Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of Pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her — even defy the gods.
Danika is on the run. For months she’s eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won’t rest until she and her family have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can’t forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear…
He was possessed by a demon, and yet he had the heart of an angel. The contradiction delighted her, and she suspected she could happily spend the rest of her life learning his nuances—and there would still be more to learn.
The Darkest Pleasure is the third book of the Lords of the Underworld series, the story of Reyes, Keeper of Pain, and Danika Ford, a human woman with an incomparable ability.
Danika appears at first in book one, The Darkest Night, where Cronus commands Aeron to slay her and all her family: sister, mother, and grandmother. No one knew the reason of Cronus, but Aeron resisted killing them. At the end of The Darkest Kiss Reyes locked Aeron, who was lost in bloodlust by then, away to keep him away from the women. The Ford women scattered in the US and now they are hiding.
At the beginning of the story, Danika is attacked and captured by Hunters. They force, rather than fully convince her to help them, so when Reyes rescues her, and takes her to the Lords’ fortress in Budapest, she soon has to decide which side she takes.
Reyes can’t experience pleasure without pain. Furthermore his demon has a bad influence on his partners making them hurt others too. Though Pain reacts to Danika in a unique way, Reyes is afraid to ruin her, so he tries to resist the temptation. I love his protective and tender side very much.
From the beginning, his heart had recognized this woman as his. Like the demon, she was part of him, a part needed to make him whole. Her courage delighted him. Her teasing way, now that he’d experienced it, tempted him. Her willingness to help him despite everything that had happened touched him.
Right here, right now, she was his. A ticket out of hell and into heaven.
She is very determined to protect herself and her family, but I don’t really like that angry, hard, tough girl image she wears. I like her attitude though, only her behavior bothers me. Danika is mad at Reyes, being kidnapped by him and the other Lords, and the threat they caused to her family. Being mad is actually okay, but I don’t get why she hates Reyes and all of the others. Actually, by their abduction, the Lords saved her and her family. For want of better, she blames the Lords for being in danger now. Soon she realizes that the Hunters’ fanatic hatred toward the Lords is unjustified.
Every time she spied him, hate should have filled her. Hate and rage and violence. But every time she peered into the dark fathomless pools of knowledge and pain that were his eyes, she experienced… something else. She drowned, pieces of her dying then quickly reforming for him. Him. Not her family, not her own survival. Him.
What I liked the most about her is her heritage by her grandmother. How brilliant is Ms. Showalter to make her SPOILER! Highlight to read: one of the much-wanted artifacts, the All-Seeing Eye!
The quest for the artifacts and the war with the Hunters go on. I loved the all the appearances of the other Lords, as well as William’s, who seems to be attached to the team by now.
“Shit. They’re like locusts,” William said. “I mean, seriously. Bugs. There’s probably a hundred of them out there.”
“Scared?” Sabin asked.
“Hell, no. I think I just came.”
The most heartbreaking scene is Paris’ choice. I love him so much. Can’t wait to reach his story.
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Daily Quotes by Exina, from quote 619 to 629.