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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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  • Brande
  • Malden, MA, USA
  • 06-09-08

BRANDE

I got hooked on the first Lords of the Underworld story by Gena Showalter. I adore Lucien and his story. He seems like such a scared (physically and emotionally), character with his past and internal turmoil, but Anya brings out Lucien and their story is addictive. I couldn't get enough and after reading the book I bought this audio book. Fast paced, and details come at you left and right. But truly fascinating to the last second!!!

The narrator captures the essence of the characters and made me care about them so much that I am counting the days until Lords of the Underworld 3 comes in July with Reyes' Story.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • katie
  • Plano, TX, United States
  • 01-31-12

Great book, not a lot of sex.

This is a really good book. It has a great plot and good story progression. I read a review saying that there was steamy sex in this book and I am one that loves a good sex scene. I was disappointed that there was really only one sex scene in this book as well as the others but the story is really great and worth the $ or credit. I have already listened to the first 3 books in this series and will be getting the others soon!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 08-23-16

REALLY REALLY REALLY GREAT STORY!

What did you love best about The Darkest Kiss?

I liked all of it, but Anya's character made this a super fun and great tory...she is soooo cute...and hilarious...I would say the word cheeky fits her perfectly!

What did you like best about this story?

I like how Lucien never gave up, was soooo patient...and was just an awesome man..even though his demon is death!

What about Max Bellmore’s performance did you like?

Max was good!

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

This would be an awesome movie!

Any additional comments?

This was a book club listen, and I really liked it! Anya and Lucien are good together...and Anya is a hilarious character....I liked how they worked together, and never gave up...I liked how selfless Lucien was and I am glad it all worked out in the end!! :) GOOD STORY!!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Bleu
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 03-31-14

Cheesy and Way Too Long

I feel like my tolerance for cheesy romance in urban paranormal fiction is pretty high, but this was way too much for me. I felt like the same scenes were just being repeated over and over and the book was just way too long.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Eleasha
  • Mathews, VA, United States
  • 04-12-10

GREAT READ!

Author did an excellent job of developing characters throughout the series. Just enough love, sex, intrigue and turmoil. A little predictible, of course, but still a great read! Narrator is a little slow and drawn out BUT you get used to him. The only downside is that Audible does not offer all of the books in the series - I'm off to B&N to find the rest!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed!

I listened to the first book in the series and while not blown-away thought there was at least enough to the story to try the second in the series. I like the puzzle of trying to figure out how things can end "happily ever after". And while this book, also, had me trying to guess how it would end, the story line was at best weak and it seemed as though the author thought that by throwing in enough "sexually explicit" encounters we would ignore the fact that the writing was weak and the heart of the story weaker. I do, however, like the narrator who in my opinion managed to at least make what there was of a story enjoyable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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this was tough.

If your coming from Kresley Cole's IAD and you are looking for a new series, don't look at this one. The story was just good. It needed more intense and detailed foreplay and sex scenes. But the narrator was Horrible! I would never listen to him again. The best part about him was the end. Literally the end when he stopped reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible narrator

What would have made The Darkest Kiss better?

The narrator is WAY too soft spoken and his overly soft voice does not correlate well with the story. I needed to go out and get the book as I was nauseated listening to a terrible voice.

What other book might you compare The Darkest Kiss to and why?

In the same genre as Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark, only those books have an outstanding narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Max Bellmore?

Someone with a DEEPER and MANLIER voice. He is way way way way way too soft spoken! It is seriously annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment at the narrator. The actual book I read on my own... all kinds of emotions as great story.

Any additional comments?

The audiobooks, ALL OF THEM, are ruined for me when this narrator is reading them. I had to go out and get the hard copies to enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good, though a bit confusing

The first book in this series was really good except that I thought the main characters were a bit too into their own minds and there wasn't a lot of description of action. This book was much better with that aspect and it made it a much better book overall.

The thing that made this confusing to me was that there were jumps from one 'scene' with a set of characters to another 'scene' with different characters. These were run together closely enough to be both confusing and startling. I'm not sure if this was a narrator problem or if Gena Showalter could have done a better job delineating scenes.

Either way, it wasn't bad enough to make me dislike the book so I definitely recommend this series.

One other thing, most romance-type novels seem to be read by female narrators. I find Max Bellmore's voice lends a depth to the reading that I don't get with female readers. I really enjoy listening to him on these books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful