Excerpt and Review: Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST TORMENT

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Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST TORMENT is coming in paperback! The Queen of Paranormal Romance, USA TODAY bestselling author Gena Showalter, returns with THE DARKEST TORMENT, the eagerly anticipated twelfth novel in her Lords of the Underworld series! Order your copy today!

About THE DARKEST TORMENT:

Can Beauty tame her Beast?

51yzbrl-oalDriven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

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If you have not read any of the books in this series, you will need this bit of background found on the author’s official website:

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.

I’ll be honest – there are MANY characters to keep up with in the popular Lords of the Underworld series – and for each main character, there is also a demonic personality and unbecoming vice within the person.  This makes for a very populated cast of characters, but once you can keep track of everyone and who is pulling the strings, you will love this complex saga of immortal men doing what they can to make up for past mistakes.  The author is a master storyteller, and you will quickly find yourself deep in otherworldly drama, action, and romance. If you are familiar with the series, you will already know the dynamics of this world, and if you are a new reader, you will be glad you took the time to understand it all.

In The Darkest Torment, Baden is sent on two quests by his master Hades with the promise of his freedom.  Neither quest is an easy feat, and the plot is a fast paced, often violent journey through the incredible world crafted by Gena Showalter.  Baden’s introduction and interaction with Katarina are both unexpected and unorthodox, and the tension between them drive the story forward.  She is an animal loving human with a strong personality, and he is an immortal warrior with a evil past and bleak future.  She has a hard time accepting his claims and attitude and he has never met a woman quite like her.  How they find common ground and work toward his goals together is what makes this paranormal romance so memorable.

I enjoyed the action scenes, the witty dialogue, steamy romance, and all the twists that makes this incredible series unlike any other paranormal romance or urban fantasy books out there.

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Katarina wasn’t afraid of Baden. Not anymore.

He took a step to the side, intending to move around her. Oh, no. She flattened her hands on his shoulders, keeping him in place.

“I want to know what’s wrong with you.” She said. “Tell me.”

He snapped his teeth at her in a show of dominance. “You think you want to know my problem. You’re wrong.”

Her tone dry, she said, “I’m so glad you know my mind better than I do.”

“Very well. I need sex.” He threw the words at her as if they were weapons. “Badly.”

Whoa. Blindside!

Heart pounding, she jerked her hands away from him. “Sex…from me?”

“Yesss.” A hiss. “Only from you.”

the-darkest-torment-tour-teaser-2Only. Amazing how one little word could send pleasure soaring through her, warming her. “You told me never to touch you.” Which she’d just done, she realized. My bad.

“I’ve changed my mind.” His gaze dropped, lingered on her lips.

Burning her… “But you and I…we’re a different species.” As if that mattered to her body. Gimme!

He took a step closer, invading her personal space.  “We’ll fit, I promise you.”

Tristo hrmenych! The raspy quality of his voice, all smoke and gravel…she shivered with longing. Must resist his allure.

But…but…why? Before she’d committed to Peter, she’d dated around, had made out in movie theaters, cars and on couches. She’d liked kissing and touching and “riding the belt buckle,” as her friends had called it. Then, after committing to Peter, she’d gifted him with her virginity. At first, he hadn’t known what to do with her—he’d been just as inexperienced—and she’d left each encounter disappointed. When finally she’d gathered the courage to tell him what she wanted, he’d satisfied her well.

She missed sex. But connection…intimacy…she thought she missed those more.

The dogs barked, jolting her from her thoughts. They’d cleaned their food bowls, and now wanted to play. She clasped Baden’s hand to lead him out of the kennel. He jerked away, severing contact.

One action. Tons of hurt.

“I’m allowed to touch you and you want to have sex with me, but you’re still disgusted by me.” She stomped outside the kennel, done with him. “Well, I’m leaving. Good riddance! Your do-what-I-say-or-else attitude was annoying, anyway.”

He darted in front of her, stopping her. Breath caught in her throat as sunlight streamed over him, paying his chiseled features absolute tribute, making his bronzed skin glimmer.

So beautiful. Too beautiful.

“I’m not disgusted by you. You need me. I’ve come to accept it,” he admitted, looking away from her. “But being skin-to-skin with another is painful for me. We’ll have to proceed carefully. And you’ll get over your annoyance.”

Another order!  She would show him the error of his ways.

author

author-pic-gena-showalterGena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at genashowalter.com.

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And don’t miss the previous titles in the Lords of the Underworld Series!

THE DARKEST NIGHT     THE DARKEST KISS

THE DARKEST PLEASURE     THE DARKEST WHISPER

THE DARKEST PASSION     THE DARKEST LIE

THE DARKEST SECRET     THE DARKEST SURRENDER

THE DARKEST SEDUCTION     THE DARKEST CRAVING

THE DARKEST TOUCH     THE DARKEST TORMENT

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