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"One of the premier authors of paranormal romance."-#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole

"Passion, humor, pulse-pounding action and just plain fun...Showalter's books are always a refreshing escape!"-New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian

"One of Showalter's biggest strengths is her ability to create wounded characters who are riveting and intense, but who also hold out the hope of redemption."-RT Book Reviews on Beauty Awakened

"Showalter does her magic with an intricately developed world, complex and intensive character arcs and dark, compelling paranormal themes. She releases that literary punch to the gut with excruciatingly detailed scenes that haunt the senses long after reading the pages."-USA Today on Wicked Nights

"One of the premier authors of paranormal romance."-#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole

"Passion, humor, pulse-pounding action and just plain fun...Showalter's books are always a refreshing escape!"-New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian

"One of Showalter's biggest strengths is her ability to create wounded characters who are riveting and intense, but who also hold out the hope of redemption."-RT Book Reviews on Beauty Awakened

"Showalter does her magic with an intricately developed world, complex and intensive character arcs and dark, compelling paranormal themes. She releases that literary punch to the gut with excruciatingly detailed scenes that haunt the senses long after reading the pages."-USA Today on Wicked Nights

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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series and more than thirty other books. She lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.

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HASH(0x98f000fc) von 5 Sternen My fear has come true.... 31. Juli 2013
Von Sandy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Reading Angels of the Dark series and seeing GS new writing style I feared for Kane's story and rest of the LOTU stories yet to be told. I hoped maybe she would keep her new style with that series and the Lords as they were, hot, steamy and just plain yummy to read. I was wrong. Her new PG-13 writing has continued. This book is not anything close to what we are use to reading the LOTU. The players all make an appearance and Kane gets his HEA however it is told different than the past reads. The story is good and GS can still write a good book but it is not the same. If you like her style before you will be disappointed with this book. The sex scenes are glossed over and few between. I just wanted to get it over with. I'm not sure how I feel about Cameo, Torin or poor William. He was the the one I really looked forward to but now I just feel like why bother. It's not the same anymore. Just sad....
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HASH(0x98f0ad20) von 5 Sternen Meh... 31. Juli 2013
Von Jen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Let me start of by saying I love love love this series. My favorite has to be, hands down, Strider (least would be Paris).It's great when you find a series with great story and sex. I was so worried about this book. I had hoped that Ms. Showalter wouldn't change her formula. But by only a third in and I knew something was different. 3 words: No sexual tension. AT ALL. I always pay attention to the %(on my Kindle) when the couple first has sex. I know, it's weird, but it's one of my idiosyncrasies. Kane and his woman didn't have have sex until the 76% mark. That's pretty far for a book in this series. And the sex scenes were glossed over and short. Between the begining and this point there were only 2 kisses and no other touchy feelies. It all seemed very chaste in comparison to the other books. How sad because I could always rely on this series to make me fan my face. The other complaint was how slow and boring the story was at times. I actually found myself skimming some sections. The story was up and down with action. No long build up to the end. The ending failed to surprise me or leave me wanting more. Kane was Okay. I didn't know much about him but I didn't really connect with him. His girl was kind of a boring character too. No spunk, no cheeky sense of humor, no whit. Even the suffering she went through was kind of like, >shrug< whatever. I also was dissapointed that the other Lords weren't in this one very much. If the emotion and conectivity level of the other books were at an 11 on my amplifier, this one would be at a 4. I see it as if Kane and his woman want to stay in her world, let them 'cause they aren't that interesting anyways. Note to Gena: Please don't ruin Torin's story! I was so looking foward to it! (I revise a statment from above. This book is now my least favorite.)
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HASH(0x98f0ac00) von 5 Sternen Huge dissapointment 2. August 2013
Von Gypsymom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I had eagerly been awaiting this LOTU installment for weeks. I read the book in two days, not because I couldn't put it down, but because I kept hoping it would get better...it didn't.

Kane came across as a bit of jerk in the book. He doesn't even really treat Tink (aka Josephina) that well, often saying things just to hurt her. I feel like Gena Showalter was trying to make him into this twisted, shell of a man that needed to be saved, but she didn't manage to pull it off. Instead he comes across as muddled, abrasive, and utterly fake.

Josephina is the same way. I was exicted for her in the first few chapters, her bubbly, somewhat kooky attitude highly charming...but within a few pages her personality disappears and she become a completely different character. It's as if Ms. Showalter couldn't decided what sort of woman she wanted Tink to be.

The way these two characters were portrayed made me feel very cold toward their eventual joining. I honestly couldn't care less when they ended up together. And the sex scenes between the two? Lukewarm at best. I hoped that her style of pg-13 writing in the Angel's series was simply a style choice for that series alone but apparently not. No where was that delicious, amazing, sticks with you and makes you blush smut that featured in her previous LOTU books. Going from Seduction to Craving was like I was reading two completely different authors. I understand this may have something to do with Gena's new found interest in religion, which is great...whatever, to each his own, if it makes you happy, super....but I hope she realizes that her fans have come to expect a certain level of sexiness in her writing that was COMPLETELY absent in this book. I can only hope that with Cameo and Torin's story lines it comes back (please oh please with Torin, I have been waiting so so patiently).

The only saving grace from this book were the side plots. William the Ever Randy and his Rainbow rejects made this book for me. I found myself wanting to know more about the horsemen and what they want/where they came from etc. Torin and Cameo's story lines enthralled me and I about dropped my jaw when Cameo's supposed (I hope) HEA made his appearance. I can only wish and pray and chant that Gena Showalter picks up the slack with the books that follow.

Not every story line of the LOTU has been super enthralling (I was never a big fan of Amun or Sabin's books) but even when they fell short they were still an entertaining read...The Darkest Craving wasn't even that and I was severely disappointed. I can only hope the old Gena returns, and soon.
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HASH(0x98f0bbdc) von 5 Sternen Painful to Read. 3. August 2013
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I don't even know where to begin with this book...it was so very painful to read, and to finish. I almost DNF'd it several times. I kept hoping it would get better. (Hint: It didn't.) I used to really love and enjoy this series. But it's gone downhill, and fast.

My first hate was Kane himself. In previous books, I felt for him. Not pity, but compassion, because if I were to house any of the LOTU demons, I most certainly have Disaster in me. So I was looking forward to learning more about him. But I never liked him. I could never sympathize with Kane, and I felt...nothing for him. Which made me extremely sad.

Then Josephina. Or as Kane calls her, Tinker Bell, Tink, and oh yeah, Tinky Dink. *vomits* Oh boy. I could not stand her. Could not. She started out sooo promising. She had a sharp tongue, motivation, and questionable strength. But it was there. Then she dropped away. Tink's only value as a person is Kane. She only accomplishes things because Kane gives her permission/strength/etc. Gena TELLS us that she's a strong heroine, but no where is there proof.

Any time Tink does anything strong or good, Kane is there. She's the strong woman who picked up a branch while her big, strong MAN is there getting rid of the rest of the heavy tree. It was disgusting.

Tink being naive and a virgin and all that yadda yadda isn't even the problem. It's that Gena has reduced the woman - oh, wait, no *female's* role to solely be pleasure for her man. She can do other things on the side, but each woman is defined by the male who owns her. While noticeable in past books, it really stood out in this one. Kane's motivations the entire time looked something like, "CAVEMAN KANE NEED HIS WOMAN. KILL, GET MY WOMAN. MINE. MINE. MINE." (Trust me, it's even more annoying in the book)

And the "villains"...they were about as frightening as the monster in Robot Monster. They were unbelievable, and weak. It was obvious Kane could overpower them easily, and with the addition of William and his kids, it was laughable. The stakes needed to be a heck of a lot higher. As it was, I was very :| meh about everything.

I can ramble on, but those are the bottom lines. I really wanted to love this book. I was so excited. I can even deal with lackluster sex scenes, even though they did bother me a little. The big issues were the blatant sexism and patriarchal demeaning all throughout this book, and these characters. I can't read something like that and enjoy it.
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HASH(0x98f180c0) von 5 Sternen Kane who?! 13. August 2013
Von Love, Lust, Books - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I really believed this story had potential. Not only was I curious about the mystery heroine, but I wanted to learn the reason why the Fae King was after his own daughter, or why she felt the need to runaway in the first place. But a few pages into the book, and I see... THIS is a Disaster waiting to happen. Pun intended. Now, before I go into rant mode, let me give you the gist of the story...

Josephina is the bastard daughter of the Fae King and her human mother. The King and Queen have a daughter of their own, so unfortunately for Josephina, she gets to be the blood slave. Any mistakes the girl makes, and Josie here must bare the brunt of the punishments. God forbid the princess EVER take responsibility for her own actions. Which brings me to another thing, the princess (who's name I've forgotten) is the keeper of the demon of Irresponsibility. I see some of you perking up now (heh). So as you can imagine, this doesn't exactly make for a happily ever after for Josie, which is why she's run away determined to die. Once Kane comes to, he sees Josie, determines she's his MINE and bam! One week after he recovers he leaves The Realm of Blood and Shadow determined to find the little fae and save her. But Kane has his own agenda. After the hell he endured (literally!) he's determined to end Disaster at whatever cost to his own life.

With me so far? ...Nice! :)

Like many other readers, I'm not a fan of instalove, and I'm disappointed to say, that as quickly as Josie appeared, THAT quickly she became Kane's MINE. Good lord, 5% in, really Ms. Showalter? Being how this is a HEA type romance regardless of circumstance, why not allow the characters to get to KNOW each other BEFORE tramp-stamping their love interests with their neanderthalish-MINE ways? Of course though, Kane refuses to believe she's his mine because he's no good for anybody, regardless of the fact that every bone in his body is telling him otherwise. And Josie refuses to believe Kane would be interested in her after seeing what her sister looks like. So there were a lot of frustrating moments of insecurity issues going on.

Next, you'll be happy to know that Showalter spared us all the religious nonsense that was consistent with the second installment in her Angels of the Dark series. Although there were moments where she preached, but those were few and far in between it wasn't too bad, thank the stars.

While I'm all for HEAs and finding your mate no matter what, what I've always loved about LOTU was that the love didn't deter from the actual plot of the series, finding Pandora's Box. Unfortunately, that was not the case here. The only ones determined to find the damned thing were the rest of the Lords. Yes, we are given a glimpse into the Fae Realm, and its beauty and deceit, but Showalter veered way off course with Kane's story. IMO anyways. She filled the pages with incoherent thoughts, incoherent sentences, and information overload I would have happily done without. In book ten of any series, I don't need a recap of who is who, or what has been happening. If I'm on book ten it's because I've been following the series and know what's been going down.

Like with Beauty Awakened and the angels, excuse me "Sent Ones", Showalter felt the need to change a few facts from previous books. I know this may be petty, but it aggravates me to see that something that was already explained once, is being explained differently now. Ya'll know Willie's kids are the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse, right? Well, not anymore! They are now mere shadows of the Horsemen.

"He'd heard demons call them the four horsemen of the apocalypse. But these four were not, not really; they were more like shadows of the originals."

Palm. Meet forehead.

She also changes something else, but that would be a spoiler, so... sorry, but I can't say anything. Just know I'm annoyed by it.

Does Gena Showalter bring sexy back in the Lords of the Underworld? ...No. Not really. The sex scenes are still way too watered down for my liking, and even though they are better than in Beauty Awakened, I am highly disappointed. For someone who had no qualms whatsoever in previous books using the words penis, or cock, Showalter absolutely refused to write them down whilst describing Kane's.

"The wings of the butterfly tattoo appeared more jagged than before, stretching closer and closer to his... his... there."

"And his... his... his tattoo was getting larger, because one of the butterfly's wings rode the length of his..."

She called his cock an it you guys... an IT!!

"It grew, and it thickened, and it hardened, and it mesmerized her."

The characters that captivated me most were definitely William, Cameo and my Torin. The Ever Randy is present throughout the book while he "helps" Kane find his way to Josephina and I am so glad. He was a much needed distraction! Cameo and Torin battle for the spotlight in this one, at least that's how I saw it. Both their journeys will have you wishing for more this instant, but we'll have to be satisfied with waiting for the next book in the series. As for the main characters, if you haven't already guessed it, I am not a fan. I thought I could grow to like Josephina because at first she seemed spunky, but once she started whining about her death, and acting terribly immature, it went downhill from there. Kane was and still is a big mystery for me. Unlike the previous lords', we don't really get a glimpse into the man that is, or WAS Kane. We know he's keeper of Disaster and that the guys are always wary about bringing him along in missions because of his demon, but even then, it would have been nice to see his POV on some situations that happened throughout the series. I mean, ten books and you couldn't fill me in on who this guy is? We don't even learn who he was before, when they were in the Heavens and what role he played in releasing the demons from the box!

It might surprise you all, but I actually loved Disaster in this book. Unlike the previous demons, he couldn't be tamed by a woman. He detested Josephina and did everything in his power to get rid of her. True demons, will never be topped or tamed, and Disaster won a brownie from me. I did like the interactions with the other guys and their demons because they were funny and cute sometimes, but Kane and his demon were proof, that housing a demon is as miserable as the Lords have claimed to be.

Last thing, because this review is already way too long. The writing. While there are no religious undertones noticeable enough in The Darkest Craving and there are still some funny moments to be had while reading the book, I feel like Showalter is either running out of ideas, or she just can't be bothered enough to form a coherent thought or sentence anymore. Every few pages or so, I'd see things like this:

"Kane didn't even want a mate. He wanted... he needed... yeah, some part of him wanted and needed a mate."

"If he did it, if he allowed his lips to meet the princess's, she would... she would...oh! There was no action violent enough."

"Too late? They were...they were...no way."

"The minions had sense him. The minions...the minions who had...had...NO!"

This book dragged its arse all over the place with what you read above, plus the consistent need to either retell me something or give me more info than I needed. Showalter didn't show me a story, she told it to me, and went ahead to bore me out of my ever loving mind. The whole thing was wrapped up into a very sugar coated, barf inducing romantic package I don't even think I can read the next book for fear that she'll ruin Torin in my eyes.
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