Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gena Showalter - The Darkest Kiss

Lords of the Underworld Series:

Book 3:
The Darkest Kiss - Lucien/Death and Anya, minor goddess of Anarchy

Lucien is Death or as some might call him the Grim Reaper, he is charged with keeping the demon Death. He is to escort souls to their resting place whether it Heaven or Hell. Lucien is considered to be the leader of the Budapest Lords; he is usually unshakable in temperament rarely losing his cool and ability to think logically.  He is also horrifically scared with one brown and one blue to enable him to see into the spirit world.  He is sure that no women will ever look at him with desire again. Anya is the Greek goddess of Anarchy, who has a bad rap; so she has set a few towns on fire, caused a few wars, stolen a few artifacts, but that was years ago! She hardly ever sets things on fire anymore and come on what does stealing some stuff really hurt anyway? The minute she sees Lucien she is fascinated! Those scars are sooo delicious, as are the eyes and he’s so hard and unflappable; she can’t wait to get her hands on him literally and figuratively.

Cronus tasks Lucien with killing Anya after all he is Death and Anya has shown an unusual amount of interest in him, she has something he wants and he will not rest until he has it.  As Lucien is tracking Anya all over the world, he can’t figure out what her interest is in him she can’t possibly want him, even he knows how ugly he is, he made sure of that. When he finally tracks her down he can’t bring himself to kill her… this time so he offers her some time to “put her affairs in order”. In the mean time the Lords must find 4 of Cronus’s artifacts to locate “Pandora’s Box” before the Hunters do. So now he is a race to find 4 artifacts that no one knows where they are, escort souls and kill a goddess who doesn’t want to die, who has the time for all of that? During her reprieve from Death, Anya finds herself stalking Lucien randomly despite the fact he is trying to kill her, but she misses him damn it! Having a goddess stalking you has its advantages especially when she knows so much about the gods and where they hide things now if only she would stop tempting him, damnit!

This is one of my favorite books of the series; Lucien and Anya take you on a fun wild ride all around the world! When they aren’t fighting or trying to kill each other their passion is running deep.  Anya as a character is genuinely funny and entertaining who enjoys pushing Lucien out of his comfort zone. It’s a tale of beauty and the beast.  Can Lucien find a way to get Cronus what he wants without having to kill Anya who has come to mean more to him this his own life?

5 moons out of 5

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