In this riveting new installment of New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series, Gideon, keeper of the Demon of Lies, fights to uncover the truth….
Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding — or bedding — her. But he wants to . . . almost as much as he wants her.
But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free, and a future with her could mean ultimate ruin. Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer… and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love…
“Cold metal and hot skin, a delicious combination.”
The Darkest Lie is the sixth book of the Lords of the Underworld series, the story of Gideon, Keeper of Lies, and Scarlet, Keeper of Nightmares.
At the end of the previous book, The Darkest Passion, the Lords captured Scarlet, and placed her in the dungeon in their fortress in Budapest. She claims that she is the wife of Gideon, but Gideon doesn’t remember he had married her, nor that he had ever met her. Scarlet is furious.
Gideon popped his jaw, teeth bared for a second. “Are we not married?”
“Sure we are,” she said. “But in my mind I’m cheating on you with Ryan.”
Now the pink tip of his tongue peeked out from his lip, as if he meant to chew it off. “You’re so freaking funny.”
“Who said I was joking?”
Though Gideon doesn’t remember, he actually saw a woman with black eyes, red lips, and a tattoo on her lower back in his dreams. He suspects that someone deleted his memories about Scarlet, but he can’t imagine any reason for that.
He decides to try to romance her, in order to get answers to the questions that Scarlet refused to answer.
“You sprang me for answers, so why are you trying so hard to soften me romantically? You’d have better luck working me over with your fists.”
Good. She’d sounded angry rather than breathless.
“Didn’t think about that already.”
He’d thought about hitting her? That–that–
“And I could absolutely bring myself to do it.” Sweetheart.
Gods, she really was an idiot, melting like butter because he’d decided not to beat her up. Next she’d be hearing angels sing because he decided not to fork her jugular.
Finally, they decide to go and find answers together. They don’t know where the journey will end, even where it started.
What they finally reveal, OMG, is shocking. It is the most brilliant twist in the LOTU books ever. And the other one about their demons! Hilarious!
Wanted to do more. Do everything. Things he’d only ever dreamed of doing to others but hadn’t been able to do because of his demon. Wicked things, things most women would probably shy away from. Hell, things most men would probably shy away from. But he was a warrior who had seen and done things most people couldn’t comprehend. He’d lived for a long, long time and normal had grown yawn-inducing.
What really annoyed me after a couple of pages was the continuous and totally unnecessary translation of the Gideon-speak by the author. In places even ‘yes’ and ‘no’ were interpreted.
Slowly he spun back around. “Yes,” he said through clenched teeth, the word barely scraping its way free. Meaning no, he had none.
Scarlet is a very interesting character, her past is horrible. Her demon is very cool, able to invade dreams, and find out what frightens that person the most. What it does to its victim in the dream, the same things happens to them in reality. Therefore Nightmares can even kill by dreams. But the demon can also show memories, and create beautiful, magical surroundings.
Scarlet easily accommodates to Gideon’s way of speaking, and smartly uses it sometimes to tease him, resulting in lots of funny moments.
She amused him, delighted him, set his blood on fire. She never backed down, didn’t fear any part of him. Even his demon. She met him challenge for challenge. Was probably stronger than he was.
I understand why it is so hard for Scarlet to trust in others. She fears for herself, and later for Gideon as well. Though towards the end of the story, especially at their wedding, I felt it exaggerated. She could have had a little more faith in their unity and love.
Gideon and Scarlet’s relationship is very special and intense. I enjoyed following the development in the change of their emotions, as they get to know each other slowly, and as the secrets around them are revealed. The timing of revealing these mysteries is flawless, and they nicely support the emotional side of their relationship.
A laugh escaped her. A true, honest-to-the-gods laugh, and it delighted him to his soul. Was more satisfying than even the sex, causing his chest to constrict. She didn’t laugh enough, but by the gods, she would laugh in the future. He would make sure of it. A vow he would see through with his dying breath and every one in between.
The secondary storylines were thrilling, though Sienna disappeared halfway through the book, Strider was really annoying, and I died a little for Amun.
I loved Cronus. My favorite is his popcorn-episode.
The story is a masterfully complicated maze of lies, secrets and mysteries. One of the best of the LOTU series.
“Hear us well. If you dare stop, we will punish you.”
Us. We. Her demon was that involved? That much a part of her?
O-kay. Not his first three-way, but certainly his strangest.
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