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The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld) [Kindle Edition]

Gena Showalter
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Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when the immortal warrior is 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 a 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.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than thirty novels in a thrilling blend of genres: breathtaking paranormal and contemporary romances, supernatural humor, and cutting-edge young adult novels. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 582 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 417 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0373775490
  • Verlag: HQN Books (29. März 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004P5NY1I
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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"New York Times"- und "USA Today"-Bestsellerautorin Gena Showalter gilt als Shootingstar am romantischen Bücherhimmel des Übersinnlichen.
Ihre Romane erobern nach Erscheinen die Herzen von Kritikern und Lesern gleichermaßen im Sturm. Mit der Serie "Herren der Unterwelt" feierte sie ihren internationalen Durchbruch.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein weiteres geniales Buch von Gena 15. April 2011
Von Midna78
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Während seiner Reise in die Hölle wurde Amun sehr schwer verwundet und von tausenden Dämonen besessen. Er ist vollkommen Dämon - an ihm ist nichts menschliches mehr. Blickt man ihm in die Augen, wird man augenblicklich infiziert. Er wird in sein Zimmer eingesperrt, an sein Bett gekettet, isoliert, von Engelskriegern bewacht, man stellt mit ihm Versuche an, aber nichts hilft.

Bis, ja bis Strider in die Burg zurückkehrt - mit einem kleinen "Geschenk" auf seinen Schultern: Haidee. Jene Frau, die vor Jahrhunderten den Träger des Misstrauens, Baden, verführt hatte und somit für dessen Tod verantwortlich war. Strider hat es sich also zur Aufgabe gemacht, die Frau zu verhören, sie zu quälen - und dann? Irgendwie beginnt er doch, etwas für sie zu empfinden.

Jedoch ist die Burg leer. Außer Torin sind alle Krieger verschwunden. Stattdessen wird der Flur vor Amuns Zimmer von Engeln belagert.
Allem voran Zacharel, der scheinbar sowas wie Lysanders Stellvertreter zu sein scheint und noch ein weiteres Geheimnis hat, welches ich aber nicht verraten möchte.

Haidee hört plötzlich in ihrem Kopf eine Stimme, die sie zu sich ruft. Sie kämpft sich ihren Weg zu dieser fremden Stimme und findet sich in Amuns Zimmer wieder. Fälschlicherweise hält sie den Krieger für ihren Freund und setzt alles daran, ihn zu beschützen. Mehr noch. Die Dämonen in seinem Körper scheinen aus irgendeinem Grund Angst vor ihr zu haben, so dass Amun endlich Gelegenheit bekommt, sich zu regenerieren.
Zwischen Amun und Haidee bahnt sich eine Art Verbundenheit an, denn sie ist merkwürdigerweise in der Lage, seine Gedanken zu lesen. Er aber nicht ihre.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Darkest Secret... not her best. 11. Dezember 2011
Von Jackie O. TOP 1000 REZENSENT
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Nach den beiden letzten außerordentlich, gelungenen Teilen ihrer LotU-Serie, die für mich zu meinen Fav's gehören, war ich gespannt, was Gena Showalter erneut für uns bereithält. Und nach dem grossartigen Cliffhanger in The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld) klang es sehr vielversprechend, doch leider hat mich Amuns Geschichte nicht so gepackt, wie ich es mir gewünscht hätte.

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Strider kehrt mit einer attraktiven Gefangenen in die Burg nach Buda zurück. Keine geringere als Haidee, nach der er schon viel zu lange gesucht hat, den sie war diejenige, die Baden vor tausenden von Jahren köderte und Schuld an seinem Tod war. Und obwohl er sich fest vorgenommen hatte, sie zu verhören und nichts zu ersparen, kann Strider nicht leugnen, sich zu ihr hingezogen zu fühlen.

Haidee hört unterdessen immer wieder laute, gequälte Schreie. Sie kann sich befreien und findet Amun, den sie irrtümlich mit jemanden aus ihrer Vergangenheit verwechselt. Sie will ihn beschützen und ihm zur Flucht verhelfen. Doch Amun, gerade von seinem Höllentrip zurückgekehrt und mit den bösartigsten Dämonen infiziert, sodass kaum noch menschliches in ihm ist, sehnt sich eher nach dem Tod, um den schrecklichen Schmerzen ein Ende zu bereiten. Aber auch, um seine Freunde zu schützen. Doch wie auf wundersame Weise kann ausgerechnet die Jägerin, seine Höllendämonen besänftigen. Und als wäre das nicht schon merkwürdig genug, können sie auch mental komunizieren.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Showalter doesn't disappoint 29. März 2011
Von Jen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Before I started this book, I had some serious concerns about how Gena Showalter would pull this one off. I mean, the hero of the story essentially can't speak. And the leading lady is an old-arch enemy who killed a man that he loved like a brother. But there's a reason Gena Showalter is the best-selling author and I am the fan-girl. Not only did she pull it off, but she actually managed to give us great insight into our hero and made our heroine extremely sympathetic.

Amun shares his body with the demon Secrets. He can read minds and in extreme cases, steal memories. At the end of The Darkest Lie, his gift (curse?) opened the doorway for hundreds of crazed lower-demons to also take up residence in his head... and he has been driven to madness. Meanwhile, Strider (a fellow Lord, possessed by Defeat) has captured Haidee. She is a Hunter, who has dedicated her life to slaying Lords. In fact, centuries ago, she managed to kill one. But once she is in the fortress, Amun reaches out to her telepathically. It is quickly revealed that the two share some kind of bond that makes them warm and fuzzy, despite the fact that they should be enemies. In her presence, the torment from the demons quiets inside Amun. But the Angels who have allowed him to live while he regained his sanity, demand he return to Hell (with Haidee) to be rid of them for good.

I really enjoyed getting to know Amun. He's been around since the beginning, but like Kane, he was kind of like a piece of furniture. He was there in the background, utilized or referred to from time to time, but never given much of a personality. And Haidee is fleshed out wonderfully. I couldn't imagine how her character could be redeemed, but she was... with a fantastic backstory. Of course, we had our sexy-Showalter love scenes. They were good; though not quite as red-hot for me as in some of the previous installments.

This book also gives us some more inside into Strider. (Win!) I find I like him more and more with each passing book. At the end of The Darkest Lie, I really thought he would be paired with Haidee, but it was interesting to see how his lust for her is dealt with. It was resolved a little too neatly in the end. But I can get over it, now seeing who his love interest will be in The Darkest Surrender. I can't wait to see how it plays out. 4 1/2 stars.

*ARC Provided by Harlequin Books
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Another eeehhhh... 15. April 2011
Von S. Beck - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Others have set the stage for the book, I'm going to give my thoughts only.
I am amazed at the review standing. I'm a Showalter & LOTU junkie and I have to be honest, I was really disappointed. When I came to Amazon and found a rating of 4-1/2 stars -- all I could think was WTH?? I made it through the tale (anyone that loves the Lords must) but it was tough going.

Amun doesn't speak and I've got to give GS credit for how she staged Amun and Haidee talking to one another. I am amazed that the psychic vs oral words didn't lose themselves (and the reader) throughout the pages. With that said, however, there is alot of boring internal talk. One evening I read 4 pages involving an internal "thinking" debate in Haidee's head. She went on and on --- what if, when, how, what if, on and on and on. This was a recurence througout and frankly, it's what I liked least.

Now the 'Strider' line - oh yeah, that was golden. As Amun is making his way through his book, GS is setting us up by allowing a glimpse into Strider. Loved It. Any LOTU lover will get a jolt from that. It's a must read for the junkies (even though it's slow going) and for first timers, don't judge all of Showalter's LOTU books by The Darkest Secret, please. There are great Lords out there waiting to tingle your toes.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gena Showalter has done it again! 31. März 2011
Von kiki - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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After reading The Darkest Secret, I was once again reminded why Gena is master at what she does. For the past couple of years, I've watched authors start new series, with each book of the series getting progressively worse than the last. The Lords of the Underworld series is the perfect example of what a series SHOULD be like- Each book just keeps getting better! The Darkest Secret is, in my opinion, the best so far.

I have to say that originally, I had my doubts about this book. Although Amun has held a special place in my heart from the beginning of the series, I feared how Showalter would redeem the character of Haidee. Like most other fans of the LU series, I held an extreme dislike for her because of her past relationship with the Lords. However, Showalter does the impossible: She makes us fall for the despicable Haidee. It was easy to love her once we got inside her mind and saw the pain that she went through. Instead of being the hateful, vengeful heroine that we all thought her to be, we got to see her for who she was: A strong, loving person who made her own share of mistakes. I loved the fact that she knew what she wanted, and wasn't afraid love Amun. I was also quite pleasantly surprised with the way that Showalter tackled the issue of Amun not being able to communicate verbally with Haidee because of his demon. Communication between the two was solved early on, and was never once an issue in the book.

This book was one HECK of a good time. The twists and turns keep you constantly on-the-edge-of-your-seat intrigued without getting tiring. The twist involving the truth about Haidee had my mouth open wide enough to catch flies. I don't know how Showalter did it, but she managed to make the audience feel guilty for hating Haidee this entire time. To continue to dislike her would have been almost hypocritical. This book was all I expected it to be and more: I laughed (the scene with William, Paris, and Strider calling Maddox was hilarious), I cried, I cheered, and I gasped in shock.

Although this book did have a more prominent side story than the previous ones, I still enjoyed it. It was nice to get to catch up on some of the other Lords that we have read about and loved. Strider was a particularly strong supporting character, and it was fantastic to get a taste of his HEA, which will be The Darkest Surrender (coming out in October of this year). Although cocky, egocentric, selfish, and competitive to a fault, Showalter makes us love the extremely flawed Strider, tantalizing us with just enough scenes to make us drool over what's to come in The Darkest Surrender (and with a heroine that I NEVER expected at that!)

Bottom Line: Read this book. Don't let any reserves of Haidee, or anyone else in the book stop you from giving it a try. You'll love it!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Did Someone Mention Skim Reading? 24. April 2011
Von Traci King - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
When a reviewer mentioned that she hated skim reading, I actually felt guilty, because that was the only way I could get through this book. Amun is such an intriguing Lord, I hated to see him reduced to a blubbering idiot over the girl who killed his friend. Granted Haidee had her reasons and Showalter made a good case for why she did it, but I couldn't see the connection between the two or understand the ending. So I skimmed and probably missed the best side parts of the story, which I will go back and read. I was so fed up with the hero and heroine that I just wanted to get them out of the way. I am so disappointed, since I was really looking forward to Amun's story. The ending was a headlong rush into a contrived solution to an insurmountable problem. The reasons given for this miraculous ending were almost hilarious. Sorry but this one was not nearly as well written as the previous books in this series. I am looking forward to a much better story in the next segment of what has been my favorite series.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A sad let down :( 7. April 2011
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Throughout The Lords of the Underworlds series Amun, keeper of the demon secrets, has been my favorite character. I couldn't wait for his book to be published and when I saw he was next after Gideon I was so excited I almost peed in my pants (figuratively). I waited for what felt like an eternity for The Darkest Secret to reach the shelves and in summary this book is just AWFUL!!!

My "beef" is not in the love story between Amun and Haidee (though I'm pretty sure she was suffering from Stockholm Syndrome) but in the way he showed absolutely ZERO loyalty to the men he has loved, lived and fought beside for centuries. What happened to Bros be for Hoes!!! Especially if you and that bro have been through Hell and back (literally).

Ok I can buy the whole I can't live without you, I need you to survive, I am a possessive male who beats everyone up except for you, mumbo jumbo. BUT beating your best friend and brother within an inch of his life because he doesn't trust your girlfriend (who is a Hunter and has been trying to KILL you and yours for centuries, might I add) is just a big a** pill for me to swallow. Amun is known to be extremely loyal and it was hard for me to believe he would turn on his love ones so quickly. Listen, I know this is a work of fiction but I'm already using up all my imagination on demon possessed beings with sexy bodies, cut me some slack!!!

I know it's weird that I continued to read The Darkest Secret in its entirety (especially since all I wanted to do was stick a sharp pencil in my eye), but about mid book I decided I wanted to write a review and needed more ammo. It was NOT because I thought the story would redeem itself, that ship sailed around page 80 (Kindle). The only reason why The Darkest Secret gets two stars is because I love the Strider, Kaia, William, and Paris storyline.

With that said, Gena Showalter is still AMAZING!!! She is seriously one of my favorite paranormal romance writers and I will continue to read every single book in the Lords of the Underworlds series even if I have to keep sharpening my pencils.
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