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A searing Lords of the Underworld tale by New York Times best-selling author Gena Showalter, featuring a beastly prince and the wife he will wage war to keep.

He is ice....

Puck the Undefeated, host of the demon of Indifference, cannot experience emotion without punishment, so he allows himself to feel nothing. Until her. According to ancient prophecy, she is the key to avenging his past, saving his realm, and ruling as king. All he must do? Steal her from the man she loves - and marry her.

She is fire....

Gillian Shaw has suffered many tragedies in her too-short life, but nothing could have prepared the fragile human for her transition into immortality. To survive, she must wed a horned monster who both intrigues and frightens her...and become the warrior queen she was born to be.

Together they burn.

As a rising sense of possession and obsession overtake Puck, so does insatiable lust. The more he learns about his clever, resourceful wife, the more he craves her. And the more time Gillian spends with her protective husband, the more she aches for him. But the prophecy also predicts an unhappily-ever-after. Can Puck defeat fate itself to keep the woman who brought his deadened heart back to life? Or will they succumb to destiny, losing each other...and everything they’ve been fighting for?

©2018 Gena Showalter (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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What the hell happened?

Max could not sound more bored or apathetic with reading this one. The usual enthusiasm and pitch changes (especially to differentiate internal monologue and to a lesser extent for female characters) are gone and it's like he's rushing to just get it done and over with. And he 100% dropped the Irish accent for Puck which was a huge part of the appeal! I don't get it. It's not like his accent was bad to begin with so he decided to just Americanize it to make it easier. He couldn't have just forgotten since the author alludes to Puck's "Irish lilt" and he calls Gilly "lass" quite frequently. How did Gena not listen to the post version and insist he re-record it? The story itself is fine but the audio frankly really tanked this for me. I've read and/or listened to the entire series so I still plan to stick with it but friendly warning to prepare to be disappointed in the voices for this installment.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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I had my doubts!

Ok so I also was a little disappointed that there would be no Liam and Gilly, BUT I have to admit Gena did not disappoint. I LOVED Puck, I loved Gilly, I loved Liam, I just loved this book. Gilly's crush on Liam was a little girls crush seen through little girls eyes. She had to come in to her own in a spectacular way and it took Puck not treating her like a child to accomplish that. There is a reason for the madness and as the story unfolds it all starts to make sense. For those of you who will rate this low without even reading it or feel "betrayed" by the author, I hope you decide to give it a chance. I don't think you'll be dissappointed.

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Forced, Boring & Forgettable (Spoilers)

I really struggle to finish this book, the story, plot and everything in it seems forced to me, also the way they talk seems very cave style ( "Me: Tarzan - You: Jane") which could be good for some characters but the author is doing it for all of them and it gets tiresome at least for me. As far as characters, I really can't get pass the hooves, hairy legs and horns as a permanent fixture for the maim character, I don't find it sexy at all, I mean that I'm ok with the character being different but to be able to change back to a normal hunky guy and that to be his primary form, but to have him primary as a satyr... eww!!! I was also expecting to be a development in characters as a couple, not like 500 yrs passes and we only know because of letters, and she misses him when she only met him like for 5 minutes and he was horrible to her, and not even a blip for missing William at all, and then boom he comes back and now it's the love of her life.... Like I said it seems very forced all of it. The only reason I finished listening to this book is to see if there was any developments for the story of the other characters, but it was probably during the last 5 minutes of the entire book and barely any hints... what a waste of time!!!

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What's happening with the rest of the warriors?!?!

The story is interesting however why did Gena take this turn in regards to Gilly and William, it doesn't make sense. What's going on with the rest of the warriors, it seems like the last 3 books have only been about the love connection and not about the artifacts/war .... what's going on Gena. Did will they find the box; has that story died. I don't get it. I listening to The Darkest Pleasure now and I realized wow this book and all the books up to Torin's where exciting and not only about the love connection, they were all about the Lord's and the quest for the box.

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so far I am disappointed in the narrator.

Max has no emotions everything sounds and feels so flat. And I can barely tell the difference between the characters... although I just started the book and only on chapter 1! I am a huge fan of GS I have read every book in the LOTU series and pre ordered this and was quite looking forward to this story between Puck and Gilly, but I may have to get my credit back and read it myself
EDIT: while I am still struggling with the narrator I am completely in love with the storyline. GS never disappoints. if you have listened to this narrator before and enjoy his reading then this Audible is for you... but I truly recommend just buying the book and reading it yourself!!!! 💁🏽

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loved it!!!!

Another GREAT book!!! loved it...Thank you for a wonderful story. I can't wait till the next installment.

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Way better than expected!

Like all of the other LOTR fans i was pissed that William and Gilly didn't end up togeather but Gena won me over. This was an excellent story!! Not at all what I expected and with out giving anything away everyone is exactly where they should be.... except Legion?? 😉

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loved it

So I love the fact that this story made me cry and laugh. but I could not put it down.

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Really enjoyable addition to the series :)

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This was a really good story. I have to admit to reservations about this story when I started. I never really liked the idea of Gillian with William but I also wasn't sure how Showalter would pull off the Gillian being with someone else but for me, she pulled it off well. :)

Gillian is a human girl that's just turning 18 when the story begins. She was sexually abused when young and ended up on the streets until she fell in with the Lord of the Underworld and found safety. It was rough to trust again though and weirdly enough, her best friend became William (the ever-randy) because she felt safe with him. But this also confused her young heart and convinced her that she felt a romantic love for William.

Puck is an immortal that was a Prince of a realm but is now the keeper of demon of indifference. There is a prophecy about Puck and his brother, who would rule and how it would happen, that set them at odds (though they had planned to try to get around the prophecy until others interfered). Puck's demon left him with a widespread apathy but the suffering of his people finally prompted Puck to figure out how to change things.

An oracle tells Puck that in order to get his brother (who has become a tyrant) off the throne, he has to marry William's woman...Gillian. Gillian is in a life-threatening situation when Puck finds her and he uses it to convince her to bond with him. It sounds kind of bad but he doesn't rush her into the decision and she would have truly died if he hadn't offered her the option. Once Gillian is alive and transformed into an immortal due to a potion and the bond to Puck, Puck takes her to his realm as part of his plan. Puck doesn't tell Gillian his whole plan immediately but does before too long. Part of that plan involves Puck going back to the mortal realm to make a deal with William and because of some clever time-shifting between the realms, this give Gillian a lot of time to mature and gain some fighting skills.

Once the deal is made and Puck is back (with William in tow) there's some conflict because William has convinced himself that Gillian is his. With the added years that Gillian has matured, she realizes that maybe her love for a friend wasn't the true love she thought it was but things are still a bit iffy. Things between Gillian and Puck bloom once they're back together but there is worry that the draw to each other may be caused by the bond and not real feelings. And there's a few different prophecies floating around and some of them seem to conflict with each other, making it hard to figure out how things will work out for the best. Things do work out though and although there's some definite angst getting there, I really liked the way things worked out in the end, allowing Gillian and Puck to get their well deserved HEA together.

This was a really enjoyable story. I've been sort of lukewarm about Gillian in past books, especially since I didn't really like the idea of her with William. However, she grew into a really cool heroine in this story and I like her very much now. Puck's demon made him a cold at times and he's a fierce warrior but he was surprisingly sweet when he could allow emotions without punishment from his demon. Overall, I really liked the characters and story and found it to be an engaging story so I would recommend it (and the series in general).

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  • ryanfog
  • Thayne, WY, United States
  • 08-15-18

I liked the twist this book took.

Spoiler alert... I enjoyed the twist this book took. William wasn’t good for Gillian. Had she stayed with him I don’t feel like she would have grown anymore. He was her comfort zone and Puck made her stretch herself. I hope William’s mate is a strong force that battles his ego to the end.

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  • Flamexxx
  • 07-24-18

The Darkest Warrior

A totally thrilling story, so sensual and erotic. Like Beauty & the Beast. ☺☺ recommended