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The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2008

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Showalter at her finest. --New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning on The Darkest Night

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

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373772327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373772322
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lucien is the Warrior of Death and Lord of the Underworld. Charged with taking souls to heaven or hell upon their death, Lucien has no choice but to do as he is has been commanded to do. His demon is Death and Lucien despairs of ever being free. His sin? He was the leader of the warriors charged with protecting the dimOuniak and instead of protecting it, he opened it and unleashed hordes of demons throughout the world. Death is his punishment and his life. Until Anya. Anya makes him smile. She makes him laugh. But most of all she makes him yearn in ways he had long ago forgotten. These yearnings make the task he has been given that much harder. It seems the leader of the gods wants Anya dead and Lucien is to be her destroyer.

Anya, the Goddess of Anarchy, has set her sights on Lucien, the Warrior of Death. Doing everything in her power to make him notice her, she just wants to feel his skin and touch him in ways that she shouldn't be thinking. As the Goddess of Anarchy, she must allow herself some mischief in order to survive and in doing so, she tries her best to make Lucien laugh. While she wants Lucien with every breath in her immortal body, she knows they can never consummate their relationship because her curse is such that in doing so, Anya would be forever in love with Lucien, even if he does not love her back.

When the man she has come to love and cherish tells her he has come to claim her for Death, Anya is not having any part of it, even if her desire stays strong. Pursuing each other across the world, forces beyond their control threaten them and when it is too late to turn back, they despair at ever being together.
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I absolutely loved this book. I won't go into a lot of details but this series, for me, ranks up there with Sherrilyn Kenyon's - Darkhunters and J.R. Ward's - Black Dagger Brotherhood. I NEVER thought anything could measure up to those two series. Thankfully, I was extremely wrong. I'm not going to go into a lot of details in regards to the synopsis but I will endulge my likes and dislikes.

I so loved the two main characters in this book. Lucien(the demon of death) and Anya(the "minor" god of anarchy) come together in a "I can't seem to put the book down long enough to even take the time to eat lunch" kind of way. The best part about this book is the fact that Anya is in pursuit of Lucien. She's aggressive, confident, strong, sexual, and never apologizes for who she is. It's refreshing to read a paranormal romance that doesn't include the heroine acting like a helpless, insecure, obnoxiously naive twit. Lucien tries to avoid Anya's overwhelming personality but she strongly suggests to him that he will need her help in order to locate certain artifacts that he needs to possess. Lucien is an alpha male but not necesssarliy your typical "I am man hear me roar and pound my chest" kind of way. Ms. Showalter manages to find a way to write his character flawlessly into a strong, self-sacrificing, gorgeous, intelligent, sexy, and seemingly perfect man/demon.

I am beyond ecstatic that the release dates of these books have been so relatively close together. If I had to wait a year between book releases of this series I would be seriously peeved. Thank You Ms. Showalter for typing your heart out. Please keep it up!!! Things that I disliked about the book? Only one thing...not being able to put it down. If you have errands, or cleaning duties, or have to study for a big test coming up, forget it. I'm telling you, once you start reading you won't be able to stop. BUY THIS BOOK. It is worth every penny.
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Long ago a band of immortal warriors stole and unleashed the evil within Pandora's box. In the melee, the box was lost. As their punishment for the deed, the gods forced each warrior to 'contain' one of the demons within themselves. So the Lords of the Underworld were born. The warrior who opened the box (Lucien, former Captain of the Guard) was 'gifted' with the demon of Death forever escorting souls to heaven or hell whenever the call came.

At present, some of these possessed immortals live a sheltered life high on a hill in Budapest. They struggle daily with their demons eventually succumbing to the demons desires. As well as warding off attacks by the radical humans called Hunters who want to see them and their demons dead.

The most serious and somber of the warriors is about to be the victim of a little mischief. For the minor goddess of Anarchy has her sights set on the sexy scarred warrior called Death. Lucien can't believe that any woman would be interested in him due to his harrowing looks, let alone a beautiful goddess. But Anya is. She's a stunning immortal who brings light into his dark soul and entrances his demon. Too bad he's been ordered to kill her.............

Woo Hoo! Another scarred hero book! I just love those! Lucien (Death) really didn't see the train called Anarchy coming until it plowed right into him. I thought Anya was hilarious. She flipped him upside down and inside out, teasing poor serious Lucien and keeping him totally off balance. I didn't know which way their fighting was going to go -would he actually try to kill her or kiss her (don't think you know what the answer is cause you don't!). They just made a great couple. I loved their bantering.
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