Review: The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter

6758331The Darkest Passion
(Lords of the Underworld, #5)
By: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Mira
Published: May 21, 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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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?

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…


1thoughtsI will admit that Aeron was never really on my radar. Yes he had Legion, and was a little crazed with wrath but I just didn’t gravitate towards him in the previous books. However, this one grabbed my attention and didn’t let go until the very end.

Olivia who was once an angel of Joy but was recently hired to kill Aeron by her higher-ups decides to “fall” from the heavens. You see, when she was sent to kill him, she followed him around a lot and in doing so wound up developing feelings for him. So when she shows up at the fortress, bloody, emotionally beaten down and screaming out Aeron’s name, he immediately thinks that she is bait sent by the hunters. But he soon finds out that she is an angel, and not just any angel but THE angel that has been randomly popping in and she has turned her back on everything just for a chance to be with him. But their chance is short lived when they are given only 9 days. Nine days for Aeron to change Olivia’s mind and send her back to the heavens, nine days for Aeron to come to terms with what he has to do in order to not only save Legion’s life but the lives of his brethren as well.

Olivia is a very gentle character however she is strong willed and isn’t a pushover. So she was easily to relate to. When she fell, she went straight to hell and had to literally dig her way up through the earth to the surface. That will leave a lasting mark on anyone. So it was no surprise that she was terrified by all of the Lords except for her Aeron. Since they are demons, and demons are exactly what had just tortured her in hell. However, when she comes across a pissed off territorial Legion who is non too happy about the Angel trying to steal Aeron, Olivia asserts herself and doesn’t back down.

I had no idea that Aeron was so selfless. He was originally introduced as this guy possessed by his blood thirsty demon but you really start to see how he does everything he can to help ease the other Lords’ pain. He does a lot of things for the Lords and it is brought to the forefront in this book. Not only that, but both he and his demon have claimed Olivia as their mate. However, knowing that life on earth would constantly put her in danger, he tries to convince her to leave him and go back to heaven.

This story was great and I LOVED the addition of Scarlet and her introduction to Gideon (Lies). As well as a little inside look to Galen. Do I sense a story about him in the future? I know he is supposed to be the bad guy and all but the tiny glimpse you get definitely made me interested in him.


1favepartOlivia stumbles across Gideon in his room. She sits down and starts talking to him about everything that is bothering her.
G- “Oh and Olivia? In that position, I can’t see you’re panties.” clearly amused
O- “Do you like them?
He blinked in surprise, clearly having expected her to change positions.. “I hate them.”
“Really? Would you like them as a souvenir? Since I plan to take your advise and crawl into Aeron’s bed naked, I’m not going to need them anymore.”
Gideon laughed outright. “Nope. I wouldn’t. I would hate to have them as a souvenir. And not just because I’m sure Aeron will be thrilled to know I have his girlfriends panties.”


Previous reviews from the LOTU series
The Darkest Night
The Darkest Kiss
The Darkest Pleasure
The Darkest Whisper


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