Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Review: The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him… 

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he's back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he's unable to withstand the touch of another…and he's quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.  

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she's taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she's plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart. 

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she'll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever. 

My Review

I was really happy with this installment in the Lords of the Underworld series. It seems like the whole gang made an appearance in this one and I was glad to be able to see some of the characters from the other books pop up in this one as well. 

The Lords of the Underworld opened Pandora's Box and they were cursed with keeping the demons inside them. Baden used to be the keeper of Distrust but he was killed and is now back with something even more evil inside him. 

Katarina was stuck between loving the only family she had left, her brother and marrying someone she didn't love so that one of her brother's debts were paid off. Katarina rescued abused dogs, helped them learn to love and trust again. But all that is taken from her by her brother and her new husband, my heart broke for her. Right after she is married, Baden kidnaps her not knowing that her dogs are in danger. 

There's a war going on between Hades and Lucifer and even though they are both bad guys, Lucifer is the worst of them. So Hades uses Baden to get things that he can use to win the war against Lucifer and Katarina ends up getting caught up in the craziness. There's a twist that I didn't see coming but it was great! Like, omg that is awesome, great. There's lots of action in this book, lots of fighting as you can imagine because of all the demons involved and a few spots of tenderness that I wasn't expecting. 

Because there are so many paranormal creatures in this series, including Hades, Lucifer, Demons, The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Zeus and hellhounds...if you like books with a paranormal element to it, this is the series to get that from. 

I liked seeing a little of Legion, she's one of the characters that I most want to have her own book. She deserves to have her story told and I look forward to reading it. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.