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Sara's Review: The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter, narrated b

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Publisher: HQN Books/ Recorded Books

Released: May 31, 2016

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: 13 hours and 40 minutes

Format: ebook, hardcover, audiobook

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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.

Four Boundless Stars

At the start of this audiobook I really wasn’t sure I cared for the direction it was going in. This is one of those series I have really loved, and for the first time, I was like “what is this?” Me, like so many others, felt surprised that we got a story about Baden, instead of William or Cameo. However, after reading a letter from Gena to her fans, I understood why. The Darkest Torment helps close loopholes, and open new story-lines by introducing new characters. I couldn’t see it at the start, but once the book got going, I totally got the madness.

I really loved Katerina, with all of her sass and attitude. She is one female I can get behind and love. Baden grew on me, also once you understood why he was acting like a lunatic, and he got control of himself; I really liked the by play between him and the beast. I loved how Katerina referred to him as her junk yard dog, and decided she was going to treat and train him like a feral dog. It was funny.

So why not give it a 5 star rating? ****Spoiler!!!*** Once Katerina discovered the dogs were hellhounds, I pretty much pegged where that part of the story-line was heading. It's always disappointing when i can guess part or all of the outcome of a plot line.

The Darkest Torment was another steamy addition to the Lords of the Underworld. Showalter can write a love scene like no other, and combines action, sarcasm, and witty banter in such a way, that you love all of her characters, even the evil ones. I am giving it four boundless stars; I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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