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The Darkest Torment
     

The Darkest Torment

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by Gena Showalter
 

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Can Beauty tame her Beast?

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he's back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he's unable to withstand the touch of another…and he's quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper.

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Can Beauty tame her Beast?

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he's back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he's unable to withstand the touch of another…and he's quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she's taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she's plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she'll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

Includes Q&A featuring J. R. Ward, Jeaniene Frost, Nalini Singh and more!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Showalter's signature blend of sizzling attraction, breathtaking worlds, and lethal stakes rocks me every time!"
-Sylvia Day, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"With compelling stories and memorable characters, Gena Showalter never fails to dazzle."
-Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author

"[O]ne of the premier authors of paranormal romance. Gena Showalter delivers an utterly spellbinding story!"
-Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Showalter makes romance sizzle on every page!"
-Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

"The Showalter name on a book means guaranteed entertainment."
-RT Book Reviews

"Gena Showalter is a romantic genius."
-San Francisco Book Review

"Showalter writes fun, sexy characters you fall in love with!"
-Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author

Publishers Weekly
04/18/2016
Showalter’s 12th Lords of the Underworld paranormal novel pays perhaps unwitting homage to If a Man Answers, a 1960s rom-com about a young wife’s attempts to use dog-training techniques to bring her husband to heel. In a vaguely described setting that might be the present-day U.S., Baden, a once-immortal warrior who was cast down by Zeus and later resurrected by Hades, plays a deadly game against Pandora to win his freedom from the god of the underworld. As part of the game, he kidnaps Katarina Joelle, a dog trainer and a brutal criminal’s bride. He dislikes and mistreats her, and she is horrified to be under the thumb of another violent man, but a spark of attraction begins growing between them. Lust eventually turns into love, but Baden is possessed by a beast called Destruction, who cannot bear the touch of another; Katarina chafes under Baden’s chauvinism; and war looms between Hades and Lucifer. Showalter’s writing has retained its erotic intensity throughout the series and has a darkly humorous edge here, but the story is excessively violent and overpopulated to an unwieldy extent. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373803736
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
11/22/2016
Series:
Lords of the Underworld Series , #12
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
25,430
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.

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The Darkest Torment 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book isn't what I wanted in the line up but it fit perfectly. If Ms. Showalter doesn't destroy my love for William and Gilly, I'll forever think there isn't a better series out there. I reread these books at least twice a year.
tracier 4 months ago
I just love this series, Baden & Katarina story just reinforced how much. I have been waiting for Baden's story and Ms Showalter did not disappoint I look forward to see who she give us next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action packed. Fast paced. Fun and sexy!!! What more could you ask for? Baden is one if our least known Lords. But that does not stop this from being one amazing novel! With some brief insight on whats to come with the other Lords and Ladies! This is MUST READ! But also a must read in order! Don't miss all the amazing other Lords of the Underworld books! This is one series that is a MUST read for any and all paranormal romance novel lover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing read! Thank you, Gena, for creating another amazing story! Highly recommended!!!
Rhodes123 7 days ago
The Darkest Torment, book 12 in the Lords of the Underworld series. These books are best read in order but if you don't they are still understandable and interesting. Especially when previous characters are included in each book. This book is well written with fantastic characters and a outta this world plot. It contains humor and lots of action. Baden, Master of Distrust, spent centuries in purgatory, then beheaded and now he's back. Baden is bound to the King of the Underworld, Hades and a demon who he calls the beast. He is also cannot stand to be touched and his temper is uncontrollable. Hades demands he plays a game of sorts with Pandora and they must do his bidding for points. On one such mission he interrupts a wedding and takes the bride. Katarina Joelle, a dog trainer is being forced to marry a "dirtbag" to save her brother and her dogs. Her wedding is interrupted and she is taken by force by Baden, who she thinks is beautiful but bossy. Baden's demon is as drawn to Rina as much as Baden himself and they both want to protect the small, weak human. Desire and passion cannot be denied or resisted but she will not give him her heart until he changes his demanding, over protective ways. He needs to learn how to ask instead of demanding. Baden finds the fight into the deep, dark abyss is pulling him under and the only "calm" is Katarina and her love. Will she lose him to Hades or can her love over come the pull of darkness?
MTSmith 3 months ago
I had a difficult time with this story. I wish I could blame it on not reading the other ten books before this one (there are eleven but I read Book 1) but I can't. The connection between Baden and Katarina was hard to feel. Mainly because, well, it wasn't there. Not for me at least. The attraction felt minimal, barely existing beyond the physical. Physical attraction is good but I wanted more. The longer I read the harder it was to believe their relationship had moved from lust to love. Maybe that growth is there and I'm just not catching it. Maybe? Katarina kind of grated my nerves too. Baden was worthy of so much more in a mate, a lover, a friend. She just wasn't it for me. He is a strong male who is, unsurprisingly, demanding and sometimes unyielding, but he has heart and loyalty when and where it counts. He needed a woman at his side who understood and appreciated those qualities. Katarina approached him more like one of the dogs she trained except...slightly worse? I don't know. At times it felt like she was condescending toward Baden. Sarcasm is sarcasm. Not everyone appreciates or understands a dry or biting sense of humor. This wasn't that. Not to me. The highlight of this story is actually one of the other characters. This is when reading the other books probably would've helped. There's an intense story going on in the background involving Gillian that, I hope, will receive it's own book. I think I'm in the minority about this book. Maybe if I read the Book 2 through 11 my opinion of it might be different. I'm not sure. The lack of spark in the romance between Baden and Katarina coupled with how my annoyance with Katarina grew as the story went on makes me hesitant to pick up those other books or recommend this book. Complimentary copy received from publisher
Anonymous 7 months ago
Love for more of her stuff..
Alyssa75 7 months ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter Book Twelve of the Lords of the Underworld series Publisher: Harlequin HQN Publication Date: May 31, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he's back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he's unable to withstand the touch of another…and he's quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own. Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she's taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she's plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart. But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she'll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever. What I Liked: I haven't read most of this series - in fact, I've only read this book and The Darkest Touch - but I've enjoyed what I read so far. Even only having read two of the twelve books, I can say that this series is incredibly easy to love. After reading The Darkest Touch, I found myself deeply invested in the stories of the myriad characters - and there are so many. While I was a little disappointed that book twelve was not going to be Lazarus and Cameo's story, I was pleased to find out that it would be Baden's story, and we would meet his perfect mate. Baden was beheaded long ago, but brought back by Hades, and he is now bound to Hades. Hades has tasks that Baden must complete, and one task involves retrieving a coin from a half-immortal, half-mortal man masquerading as a mortal. But obtaining the coin from the man is not easy, and Baden finds himself with the man's freshly-married wife, Katarina. Katarina never wanted to marry Aleksander Ciernik, but he forced her, by holding her dogs hostage (she's a dog trainer, and a very devoted one). She just finishes saying her vows when men show up - and they claim to be immortal. Katarina didn't want to be with Aleksander, but she certainly didn't want to be held captive by the infuriatingly sexy immortal, Baden. But she quickly finds out that he is more a protector than captor, and he will never hurt her. Passion simmers between them, but so does a tug-of-war for control. When it comes down to choosing, will Katarina stay with Baden, an ice-cold warrior who has gotten past all of her defenses? I don't remember too much about Baden from The Darkest Touch, but that didn't matter because I adored him from the start of this book. He is riddled with crippling guilt; he's back among his friends, but Destruction lies within him, and he is constantly at war with himself. He has to fight Destruction within himself so as not to attack any of his friends. And years ago, when he was beheaded, he did it to protect his friends (but they don't know this). Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
ValerieStuckInBooks 7 months ago
I've read the first four books in this series but not the rest. I easily picked up this one and could follow it. It is a complex world with several subplots going on at a series level but I was able to follow. The Lords of the Underworld guarded Zeus. When a women, Pandora, was given the task to guard a box above them, they became angry and stole the box. Zeus was less than pleased and forced the Lords to each carry one of the demons from the box in their body to torment them. Each story in the series is focused on one of the Lords but the overall series has the focus of how to be free of their demons. This was Baden's story. He actually lost his demon when he was beheaded. The demon now torments another but Baden has returned from his death and purgatory with a new problem and mission. He's now bound to the King of the Underworld and forced to do his bidding. Inhabited by a beast that desires the death of everyone around him, Baden struggles to control himself. He feels the need to be away from the rest of the Lords because he feels he failed them and because he's too dangerous. But his missions lead him to Katarina and even greater problems. What I loved about Katarina was her love of dogs. She agreed to a horrible marriage to save her dogs. And she has such a connection to them. I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. She was a little overbearing with Baden considering she was a human. I guess that gives her spunk but she was annoying at times. I did cheer for them as a couple. Clearly they needed each other and it was just interesting watching how things would finally fall out. I enjoyed this story. The writing was well done and the story was vivid and full. The world is interesting and dynamic where many stories can come to life. I love the mythology that saturates this series. I enjoy the strong friendships among the Lords. I enjoy the women that bring those strong Lords to their knees. It's a rich and intriguing series that I'm sure I'll return to.
ReadingInPajamas 9 months ago
✦Review: THE DARKEST TORMENT (Lords of the Underworld) by Gena Showalter Publication Date: May 31, 2016 (Hardback/ eBook) Mass Market Paperback Releasing November 22, 2016 Genre: Paranormal Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 5 Stars I loved it! Baden is my new favorite Lord! I think I say that after each book but I can't help it. Baden and Katarina's book was so much fun. I just loved them together. Katarina is a dog trainer so we got dogs in this release which made me happy. I was hoping for William's book, but we get a lot of William and Gilly in this book. Baden's story needed to come before William and Gilly's book. The Darkest Torment took the series storyline in new directions and I can't wait for the next release to see what Gena Showalter has in store for us next. The Lords of the Underworld series is one of my favorites and never gets old. It's exciting and action packed, with sexy immortals and hot romance. I love the entire series and highly recommend it for paranormal romance lovers. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
AmyBosica 10 months ago
“I am not the monster who lives inside me” The Darkest Torment is the 12th book in the Lords of the Underworld series and even though it is the 12th book, I do feel that it can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel. This is my first book by this author and after reading this book, I can definitely tell you that it will not be my last. Now, I will be the first to tell you that it did take me a little while to get into this story. There was a ton of world building and I enjoyed the set up of the story-line. However, once I got into the story, I really enjoyed it. I loved the paranormal aspects to the story and was very intrigued by the characters. Braden is demanding, frustrating and an enjoyable alpha male. Katarina was damaged in her own way and I appreciated the way she was with Braden. Despite their circumstances, she did everything that she could to bring light into Braden’s life. Overall, I thought this book was a good read. The paranormal world this author has created has totally fascinated me and I am super excited to discover more about it. This series is one that I have been dying to try and am so glad that I finally took the plunge into this series. The Darkest Torment is told through multiple points of view and I enjoyed the different stories that were being told. There are a few characters that have peaked my curiosity and have me looking forward to getting my hands on their story. If you’re looking for an exciting paranormal romance that is filled with action, suspense, gritty and frustrating moments with thrilling romance, than I definitely recommend checking this book out. I for one am excited to see where this series is going to go and can not wait to start this series from the very beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is wonderful! I can't wait for the next one. This series doesn't disappoint It's entertaining and it leaves you wishing the next book was available tomorrow so you can continue reading about everyone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's another true work of art. A story that can stand alone or be part of its series. Once you start you will want to do the whole series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the warriors of Lords of the Underworld! Great story. We finally get Baden's HEA! Yesssssss! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all the Lord's and William!
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Love everything about it! Can't wait for more!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
At the start of this audiobook I really wasn’t sure I cared for the direction it was going in. This is one of those series I have really loved, and for the first time, I was like “what is this?” Me, like so many others, felt surprised that we got a story about Baden, instead of William or Cameo. However, after reading a letter from Gena to her fans, I understood why. The Darkest Torment helps close loopholes, and open new story-lines by introducing new characters. I couldn’t see it at the start, but once the book got going, I totally got the madness. I really loved Katerina, with all of her sass and attitude. She is one female I can get behind and love. Baden grew on me, also once you understood why he was acting like a lunatic, and he got control of himself; I really liked the by play between him and the beast. I loved how Katerina referred to him as her junk yard dog, and decided she was going to treat and train him like a feral dog. It was funny. So why not give it a 5 star rating? ****Spoiler!!!*** Once Katerina discovered the dogs were hellhounds, I pretty much pegged where that part of the story-line was heading. It's always disappointing when i can guess part or all of the outcome of a plot line. The Darkest Torment was another steamy addition to the Lords of the Underworld. Showalter can write a love scene like no other, and combines action, sarcasm, and witty banter in such a way, that you love all of her characters, even the evil ones. I am giving it four boundless stars; I can’t wait to see what comes next...Sara
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just knew she wouldn't disappoint with this book. I can't wait for the next one!!
ALT More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into the book initially, but after the first couple of chapters, it felt more like the rest of the series. I starting loving it just as much as the others! I would have given the book 4 stars since it didn't draw me in as quickly as the rest but I see that a couple of people reviewed the book based on the cost and I think that is wrong so I'm trying to balance it out a bit.
wizkids32 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book loved it and love the whole series and I love the whole Katrina and Baden and how she become one of the helliondogs and how she learns to trust people and helps Baden deal with Hades I can't wait to see if there is more to come
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to see what's next!