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- Publisher: Harlequin
- Format: Paperback | 466 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 165mm x 38mm | 227g
- Publication date: 31 December 2013
- ISBN 10: 0373777752
- ISBN 13: 9780373777754
- Sales rank: 7,695
"New York Times" bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a breathtaking Lords of the Underworld tale about a warrior trapped by darkness and the woman determined to save him. Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him--a beast he's determined to kill, no matter the price. Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy--her royal family--and Kane is her only source of protection. He's also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart...or die together.
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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.
By Tracie Runge 03 Aug 2013
The Darkest Craving - Lords of The Underworld Book 10 - Gena Showalter
I enjoyed Kane and Josephina's story I felt the storyline kept you engrossed throughout and the characters were strong and well developed.
Josephina Aisling is half fae, half human and although she is the King's daughter she does not live like a princess. Josephina lives as a servant, forced to endure the daily torture and punishments meant for her sister who hosts one of the demons released from Pandora's Box.
Kane, Lord of the Underworld and host to the demon Disaster. Kane is missing, kidnapped and the Lords are determined to find him and bring their kind of justice to those responsible.
Josephina stumbles upon Kane when she is fleeing her village knowing who he is and knowing he is the one person who will give her what she wants Josephina helps Kane escape to safety. When Kane come too he remembers the woman helping him but when Josephina reminds him of their deal he is reluctant to complete his end. Kane and Josephina will need each other, the Lords and their mates to stop the prophecy coming to bare but most of all Kane will need to control his demon and convince Josephina she needs to live even when everything is falling apart.
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By Michelle McMichael 31 Jul 2013
This is the 10th instalment in the popular Lords of The Underworld and it was another one for the keeper shelf!
Gena has taken a long running successful series and added more layers to it, in this instalment we gained the Fae and while I enjoyed the addition, they brought a whole other level of evil to the plate with their values, traditions and disciplinary styles.
When Josephina helped Kane escape from hell she extracted a promise from him, a promise that he is determined not to keep. Josephina is desperate to escape her life and is actively looking for a solution, can Kane be the saviour she needs? Kane and Josephina together are desperate to escape their fated futures, can they help each other and change their destinies?
Josephina was the highlight of this book for me, she was fun, feisty and reminded me of a slightly tamer Valkyrie. I enjoyed her 'fangirl' moments and her sense of humour. I empathised with her jealousy, I have a similar distaste for sharing. She lost a little of her sassiness as the story went on, but then I think I would have too with everything going on around her.
Kane, I kind of expected to be a little more messed up, especially after his experiences in hell. Although not graphically explained, Gena alludes to what actually happened to him and since I don't see any man being able to comfortably discuss that, his lack of explanation fit well.
The heat level wasn't as high as previous books which was a perfect fit for the characters, given the experiences that brought them together.
William, as always was a bright spot in the book. I did get a little confused at times though as there was a point where it was alluded to that someone knew something & then it was retracted. It didn't take away my enjoyment from the book though. I can't wait to get to William's book and dive into his secrets. The next book should be a good one though!
"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