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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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    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.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 08-23-14
    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Possibly good, with bad narrator, hard to tell"
    What did you like best about The Darkest Night? What did you like least?

    I liked the character of Ashlyn, vulnerable and fiesty at the same time.

    I hated the conversation between the Lords.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkest Night?

    The sacrifice by Ashlyn. No spoilers here.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Too often the male voices failed to match the character, or the narrator spoke with a different characters voice. Was confusing and bad


    Was The Darkest Night worth the listening time?

    Not particularly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-02-14
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about The Darkest Night?

    Was hoping to find another great series.... not so much. Consistently found myself rolling my eyes.


    What was most disappointing about Gena Showalter’s story?

    The story line had potential but did not come close to reaching it. I might have been able to enjoy it a little if I had not just finished reading all of Kresley Coles books. Kresley Cole is a genius. Read all of her books instead... skip this one.


    Did Max Bellmore do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes... But the writing was so bad you couldn't really enjoy it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DKAero 08-17-13
    DKAero 08-17-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Agonizing....."
    What disappointed you about The Darkest Night?

    Slow plot movement....VERY SLOW....and sluggish dialogue. Could only think...."Move faster" Maybe by the end of the series this gets faster paced.


    What was most disappointing about Gena Showalter’s story?

    SLOW...torturously SLOW.


    What three words best describe Max Bellmore’s voice?

    He was trying. Arduous material. There could have been greater distiction between the men.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 08-10-13
    BluBumbleB 08-10-13 Member Since 2015

    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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    Elizabeth 07-08-13
    Elizabeth 07-08-13
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    "could have been great"

    I listened a few weeks ago and am still struck by how annoyed I was that the story could have been great, but instead, I felt cheated by multiple poorly written sex scenes. I enjoy a little passion, but after a while it just felt raunchy. And I really did want the story to be better, but now I won't follow up on the series.

    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 Member Since 2015

    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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    Marian 06-01-13
    Marian 06-01-13 Member Since 2008

    Daydreamer

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    "Started strong, ended weak"

    So here's my thing: if I'm going to read a gushy romance, then ok, that's cool. But if I pick up a book that looks like the cover of this one does, I'm not looking for sappy romance. I'm looking for hot sex/ sexual tension that eventually leads people to realize they really care for each other. This was kind of the case, but I'm sorry, maybe I'm too much like a guy in that way, but I can't STAND when characters who have known each other for less than a week (regardless of how intense the connection) start dropping the L-bomb like it's going out of style. I dunno, it's almost too much for me and makes the story instantly cheesy and off-putting. No wonder my boyfriend adores me. I'd rather they bump uglies real good so we know how much they care about each other than hear professions of eternal affection. So if you aren't bothered by that, you will probably love this book. It just happens that I don't.

    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 2015

    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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