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Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…


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“A slow, heart-wrenching smile pulled at his lips. A real one, and it was the kind of smile that could break hearts and rebuild them.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
After reading The Darkest Star last year, I didn’t think that I could love a JLA book more or love a spin-off of hers as much as that one… BUT. HOLY. CRAP. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! It has got to be Jennifer’s best so far! I just couldn’t put it down for the life of me and I was hooked from the very first chapter! I was practically fan-girling the whole time because I just love this universe and I have been hoping to get more books in it for years! It was just everything I was hoping it would be and much more!

Trinity- How can anyone not love Trinity? She is just such a badass while also having that emotional side that makes her so easy to connect to. Learning about her (and Jennifer’s) retinitis pigmentosa absolutely broke my heart to read about and it only made me admire her character more!

Zayne- OHHHHH…. Zayne… *sighs dreamily* I loved him in The Dark Elements series and this book made me (impossibly) love him more! He is just so kind and caring and sweet and loving and perfect and… you get the point. Where can I find a guy like him? Because I swear they just aren’t made like that anymore.

Misha- I have to say, I never saw the Misha twist coming… so bravo Jennifer! I really liked Misha right until the end and his betrayal was just that much more shocking because of it.

Peanut- I’m not gonna lie, Peanut kind of annoyed me at different points in the book BUT I did enjoy his banter with Trinity most of the time and I value his character. I’m really curious to see what role he will play in the future books.

Roth & Layla- I have to say, we got a lot more of Roth and Layla than I thought we were going to. I assumed we would just see them pop their heads in here and there throughout the series, but I was so wrong. They played a big role in this book and I am just so thankful for that. I loved seeing how they were and that scene where Roth saw Bambi again just gave me so many feels! I am looking forward to seeing more of them in the coming books.

The End/The Protector Switch Twist: About two pages before it happened, I realized where this book was going. I realized that this whole book was just a set up for the real story to come and that Jennifer’s signature forbidden romance was about to kick in to full gear… and that was when my heart was officially broke. I just ship Zayne and Trinity SOOOO much and I thought they had enough obstacles already, but NOOOO Jennifer just had to slap a Protector bond on top of everything else… Uhhhh… I’m in for a lot of angst, heart ache, and frustration in the future aren’t I?

SIDE NOTE: For those that don’t know, I had the wonderful privilege of meeting Jennifer last year and, at the time, I had no idea about her having RP. And let me tell you, I never would have known if she hadn’t said anything/released this book. She didn’t give any hint of it and, knowing what I know now, I could not admire her more. Jennifer doesn’t let her disease define her or make her less of a person, and I will always look up to her as a role model for that. I couldn’t love her or her writing more!

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and I need the next one in my hands like yesterday!!! At least I have The Burning Shadow coming out in October to at least try to tide me over! *cries*

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Shadowed (Dark Protectors #6) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Synopsis:

Jase Kayrs was the fun brother. The warm, charming, easy-going brother of the vampire leaders. Until he was taken and tortured by demons with their evil mind tricks for nearly five years. Upon his return, he’s dark, violent, and not the man they all thought they knew. Not the man he once was. He’s haunted that the only reason the demons would have let him live was to use him as a weapon against his family—but he can’t figure out when or how he’ll explode. Plus, once again the demons are after Jase with a vengeance…or rather, a female demon he rejected is out to destroy him.

Then the king asks Jase for a favor… a big one. To mate with one of their allies in order to save her. She’s everything that’s good and light in the world… while he’s at home with darkness. Yet he agrees… knowing mating may be the only chance to save them both.


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He could do this. It was time to reclaim his life, to be who he wanted to be and not who the demons had tried to turn him into. He was Jase-fucking-Kayrs, and he controlled the elements.

I liked this book. I enjoyed the relationship between Brenna and Jase. Watching them both come together and save one another was absolutely beautiful. And the progressions of their characters separately and together was just well done.

I’ve come to realize something that I really don’t like about this series. This book takes place twenty years after the first book and it doesn’t feel like the plot is going anywhere. The villain is the same, the virus is still just as deadly and no where close to being cured, and the conflicts are starting to feel really competitive. If it weren’t for the fact that everything seems to be coming to a head in the next book, I probably would have DNF’d this series. I hate to say that, but it’s true.

It also feels like the same thing happens in each book. Someone gets kidnapped, everyone rushes to save them, some trap is laid that typically fails, eventually they get the person back, and then another person is taken. It’s the same thing over and over and over again. I have stopped being as emotionally invested as I once was because of it.

In fact, I might be taking a break from this series for a while because I’ve just gotten bored at this point.


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Fated (Dark Protectors #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Claimed (Dark Protectors #2) by Rebecca Zanetti

3.5 🍁s ~ Hunted (Dark Protectors #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Consumed (Dark Protectors #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.75 🍁s ~ Provoked (Dark Protectors #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Provoked (Dark Protectors #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Synopsis:

A TIME FOR WAR…

A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war…

A TIME FOR LOVE…

Amber enjoys her life of chaotic freedom and has no intention of falling in line just because a sexy-as-sin vampire insists on order. Unfortunately, he discovers she may be the only hope they have of finding his brother, and there’s no way he’s going to let her go—even if it means mating her to gain her cooperation. The two are as different as can be, yet when the dominant Kane and the untamed Amber finally unite to rescue Jase, they just may find that opposites really do attract…


4.75 🍁s

“I love you with everything I am and everything I’ll ever be.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I loved this book! From the very first chapter, I was hooked. I sped through the rest of the book and I was finished before I knew it. The story line was just so addicting and I did not want to put this book down!

Amber- Amber was… very different from the previous main female characters. Her attitude was refreshing and how she would react to things wasn’t always easy to guess. Her outlook on life was a surprise as well. She was a vegan, pacifist, and very eco supportive. While this is all well and good, sometimes her ranting over the leather couches when Jase was being physically and mentally tortured came off really bad for me. Sometimes, you have to be thankful with what you’ve got, even if it isn’t the best thing in the world or necessarily what you wanted.

Kane- Going in to this book, I had been really interested in Kane. I wanted to see what woman could rack his cold logic/emotionless exterior. Well, Amber certainly did that. I loved Kane in this book though. Watching him steadily begin to lose control over his emotions and watching his scientist brain begin to understand love was SO great!

Jase- My poor baby Jase. His chapters were the hardest to get through. I cried and my heart really hurt for him. One or two scenes of his torture was unbelievably hard for me to watch and he had already been going through it for four years. I can’t begin to imagine the pain and suffering he went through and I can only hope that he finds some reason to want to live now.

Hilde- I really don’t know what to think of Hilde. Her personality is just A LOT to take in. Her little side romance with Oscar was adorable though.

Janie & Kalin- When Janie kissed Kalin, my heart about stopped. I was like NOOOO!!! What was she thinking?!?! He got some of her blood!!! Yes, she got his blood in exchange, but this can’t possibly be good for her.

Janie & Zane- My heart aches for these two. I just want them to get together and be happy and save the world. I started screaming “YES! YES!! YEEESSSS!!!” when Zane said he is coming for her soon. Bring it on and GIVE. IT. TO. ME!!!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Obviously, I will be continuing the series. You couldn’t stop me from reading the next book if you tried! I can’t wait to start it!


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Fated (Dark Protectors #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Claimed (Dark Protectors #2) by Rebecca Zanetti

3.5 🍁s ~ Hunted (Dark Protectors #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Consumed (Dark Protectors #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

3 🍁s ~ Shadowed (Dark Protectors #6) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Consumed (Dark Protectors #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Synopsis:

SOMETIMES YOU MATE FOR LIFE

Katie Smith is the best of her class, part of an elite hunting force trained to eliminate werewolves from the hills of Western Virginia. She’s good at it because she has the kind of focus and drive that won’t back down no matter how steep the odds. Call it southern sass. Whatever it is, there’s no denying her willingness to risk everything for the only man she’s ever cared about—a man on the verge of losing his very humanity. . .

SOMETIMES YOU MATE TO STAY ALIVE

For the past ten years Jordan Pride has dedicated his life to protecting his people from a deadly shifter virus. But in a rare moment of distraction, Jordan’s guard drops just long enough for his fate to take an irreversible twist. Unless the woman he loves surrenders everything to him, again and again, under a full moon rising. . .


4.5 🍁s

“Fate smashes hope and belief into splinters of nothingness.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
This book threw me for a loop. I was laughing hysterically, balling my eyes out, and was frustrated out of my mind all in this one book! Needless to say, I went on a roller coaster of emotions and I really liked this book.

This book takes place ten years after the third installment. I repeat… TEN YEARS!! My baby Janie was turning sixteen and Garrett who had just been born was already ten! I felt so old and it took some getting used to. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that all of these characters had aged ten years in what was only a day for me. I ultimately ended up appreciating it though. The characters being older and having gotten to know each other over the past ten years added a whole new dynamic to the story that worked a lot better than I expected.

Katie & Jordan- I’m gonna be honest… I felt like the progression of their relationship wasn’t entirely realistic. They went from secretly pining for each other for 10+ years to mauling each other the first chance they get. It seemed out of character to me, especially considering how they had always treated each other in past books.

Janie & Zane- I swear you could hear my heart break halfway across the world when I read that Zane stopped communicating with Janie five years prior to this book. They are my OTP and I sobbed when I heard that these two precious friends weren’t talking anymore. Later in the book when Janie finally contacted Zane, I was so relieved only to have my heart broken all over again when he rejected her. I swear, if these two don’t get together, I will never read another book by this author! … I am really curious what effect Zane’s blood is going to have on Janie though.

Garrett- I love Garrett SOOOO much!! He is just so precious and he makes my heart hurt with his protectiveness of his sister. That scene when he about killed Charlie had me dying laughing!

Maggie & Terrent- Maggie has guts. I’ll give her that. I couldn’t abduct the big bad Terrent and chain him. My jaw hit the floor when she did it and I have so much admiration for her now. Though, I really don’t think she is ready to face the repercussions of her actions.

Kane- I saw more of Kane’s personality in this book and I must say, I am intrigued. I want some girl to come along and crack his emotionless exterior. I am also really interested in learning more about Kane’s powers!

Noah- Noah barely appeared in this book, but my heart reached out to him. I want to know more about him and this girl he lost.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The additional two year time jump at the end of this book hit me hard and I am so concerned about Jase! I need the next book, like yesterday!


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Fated (Dark Protectors #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Claimed (Dark Protectors #2) by Rebecca Zanetti

3.5 🍁s ~ Hunted (Dark Protectors #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.75 🍁s ~ Provoked (Dark Protectors #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

3 🍁s ~ Shadowed (Dark Protectors #6) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Hunted (Dark Protectors #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Synopsis:

Ready Or Not
Moira Dunne is a witch–the quantum physics kind. Time and space are her playthings. Which might explain why her one-night stand from a hundred years ago has turned up to “claim” her–and request her family’s assistance with the war he’s brewing. But the more she learns about Connlan Kayrs, the more she comes to think this is normal behavior for him. . .
There’s Nowhere To Hide
When Conn and Moira tumbled on the moonlit grass, Conn hadn’t meant to mark her as his mate for all time. She was only twenty! But it wasn’t easy to wait for her. It was even harder to forget her. So when he finally returns for his wicked-hot witch, he’s ready to let the sparks flying. Even if he burns up in flames. . .


3.5 🍁s

“Make no mistake, you and I remain solid even if the rest of the world blows up.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
This wasn’t the best installment, I must say. While I really enjoyed it, there were some elements that the previous books had that were missing in this one. For instance, Janie had only two scenes throughout the whole book. This really sucked for me because she is my favorite character. I wanted more of her and Zane.

Moira & Conn- Ultimately, their story didn’t let me down. They were both stubborn as hell, didn’t want to bend or change, and their plot line went exactly as I thought it would. I enjoyed watching them grow and learn to trust each other. They still have a long way to go though.

Katie- I cried for Katie in this book. Her whole situation just makes me sad and her injecting her self with the catalyst because she doesn’t care if she lives anymore choked me up. I can’t imagine being in her situation.

Kalin- Kalin surprised me the most in this book. His interest in Peggy threw me for a loop and going through his chapters made me incredibly sad. Kalin had a choice to make and he chose wrong. Now, he has sealed his fate as the villain in this story.

The Epilogue/Last Scene- The last scene in this book gave me chills. The whole set up with Kalin telling Janie the story about the scorpion had me on the edge of my seat. And Janie’s perception of the whole thing (like Kalin being the stork) showed me just how brilliant she is. Though, what topped it all off was Zane at the end. Him telling Janie that he is the flood gave me goosebumps. Why does Zane think that? I NEED MORE INFO!!!

Simone- Simone surprised me. From what I had seen in the previous books, I really thought that she was snotty and jealous and a secondary/background villain. I was so happy that she turned out to be good and just misunderstood. I would love to see more of her character in the later books.

Brenna- I loved Brenna! She was in the background for the majority of this book but she always grabbed my attention when she was in a scene. I really hope she is a major character in the future books and I would love to see her get a love story!

Garrett- WE HAVE A NEW KAYRS BABY! I AM SO EXCITED AND I LOVE HIM ALREADY!

What I Didn’t Like- The pacing felt really off to me. It was weird and the whole story moved really different. I had a hard time staying entertained with the story.

Overall, this was a good book. It wasn’t the best in the series, but that certainly isn’t going to stop me from continuing on. I can’t wait to read the next book!


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Fated (Dark Protectors #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Claimed (Dark Protectors #2) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Consumed (Dark Protectors #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.75 🍁s ~ Provoked (Dark Protectors #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

3 🍁s ~ Shadowed (Dark Protectors #6) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Claimed (Dark Protectors #2) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Synopsis:

A Daring Rescue Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires’ mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick”.

A Deadly Decision As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it’s taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her—even if it means turning his back on his own kind…


4.5 🍁s

Kane rubbed a hand over his chin. “Yeah. You ever get the feeling all hell is about to break loose?”

Emma forced a grin. “In the last week I’ve been kidnapped by a monstrous vampire race, my sister has been knocked up by a vampire prince and I’ve been branded by a king, who also bites. I’ve discovered shifters and demons exist, and the niece I’ve protected since birth is somehow prophesized to do something important by these supernatural beings. I’m also seeking help from a century old witch who looks twenty.” She exhaled loudly. “Hell already has broken loose and shattered reality.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I loved this book. It was a great second installment in the Dark Protectors series. It opened up this already giant world even more and my mind is still blown. There is so much more to be discovered and I love that this author can go basically anywhere she wants.

Emma- Emma didn’t make me as mad as her sister did, but I still struggled with her character a little bit. She was just so stuck in her ways and never wanted to bend at all. Emma also never really stopped and thought about what she was doing to Dage and it came off as selfish to me rather than protective.

Dage- I love Dage! He cares about everyone around him and has such a big weight on his shoulders. He never does anything for himself because he is constantly worrying about other people. I highly enjoyed watching him be selfish when it came to Emma and how he wasn’t going to let anyone or anything take her away from him.

Talen & Cara- It was nice to get to see them in this book and see how far they have come. I am really concerned about their baby though. I feel like I am going to be constantly on edge until he is born.

Janie & Zane- Janie is consistently my favorite character in this series. She is only five years old (now) and yet she plays such a big role. Janie constantly amazes me with her abilities and her blossoming personality. I know I have a LONG way to go, but I need her and Zane to meet in person SO badly. I want a thousand books purely about them and their journey together. And yes… I ship the hell out of them! I will cry and yell forever if they do not end up together! P.S. I am really curious now what Zane is because of that conversation between him and Kalin. Is he a demon? Fey? Vampire? Something else entirely?

Moira & Conn- Moira more than exceeded my expectations in this book. That scene bewteen her and Emma when they are talking about where their mate marks are had me dying laughing. I NEED her and Conn’s story!!!!

Kane- I don’t really have an opinion on Kane yet. He’s playing the scientist role right now. I do admire his dedication though.

Jase- The youngest yet the most powerful brother?? With a tortured past because of his time during war?? Yes, please.

Katie & Jordan- Katie needs to let Jordan in and Jordan needs to get out of denial and just claim his woman already! The tension between these two is about to make me blow a gasket.

Maggie- Maggie continues to be background noise, but I can’t shake this feeling that she is going to be really important. The fact that she has no memories and could be shifter royalty for all I know is really bugging me.

Caleb- Caleb was a surprising yet VERY interesting addition to this book. I always have had a thing for the dark and morally grey males. Bring him on! I am dying for his and Lily’s story. Plus, his addition to the prophets was a big plot twist that I was not expecting.

The Demons- The addition of the demons in this book was a welcome surprise. I really want to know more about them and this 1:500 female rule. I am really hoping that peace will come between the demons and the vampires because I don’t want to see them go to war.

One thing that I really like about this series is that it turns what you think you know about supernatural creatures/magic systems and completely turns that on its head. The rules about popular creatures (werewolves, vampires, witches, ect.) are bent or changed entirely. It provides a fresh and unique take on this world and the stories in it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Of course I will be reading the next one! I can’t wait to start Hunted.


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Fated (Dark Protectors #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

3.5 🍁s ~ Hunted (Dark Protectors #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.5 🍁s ~ Consumed (Dark Protectors #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

4.75 🍁s ~ Provoked (Dark Protectors #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

3 🍁s ~ Shadowed (Dark Protectors #6) by Rebecca Zanetti

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The Darkest Captive (Lords of the Underworld #14.5) by Gena Showalter

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Synopsis:

For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.

Then he met her.

Former demon turned human femme fatale — Legion Honey — sought to kill Galen, but ended up parting with her virginity instead. Afraid of their sizzling connection, she ran away…and ended up trapped in hell, tortured and abused in the worst of ways. Now she’s free, and a shell of herself, afraid of her own shadow.

Galen’s hunger for Legion has only grown. Now the warrior with nothing to lose must help her rekindle the fire that once burned inside her. But as desires blaze white-hot, will Legion run again? Or will the unlikely pair succumb to love at long last?

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**


3.5 🍁s

“After all, the harder you fought for something, the more you proved its worth to you.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I liked this book. It was a nice little novella to add to the series. It set a few things up and revealed some things that I hadn’t known before so I am happy that I read it.

Legion & Galen- Their story has been a long time coming and the only complaint I have is that I wish it would have been longer. I wanted some more development of their relationship than what I got. I did like their character development separately though. Legion went through a big arc in this book and Galen changed as well. It really showed too.

Gwen & Galen- I’m glad that they are on the road to forgiveness. I’ve been wanting them to get to know one another for a while now.

Fox- She’s a Gatekeeper huh? I like it. Plus I’m interested in seeing where her story is going to go now that the Sent Ones will be searching for her.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I will be continuing this series. How could I not when William’s book is next? I might read Viola’s book but I can’t think of anyone else that I would be interested in reading. After that though, I just don’t know. This series isn’t what it used to be for me.


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld #2) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld #4.5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter

3.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9) by Gena Showalter

2.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Craving (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter

3 🍁s ~ The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

3.5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter

DNF ~ The Darkest Warrior (Lords of the Underworld #14) by Gena Showalter

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The Darkest Warrior (Lords of the Underworld #14) by Gena Showalter

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Synopsis:

A searing Lords of the Underworld tale by New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter, featuring a beastly prince and the wife he will wage war to keep.

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?


DNF 30%-ish

UHHHHHH. I wanted to like this book. You have no idea how much I did. I tried to put my personal feelings aside and tried to be open to Gilly and Puck. I tried SOOO hard!

It didn’t work out. I didn’t like this book at all and I knew I had to quit. I just didn’t care about Gilly and Puck’s relationship and I wasn’t into their romance AT ALL. I spent the 30% that I read, feeling sad for William and wishing for what could have been.

I learned something from this book despite DNFing it. If I ever write a book, I will follow through with my ships. I won’t tease a ship forever and then completely flip everything around. It’s not fair to the reader and breaks fandoms apart. That’s something I just won’t do.

I still like this series and I will keep reading it. I am moving on to Galen and Legion’s book next and I am SOOO excited about it. Then later this year, William’s book is coming out and I can hardly sit still from all of this anticipation. I know it’s gonna be great. Even better than if he would have ended up with Gilly.


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld #2) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld #4.5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter

3.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9) by Gena Showalter

2.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Craving (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter

3 🍁s ~ The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

3.5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter

3.5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Captive (Lords of the Underworld #14.5) by Gena Showalter

 

Dark, Favorites, Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter

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Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Lords of the Underworld story about an iron-willed sovereign and the somber beauty who melts him with a glance

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him – until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile and seduce her into his bed.

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they’ve forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever.


3.5 🍁s

“Don’t try to stay ten moves ahead of your opponent. Stay behind him with a knife.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I liked this installment in the Lords of the Underworld series. It wasn’t the best and it certainly wasn’t my favorite, but I liked what it added to the story. I had been waiting for Cameo and Lazarus’s story for a long time and I was ultimately satisfied with it. Their relationship and its development wasn’t my problem, the pacing of the overall story was.

Cameo- I love Cameo and I really admire her. She is strong, brave, compassionate, devoted, and I empathize strongly with her need to prove herself because of the self-doubt she constantly carries. I have always felt bad for her character because she is inhabited by Misery and this book only reiterated that. I never knew how badly the demon affected her and how it brought her down day after day. I can’t begin to imagine what she has had to deal with over the course of her life and the small glimpse during this book is enough for me.

Lazarus- Lazarus was everything I had hoped him to be. He was snarky, badass, tough, and an absolute joy to follow. I loved discovering all of his abilities and learning more about his past. Plus, his constant power struggle with Cameo was the highlight of my reading. He is by far one of my favorite males in this series.

Viola- Viola played a bigger role in this book than I thought she was going and I am happy about it. I enjoyed every one of her scenes and I need more of her! I liked her before this book and I want to see her story play out with Brochan.

Ever & Urban- These two are constantly showing up and flipping everything on its head. They are going to be a source of trouble for many books to come, I can already tell. Viola actually mentions that she feels bad for whoever ends up with Ever and I am telling you right now, I am DYING for that book. I need it right now! I also have to add that Urban’s little crush on Viola is cute right now, but it could easily turn disastrous in future books.

Siobhan- Siobhan was an… interesting… surprise. I was not expecting her to show up at all and I was shocked when I got her point of view. I must say though, every time I was in her POV, I was on the edge of my seat. Is she a villain? A possible Hades love interest? A possible ally that will be added to the Lords of the Underworld family? I just don’t know! Plus, she mentioned William’s mate being out there for like two sentences and my entire world was rocked! I need more of her predictions and information pronto!

Rathbone- Umm… yes please? I want more information on him and while you’re at it Gena, can you smack him over the head with a love interest? Please? I need more of his banter and snark!

Axel- A possible William twin? Uhh… what? Gena completely shocked me with Axel’s character for like three paragraphs and then he was completely dropped?! Who is he and is he related to William?! Tell me!

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t bad. I just felt like the pacing was slow for a large portion of it and I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked to. This book felt almost like a filler. A lot of future stuff was teased and left open ended. I spent more time caring about the unanswered questions than focused on Cameon and Lazarus’s relationship.


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld #2) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld #4.5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter

3.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9) by Gena Showalter

2.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Craving (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter

3 🍁s ~ The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

DNF ~ The Darkest Warrior (Lords of the Underworld #14) by Gena Showalter

3.5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Captive (Lords of the Underworld #14.5) by Gena Showalter

 

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The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

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Synopsis:

Can Beauty tame her Beast?

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 evilswith 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.


🍁🍁🍁🍁

These people might be vicious and bloodthirsty, but they loved each other. Deeply. Madly. Their devotion was palpable.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I really liked this installment in the Lords of the Underworld series. It wasn’t my favorite, but it certainly wasn’t bad either. The pacing was good for the majority of the book. I was invested in the characters. Plus, the plot found a way to interest me which is always a positive for me.

Katarina- I liked Katarina and admired her dedication to her animals. Unfortunately, the decisions she made throughout this book ticked me off at times. I am all for a strong female character… but I don’t like ones that won’t ask for help when they need it because they don’t want to appear “weak”. That is the type of character that Katarina is and I don’t like the message her character sends. Everyone needs help every now and then. Asking for help shouldn’t be displayed as a weakness in literature.

Baden- I like Baden, but he got on my nerves a few times during this book. His hot and cold gave me whiplash some times and I wanted him to see the error of his ways quicker than he did. I loved Destruction on the other hand. I have always been a sucker for the morally grey/tough guy turned puppy when the right woman comes along trope. I actually enjoyed Destruction’s minor thought inputs than I did the majority of Baden’s.

Hades- Hades played a more prominent role in this book than he has in all of the others. And I must say… I love him. I said it above, I am a sucker for the morally grey male character and Hades turned into the ultimate version of that in this book. He starts out as this cold and heartless villain, but my eyes were opened to him in this book and there is no going back. I hated what Hades’s mom did to him and his backstory tugged at my heart strings. I need more of his character and some more development ASAP.

Taliyah + Hades- Uhhh. Did you really think I wasn’t going to mention the panties scene? I almost fell out of my seat when this popped up. I could not stop laughing and my brain immediately went to investing myself in this new ship. Please Gena give me a story about Hades and Taliyah. I would just eat that up!

The Hellhounds- I KNEW as soon as those dogs showed up that they were Hellhounds. Not a shocker, but I certainly enjoyed what they brought to the story. As well as their connection with Hades.

Cameo- Cameo’s whole plot in this book revolved around trying to find some happiness and finding Lazarus. I felt for her so much and I am fully in support of her decision.

William- Before I get into all of the ship drama and what essentially broke this fandom, I want to talk about William individually. He displayed some new powers in this book that I had no clue he had. I am excited to see where they came from/what they do in his book. Also, I have to say I felt more for William in this book than I did in all of the others combined. He became less of this unfeeling playboy and more of this heartbreakingly caring person.

William, Puck, & Gilly-
Now to get into the DRAMA. Let me start by saying that I see both sides of the argument here. I understand why people ship William and Gilly SO hard and why they ultimately became upset with the author during this book. I ALSO understand the other side and get why some people applaud her decision to put Puck and Gilly together.

I am kind of stuck in the middle here because I was fully invested in the Gilly/William ship. Have been for a while. I had heard before this book what would happen so I have been preparing myself for it for a couple books now. And, after reading this installment, I understand why Gena decided to pair Gilly with Puck instead. Here’s why:

At the end of the day, William was not meant for her. He is not equipped to properly handle Gilly’s PTSD and Gilly says it best herself. William needs sex and affection in his life and she could not give that to him which would have created resentment. This doesn’t make it any easier for me as far as knowing my ship has sunk, but I can reason with myself and come to terms with it.

And, to be honest, Puck isn’t that bad of a choice for Gilly. In fact, if the fandom hadn’t be so focused on William, I think they would have been perfectly happy with Gilly and Puck ending up together. I even ship them myself. This doesn’t take away from my support of Gilly and William, I just know I would have been fine either way. I am interested in seeing where this ship goes and I am going to go into their book with an open mind. Plus, if Gilly can’t have William, I’d GLADLY take him. Free of charge!

I also just had to add, the William/Gilly ship breaking apart wasn’t as crushing to me as it was for other people for one main reason… I am a proud supporter of the Sarah J. Maas fandom. I am used to my ships breaking up before the series is over and ending up with completely different people. 😉

Ever & Urban- These two are getting so big to have just been born a couple of books ago. I have a theory with them but I am keeping it close to my chest for now. It is slightly out there and I really don’t want to look stupid if I’m wrong. I’ll just say that it involves William.

Fox- Fox played a bigger role in this book as well. I am wondering if she is going to become a more solid presence in the future books, especially since there is still a lot of mystery surrounding her. Plus, I am REALLY wondering how she became immortal in the first place???

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. This world is so expansive and each time something new is introduced, I fall in love with it even more. I can’t wait to see what else Gena has in store for me in the next book!


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld #2) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4) by Gena Showalter

4 🍁s ~ The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld #4.5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter

3.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8) by Gena Showalter

5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9) by Gena Showalter

2.75 🍁s ~ The Darkest Craving (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter

3 🍁s ~ The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter

3.5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter

DNF ~ The Darkest Warrior (Lords of the Underworld #14) by Gena Showalter

3.5 🍁s ~ The Darkest Captive (Lords of the Underworld #14.5) by Gena Showalter