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The Darkest Pleasure: Lords of the Underworld, Book 3

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Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her - even defy the gods.

Danika is on the run. For months she's eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won't rest until she and her family have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can't forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear.

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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    Sam ANTLERS, OK, United States 07-26-12
    Sam ANTLERS, OK, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A lighter version of BDB by Ward"
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    I love supernatural romance or fantasy romance whatever you want to call them. But I have read so many of them that they sometimes become too predictable. I am always on the lookout for books and series that can hold my interest and throw a couple of curve balls too. So far Showalter has been able to do just that.
    This book is predictable is some ways but in others it has an originality that I truly enjoyed. Danika is like so many women. She faces obstacles that are overwhelming but she does everything in her power to be strong and protect herself and the ones she loves. For most of the book she keeps falling short but in the end she finds a strength in her gift that makes her stronger than she could have ever dreamed.

    Plus Showalter brings in a wicked question to have ask yourself, ???Can I physically harm the person I care about if pain is pleasurable to that person???? J.R. Ward had a book in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series that asked the same thing. Showalter managed to avoid going so dark and depressing though.
    The two series are very similar and I like them both, but Showalter is not nearly as dark or hard core as Ward. You should try them both and see which one you like more.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Oshkosh, WI, United States 01-19-11
    Tanya Oshkosh, WI, United States 01-19-11
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    "Must read!"

    I've had each book in this series for a while and recently started listening from the beginning. I enjoy this book and the way that the author blends the alpha male personality with his vulnerability and a strong woman's determination.

    Anyone who likes Christine Feehan, Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake series) or Karen Marie Moning's (Highlander series) would enjoy this series as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 09-24-12
    Katheryne MD, United States 09-24-12 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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    "I Highly recommend all the Lords of the Underworld"

    I love this series! If you enjoy paranormal romance then look no further....this series is GREAT!

    This book was one of my favorites!!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-24-16
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-24-16 Member Since 2016

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "LOVE REYES AND DANIKA!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Darkest Pleasure to be better than the print version?

    ALWAYS IS!! But I only listened!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how gentle Reyes got around Danika, he was so cute and awkward...it was adorable!


    Which character – as performed by Max Bellmore – was your favorite?

    Anya as always...But I do Love Reyes too!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I really like this series and the narrator has truly grown on me! In this one we have Reyes who is cursed with the demon of pain and Danika, the one that got away....and she is on the run! Danika goes into hiding because her family is in danger from Aron...a demon charged with the duty of killing her family, and he wont stop till he has them, even though he really doesn't want to! Reyes tries imprisoning Aron to give him time to find Danika, and she fights him tooth and nail in the process...but love is true, and we learn Danika has powers of her own and is very valuable...this may just save her and her family..and be Reyes' salvation also!!

    REALLY GOOD STORY! ON TO BOOK 4!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 08-31-13
    BluBumbleB 08-31-13 Member Since 2016

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "This series is my new addiction!"

    I'm so happy I finally purchased this series. After reading rave reviews over the last few months, I finally delved into the world of the Lords! And I've loved every minute! Great narration, interesting characters, and of course I gush over romance that blossoms against the odds. This third installment focuses on Reyes---total tortured hottie of course---and his love interest Danika. I loved Reyes in both books 1 & 2, so I was excited to listen to his story unfold. I'm moving on to book 4 and can't wait. These books are definitely credit worthy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patsy G. 12-21-09
    Patsy G. 12-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great"

    Gena Showalter can write a sexy story, thats for sure, of the 4 books in the series of The Lords of the Underworld, I think Reyes with his demon "pain was my favorite, I love how hard he fought for his soul mate Danika Ford, but stayed true to his brotherhood & friends, its the 3 rd book in the series and was a trully great listen..
    Max Bellmore has a wonderful voice with good various pitches to adjust to each character, he makes very easy to follow and know each character, and I didn't get tired of his voice. I was also glad they kept the same narrater for all 4 book, thats always a plus for me.. enjoy

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    kytten 12-10-12
    kytten 12-10-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Another excellent book in this series"

    I'm totally addicted to this series. I've loved learning about each of the Lords and seeing the world and fight between them and the Hunters develop. The series just keeps getting better with each book.

    The only complaint that I have at this point is that there are so many Lords that I'm getting them mixed up and forgetting who has which demon.

    This book is about Reyes (Pain) and his human -- introduced in the first book. It's a wonderful story and as always, the chemistry written between the two main characters just sucked me in.

    I love that the other Lords are so accepting of the women who are joining them. They're beginning to see positive benefits to giving up their bachelor ways and some are even coming around to the possibility of finding someone of their own one day.

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 10-17-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2016

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

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    "One heck of a pain."

    I have enjoyed the stories of the LOTU, but this one was a little on the sick side. Still a good story but I don’t enjoy the pleasure from pain kind of sex. I know this had to be considering his demon, and I don’t mind a bit of spanking but this was over the top in some of the scenes for a sexual build up. I like the characters and the main story; I will defiantly continue to read the remaining books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vermont VT, USA 12-08-08
    Vermont VT, USA 12-08-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Author"

    The story is getting old but the author continues to write very well, interject twists and background information that keeps the reader/listener interested.

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-22-16
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-22-16 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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    "Really good addition to the series :D"

    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good story. I liked both Reyes and Danika and I enjoyed their story very much.

    Danika is an artist who makes a living doing portraits and such. She's not rich but makes enough to make a living off of her art. Danika's very close with her grandmother, mother and sister and, after recently losing Danika's grandfather, the 4 women decided to travel to Budapest together. There they're taken captive by the Lords of the Underwrold for reasons unknown.

    Reyes is an Immortal man that was part of the reason why Pandora's box was opened. As punishment, the Greek gods decides that Reyes and the other's responsible would be bonded with the demons that escaped the box so the demons wouldn't be let lose on the world. Reyes host to the demon of pain and is driven to inflict pain, either on others or himself. In order to save innocents from his demon, Reyes has taken to inflicting pain oh himself to sate the demon's cravings.

    Danika and her family are kidnapped by the LotU in book #1, The Darkest Night. They were kidnapped because Aaeron (one of the LotU and the host of Wrath) was ordered by Cronos (the King of the Titans) to kill the 4 women or go crazy with bloodlust. Aaeron realized the women were innocent and while the LotU tried to find a way around the order, the women were kept in their fortress. During this time, Reyes and Danika meet and a connection is made. Danika and her family are eventually let go and Aaeron is imprisoned so he wont go on a killing spree in his bloodlust. Danika and her family decide to split up and go on the run, just in case the LotU come after them again. Unfortunately, hunters find Danika and see her as a way to getting to the LotU. After filling her head with lies and false promises, they try to set Danika against the LotU.

    Reyes finds out that Danika has been captured by the hunters and is determined to save her. Afterward, Reyes brings her back to the fortress with him, deciding to safeguard her no matter what. Reyes is aware that Danika might have been subverted by the hunters but he can't help but want to protect her. Danika fears the LotU but she's been haunted by memories of Reyes ever since they met and has a hard time thinking of betraying him and the others in the fortress. Demons they might be, but Danika can see that they're decent people that don't go around causing havoc. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles for Danika and Reyes to get past, one of which is Reyes' determination that he's no good for Danika and would ruin her if they stayed together. Thankfully, they manage to get past their obstacles, both external and internal, and end the story with a well deserved HEA together.

    I really enjoyed this story. I liked both Reyes and Danika very much as MCs...they both had issues and things they had to deal with but they did it well and made me like them even more. The story was very good and kept things interesting throughout. I'd recommend this story and series (so far at least). :D

    * note - The narrator did a very good job but I will say that I wasn't totally thrilled about Reyes' voice...but I didn't hate it either so I wouldn't see it as a reason not to get the audio.

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