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  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373777752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373777754
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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

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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of the White Rabbit Chronicles, Otherworld Assassins, Angels of the Dark, Lords of the Underworld, and several of other young adult and adult romance series. She has written over thirty novels and novellas. Her books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.

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126 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Sanman on July 30, 2013
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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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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 31, 2013
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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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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Gypsymom on August 1, 2013
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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 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.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Brittany on August 2, 2013
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I don't even know where to begin with this 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.
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