The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld Series #12)

The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld Series #12)

by Gena Showalter

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The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld Series #12) by Gena Showalter

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him…

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373779741
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Series: Lords of the Underworld Series , #12
Edition description: Original
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(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 GenaShowalter.com.

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The Darkest Torment 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 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.
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!
tracier More than 1 year 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
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
Great book to read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great book and author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Love the Lords of the Underworld books!
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Showalter's Lords of the Underworld hasn't lost its appeal, even at book 12. You would think that it would get tiring or tedious but every book is fresh in the long term plot of the series. The war between Lucifer and Hades is building, and William and Gilly's whole relationship-nonrelationship came to a head in this one. I really hope Gilly didn't screw up everything, though I truly can't see how she and William will get together with what she did in this one. (Sorry, no spoilers, you've got to read). Pandora's role is changing. Galen, who was the villain for some time, is now looking like a straight up good guy. Baden definitely deserved a happy ending after all of the hell he suffered so I was so happy to witness his redemption and release from the guilt and demons that were plaguing him for so long. Katarina was a strong female character with her own dynamic personality and she certainly didn't take any crap. Their story was entertaining and enjoyable from beginning to end.  I'm looking forward to Cameo's story with Lazarus next and I really hope William and Gilly get their book soon. 
Rhodes123 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Love for more of her stuff..
Alyssa75 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
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 all the Lord's and William!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love everything about it! Can't wait for more!
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
Another AWESOME Showalter read! Can't wait till the next is out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to see what's next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and I really would like to get this book. But I can't afford $12 for a single book that I can't even sit on my shelf.