Monday, April 4, 2016

#Blog Tour for The Lords of the Underworld series by @genashowalter with review and #giveaway #paranormal

In anticipation of the latest release in The Lords of the Underworld series, THE DARKEST TORMENT (available June 2016!) by Gena Showalter, the entire series is being touted on a special blog tour hosted by TLC Book Tours. For our stop today, we are sharing our love for The Darkest Lie. Enjoy meeting all the men or should I say Lords of the Underworld. Enter the giveaway!

The Darkest Touch
Series: Lords of the Underworld (Book 11)
Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (November 25, 2014)

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeleycael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

I haven't read a Lords of the Underworld book in years. When reading a series one has to commit to keeping track of each new release and since there are many (MANY) series to choose from, I couldn't commit to this one. This series has such an interesting premise centering around a group of immortal men who are each dealing with a trapped devil inside of them. Since they have individual names based on the things released from Pandora's Box, their specific trait becomes their identifying so to say. 

In The Darkest Touch Torin is the host body to Disease. Since he can't touch people or he'll kill them, he is a virigin. Again, another interesting premise since the guys of this group are generally badass and hot. When the story begins Torin has just killed someone he liked, Mari. She was the closest friend to Keeleycael, The Red Queen, who after she discovers her friend's demise, is quite upset with Torin. So upset she threatens to kill him in a truly horrible way. What a way to make an impression. As the saying goes, opposites attract, and as I read understood these two aren't so different. 

Torin and Keeley have an interesting relationship which has its moments. Since I've only read one book in this series, I wasn't familiar with the other characters who show up or references to past events. A reader of the series would get these things quicker. I found some parts a bit slow and grew tired of Torin's indecisive nature, but Showalter has a knack for keeping readers interested by giving her stories twists and turns in what is usually a formulaic field. The couple definitely had chemistry and I liked them both. I just didn't have that connection to them that I have for other couples and I attribute that to my not having read the preceeding books. Otherwise, The Darkest Touch is a cool book with some intriguing characters and conflicts. I enjoyed it.

Rating: 3.5
Cover comment: Fits in the series covers of bare chested guys.
Book source: Owned

The Lords of the Underworld series

The Darkest Night
Series: Lords of the Underworld (Book 1)
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books; Reprint edition (January 18, 2016)

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 . . .

thedarkestkissThe Darkest Kiss
Series: Lords of the Underworld (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books; Reprint edition (December 22, 2009)

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.…

thedarkestpleasureThe Darkest Pleasure
Series: Lords of the Underworld (Book 3)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books; Reprint edition (December 22, 2009)

Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her—even defy the gods.

Danika is on the run. For months she’s eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won’t rest until she and her fami ly have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can’t forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear.…

thedarkestwhisperThe Darkest Whisper
Series: Lords of the Underworld (Book 4)
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: HQN Books; English Language edition (August 25, 2009)

Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers.

So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern… until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.

Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love.

darkestpassionThe Darkest Passion
Series: Lords of the Underworld (Book 5)
Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN; Reprint edition (October 28, 2014)

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with another sizzling installment of the Lords of the Underworld series, as Aeron, keeper of the Demon of Wrath, dares to taste the forbidden . . .

For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel–a demon-assassin–has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn’t bear to harm him. But trusting – and falling for – Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this ‘mortal’ with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron’s darkest passion?

Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn’t…

darkestlieThe Darkest Lie
Series: Lords of the Underworld (Book 6)
Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: HQN Books; First Edition edition (June 29, 2010)

In this riveting new installment of New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series, Gideon, keeper of the Demon of Lies, fights to uncover the truth….

Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding — or bedding — her. But he wants to . . . almost as much as he wants her.
But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free, and a future with her means risking everything. Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer . . . and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love . . .

The Darkest Secret
Series: Lords of the Underworld (Book 7)
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (March 29, 2011)

Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when new demons possess him, the immortal warrior must be chained and isolated to protect those he loves. Death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty…. 

Haidee is an infamous demon assassin, raised to despise Amun’s kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.

The Darkest Surrender
Series: Lords of the Underworld (Book 8)
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (September 27, 2011)

Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.

Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can’t afford because he as an agenda of his own – steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter – the love neither had thought possible…

The Darkest Seduction
Series: Lords of the Underworld (Book 9)
Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (February 28, 2012)

Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive—but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he’d thought was forever beyond his reach…until now.

Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet, in Paris’s arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up.

Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally– or tear them apart?

9780373777754_SMP_pr72DF96The Darkest Craving
Series: Lords of the Underworld (Book 10)
Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (July 30, 2013)

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, their love might just tear them apart…

Available May 31, 2016, 
the last book in the series

51gHL-sSHML._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_The Darkest Torment
Series: Lords of the Underworld (Book 12)
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (May 31, 2016)

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.

About the author

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories," while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.

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  1. I love LOTU!
    My favorite is The Darkest Secret :)

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed revisiting this series! Thanks for being a part of the tour.