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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    What happenee to gena

    Change the genre please, she is no longer the author that she used to be.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Gena Showalter was the author that got me interested in paranorm

    Gena Showalter was the author that got me interested in paranormal romances. I have to say that I am so disappointed in many of her books now. I read somewhere that she "found God" and has changed her writing style due to this new found faith. I am a person of faith as well, but don't understand why she has chosen to alter her writing style so much. I almost think it's unfair to devoted readers of her Lords of the Underworld series, because since Strider's story, I have been thoroughly disappointed. Paris's story was horrible and now Kane's story left me bored. I think many authors get to a point where they have made the money they wanted to make and stop trying to entertain readers anymore. I don't think she should be toning down any of the violence and sex. I think she needs to go back and read Lucien's story or Reyes's story and start writing in that style again. She has lost me as a fan at this point. Sorry, Gena, wish I could be more positive, but I can no longer recommend your books to friends!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    I was disappointed by this story. First it seems that it is tak

    I was disappointed by this story. First it seems that it is taking so long for Ms Showalter to come out with new books in the Lords series. I know she is working on other series books, but too much time has elapsed between the last book and this one. I did not like the main female character at all, "tink". At first she seemed to be a "kick a.." character like the other female characters that Ms Showalter writes about but then Tink just seemed to deflate into this wimpy, scared character. Instead of standing up to her family, because she had really great abilities, she cowers and the male character, Kane, becomes almost overbearing in his approach to protecting her. I also miss the other Lords. Why doesn't she include them anymore? In the first couple a books they were always together and the combination of their personalities was great. I also loved all the other female characters because again they had strong, tough personalities, but all you get is a tidbit here and a tidbit there. I believe it was a bad move to end the war with the hunters because now it seems like the series has no place to go.

    One last note is William and Gilly. First I am so tired of William playing a big role in all these books. He is great with Anya, which would be fine if more scenes were written with them together, but by himself William is just a bore. And let's get rid of Gilly or doing something else with her besides the childish displays between her and William and the over-the-top hero worship. how is the author going to age the girl that quickly just so that it seems appropriate for William to sleep with her. Kinda makes me a little nauseous when I read about them. Hopefully the author will not plan the same type of relationship with Torin and this girl he met. Seventeen is still too young. It would be really great, if Ms Showalter would collaborate with Ms Cole to join up Torin and Nix together. That would be a great read.

    Sorry Ms Showalter to be so harsh but I know you can do better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Boring

    Had a hard time getting through this one. Have read all previous lords books and loved them. This one was just really boring. I had to skip over so many paragraphs in this one. The best parts of this book were the snippets of torin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    :( not my favorite...it seemed to jump around a lot. Most of the

    :( not my favorite...it seemed to jump around a lot. Most of the books in this series I've read like 5 times. This one I barely made it though once. Still not giving up. I'm excited for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Not as good as her other LOTU books. Borderline cheesy.

    Not as good as her other LOTU books. Borderline cheesy.

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    Posted October 11, 2013

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    Posted May 11, 2014

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