The Lords of the Underworld return in this enthralling tale of an immortal warrior determined to win and the beautiful seductress he can’t resist.
Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.
Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can’t afford, because he has an agenda of his own - steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter - the love neither had thought possible.
©2011 Gena Showalter (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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.
I am really enjoying this series and I have Gena Showalter to blame for getting me into reading romance novels. These books are so creative!
Before you read it, I would highly recommend reading all the books that come before (even the one about Kia's sister Bianca which may not be on audio). There's so much building up to this book that anyone coming to this series for the first time will not have as much fun as those who have seen the Lords and harpies in action before.
I love Max Bellmore's performance. As a fan of history I love all the various references and weavings through Greek myth so the story is awesome. 4.5 stars
Very entertaining book. I laughed out loud so many times. I really love the narrator's spin on each of the characters. The plot was fun. I enjoyed every second and will be listening again. LOVE THIS BOOK.
The combined IQ of all the characters in this book is way below room temp. The dialogue makes me think of some adolescent reality show.
AND worst of all, the sex was tepid!!! GOOD GRIEF! If I struggle through one long teenage mindset, at least make it worth my time!
i love to read... so when i cant read a good book I listen to a good book :)
I love this story. I've read and listened to it multiple times. strider is an alpha-hole so if you don't like that, you won't like him. ki is sprung, strong, and very vulnerable. also, I love max Bellmore narrating. I would recommend.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I liked Kaia and Strider and was happy with how things turned out for them. TBH, I didn't like Strider much at first and I thought Showalter did a great job and making me like him as things progressed.
Kaia is a harpy and the sister of Gwen (heroine of book # 4, [book:The Darkest Whisper|5509920]). Kaia made a big mistake when she was 14 years old and even after 1500 years she still hasn't lived it down. Gwen has always wanted her mother's approval but Tabitha (her mother) wasn't exactly mother of the year and Kaia always felt lacking because she couldn't be what her mother wanted. Kaia has endeavored to get past that and be happy with the unconditional love of her sisters.
Strider is one of the immortal warriors that was responsible for opening Pandora's box and releasing the demons inside. As a way to punish the warriors responsible and imprison the demons, the Greek gods decided that the warriors should act as hosts for the demons. Strider was made the host of the demon of defeat and any time Strider loses a challenge he is crippled by horrible pain that takes a while to get over.
Ok, first of all I have to say that Strider's demon is completely stupid. Strider doesn't even have a choice about whether he accepts a challenge or not...if anyone even makes a statement around him that's slightly challenging, his demons automatically accepts any implied challenge and Strider's stuck trying to win or face horrible pain. So yeah, I feel a bit bad for Strider...however, that doesn't give Strider the excuse to be the consummate dickhead and egotistical asshat that he was in the beginning of the story. Kaia realized that Strider is her consort (someone that's very dear and rare to a harpy) and tried to approach Strider (and in a nice way, especially for a harpy). He had reasons for turning Kaia down in the beginning but they were pretty stupid reasons and while he tried to blow her off gently, he still hurt her for no real reason.
Although Strider is determined to keep Kaia at a distance, he ends up deciding to help her out at the Harpy games but makes sure she knows their partnership is just temporary and not going anywhere. His helping ends up being a good thing because the prize for the contest is one of the artifacts that the LotU have been searching for. This does cause some strife though because Kaia and her team want to win it outright and Stider wants to find it an steal it so there's no question of getting it. It doesn't help that the contest is pretty much rigged against Kaia and her team because all the other harpies are ganging up on them in the contest. Kaia and Strider have some major issues to get past but as they work together more and more, Strider does start to realize that a relationship with Kaia might actually be able to work after all. After a lot of danger and drama, Kaia and Strider do end the story starting a HEA together.
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Kaia from the start...she was strong but had a bit of vulnerability that endeared her to me. After Strider's actions in the previous book and how he acted in the beginning of this book I wasn't too hot on him but he did turn it around and by the end I was good with him and liked him with Kaia. Overall, I enjoyed the story very much and liked the characters so I'd recommend it (and the series). :)
Jane Yellowrock = Greatness
I love this series. After I finish this I'll listen to the dark angel series than I will listen to this series again. If you like IAD or the Immortal Guardians you'll love this series. But you can hear every deep breathe and swallow the narrator make. Like he needs to spit. It's annoying. That's my only complaint. Oh and I'm tired of all the characters licking their teeth and the pearled nipples :/ but still really good series!
I loved it!!! what I love about them is that they are not the same and very predictable.. well they meet they struggle they end up together but the storyline is not the same with all of the books from the series...
Believer in what you can't see
That Strider meets his match and falls in love with Kaia. I also like that Kaia doesn't give up on Strider.
That Kaia win her respect back
Kaia because she never gives up even when others turn their back on her.
Challenges make you who you are
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