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The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, Book 1

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His powers - inhuman; His passion - beyond immortal. All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member - a man trapped in a hell of his own. Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments...and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction - and a soul-shattering test of love.

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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    Squeak Alaska 12-11-11
    Squeak Alaska 12-11-11 Member Since 2009

    The Dragon Mother

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    "A Whole Group of Big Bad Immortals!"

    I have heard a lot about this series and seen the abbreviation LOTU so much that I decided everyone must have read this series except me. So I decided to take the plunge.

    This story is about some immortal warriors that opened Pandora’s box and released demons into the world. As a punishment, the Gods decided that each warrior would have to host one of the demons.

    This book sets up the groundwork for the series, so there is a lot of information given out and then some story telling. The main characters in this story are Maddox (who is hosting the demon Violence) and Ashlyn (a mortal human with the ability to hear voices of the past.) And of course they fall in love … this is a paranormal romance after all!

    I really enjoyed how Maddox was portrayed as fighting his demon. Especially when he had to really look into what he was feeling and decide if it was what he was feeling or what the demon was feeling. I enjoyed the steamy romance between our two main characters.

    Things I didn’t like were the mono-syllabic responses from Maddox when he was with Ashlyn. I think those dialogs the first time were okay, after that … not so okay. Also, Paris having to find at least one different woman everyday in a remote isolated place. How many women were there and how long had they lived in that place? Don’t see that. They had people delivering stuff to their house, yet Ashlyn couldn’t find the road to their door? Hmmm.

    Overall, I think it is a great addition to anyone’s paranormal romance collection and I am looking forward to the next in the series.

    The Narration Review
    I really must ask if it is alright just to put down … holy smokes! And have that cover my narration review? No… hmm. It could be because I have not listened to a male narrator for a long time, but Max Bellmore’s voice was very enticing. When it came to the intimate scenes between Maddox and Ashlyn, listening to Max made me feel like I was eavesdropping on a love scene in the next room. He inserted just the right amount of emotion to drag the words off the page and whisper them gently into my ear. Great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MJ 10-23-11
    MJ 10-23-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible."

    Good concept, but horrible execution. Plodding plot, stilted dialog, and a narrator who prolongs the agony with his slow reading.

    I don't give up on books easily once I've purchased them, but I couldn't even get as far as the second part on this clunker. These might be okay to read in book form, where you can skim over the slow bits, but on audio it was painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 10-20-11
    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 10-20-11
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    "Just A OK"

    If anyone has ever read the male character in a JR Ward or Anne Bishop novel, perhaps you'd understand what I mean when I say the male demons in this novel seemed empty. I had no empathy nor understanding of who they were and what punishment drove them to be murderous bullies. . .What I felt after listening to this book was impatience which may have driven me to keep forwarding ahead to chapters. The male characters seem like thirteen year olds starting fights in their living room rather than the school playground. As a matter of fact they even cmmunicated lke middle schoolers.

    So...I'll end this by saying, I didn ot like this book. Perhaps it was the narrator who seemed to have a frantic tone all the way through the reading or the characters.

    Perhaps in the future I'll change my mind and order the other books. As it stands now, there is no way. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothea Willow, AK, United States 10-06-11
    Dorothea Willow, AK, United States 10-06-11 Member Since 2009

    I am a passionate devourer of chocolate and books. I also listen to audiobooks and drink chocolate. When I die, I don't want to be embalmed!

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    "Immortal Warriors Possessed by Demons."
    Any additional comments?

    I have heard a lot about this series and seen the abbreviation LOTU so much that I decided everyone must have read this series except me. So I decided to take the plunge.

    This story is about some immortal warriors that opened Pandora’s box and released demons into the world. As a punishment, the Gods decided that each warrior would have to host one of the demons.

    This book sets up the groundwork for the series, so there is a lot of information given out and then some story telling. The main characters in this story are Maddox (who is hosting the demon Violence) and Ashlyn (a mortal human with the ability to hear voices of the past.) And of course they fall in love … this is a paranormal romance after all!

    I really enjoyed how Maddox was portrayed as fighting his demon. Especially when he had to really look into what he was feeling and decide if it was what he was feeling or what the demon was feeling. I enjoyed the steamy romance between our two main characters.

    Things I didn’t like were the mono-syllabic responses from Maddox when he was with Ashlyn. I think those dialogs the first time were okay, after that … not so okay. Also, Paris having to find at least one different woman everyday in a remote isolated place. How many women were there and how long had they lived in that place? Don’t see that. They had people delivering stuff to their house, yet Ashlyn couldn’t find the road to their door? Hmmm.

    Overall, I think it is a great addition to anyone’s paranormal romance collection and I am looking forward to the next in the series.

    The Narration Review
    I really must ask if it is alright just to put down … holy smokes! And have that cover my narration review? No… hmm. It could be because I have not listened to a male narrator for a long time, but Max Bellmore’s voice was very enticing. When it came to the intimate scenes between Maddox and Ashlyn, listening to Max made me feel like I was eavesdropping on a love scene in the next room. He inserted just the right amount of emotion to drag the words off the page and whisper them gently into my ear. Great job!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Panagiotis catskill, NY, United States 06-10-11
    Panagiotis catskill, NY, United States 06-10-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible...couldn't finish it!"

    Warning this is a Harlequin book, and a very poorly written and narrated one!.... Terrible characters, Plot... If you are a 13 year old girl then try it....Otherwise......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathy 03-24-11
    kathy 03-24-11 Member Since 2009

    favorite authors in no particular order are: Charlaine Harris, Darynda Jones, Karen Chance,Jeanine Frost, Gena Showalter, Karen Marie Moning, Kim Harrison, Laurell k Hamilton (books 1-10),Katie Macalister, Nicole Peeler, and Patricia Briggs

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    "something different and definately fun"

    I really like this series. Demon possesed warriors is something a little different. Of coarse they have suffered FOREVER and then suddenly there is the one who changes it all...(usually a virgin??!!) the stories are fun, the characters are sexy. I found them very entertaining and worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    melissa huntsville, tn, United States 02-14-11
    melissa huntsville, tn, United States 02-14-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Awsome book"

    Gena Showalters The Darkest Night is one of the most enthralling books I have read in a very long time. The cast of characters are beyond intriguing. The action keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stella Concord, MA, United States 02-04-11
    Stella Concord, MA, United States 02-04-11 Member Since 2015
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    "edit, edit , edit"

    This book should be shorter; it takes forever to get to the point. The conversation seems to be forced. Thank god it was on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Oshkosh, WI, United States 01-17-11
    Tanya Oshkosh, WI, United States 01-17-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing!!"

    I was apprehensive to buy this book in the beginning but I'm so glad that I did. This has turned into one of my favorite series and authors. Showalter does an amazing job building the fictional world but never losing sight of the romance building for both the main characters and future books. Highly recommend this book/series!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 01-04-11
    Andrea Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 01-04-11
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    "Don't waste your time."

    Badly written, full of cliches and a complete rip off of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I can't even believe this woman hasn't been sued by JR Ward. This books is so similar it's shocking. A group of cursed men living together and fighting as a team, each with their own set of issues, all single and hooking up one by one. At least the Brotherhood series is good. This was just really trashy and ridiculous. The characters weren't even likeable. The whole "the voices go away when I'm with you" idea was a rip off of the Sookie Stackhouse books. There wasn't an original idea or thought in this entire book. I won't be reading anything by this author again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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