Review: The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld (#7)
Release Date: March 29th, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Page Count: 416
Source: purchased for pleasure

Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when the immortal warrior is chained and isolated to protect those he loves, death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty….

Haidee is a demon-assassin, raised to despise Amun’s kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.

Review:  I’m a huge fan of this series and they are one of the few books on my auto-buy list.  For those unfamiliar with this series, Gena Showalter has taken a look at the mythological story of Pandora and what happens when her box is opened.  Here’s how Gena describes the series on her webpage:

Long ago, twelve immortals warriors – each more dangerously seductive than the last — stole and opened Pandora’s box, unleashing the evil from within. Now they carry that evil within themselves. Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wrath. When a powerful enemy returns, they will travel the world in search of a sacred relic of the gods – one that threatens to destroy them all.

The Darkest Secret is book 7 in the series and follows Amun, who “carries” the demon of secrets.  At the start of the book (well, and through most of it), Amun is in a really dark place because of events that happened in book 6, The Darkest Lie.  Which really tells you that this series works best if you read them in order.  But I digress…  So Amun is in a really bad way and the only thing that seems to calm him is the presence of Haidee, who also happens to be the enemy.

Keeping in mind there are a several subplots going on, continuing from prior books and leading us towards the next one, the main plot is the “romance” between Amun and Haidee.  While I loved the story, Showalter moved a little too far into the realm of horror for my tastes.  There were a few really graphic scenes that made it just less enjoyable for me to not give it a better rating.

But I was very happy with how Showalter handled Amum’s story and the moving forward of the subplot.  I’m looking forward to the next book, which is to be released in late September (happy birthday to me!).

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