The Darkest Craving by Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld #10
Published by Harlequin on July 30th 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Mel’s Magnificent Library
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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a breathtaking Lords of the Underworld tale about a warrior trapped by darkness and the woman determined to save him
Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him–a beast he’s determined to kill, no matter the price.
Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy–her royal family–and Kane is her only source of protection. He’s also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart…or die together.
*sigh* I don’t really know where to start with this review. Did I like The Darkest Craving, the tenth book in Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series? Yes I did but I certainly didn’t love it and in all honesty it’s my least favorite book in the series for a few reasons.
I’ve liked Kane since the moment he stepped foot onto the page and the world started falling apart around him. Being a walking disaster gave him a special place in my heart. I have craved his story for the past couple of years due to the buildup in the last few books. When Kane was trapped in hell I wanted so much for him to be rescued so he could finally know some peace and eventually get his freak on without disastrous repercussions.
So what the frak happened? I get that Kane was tortured and raped in hell. I’ve read a lot of books and watched a lot of TV shows with the hero having spent a little time downstairs and have always enjoyed watching said hero deal with the darkness and overcome it. Well, that is until now. We’re told that Kane was tortured and raped but we don’t witness any of it, not even in flashbacks. Not that I really want to witness his violation but how are you supposed to really get into the mindset of a hero with hellish issues if you can’t see those issues through their eyes? So. Damn. Disappointing.
I liked Josephina, the heroine of The Darkest Craving but at times she seriously annoyed me and I wanted less of her. Even more annoying? Her half-sister, the Fae princess and Keeper of Irresponsibility. She was a whole world of suck. I hated her and wanted someone to chop her frakkin head off and serve it to Josephina on a silver platter. Honestly I found the whole Fae race irresponsible, hateful, and downright assholish. I was glad that Josephina finally stepped up to the plate and put that bunch of twats in their place.
Let’s talk about important things like plot, action, snarkiness, and the super smexy times that Lords of the Underworld is known for. The plot was so-so but fast-paced so it kept me interested. There was a lot of action but for all the fighting it didn’t seem very brutal or violent. Again I have to mention that there were moments in hell that you expect to be dark but we didn’t get any of that. There was much needed comic relief and snarkiness in the form of William the Ever Randy who referred to my boys as “Lords of Pussywhip Manor“. The smexy times, though in abundance, were PG-13 at best. The hottest thing about this book is the cover. I would have rather had one smokin’ hot scene than all of the watered down stuff that was thrown in. For the first time ever, a Lords of the Underworld book read like PNR light. *pouts*
There are only two of the original Lords left after this book and they both had subplots in The Darkest Craving. While they both had me interested, I felt that neither one of them was fleshed out enough. I wanted more of Torin and Cameo and less poorly written sex scenes. Had I not followed Gena’s twitter chat earlier in the week, I would’ve been torn as to who the next book would be about. Because I am an author stalker extraordinaire, I know that the next book will be about Torin, Keeper of Disease. I look forward to reading more about him but honestly, I was more interested in Cameo’s subplot and really would’ve liked to have had more development there. I’m sure I’ll get that in Torin’s book so I can’t complain too much.
In closing, there were things that worked for me in The Darkest Craving and things that just didn’t. Torin, Cameo, and William saved this book from being a disaster. No pun intended. Maybe had there been more darkness, more grittiness, and Kane had been able to get his freak on in old school Gena fashion, The Darkest Craving would’ve been a better book.
I give The Darkest Craving 3 stars and hope with every fiber in my being that the next book is better.Lords of the Underworld is one of my all-time favorite series but this book just fell flat and left me feeling very under whelmed. The Darkest Craving wasn’t dark and it left me craving more of basically everything I’ve loved about the series.