The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter

* I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

 For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel—demon-assassin—has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn’t bear to harm him. But trusting—and falling for—Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this “mortal” with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron’s darkest passion?

Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn’t….

The Darkest Passion is the fifth book in the Lords of the Underworld series.  I have only read a couple of books in this series and was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t too lost.  With that said, it is much better if you read this series in order.

I fell in love with Aeron’s character way back in The Darkest Night, the first book in this series.  He is keeper of Wrath, able to see the sins of others and punishes them in the same way.  He carries the burden of guilt with him because the pleasure he gets when he unleashes Wrath.  He cares deeply for his friends and his “demon daughter” Legion but doesn’t think he needs anyone else in his life.  When Olivia shows up, he tries to push her away while Wrath wants to keep her.

Olivia is a fallen angel.  She was ordered to kill Aeron and refused so she was cast out of Heaven and sent to Hell.  She managed to crawl her way up from Hell with sheer determination because she had to get to Aeron.  She had been watching him for awhile and along the way she fell in love with him.  She wants him to keep her even though he keeps trying to push her away.  She’s even willing to deal with Legion to stay with Aeron.

There are so many wonderful moments in this book it’s hard to pick a favorite.  It is funny and sad sometimes.  I loved seeing Olivia learn how to be human and how she grew as a person throughout the book.  She isn’t afraid to go after what she wants, even though he keeps pushing her away.  She becomes invaluable to Aeron providing him with information regarding the hunters and other Lords.  The whole time Aeron is fighting with his internal demon Wrath trying to convince him they can’t keep her.

I didn’t like Legion that much when she was first introduced but as the book progressed, she “grows up” a little bit.  She realizes that she can never have what she truly desires and regrets putting Aeron in the position she has.

It was also nice to see the other Lords and their ladies.  Gideon and Paris intrigue me and I can’t wait to see where they are going to take us. I like the story line with the Hunters but at times it distracted from the main story line.

The ending definitely surprised me but I can’t really say much without spoilers.  Let me just say it wasn’t what I was expecting.  I was also heartbroken for one of the characters at the end. 

Overall I truly enjoyed this book and thank Gena for sharing a copy with me.  It was my favorite so far in this series.  I give this book 4 flaming hearts. 

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