Review: The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

Posted September 18th, 2014 in book review / 14 comments

Review: The Darkest Night by Gena ShowalterThe Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
Publisher: HQN Books on May 3, 2008
Genres: Adult, Demons, Mythology, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 379
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-half-stars

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 than 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...
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive -- and unimaginably powerful...

A Look Back Review

I love the Lords of the Underworld Series. Though I am a few books behind, this has always been in my top fav paranormal romance series of all time. I have reviewed a couple of the books later in the series, so I thought it was finally time to review book 1. The Darkest Night will always have a special place in my heart. It opens up this huge, scary world of demons and the men who are forced to carry them as punishment for opening Pandora’s Box. I love me some Greek mythology, and this book has it in spades.

Maddox, the Keeper of Violence, is rough and aggressive (obviously). He is tormented by his past actions. But when Ashlyn (I totally stole this name for my book) comes looking for the Lords because of her own secrets, Maddox can’t help but feel protective and infatuated with her. They both are hiding things but together they can helps each other in ways they never imagined. Maddox and Ashlyn are one of my fav couples in this series. Ashlyn is so soft and sweet, but she has this passionate and strong side too. Maddox is pretty dreamy in that alpha male sort of way. I can’t help but love watching a manly man slowly fall to his knees for a woman.

The plot was good though not great. The background story and world building were spot-on. I was totally absorbed with every word and action. The characters were so dark and interesting. There were some problems with the writing and the overall tightness of the book. Meeting all these characters could be overwhelming, but, honestly, I didn’t care about that stuff back then. I just simply enjoyed this book. End of story.

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14 Responses to “Review: The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter”

  1. Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are

    This book has been on my too-read list forever! I have taken it out from the library about 4 times already and just haven’t got round to reading it. Loved your review.. think I need to go and take it out again!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      For PNR, it’s one of the best. Some books in the series are better than others, but as a whole, the series is stellar!

  2. Jaclyn Canada

    I just read a Showalter book for the first time this year and I greatly enjoyed it. If this is one of your fav paranormal books of all times, I definitely have to check it out! Thanks so much for sharing 😀

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