Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he’d thought was forever beyond his reach until now.
Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet in Paris’s arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up.
Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally or tear them apart?
“I’m taking what’s mine.”
The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter is the ninth installment of the Lords of the Underworld series; it is filled with emotions, surprises and hope.
Paris and Sienna’s love is so heartwarming, the chemistry and intimacy between them is overwhelming. Sienna deserves Paris’ adoration and respect, and Sienna’s tolerance and devotion for him is a balm for Paris’ tortured soul. They are perfect for each other.
I was thrilled about the twists and turns. Stunning facts were revealed and a lot of power changed hands. The plot was complex, with serious conflicts, concerning every participant of their world. There was a perfect balance between the main plot and subplots. The secondary characters didn’t take the attention from the main couple. However I was happy about the appearance of the old characters and intrigued by the new ones.
And I’m so hopeful about Galen! The insight to his soul in Aeron’s story was promising. I’ve been thinking about him differently since then. And now… his thoughts and his deeds… I definitely want to know more about his motivations and personality. Galen is a perfect choice for transforming the antagonist into a positive character. See Gena’s professionalism as she plants HOPE in me for Galen. I won’t be surprised if this hope proves false.
Actually, hope pervades the whole novel: I also have great expectations of Baden, Kane and Torin. And William. And Ashlyn and Maddox’s twins. And I would like to see Paris and Sienna again.
The end was surprising and really unexpected, and I’m very happy about it. It was amazing how Gena combined the final turn with one of the most important paintings (i.e. incarnated visions) of Danika.
It is a significant episode, not only in this installment, but in regards to the following ones as well.
What most intrigues me now: Wicked Nights. The first book of the Angels of the Dark series is really well-prepared. Just see Zacharel naked and wet at page 490…
Back to the characters
He is determined to find and save Sienna, and nothing will stop him. I’m blown away by his relentlessness.
Disgusted by his own demon, he hates himself because of the deeds he is forced to do: lying, cheating and betrayal. He feels guilty about breaking hearts and dreams, and he always tries to do his best to lessen his partners’ disappointment and to ease his guilt.
I enjoyed getting an insight into Paris’ personality. Yes, there is a change in his attitude, but not in his personality. It is clear that he was always thoughtful, generous, selfless (see how he feels about not helping his friends, how much he loves them, more than himself). I know that many of you miss his cheerful attitude, but I like this resolute aspect of his character. He has a goal, something really important to fight for.
He fights not only for Sienna; he fights for himself too. Because if he succeeds, he will finally gain the control back over his own body, he will be free from submission to his demon.
Of course, there are really funny moments, e.g. when Paris is persuading Promiscuity about remaining faithful to Sienna.
Why are you doing this to me? he demanded of his demon. I thought we talked about this.
Cheating feels good. I want to feel good.
Well, cheating’s not gonna happen. And I want you to think about this for a moment. Every time we’re with Sienna, it’s a two-for-one deal. Or hell, maybe more than that. She’s a human, a ghost, an ambrosia supply, a former Hunter and a demon, all wrapped into one tasty package. And if we are untrue to her, we lose her. And you will never get a quintupping again.
She can see Paris’ past, his memories, his feelings, she can read his mind. Wrath shows her everything. By the help of her demon, she can use the “ability to read other people’s intention.”
She understands Paris’ pain and sufferings, feels sympathy toward him and accepts him as he is. Her honesty and acceptance to him is compelling.
I love her generosity, strength and dry humor.
Sienna shrugged, apparently unconcerned by what the warrior [William] had said. “You’ll have to forgive me for not noticing you back then. Next to him, you’re kind of homely.
(Sienna to William)
“I might be bad at it, but I know when someone else is, too. Do it right,” Sienna demanded.
Was she frickin’ kidding? “No one’s ever criticized my technique before.”
“That’s because they didn’t want to hurt your feelings,” she shot back.
(Sienna and Paris’ first kiss)
She is special to Paris, but what is the reason for that? I couldn’t find a proper explanation, but here comes Paris’ theory:
“What makes me so different? she whispered. “I mean, how can you be with me more than once?”
“I’ve wondered about that myself, and I think it’s because my desire for you is more powerful than my demon.”
“That’s… Oh, Paris. That’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard.”
It is very sweet indeed.
By the end of the story Sienna becomes an incredibly strong character, due to that unexpected twist in the final battle. I was shocked, but absolutely satisfied with the end.
Calling Sienna “baby” instead of her name repeatedly put me off enjoying the book.
[…] he’d never called another woman his baby. Only sweetheart and honey, meaningless words like that, and never with such a note of affection.
[…]he clearly meant it to be something special just for her.
It wouldn’t be a problem, if it hadn’t been a problem when they’d first met in Rome. Paris had called Sienna sweetheart because he’d forgotten her name. Sienna saw red – not a surprise. Now she delightedly accepts Paris calling her “baby”. Well, I can’t see the difference between “baby” and “sweetheart”. For me, both are equally impersonal.
I was glad about the appearance of the old characters.
Lucien is still in the corner of my heart. And I was amazed by Maddox and Ashlyn’s twins.
But now William was irritating to me; his dependence on his hair conditioner was forced. I would be glad to see underneath his fun mask at last.
I’m happy about the blood refreshment due to the new characters, but Viola was kind of irritating too. I can see no uniqueness in her character; as if it has been created by certain characteristics of Anya and William. As if some traits of them have been dragged out and mixed, et voilà, it is Viola!
I expected a little more about Cameron, Irish and Winter. At the start, they were presented in detail, and then… nothing happened. They’ve just left.
I’m a little bit disappointed the Lords left Budapest, as I live there, but I love the new scenery. The castle in the Realm of Blood and Shadows is creepy and surrounded by the most horrifying creatures ever. These phantoms are inferior to the new bad guy Hades. I’m eager to know more about him as well.
I’d like to give special thanks to Derek Burns for the picture.
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