I don't know about you but every once in a while I fall a book or two or three behind in reading some of the longer running series. Which can be a good thing and a bad thing. The bad is it can sometimes take me a bit to remember all the rules that go along with that authors particular world and recalling some of the subplots that happen in these books. The good is that I get to immerse myself in those worlds that the author made me fall in love with so long ago, and I get to spend some quality time there. So that is what I am trying to do with the rest of January is get caught up on three series that I have kind of dropped the ball on. As much as I love discovering new authors it's kind of nice to go back something familiar.
The Darkest Lie, Gena Showalter, HQN Books
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....
I have to be honest and say that I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. With Gideon being the keeper of Lies and only being able to talk in lies I thought it was going to be a pain in the ass, but once I got into it it wasn't bad at all. In fact every time Gideon called Scarlet Devil, meaning Angel, it made me smile.
Scarlet is probably my second favorite female after Anya in this series. I like her, because she's possessed with the demon nightmares, so the girl is frightening and she can kick ass. She makes a great weapon for the Lords to use against the hunters! Scarlet had such a horrible childhood, it made my heart bleed for her. Between her mother Rhea and her aunt Mnemosyne it's a wonder Scarlet can love at all.
I liked that this book wasn't so much about Gideon trying to defeat his demon and the lies he has to tell because of him, but about the lies that brought Scarlet to him. I also have to say I really enjoyed the little twist that Ms. Showalter threw in with Gideon giving Scarlet control the first time they were together. It was one of the sexier scenes that I have read in a while.
Like all of the other LOTU books this one has more than one story line being told, which keeps the book flowing and adds to the mystery and suspense of the series. I am a big fan of that type of storytelling because it gives the reader so many things to think about and ponder on.
If you are looking for a strong story-teller and a series with multiple plot lines, hot demons who are trying to be good and women who are strong enough to love them then The Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter is a series that you definitely want to read.
RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.