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The Darkest Pleasure: Lords of the Underworld, Book 3 | [Gena Showalter]

The Darkest Pleasure: Lords of the Underworld, Book 3

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.
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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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    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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    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"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 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 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 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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    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 08-31-13
    BluBumbleB 08-31-13 Member Since 2012

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 10-17-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2011

    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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    J. Busconi VT, USA 12-08-08
    J. Busconi VT, USA 12-08-08 Member Since 2007

    Amazon fan

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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 04-17-13
    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2010

    Believer in what you can't see

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    "Pain is a big teddy bear"
    What did you love best about The Darkest Pleasure?

    The best part is how lovable Reyes is. Even though he is the demon of pain, he has learn to control the demon enough to only hurt himself. He always thinks of what his action will do to someone else.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of the story is how Reyes takes care of Danika. He makes sure she has everything she needs and tries to protect her from his demon's violence nature.

    He doesn't want Danika's nature to change because of who he is and he tries to avoid having sex with her because he doesn't want Danika to have to hurt him to bring him pleasure, but surprisingly she doesn't have to.


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

    Reyes is my favorite in this story. Although his task is great, he does whatever it takes to do the right thing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The most moving moment is when Reyes losses Danika and he is besides himself, but he is still compassionate toward others, especially Danika's Mom, Grandma and sisters.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the idea of beings that are possessed by emotions and behaviors that we all have and how the characters deal with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    constanza new york, NY, United States 05-17-11
    constanza new york, NY, United States 05-17-11 Member Since 2011

    **conty**

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    "not bad but bad in comparation"

    is not bad but def not good as the others in this series
    kind of bored me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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