of their conversations seemed to be single words. All the men in this novel are to be "big, strong warriors" but instead of having an attractive appeal, it was a complete turn off because they became more like brutes. Every time one of the men spoke (for the most part) all I could think was caveman and "me man, you my women." The attempts to make Maddox seem more emotional just left me thinking "gah!" and seemed unbelievable to me. This book also struck me as being very formulaic. Beautiful virgin finds handsome warrior who reveals a tender side which no one ever knew he had and they have steamy sex, then something happened and must be saved by the handsome warrior. Also, the language and wording used during the multiple sex scenes were turn offs for me and no at all romantic and were repetitive. At one point I just wanted the plot to get moving and skipped ahead during a sex scene by 15 minutes and it was still going. The male reader I also found did not appeal to me. I think he only increased how weird the sex scenes were because he voice didn't change much, it felt very monotone. In the end, I was very happy for this book to be over and don't think I will trying any more by this author.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Catlin Tukwila, WA, United States 02-19-09
    Catlin Tukwila, WA, United States 02-19-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Unwise to develop the plotline so slowly"

    This was the first audiobook I have not bothered to finish, I quit roughly an 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. into listening. DON'T waste your time or money. Intriguing concept that was poorly executed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Rigby, ID, USA 01-25-09
    Danielle Rigby, ID, USA 01-25-09
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    "Narrator kills me!"

    The book is very entertaining- the narrator reads in slow-motion and pauses at odd intervals- it was extremely off putting. I had to listen to this audio book is segments so that I didn't go crazy.

    I am looking forward to adding more of this series to my collection- unless it the same narrator who did this book- if it is- sorry audible- I won't be purchasing them.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Busconi VT, USA 12-08-08
    J. Busconi VT, USA 12-08-08 Member Since 2014

    Amazon fan

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    "Give it a try"

    Very good-
    Interesting new perspective to the characters and actually pretty funny when author felt that the mood may be too dark or disinterested.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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