Review, Q & A and Excerpt: The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter
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The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld #11
Published by: Harlequin on 11/25/2014
Genres: Adult, PNR, Urban Fantasy
Source: ARC From Publisher
View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon
About the Book:
From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…
Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.
She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.
Lords of the Underworld is a series I’ve followed since 2010. Yes Lord (pun intended), these smexy heroes have made me melt page after page and book after book. Sometimes – not all the time but sometimes – authors who create a long series tend to let their characters fall apart with each new novel. The stories become dull, over-the-top, or outrageous. The characters sometimes begin to act out of character, or the stories just lose steam in general after four of five books. But unlike most authors, Gena Showalter improves in her storytelling, crafting some of the hottest, likable, heroes and heroines…ever.
With each new book it feels like I’ve been waiting for YEARS to get to the next Lords story. Not only does Showalter leave me craving her characters, she also leaves me in desperate need of her world: angels, demons, harpies, minions, humans and everything in between. I’ve always said that Showalter is the author who introduced me to PNR. Before her, I didn’t even know such a genre existed. *gasps* Now, gosh, how would I ever live without her writing, her worlds, her eloquent use of spitfire words? I couldn’t. I wouldn’t want to. And hopefully I never will.
Now let’s talk about Torin and Keeley.
His gaze raked over her slowly, so wonderfully slow, and when he next spoke, his voice dripped with melted honey. “If I had one last wish, I’d use it to put my hands all over you, zero consequences. Hell, my mouth too. I’d like to touch you and taste you and make you explode.” — page 75 ARC
The entire book is like the above quote. These two, are fire, a combustible inferno of awesome. I’m not sure what I expected from Torin considering he’s the Lord that doesn’t get out much because of his demon, but he may be my favorite new Lord (after Lucien of course). He’s bold, fierce, a smart-a$$, and drop dead delicious. Like mmm mmm good. When he speaks, he melts hearts (and drops panties). And Keeley, The Red Queen, is probably one of the most fascinating women out of the series (after Anya of course). One thing about Showalter’s heroines, they always surprise you. Keeley is no different. I love how she handles Torin and his crazy mouth. From the beginning the two are an even match, word for word, hilarious banter after hilarious banter. Seriously, I LOL’ed so many times. It was awesome. Pure awesome.
Overall, did everything go as I expected? Heck no! Gena Showalter brought the roof down with The Darkest Touch: side characters we’ve missed, the Lords mission, and bringing about a happily ever after even when it seemed impossible. She did that. All of it.
Gah! Just wow. Ugh. *enters book hangover*
Don’t deny yourself the awesome. Buy it. Read IT. SAVOR it.
The Darkest Touch Pre-Order Campaign
If we reach 15,000 pre-orders for The Darkest Touch before the November 25th release date, Gena Showalter will:
- Post a never before seen excerpt from The Darkest Touch.
- Select one winner for a Swarovksi Two-Tone Crystal Butterfly Pendant Necklace.
- select winners for 1 of 10 signed posters of the Darkest Touch cover, just in time for Christmas.
To enter The Darkest Touch Pre-Order Campaign, visit http://members.genashowalter.com/page/the-darkest-touch for details.
-Where do you draw inspiration for each of the Lords?
Inspiration has struck me in many different ways. Just boom, the grain of an idea downloaded straight into my brain (The Darkest Night). Inspiration has sprung from characters as they’ve popped up in the pages of my books (The Darkest Kiss and The Darkest Pleasure.) I wrote The Darkest Whisper after I dreamed about a redheaded beauty trapped in a clear cage—she escaped, ripped out of the throat of her capture and returned to the cage. All in a blink. Torin’s book required thought and planning—shudder! I had to sit down with the characters and really work through their backstories and the places I wanted to take them—emotional places they were afraid to go. I kind of thought…what’s the worst thing that can happen to them? Once I figured it out, I decided to do it to them. I’m sweet like that.
-What was the first romance book that you read?
Silver Angel by Johanna Lindsay. I’ve never forgotten it. I was drawn in by the cover, then hooked by the characters and the writing. Sexy! Afterward I bought every book she had published—and soon discovered Warrior’s Woman. My first paranormal romance. Duuuuude. I went nuts for it, and began searching for authors who wrote in the same vein. Back then, there weren’t many, but I found a few from Linda Howard and one from Karen Marie Moning, and my love deepened. That’s when I began seriously writing my own stories.