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The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter
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I had some trouble getting into this book but once I had I devoured it. Reyes, keeper of Pain, and Danika, keeper of his heart are both different people. Their constant running and distancing themselves did not endear them to me like it did in the other books. I am not quite sure why, it just didn't appeal to me well. Reyes need for pain was not my cup of tea either, but his devotion to Danika overwhelmed me eventually and everything ended up well. Danika, surprised me. Why she was being hunted hadn't occurred to me and their enemy, the leader of the Hunters, shocked me to the core, at first. Then it made terrifying sense. I'm not sure what is going to happen in the future of this band of brothers (and now sisters) but what I do know is that when evil clashes with good, much blood flows and the winner may not be the one you cheer for. Hopefully, dear, dear, dear. Hopefully things will work out. ( )
  mariahsidhe | May 12, 2016 |
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To be honest, The Darkest Pleasure is the one book in Showalter’s Lord of the Underworld series that I wasn’t ecstatic to read. Not because I don’t like Reyes and Danika, but because I think the situation View Spoiler » just sucks and I feel really bad for them. It’s not their fault Cronus is a murderous bastard and uses the demons as henchmen to do what he can’t do for himself. I really like Danika and Reyes as a couple, but I hated to watch what they are come between them. Yes, I realize this pretty much happens to all the Lords of the Underworld couples, but y’all have to agree that Reyes and Danika really got the short end of the stick, right?

Still, I really enjoyed the book and was happy to finally pull on my big girl panties and give the book a chance! I cried, laughed, raged, and swooned with the characters of The Darkest Pleasure and would highly recommend readers of the series to pick this book up if they haven’t had a chance! It was nice to finally read Danika and Reyes’ book. ( )
  One_Curvy_Blogger | Oct 7, 2015 |
The LOTU have been rockin' my world lately but I knew this would be a hard book to read. Reyes, keeper of Pain, never really interested me that much and as soon as it became clear Danika would be his HEA I was even less interested. As keeper of Pain I thought his story could go in some deliciously dark and kinky places. Sadly, it did not. Reyes certainly was tortured enough but I never connected with him like I did with Lucien. Danika was fine as a heroine but even with her special status I didn't feel her either.

It was great seeing Anya again and having her play an active role with the Lords. The friendship between Torin and Cameo was a surprise as was the demon Legion keeping Aeron company. I love the interaction between the Lords. Poor Reyes trying to make Danika some sandwiches and having them snatched away by half the household was cute.

I really like this series and this was more of a 2-1/2 star read than a solid two. The Lords are still interesting. Cronus is still a bastard and a new development amongst the Hunters will keep me tuning in. ( )
  Akaria | May 13, 2015 |
Amazing! I can't believe how freaking good this series is turning out to be for me. Loved every little thing about this; all the pain, suffering, sexy and hot times, the building of an awesome relationship between two incredibly different people and see how that ended.

It amazes me how Gena Showalter manages to entwine all of her subplots into that main plot and not make the book a bore. I can't wait to see how things are going to turn out for the rest of these yummy demons. ( )
  msralways | Feb 3, 2015 |
After the last book, I've been desperate to read more about Paris (Promiscuity). It was heartbreaking to see him plead for Serena's return to Cronos, who even though he said he wasn't as cruel as the bastard Greek, Zeus, he bloody well was! He gave Paris hope on the one hand and crushed it with the other, taunting him with it. Ass-hole!

Anyway, this was meant to be Reyes's (Pain) book. Yes, it was good. Danika was extremely practical and resourceful, and although she did her best to resist Reyes and hate him, she couldn't not accept that he was loving and caring, completely at odds with the Hunters' description of a bloodthirsty evil demon.

I loved Danika's family and their changing attitude once Reyes broke down and sobbed at Danika's death/kidnapping. They were a formidable family of women. God help any man that comes between them and what they want!

Overall, a wonderful story and another step closer to finding Pandora's Box. ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373773102, Mass Market Paperback)

Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her--even defy the gods.

Danika is on the run. For months she's eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won't rest until she and her family have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can't forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear....

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Reyes, a possessed man bound by the demon of pain and forbidden all pleasure, is drawn to Danika Ford, a mortal woman on the run who has eluded the Lords of Underworld for months but who cannot forget Reyes's searing touch.

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