Monday, January 23, 2017

The Darkest Torment (#12 Lords of the Underworld) by Gena Showalter

Author                           Gena Showalter 
Publication Date          31 May 2016 
Genre                              Adult Paranormal Romance 

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.

The protagonists in The Dark Torment are a bit of a surprise but just as enthralling as the other books in the "Lords of the Underworld" with Lucifer and Hades still conniving for supremacy. 

Baden was driven to death by the demon of Distrust when he ended up dead and spent centuries in purgatory. He is now back, bound to Hades and Destruction with no choice in doing his biddings. 

Katarina is an expert dog trainer. Her dogs are her babies and her love for these babies has landed her into a marriage with a despicable character through blackmail. 

Baden is unpredictable and violent to the point where he is a danger to everyone around him. Destruction wants nothing more than to destroy any perceived threats! His retrieval mission for Hades turns into a bloodbath. Unsuccessful into securing the item, he takes the bride as hostage for a bargaining exchange. The bride, Katarina is neither impressed nor intimated by his ruthless behaviour. She is more intrigued by him! 

Although Baden jumps to the wrong conclusions about Katarina, he is just as fascinated by her. He becomes very protective towards her, something that she resents. When she discovers that his temper is governed by a beast, she is determined to tame that beast. How hard can it be? She sets about dissentisiting him from his adversion to touch. Soon, passion burns between them. Baden makes the mistake of treating Katarina as a weak human who needs his protection and Katarina is determined to show him that she can be strong. This leads to conflict and when they are not making passionate love, they are bickering. His temper and her stubbornness outweigh what their hearts know and want. 

Baden is competing with Pandora for his freedom and the missions he has to accomplish are treacherous. Pandora doesn't play fair but then again, neither does Baden. Despite the change in him, the family is behind him all the way. Most of them know only too well about the torment that he is going through. 

The characters from the previous instalments play valuable roles throughout the story. I love the chemistry between Baden and Katarina. They can be frustrating at times but that's what makes them who they are. It becomes more and more captivating as the story develops. There are some cringing moments, some laugh out loud and scary ones. The passion is sizzling hot. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Darkest Torment and look forward to reading the next one.

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld, Otherworld Assassins, and Angels of the Dark series, as well as two young adult series--Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles--and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series.  In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine.  She was interviewed on Nightline and has been mentioned in Orange is the New Black.  Her books have been translated in multiple languages.