The Darkest Kiss: Lords of the Underworld, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death - a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.
But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining....
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 13 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 01, 2008|
|Publisher||Harlequin Books S.A.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #17,583 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#496 in Paranormal Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#507 in Paranormal Fantasy
#2,587 in Romantic Fantasy (Books)
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The only thing I can think of that I didn't care for was how often Lucien compared his love for his past love Mariah, to his love for the heroine. It wasn't super annoying and the heroine was never second best, and I'm sure he loved her more than his past love, but I could have done without him mentioning Mariah til almost the very end of the book. Luckily he wasn't still in love with her, it was more of factual when thinking about her than lingering feelings. I'm very picky, so I'm sure this won't bother other people though.
Otherwise, great book! And this will be a hard couple to beat.
I absolutely love the way Mrs. Showalter sets the foundation of future stories in her current books...I'd much rather get all of the "back story" on the next book as it pertains to the current story...and although this is my second time reading this series I don't clearly remember what happens in the next books and can't wait to read Reyes and Paris' story. I also hope Aeron finds his way and doesn't have to kill.
Any who...this series is AWESOME and I'm only on the 2nd book...I highly recommend it!
Top reviews from other countries
But Anya's attempt to have a little fun with Lucian backfires when Lucian is ordered to kill her by Cronus, the king of the Titans.....
I kinda love this book, it's way better than I expected. I read somewhere that gena showalter describes Anya as a love or hate character and to be honest at the start of the book i was comfortably in the hate category and i thought it would spoil the book for me. And then she sort of grew on me to the point that by the end I thought she was really quite amusing - she actually made the book what it was.
She is beautiful, lethal and utterly chaotic and I have to admit she made me laugh at times. Anya and Lucian's story was full of sexual tension and it was totally a will they or wont they/ will he kill her or will she kill him kind of book.
It was fast-paced and packed full of stuff happening for other characters too; what happened to Paris, Aeron's escape, more of Reyes and Danika plus the search for the 4 artefacts continues.
Don't be put off by the start of the book - i nearly was - it gets a lot better. I think that this book is brilliant (although I think that i personally preferred the first one). Already started the next one...
But what disappointed me most was this:
I've met Lucien in other books in the series and found him an intriguing, enigmatic character. Long, white hair + disfiguring scars and an extremely chilly personality. (No, he looks NOTHING like the picture on the cover!)
So, whereas the first book was a very obvious "girl is attracted to violent guy because he is hot", the promised to be a lot more interesting. If a guy presents such an unattractive personality (cold-blooded killer, casual torturer etc.) to the world, and doesn't bowl a girl over with his looks, HOW does she get to discover the more appealing attributes that he is hiding?
Sounds interesting, eh?
Well, it could be. But it isn't. Anya simply has a kink for scars, and finds them sexy (as she tells us in the first chapter).
What an opportunity missed.
Lucien, otherwise known as Death, is the stoic, calm one of the demons and rarely flies into a temper unlike his friends. However, upon meeting Anya the goddess of Anarchy, he finds that his temper flies and even the though of another man touching her can elicit a tantrum.
Anya was given a curse as a child by the wife of one of the men her husband had slept with. Anya cannot be penetrated by a man unless she wants to be bound to him for eternity. She has lived her life in fear of being taken or raped by a man and losing her freedom. She is feisty and fun, oh and she has a love of stealing otherwise she ends up setting things on fire.
Both find that when they touch each other sparks go off and they cannot stop thinking of the other. An adventure to find relics pushes them together and the sparks fly leading them to see what they would truly give up for the other be it life or freedom.
The series is set around a group of twelve immortal warriors (and absolutely hunky ones at that!) who once served the Greek Gods. Zeus decided to give possession and protection of the dimOuniak to the immortal warrior Pandora (which is why the alternate name for it is Pandora's Box). The dimOuniak/Pandora's Box held all the evil of the world such as Violence, Death, Pain, Doubt, Wrath, Lies, Secrets, Defeat, Promiscuity, Disease, Misery and Disaster and all of their Demons were kept safely locked in the Box. Twelve of the other immortal warriors were upset that Zeus had entrusted the box to Pandora and not to them and therefore stole the box from her and subsequently released the demons into the world. Zeus was extremely angry over this betrayal and therefore cursed each of the warriors to hold one of the demons within each of them for all time.
This is the second book in the series and tells the story of Lucien the keeper of the demon Death. An absolutely brilliant read.