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The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld, Book 8) by Gena Showalter

by on March 27, 2012

I was going to wait until I read book 9, The Darkest Seduction, that was just released in February so I could review both books 8 and 9 at the same time but I’ve been lagging a bit on my reading and have nothing else to review, so…

The Darkest Surrender is the 8th book in what is appearing to be a very long paranormal romance series by Gena Showalter. The Lords are a group of immortal bad boys who make butterfly tattoos look sexy and harbour in each of them the demons that escaped when Pandora’s box was opened. They’re controlled by the Greek god Cronus who pulls the strings from his perch on Mount Olympus. His wife Rhea is his adversary and she has control over the demon, Hope, as well as the Hunters whose only goal is to kill the Lords. The only problem with this war is that Cronus and Rhea are tied together in that if one dies so does the other. It’s a bit of a quandary that will have to sort itself out in later, later books I’m sure.

So, our hero of this story is Strider who is possessed by the demon of Defeat. That’s right, if he loses a battle or a challenge no matter how small or big he will suffer immense pain and anguish. He’s a big, tough guy so for the most part he can handle any challenge issued to him. But like any normal guy what he really wants is a girl who won’t use his demon to her advantage. Enter Kaia the Harpy who has been crushing on Strider for a while now but the only problem is that Strider won’t give her the time of day since she slept with one of his buddies, Paris, who just so happens to be the keeper of the demon Promiscuity.

Kaia, known to her Harpy clan as “The Disappointment”, has a lot to prove in this book and must go back to face her past as she battles in The Harpy Games where everyone who isn’t on her side is intent on killing her. Strider reluctantly tags along as her “consort” to help her survive the games.

There was a lot to like about this book. Even in past books I have enjoyed the inclusions of other creatures such as the harpies and the angels. Seeing The Harpy Games unfold like the most brutal and vicious Olympic Games you could imagine was fun. There was a little plot development as well and I could tell Gena Showalter was slowly setting the reader up for Paris’s story which many readers have long been waiting for. I actually haven’t been a big fan of Paris’s in this series but everyone else seems to be going crazy for him. Overall, this is definitely one of the better books in the series; the characters were semi-interesting, there was some sort of a plot, and the writing wasn’t overly distracting. Go, Gena!

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