The Darkest Passion

The Darkest Passion

Large Print - 2010
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Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410429650
1410429652
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 643 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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Monikan21 Jun 29, 2015

Book 5 of the Lords of the Underworld, preceded by The Darkest Whisper and followed by the Darkest Lie. Sexy story of angel, Olivia, who falls because she can't bear to kill Aeron, the keeper of Wrath & the lord of the Underworld she has been secretly spying on for some time. Aeron is to be killed because of his summoning of Legion from Hell. Olivia is given 2 weeks in Aeron's presence to change her mind, but instead sparks fly and both fall in love with each other. I loved this story, especially Legion's part. We get to meet Scarlet, the keeper of Nightmares, and Baden, the deceased lord and ex-keeper of distrust. We learn who is aiding the hunters and that both Rhea and Cronus are the keepers of strife and greed, respectively. Finally the cloak of invisibility is found. We learn that both distrust and wrath have new keepers & one of those is a great surprise.

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RachelK29
Nov 14, 2014

I've enjoyed this whole series so far, but I wasn't as big a fan of Sabin's story, the one before this one. Aeron and Olivia totally redeemed the series in my mind - it was fantastic! Gena is a great writer, I love that her stories are creative and unexpected.

Armorlee23 Jul 21, 2014

I loved the book, loved the warrior Aeron. In my opinion the coldest of them all, fell so hard for angel of all things lol

booklady1 Nov 16, 2013

Awesome! awesome! awesome! a perfect 10.

Monikan21 May 29, 2013

Story of Aeron and Olivia - Lords of the Underworld Series

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dmb1986
Dec 10, 2012

Great book. This book keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen next and leaves to feening for the next book in the series.

jcharmed Feb 19, 2012

I hope the new book coming out reveals that Aeron is re-united with Wrath in the end. I hated that they were separated. But again I gave it 10 stars.

jcharmed Aug 20, 2011

I actually give this book 10 Stars.

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jflick
Sep 19, 2010

this one only gets a 4 star beacuse, this is a spoiler alert.

Because she changes who Aeron is and what he looks like and I wasn't too happy about that.

Oh well still a good read and can't wait for Gideons' story

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Mahala
Aug 11, 2010

This book is great, many of the other lords are in this book with alot of sub-plots on some of the other lords (lead ins to their stories) and we even get a brief update on Ashelyn and Maddox baby.

I love everything Gena Showalter puts out.

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Aug 19, 2010

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Aug 19, 2010

Showalter slowly made it to my favorite authors list. Since the first book in the Lords of the Underworld (Book 1 was not my favorite) series her writing has improved exponentially and Darkest Passion follows the pattern, bringing us a well written story with nicely constructed characters, as well as adding important facts to the big plot that threads through all books in the series.

Aeron, host of the demon Wrath, was hardened by the life he's had to endure and uses distance as a shield, keeping people at arms length so he doesn't have to go through losses again. Inadvertently, while trying to help Legion, his surrogate daughter, he breaks heavenly law and is sentenced to death. Olivia, the angel who's been tasked to destroy Aeron, sees her target as a giving, caring and protective creature and is completely smitten by him, therefore unable to fulfill such task. For that, she falls from heaven and does everything she can to stay by his side for as long as possible before another is sent to take his head. Aeron is not very welcoming but, through her bizarre attempts (most funny passages come from her ideas), she grows on him until he realizes he can't live without her.

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Mahala
Aug 11, 2010

Showalter slowly made it to my favorite authors list. Since the first book in the Lords of the Underworld (Book 1 was not my favorite) series her writing has improved exponentially and Darkest Passion follows the pattern, bringing us a well written story with nicely constructed characters, as well as adding important facts to the big plot that threads through all books in the series.

Aeron, host of the demon Wrath, was hardened by the life he's had to endure and uses distance as a shield, keeping people at arms length so he doesn't have to go through losses again. Inadvertently, while trying to help Legion, his surrogate daughter, he breaks heavenly law and is sentenced to death. Olivia, the angel who's been tasked to destroy Aeron, sees her target as a giving, caring and protective creature and is completely smitten by him, therefore unable to fulfill such task. For that, she falls from heaven and does everything she can to stay by his side for as long as possible before another is sent to take his head. Aeron is not very welcoming but, through her bizarre attempts (most funny passages come from her ideas), she grows on him until he realizes he can't live without her.

Gena uses the same basic ingredients of the other novels in the series: a couple unwillingly falling in love, steamy sex scenes, romantic declarations and many obstacles for their happiness. All as we expect from a Lord of the Underworlds book, except this one didn't have the happily ever after feeling by the end of it.

I'm aware that, considering the big plot for the Lords, we can't have all problems solved by the end of an installment but this one left too many questions unanswered. Although it's very well written with smart dialogues, it had an excessive number of enemies, which is probably the reason for the forced ending. I know these stories require suspension of disbelief, but even with that Showalter pushed a little too far with this one.

First, her angels are a contradiction. They're supposed to be purely good creatures, but what is shown to us through their actions are unforgiving and judgmental beings unable to understand the concept of redemption. I wanted to slap Lysander from page one and the urge only grew. His fit of rage toward Aeron was not angel-like as well as his requests regarding Olivia.

Second, the story lacked focus. Too many subplots with little glimpses into them so they became unimportant. They felt more like teasers for other stories used as page fillers.

And last, the ending was very weak. The plot complicates as it develops so much so that it's nearly impossible to imagine the happy ending. It works to capture our attention and makes it hard to even pause in the reading. When it's finally time for a conclusion it doesn't measure up. it rushes forward, creates an absurd solution and things are barely explained. The subplots are not combined making them useless and leaving us with too many questions. Now we have a friend trapped somewhere he hates. We don't know what happened to Stefano, if anything happened at all. The hunters keep growing in numbers, the Lords kill dozens of them and other dozens come up, and know they are even more dangerous. The gods, who were already all-powerful creatures, are becoming worse and even harder to face. Everything is just too complicated and it stays that way. Even the artifacts they've been searching for a couple of books are ignored by the end.

One of my favorite things about Showalter's way of writing was that all the other books were wrapped up and still left us wanting more without sufferable cliffhangers. This one doesn't have a cliffhanger exactly but it doesn't offer closure either. I'll keep reading the series but I honestly hope the next one goes back to the kind of finales we got used to.

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Mahala
Aug 11, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Aug 11, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Mahala
Aug 11, 2010

I see your an Angel once again! (my Angel!), yes, Olvia replied, a joybringer, not a warrior.
Your always my joy bringer Aaron told her.

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