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Publisher's Summary

She has tempted many men...but never found her equal.

Until now.

Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death - a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.

But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining....

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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Pretty good addition to the series :)

3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story. I liked Anya and Lucien was good although there were times I wanted to kick him.

Anya is the Greek goddess of Anarchy. She was born under unfortunate circumstances, to a mother that was way to loose in her affections and a father that was unknown and not around. Anya was cursed when she didn't even deserve it and the curse makes relationships....difficult. Anya ended up in possession of an item that Cronos, the King of the Titans wants desperately and will use any method to get.

Lucien is an immortal that was part of group of warriors that were responsible for opening Pandora's box. Lucien was bonded with the demon of death and he has to escort certain souls to heaven or hell. Lucien loved a woman centuries ago but lost her. He scarred his face in his grief over her and so women turn away from him because of those scars.

Anya got involved with the Lords of the Underworld in the previous book when she helped out Ashlyn and Maddox in their struggles to get together. Anya became interested in Lucien and found that she had trouble staying away from him, using her cloaking power to stalk him while he remained unaware. Unbeknownst to her, Lucien has realized someone has been watching him and is just biding his time while trying to figure out who it is. Unfortunately, just as they start to actually talk, things get messed up by Cronos. The Titans have taken the heavens over from the Greek gods and so Cronos has the power to order the LoTU to do his bidding, which he does,, commanding Lucien to kill Anya. Lucien doesn't want to kill anyone that doesn't deserve it and so he tries to refuse but Cronos threatens to hurt the other LoTU if Lucien doesn't do as commanded.

Anya is actually pretty cool about Lucien being on a mission to kill her. She's very good at fighting and taking care of herself so she can hold her own against Lucien. The problem is that she can't stay away from him so even when she manages to lose him when he pursues her to attempt to kill her, she doesn't end op staying away for too long. I liked that even though Anya couldn't stay away, she still stayed strong. Lucien is confused about her interest in him because he doesn't think any woman could possibly accept him scars and all. He pretty much accepts Cronos' order without even trying to find an alternative (which I found very annoying) and kept trying to kill her off and on though a good chunk of the story. Thankfully, their mutual attraction makes it difficult for Lucien to keep trying to kill Anya and (eventually) they start plotting how to get around Cronos. Things don't go exactly as planned but Anya and Lucien do end up together in the end and starting their HEA.

This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked Anya as the heroine...she did good at being a strong heroine even while being so obsessed with the hero that she can't stay away from him. I liked Lucien overall but his insistence in the beginning of killing Anya without even trying other options made me want to slap him a number of times. That was my only real complaint though and the story itself was well written and stayed interesting. I'd recommend this story. :)

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Story gets better with each chapter

I love this series, never a dull moment. It's full of action, passion, and suspense.

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Even Better Than the First

Passion, romance, and sacrifice! With a wonderful continuation of the adventure from the first book. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. I'm intrigued to find out how the series will end. I'm not an avid romance novel reader, but these ones have me hooked. Can't wait till my next credit is available so that I can get the next one.

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Very boring romance

The story was still good but the romance was SO BORING. It's basically a make out book with lots of brooding

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Lucien!

My most favorite book of Lords of the underworld! In my opinion Gena's best love story. And I just love Max Bellmore.

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Supernatural and mythology

If you could sum up The Darkest Kiss in three words, what would they be?

Dark,thrilling and enchanting

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

The girl giving up her life for his.

Have you listened to any of Max Bellmore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but he does a great job keeps you hooked.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Pandora's box

Any additional comments?

Love it have went on to the next one in series.

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  • Autumn
  • Euclid, OH, United States
  • 06-05-13

Wow

What did you love best about The Darkest Kiss?

The fights

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucian

Have you listened to any of Max Bellmore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, ana voice and the way she talked reminded me of a valley girl

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Idk, go watch the damn movie you will love it

Any additional comments?

Keep reading the series is sure to get better

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BORING!!!!

I listened to Book one and really enjoyed it. The reading is a bit slow, but the voice is great. So I purchased the next 3 books. This is book 2 and from the beginning I have been so bored, that I listen to a couple of chapters and skip a couple of chapters. I have even fallen asleep, woke up and I could still follow the story. I hope the next 2 books are not like this. I have 5 chapters left and can’t wait to finish this book. I have listened to hundreds of Audio books, but I honestly have to say this has been the most boring book I have listened to.

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  • Regina
  • SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States
  • 04-17-13

The Demon that cares about everyone

If you could sum up The Darkest Kiss in three words, what would they be?

A true leader

What did you like best about this story?

That Lucien truly loves his partners and friends. He will do about anything to help them. I think Anya is a wonderful character and I like it when she gives up everything to save Lucien even though she is the goddess of anarchy.

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

Lucien is one of my favorite in this series and Bellmore bring both his strength and his compassion through his tone. Lucien doesn't have to shout to be heard, but he always get to the point.

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

Not extreme, but I can't wait until Cronus gets his.

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  • Coooper
  • Wasilla, AK, United States
  • 02-25-13

LOVE THE DARK LORDS

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The storyline was very, very weak. I usually don't give up on books unless they are really bad or the narrator is really bad. This book wasn't bad, just weak. I do really like the series so continued with this one in hopes that the next in the series will be stronger. I did continue also just to see if it got better.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The next in this series.

What about Max Bellmore’s performance did you like?

Max Bellmore's narration made this book. If it had not been for his performance I would most likely have given up. He's great.

Do you think The Darkest Kiss needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes