The Queen of Paranormal Romance, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter, returns with THE DARKEST WARRIOR, a searing Lords of the Underworld tale featuring a beastly prince and the wife he will wage war to keep. THE DARKEST WARRIOR is now available where all fine books are sold. Grab your copy today!
THE DARKEST WARRIOR Synopsis:
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?
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Gena Showalter has seriously got it going on. She continues to amaze me with her ability to weave together amazing stories with such a huge and diverse cast of characters. When I saw she had published another book I jumped at the chance to get my greedy hands on it. Seriously, I am hooked on all things, Gena Showalter.
Now before I fully start this review let me start by saying that I have not read the full extent of the Lords of the Underworld series. I've read a few, but not all. I wanted to clarify since I have seen quite a few reviews that have some upset readers with who Gillian ends up with. SPOILERS: I was not dedicated to her being shipped with William so I wasn't upset when she ended up with Puck.
Now onto the story. Gilliam was given a potion to give her immortality by a friend and it almost killed her. Her best friend and man she loves William refuses to tie his life to hers to save her. Enter Puck who has been betrayed by his brother and cursed with the Demon Indifference. Puck receives news of the prophecy that he needs William and Gilliam to win back his kingdom. So, Puck gets Gilliam to marry and bond to him and saves her life.
I don't want to give the whole story away so I'll cut off my summary there.
I liked Puck and Gilliam, both separately and as a couple. After Puck has to leave for a couple Earth days and 500 years in his time I loved how Gilliam grew to be such a strong and sassy force of nature. She finally got the strength to do what she wanted and ultimately choose who she wanted. While I may get some crap for this, I totally agreed with Gilliam's decision not to choose William over Puck. I wouldn't have wanted anyone who had sex with literally anything that walked while "waiting for me." I couldn't have done it and I think that for her character it made sense. Puck never looked at or sought after anyone else after they met and I don't think that was just due to Indifference. Plus, Gilliam didn't put up with Puck's crap.
I really enjoyed this story. I'm excited to see what happens next. I loved the action parts of the story a lot. It wasn't just a romance story. I always love a well-balanced story that has character development, amazing characters, a unique-ish storyline, and enjoyable inner and outer dialogue. The Darkest Warrior has all of that. A definite must-read in my opinion. Also, I enjoy how you can read all of these as a stand-alone. While some character plots would be confusing, it doesn't set the stories back in any way. I think it simply makes me want to read the rest of the books.
“You’ll be well-guarded here,” he continued, tilting his head to the side. “I promise.”
“First of all, your promises mean nothing to me.”
He shrugged. “That doesn’t sound like a me problem.”
Do not lash out. Do not dare lash out. “Second,” she continued, “well-guarded things get boosted all the time and—”
“Enough.” The lights in his irises brightened as he cupped her jaw and traced his thumbs over her cheeks. “I’m going to kiss you goodbye, wife. The barest tasting.”
What! Her heartbeat stuttered against her ribs, her blood flashing white-hot in an instant. Tingles tantalized her now aching body. After everything he’d done, he expected a make-out session in front of other people?
“Why?” Really? I ask him why? I don’t tell him to get bent?
Indifference tap-danced across her mind, sharp claws slicing through gray matter. She cringed, even whimpered.
“Focus on me, not the fiend,” Puck said, perhaps recognizing the signs of the demon’s interference.
She obeyed, peering up at him, this man who’d become her husband, who’d been at times unnecessarily cruel and at others surprisingly kind. How could she even consider kissing him? She didn’t know him, not really, and definitely didn’t trust him.
Despite those moments of kindness, he was a liar. He had ice for a heart. Or maybe that was why she should kiss him. He wouldn’t get overly excited. He might not even get turned on. Which was what she wanted, kind of. But kind of...not.
“You will remember me—think of me—while I’m gone,” he said, and he wasn’t asking a question but issuing a command. Protest. Now. Before you start to panic, and the demon reacts worse.
But...the part of her who wanted him turned on also wanted him to think of her while he was gone. Wanted him know what he’d lost the moment he’d used her.
Oh, really? What did he lose? Tell me.
Spiteful Gillian won. She rose to her tiptoes, saying, “Kiss me, then. I dare you.”
He met her halfway and slanted his lips over hers. Erotic flicks of his tongue coaxed more tingles to the surface and fanned the flames of desire. Hot, so wonderfully hot. The aches magnified as he thrust with more force, his divine taste and ever-increasing frenzied pace dragging a moan of surrender from deep inside her. A sound he utterly devoured, as if he’d never been so starved—or enjoyed a tastier meal.
His skill, expert. His ruthlessness, on full display.
Puck didn’t bother to learn her, or explore her nuances; he took, gave and demanded... everything, his tongue dominating hers with a promise of untold riches. She was helpless to resist.
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About Gena Showalter:
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series--Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles--and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and two-time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she's appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black--if you ask her about it, she'll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.
She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans