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The Darkest Craving

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Gena Showalter has really toned down the language, violence, and

Gena Showalter has really toned down the language, violence, and sex that made this series so much fun. That being said the book is sill a very good read. Kane was never one of my favorite Lords, so I was not as excited as with some of the previous books, but the more I...
Gena Showalter has really toned down the language, violence, and sex that made this series so much fun. That being said the book is sill a very good read. Kane was never one of my favorite Lords, so I was not as excited as with some of the previous books, but the more I read the more interested I became. I do miss the fire and energy of the earlier books though... because of that I only give it 4 stars. This story was not as great as Strider's or Lucien's (5 stars!).

posted by HHS_Charms on July 30, 2013

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8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

I don't even know where to begin with this book...it was so very

I don't even know where to begin with this book...it was so very painful to read, and to finish. I almost DNF'd it several times. I kept hoping it would get better. (Hint: It didn't.)
I used to really love and enjoy this series. But it's gone downhill, and fast....
I don't even know where to begin with this book...it was so very painful to read, and to finish. I almost DNF'd it several times. I kept hoping it would get better. (Hint: It didn't.)
I used to really love and enjoy this series. But it's gone downhill, and fast. 

My first hate was Kane himself. In previous books, I felt for him. Not pity, but compassion, because if I were to house any of the LOTU demons, I most certainly have Disaster in me. So I was looking forward to learning more about him. But I never liked him. I could never sympathize with Kane, and I felt...nothing for him. Which made me extremely sad.

Then Josephina. Or as Kane calls her, Tinker Bell, Tink, and oh yeah, Tinky Dink. *vomits* Oh boy. I could not stand her. Could not. She started out sooo promising. She had a sharp tongue, motivation, and questionable strength. But it was there. Then she dropped away. Tink's only value as a person is Kane. She only accomplishes things because Kane gives her permission/strength/etc. Gena TELLS us that she's a strong heroine, but no where is there proof. 

Any time Tink does anything strong or good, Kane is there. She's the strong woman who picked up a branch while her big, strong MAN is there getting rid of the rest of the heavy tree. It was disgusting. 

Tink being naive and a virgin and all that yadda yadda isn't even the problem. It's that Gena has reduced the woman - oh, wait, no female
's role to solely be pleasure for her man. She can do other things on the side, but each woman is defined by the male who owns her. While noticeable in past books, it really stood out in this one. Kane's motivations the entire time looked something like, "CAVEMAN KANE NEED HIS WOMAN. KILL, GET MY WOMAN. MINE. MINE. MINE.
" (Trust me, it's even more annoying in the book)

And the "villains"...they were about as frightening as the monster in Robot Monster. They were unbelievable, and weak. It was obvious Kane could overpower them easily, and with the addition of William and his kids, it was laughable. The stakes needed to be a hell of a lot higher. As it was, I was very :| meh about everything.

I can ramble on, but those are the bottom lines. I really wanted to love this book. I was so excited. I can even deal with lackluster sex scenes, even though they did bother me a little. The big issues were the blatant sexism and patriarchal demeaning all throughout this book, and these characters. I can't read something like that and enjoy it.

posted by BrittanyMarczak on August 3, 2013

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    I don't even know where to begin with this book...it was so very

    I don't even know where to begin with this book...it was so very painful to read, and to finish. I almost DNF'd it several times. I kept hoping it would get better. <i>(Hint: It didn't.)</i>
    I used to really love and enjoy this series. But it's gone downhill, and fast. 

    My first hate was Kane himself. In previous books, I felt for him. Not pity, but compassion, because if I were to house any of the LOTU demons, I most certainly have Disaster in me. So I was looking forward to learning more about him. But I never liked him. I could never sympathize with Kane, and I felt...nothing for him. Which made me extremely sad.

    Then Josephina. Or as Kane calls her, Tinker Bell, Tink, and oh yeah, Tinky Dink. *vomits* Oh boy. I could not stand her. Could not. She started out sooo promising. She had a sharp tongue, motivation, and questionable strength. But it was there. Then she dropped away. Tink's only value as a person is Kane. She only accomplishes things because Kane gives her permission/strength/etc. Gena TELLS us that she's a strong heroine, but no where is there proof. 

    Any time Tink does anything strong or good, Kane is there. She's the strong woman who picked up a branch while her big, strong MAN is there getting rid of the rest of the heavy tree. It was disgusting. 

    Tink being naive and a virgin and all that yadda yadda isn't even the problem. It's that Gena has reduced the woman - oh, wait, no <b>female</b>
    's role to solely be pleasure for her man. She can do other things on the side, but each woman is defined by the male who owns her. While noticeable in past books, it really stood out in this one. Kane's motivations the entire time looked something like, &quot;<b>CAVEMAN KANE NEED HIS WOMAN. KILL, GET MY WOMAN. MINE. MINE. MINE.</b>
    &quot; (Trust me, it's even more annoying in the book)

    And the &quot;villains&quot;...they were about as frightening as the monster in Robot Monster. They were unbelievable, and weak. It was obvious Kane could overpower them easily, and with the addition of William and his kids, it was laughable. The stakes needed to be a hell of a lot higher. As it was, I was very :| meh about everything.

    I can ramble on, but those are the bottom lines. I really wanted to love this book. I was so excited. I can even deal with lackluster sex scenes, even though they did bother me a little. The big issues were the blatant sexism and patriarchal demeaning all throughout this book, and these characters. I can't read something like that and enjoy it.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Done with this author.

    I used to love this author and told my friends to buy her books. The last few books I purchased didn't seem like i was reading the same author. The most recent of her books were marketed as sizzling, hot, etc. And that is just not true. A few of my friends selected this book as our next book read and out of the 15 people who read this book not one person liked it. At our meeting we did a little research and like some of the reviewers here realized that the author had a life changing experience which changed the author so much she doesn't write the same way anymore. I'm not just talking about the sex scenes bc there is soooo much that is not the same, the language is different the characters, I could go on and on about how nothing in these last few books resembles the author we used to love. Instead of diving into a world unique and fascinating we are being preached to and picking up her books that are again marketed as something that it totally isn't. In my opinion GS might be better off just calling her new books YA or switching genres to Religious Romance and there is nothing wrong with those types of books if that is what u are into however she shouldn't try to sucker punch her readers into trying to be what she isn't anymore. I hope she leaves the LOTU series alone and my friends and I will just pretend that the series ended a few books back. Instead of buying all of her books in both ebook and hardcover book form, which we were in the process of doing we will be moving onto another author. Its really sad. We hope the best for her and were really happy that's she's happy in her home life but we will not buy the rest of the books we were missing from our collection and we have already stopped recommending her books to other like minded readers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    What happened to this series?!

    I'm really disappointed in this book, as well as, the direction this series has taken. I had a very difficult time finishing this book because it was very lack-luster, to say the least. I always felt so sorry for Kane in the previous books. In this book he just acts like an overbearing jerk. Josephina is a very weak heroine. This is only the second review I've ever written because I feel so strongly about how badly this series is going. I will just re-read the earlier books, and hope Ms. Showalter goes back to her previous writing style.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

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    What happened to this series! I loved the beginning of this series but the last couple books have been written horribly! I was waiting for kane's story but its just so boring! I couldn't get through it. Paris's story was just as bad. I wanted to read the series to the end of all the Lords but I'm not wasting any more money or time on these books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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