The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld Series #2)

The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld Series #2)

by Gena Showalter
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The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld Series #2) by Gena Showalter

She has tempted many men… but never found her equal.

Until now.

Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death—a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.

But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining.…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373777976
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: Lords of the Underworld Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About 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

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Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 453 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gena Showalter continues to make her unique mark in paranormal romance with THE DARKEST KISS, Book #2 in her Lords Of The Underworld series for HQN 'June 2008'. In Budapest, Lucien, the leader of a group of immortal warriors who have all been possessed by a different demon lord for opening Pandora¿s Box centuries ago, humors his men with one last night on the town at a local nightclub before they go in search for the missing Pandora¿s Box. As the keeper of Death, Lucien has eschewed softer emotions, so that he can effectively do his duty -- escort souls to heaven. . . or hell. Anya is the Goddess of Anarchy and cannot help but create chaos where ever she goes, never taking herself seriously. So why the beautiful, mischievous Anya is attracted to the dark, scarred Lucien with the unusual colored eyes 'one brown/one blue' is puzzling even to her. Anya flirts outrageously with Lucien and first convinces him to dance with her and then kiss her. Lucien is totally wary of the sexy Anya, who could have any man she wants, and thinks she must be Bait sent by human Hunters, who want to capture all the warriors to trap their demons back inside the box. When Cronus, the King of the Titans, arrives and catches them together, he orders Lucien to kill Anya or all the Lords will suffer. However, Anya, who possesses a special All-Key that Cronus wants, manages to escape since she has the ability to flash herself anywhere just like Lucien does. Little does Lucien know, Anya is also cursed and is not as wild as she seems. Lucien and Anya combine forces by flashing themselves all over the world to seek four ancient artifacts: the All-seeing Eye, the Cloak of Invisibility, The Cage of Compulsion and the Paring Rod that will assist them in finding Pandora¿s Box and destroying it before Hunters can use it against them. Through terrifically witty verbal repartee they are constantly battling their attraction for each other but soon give in to burning passion. As a bonus to this fantastic primary romance, there is also the brilliant set up for two other Lords love stories: Reyes, Keeper of Pain 'THE DARKEST PLEASURE/June 2008' and Paris, Keeper of Promiscuity '11/09'. THE DARKEST KISS really showcases all of Gena Showalter¿s wonderful writing talents 'endearing, dark, quirky, hot, touching and sexy' into an absolutely phenomenal complex paranormal tale!
JC_Rubio More than 1 year ago
I was totally blown away by Anya and Lucien... I had a big smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book. The main characters journey of love and hate kept me awake until the wee hours of the morning, turning page after page.
Daronline More than 1 year ago
Seriously, who couldn't like a romance about the not so minor kleptomaniac goddess of anarchy getting with the up-tight and boring demon of death? It's got all the right things I look for in a book like this-good characters,amazing back story, a quick-paced plot, and an awesome romantic pairing--and was completely disappointed to see it come to an end. :( So, obviously, I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book that I read by Gena a few years back and I fell in love with the world she created and her writing stlye. I loved every moment of it. If you had to choose which one to read from her, this one is the one to choose. I can picture all of it in my head perfectly without even thinking about it.
ReadingVixen67 More than 1 year ago
Anya is SUCH a tease in this book! LOL She and Death make a very interesting pair; loved it!
kep More than 1 year ago
I so loved the first book with Maddox and Ashlyn and when I started this book I immediately started to dislike the heroine. Anya was a constant tease, enjoyed lying and stealing, had an over confident attitude and could be really sassy at times. Half way through the book I was hating her and thought the book would end with me very disappointed. Well, that was rather foolish of me. Now that I have finished the book, I can say that the last half of the book changed my opinion. I admit I did not enjoy the first 200 pages but after that, the plot got thicker and more exciting. Anya was finally able to open up to Lucien. Lucien showed more emotion towards her which seemed to settle down some of Anya's not so good behaviors that so bugged me. I liked when her friend William enters the story. They're relationship was fun to read. Especially with Lucien been all protective of her. It made me laugh a little. After that I was hooked. So for those of you who start to read the story and find yourself not liking Anya, I say be patient and don't give up. Remember her character is a minor goddess and goddess characters tend to have a bit of an attitude. You never know by the end of the book, you may find that she has finally grown on you and will admit to liking her. I do now. PS the back stories with Paris and Reyes fuel to the book. Adding excitement and anticipation for the next books. Comment | Permalink
cmikel More than 1 year ago
This book/series is so wonderful!! I will buy more of her books from here on out!!
1angelbaby13 More than 1 year ago
Okay, I loved this book. I could put it down a little more then the other two books but this one was still great. It still gets five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the first one, HAD to read this one, and was not disappointed!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book, as well as all the other Lords of the Underworld books. The story is so very unusual both exicting and sensual at times. Many different turns so it was hard to see exactly how things would end. The characters are all so very different opening up so many different possibilities for future books. Loved it and can't wait for the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some parts kind of dragged but overall a pretty good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the way Lucien and Anya are so different yet work so well together. The writing makes the story come alive!
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
Summary from Goodreads: "Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of Anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death--a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him. But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining..." My Thoughts: These books! I just can't seem to get enough of these books and these fallen warriors! After finishing The Darkest Night I was super pumped to read this one and I wasn't disappointed. Basically when I go to read book three I need to make sure that I have nothing planned because I am completely useless while reading these. I spent an entire Saturday afternoon curled up in a chair finishing this book- it was completely worth it! This book was just as readable as the first book and just as hard to put down. I find myself so completely sucked into these books from the very beginning page. The author is just that good! What I loved about this second book is that we are learning more about the world that these warriors used to be a part of. A world filled with gods and goddesses and artifacts with magical properties. It is all so unique and interesting and fun to read about. Plus, it is all very dark and intriguing as well which is something that I am just a sucker for in world building. Anya and Lucien's relationship was just as hot as I had hoped that it would be which makes it all the more fun to read about. With this book, Anya has a curse that really affected her ability to have a relationship with a man (I don't want to say more and spoil it so I will leave it at that). This curse was something that Lucien and Anya were forced to deal with but I really loved the way that it was handled. I also enjoyed that we learned more about some of the other warriors and the demons that they are dealing with. The bonus scenes in this book were when we got to see Ashlyn and Maddox a bit more although the focus wasn't on them at all. I just loved their happy ever after so it was great to see it continue on in this book. My only complaint with this book was the ending. After all that build up for the first 3/4ths of the book I felt like the ending didn't quite live up to my expectations. It just wasn't as intense as I expected it to be. It was good and I wasn't upset with it by any means but it just felt a bit flat in comparison to the rest of the book. If that is my only complaint though....well, I can live with that! Overall, I have become a huge fan of this series thanks to these two books. I am so eager to continue on with this series and get my hands on book three. I'm thinking though that I will need books three and four nearby though so I can continue on this paranormal romance binge. These books are so steamy and such page turners. I can't emphasize that enough! I am loving my time in this world and am so very excited to continue on. Highly recommended to romance and paranormal romance fans! Bottom Line: Another great read that left me pining for more! I love this series! Disclosure: I received both of these books thanks to the publisher as part of a TLC Book Tour.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Mythology, demonology, and sheer paranormal fantasy all combine here for a very enjoyable whole.  The world in which she sets her tale is well developed and very easy to picture.  The plot itself was simultaneously straightforward and complex.  As a reader I could guess the general gist of how the story would progress but yet I hadn’t unravelled it all until a few pages before the end. The intricately crafted characters that Showalter introduces to her readers are a pleasure to get to know.  Lucian and Anya make a striking pair.  The battles of wits and wills throughout the novel were quite entertaining.  I love the way that Lucien speaks, as if even through his antiquated speech patterns he’s pushing people away.  The hunters also had me intrigued.  In general they are a mass of stereotypical fanatics, but every once in a while someone says or does something that really makes you question the mob mentality that they seem to hold.   As a whole this was an intriguing read.  It was a great addition to the series and a unique read for those who enjoy the genre.
A-Greene More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Lucien is Death - literally. He collects and delivers souls to their final destinations. He is scared, fierce, a man of few words, intelligent and merciless. He will do anything to protect his fellow Lords of the Underword. Anay, goddess of Anarchy, after spending centuries locked in a prison for the dangerously powerful, she has escaped. After traveling a bit causing trouble, she stumbles upon a pack of warriors renowned for mischief and finds Lucien. At first, she plays it safe and watches him from afar, then raises the stakes. She decides to go after him with the intention of becoming his lover. Their meeting is filled with lust and angst. But everything is thrown out of alignment when the gods demand that Lucien capture Anya and use whatever means necessary to gain access to a gift (a key) her father had given her. Lucien is one of the best alpha characters I've read in awhile and Anya is his perfect match. I really enjoyed these two. Their banter was easy and their attraction believable. Their development as individuals and a couple was pronounced. I was thrilled when they overcame their obstacles and finally had an HEA. This will be a book I'll read again!
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ahegmann More than 1 year ago
This book is great! But, you need to read all look for Lords Of The Underworld. They are fun!
scottnl73 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book in the series more so than the first; Anya, the goddess of Anarchy reminds me of an annoying but fiercely loyal younger sister; she would needle and pick with you until you're ready to string her by her toes (sidenote: what  is with Anya not wanting to look at her feet?), but she will fight to the death if need be. So she's all hot and bothered for Lucien, the keeper of the demon of Death. Lucien is all ginormous and stoic and scarred, but that just turns her on more. Of course Anya herself has been cursed, by the scorned wife of her father. Not to mention she's  being hunted by Cronus, the d-bag king of the gods. Meanwhile, the LOTU are on the hunt to find 4 artifacts as well as Pandora's box. This installment had plenty of action, but the last 5 chapters had too many different side stories going on: Paris and Sienna's story (and we have to wait until book 9 for their story?); Aeron, Reyes and Danika; and William (who is a vampire with his own circumstances). The ending felt rushed; instead of cluttering up the book with the side stories, more attention could have been devoted to the results of the whole All-Key possession. Overall a good story, but there was room for improvement with the ending.
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Theta31 More than 1 year ago
A great addition to the Lords of the Underworld series.
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