Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Paranormal Romance Month Review: The Darkest Fire by Gena Showalter (Lords of the Underworld #0.5)

Publisher - Mira Books
Publication Date - 16th April 2010
Paperback - 80 pages (this is a novella that is included in Dark Beginnings)
Genre - Paranormal Romance

Source - Purchased

Rating - 4 out of 5: I really liked it

Book Info - He is the guardian of hell, more monster than man.

She is the goddess of oppression, more angel than woman.

Together they will enter the flames to battle a horde of demon lords -- and discover a passion unlike any other...

Discover the origin of the dimOuniak and the demon spirits trapped within.

My Thoughts - The Darkest Fire is a novella that explains the origins of the Lord of the Underworld series. It tells the story of Geryon, the demon who is tasked with guarding the gates of Hell, and Kadence, the Goddess of Oppression, who has to make daily checks of the walls of Hell to make sure they are secure. They have to work together to ensure that a group of demon lords do not escape from Hell.

It is an enjoyable short story that gives a good background to the story of the Lords of the Underworld series. Geryon, despite being a demon, comes across as a very likeable character - he saves Kadence's life and he obviously takes his job incredibly seriously. Kadence seems very unsure of herself and it's not until later on in this story that she gains in strength and confidence.

There is a lot of chemistry between these two characters, but the romance between them is sweet and tender. The author's writing style had me hooked from the start and I really enjoyed the way she described the interactions between Geryon and Kadence. The ending is very heart-warming and leads nicely onto the first novel in the series.

Summary - Although it's not essential to read this story to fully understand what is happening in the other books in the series, I highly recommend it anyway. A very sweet love story set in the depths of Hell sounds like it shouldn't work at all - but it really does!

Other books in this series:
0.5. The Darkest Fire
1. The Darkest Night
2. The Darkest Kiss
3. The Darkest Pleasure
3.5. The Darkest Prison
4. The Darkest Whisper
5. The Darkest Passion
6. The Darkest Lie
7. The Darkest Secret
8. The Darkest Surrender

Other reviews of this book:
Dear Author / The Babbling Bookworm / The Wormhole


Shelagh said...

As you know I am a HUGE fan of Gena Showalter's Intertwined series and one of the reasons is her writing. She creates characters with heart and then tells their story in a wonderfully engaging way. Good to know that the same applies with her "adult" books!

Good review Chrissie. :)

Jenny said...

The guys on these books are HOT!

One of those lovely little tag things is going around again so I tagged you. Sorry. I did try to come up with some fun questions for you. Check out my blog.

Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

Shelagh - Yeah, I definitely enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book. Guess I'll have to try her YA series too knowing you're such a big fan :)

Jenny - Thank you :)

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