By: Gena Showalter
# 1 in the Lords of the Underworld Series | 389 pages | Pub. 2008
Darkest Night at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★
- Dude: This tiger turns into a kitten
- Steaminess: Hotter than the Underworld
- Brutal: Let’s just say there is some blood
- Emotional: It gets a little bumpy at the end
Pairs Well With
- ¼ cup coconut rum
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
Beware. Spoilers are coming…
This is my favorite genre right now. Which is completely subject to change, but this series is almost as addictive as Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark. Sexy demons and violence? Sign me up! And violence is incredibly sexy in Maddox. Mr. broody with dark hair and big muscles had me from the word damned. Okay, so he probably shouldn’t have killed Pandora, releasing demons from the box. I think he has been taking his punishment long enough, saddled with said demon of violence for thousands of years and dying every night at midnight. It’s time to give my boy a break. He does get a little caveman-ish, but I was okay with that. He is a doll and I love him and if you don’t like him, then more for me.
Ashlyn was okay. I liked her spunk and I can’t even blame her for her neediness, which is generally a no-go for me. 1. Who could turn down Maddox? 2.You would be legit insane by now if you had strangers conversations going through your head constantly. If I found someone who made that hell go away, I would cling like a barnacle too.
As of now I have read four in this series and Maddox is still my favorite. Why, you ask? Because he isn’t a douchebag. He chooses Ashlyn above everything and never goes back on his word. He stays away from her only because he thinks he will hurt her. He doesn’t try to use her “gift” as a tool, in fact he shields her from having to do that. Ashlyn never has to use her gift if she doesn’t want to. He doesn’t lock her away like some damsel in distress, even if he wants to.
It has a little more insta-love than I was ready for, but to be honest, can you blame her?
The things that annoyed me were that we were never told why Maddox calms the voices in Ashlyn’s head! I am sure that this will be resolved in a future book, but it’s driving me insane. I just want to know why!!!
The second thing is something that permeates all of the books in this series. Everyone has a very specific smell. Even the humans can smell something specific on the demons. It’s just weird and too much. You can say someone has an incredible smell, but the specificity of mint and strawberry and storm clouds is Just. Too. Much.
Still, I am addicted and too invested in all of the demons to turn back now. There is no hope for me. I’m caught in Showalter’s webb and if anyone needs me, I’ll be curled up with these guys for the next month.
I recommended this to Jess because I loved it the first time around. I think this Utah winter is messing with me because my re-read was lackluster and I didn’t find myself loving this book or Maddox as much this time around. I had to force myself to get 40% through before I just quit.
I can’t get over the fact that the whole reason these “Lords of the Underworld” are possessed with demons is because they were misogynistic asshats who couldn’t handle a woman warrior getting all the glory so they killed her. All I’m saying is karma is a bo$$ lady and y’all deserve it. I feel no pity and have can’t dish out forgiveness to misogynists. Sorry not sorry!
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