The Darkest Craving by Gena Showalter

Lords of the Underworld Book Ten


Genre Paranormal Romance Published 30 July 2013 Publisher Harlequin 

Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him—a beast he’s determined to kill, no matter the price.

Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy—her royal family—and Kane is her only source of protection. He’s also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart…or die together

The Urban Book Thief Review

Even though I find it rather painful to look at the cover art for longer than five seconds (stay back cruel light!), I give this book a HUGE thumbs up. Ms Showalter is made of all kinds of awesome. She never fails to disappoint, even though we are now at a whopping book ten in this sexy fabulous paranormal romance series. Though I do have to secretly admit that while this book was good, it wasn’t the best Lords book. My Stridey has beaten and claimed that pedestal – sorry Kane.

What’s even crazier is that we are only now just getting to Torin’s story. But not until 2014. I know ladies, get the smelling salts ready, it’s going to be legend-waitforit-ary.

KaneBut who needs Torin when you have the beauteous Kane around. Cursed to house the demon soul of Disaster, Kane hasn’t had a great time of it with the Lords. None of them really trust his demon not to fuck things up so he tends to be left behind a lot. Needless to say, he is none too happy and wants to kill the blasted thing off. He hates Disaster with every fibre of his being and will do anything to get rid of the evil thing hitching a ride in his body, almost to the detriment of the world. Cause you see there’s one thing you really need to know about this dude – he’s been touted by the Fates as the one to watch. Why? Because he’s going to start the Apocalypse.


“I’ve been told I’m almost as dangerous as a tsunami.”
– Kane, Lord of the Underworld

“I’ve been told I’m a tsunami.”
– Josephina Aisling

Josephina is the heroine and she is just the sweetest thing. She’s half human, half Fey and is determined to get herself killed. Literately. Her father is the Fey King of Séduire, a kingdom of pomp and circumstance where women wear pretty dresses and men duel one another inbetween dinner courses. The King is frankly a pretty nasty bastard and despises the offspring of his former concubine. Josephina’s step-mother is cruel and mean-hearted (of course), her step-brother wants to get into her pants (step back foul beast!) and her step-sister is the keeper of Irresponsibility. And I thought my family were odd.

josepSadly, Josephina is treated like dirt, living with the servants in a shared room and spending her days cleaning the palace. She’s also the royal whipping girl and is made to take her sister’s punishments whenever the princess’ demon acts up. Which funnily enough, is how she stumbles across Kane. They first meet one another other in the lower levels of hell. Well I guess things can only go up from there… Poor Josephina was sentenced to spend one thousand years down there because her sister broke the law (but only a day for everyone else). When trying to find a way out, she came across Kane and busted his cute ass out of there, commando style.

But not before he was tortured. Tortured a lot. And not before he promised Josephina that he would help her kill herself – which he quickly retracts.

Silly man. Would it be totally gauche of her to ask him to sign her T-shirt? “Don’t you remember what you promised me?”

“I didn’t promise you anything,” he said, and though his tone was confident, his features darkened with confusion.

“You did. Think back to your last day in hell. It was you, me and a couple thousand of your worst enemies.”

His brows drew together, and his eyes glazed with remembrance, comprehension…then horror. He shook his head, as though desperate to dislodge the thoughts now swirling through his mind. “You weren’t serious. You couldn’t have been serious.”

He came back different, changed and the only person who could make him feel better was a cute little Fey lady with a penchant for getting into trouble.

Kane calls her Tink, as in Tinkerbell – which is just too darn cute! – and makes it his own personal mission to find her sweet, sweet self when they are separated after their escape. He wants to drag her home with him so that she can make him feel better again. So it’s a darn shame that the Fates have said that Kane will either marry William’s daughter, Josephina’s sister or start the Apocalypse.

Choices, choices….

Josephina is pretty starstruck at first. The Lords are famous in Séduire, their lives having been chronicled for many years. She’s a massive Torin fan and belongs to the official fan club – much to Kane’s disgust. I thought this whole scenario was just too funny – I LOVED it. So because of this, Kane can get away with pretty much anything in ye olde Fey country. Which he does, taking Josephina off her sister’s service and making her sleep in his quarters. ooooh!

But tragedy is just around the corner. Disaster hates Tink. So much so that he tries to kill her on several occasions. He deliberately tries to sabotage their relationship too, lusting after other women and being a general pain in the ass. So get out the hankies and commence the melodrama! Poor Kane, he just can’t cut a break.

The book starts off strong, lots of jokes, some general misunderstanding et cetera, et cetera and then descends into melodrama pretty quickly. It was a bit of a shame really as I felt there there was a lot of potential for Kane’s character to be pretty funny. I’m not ashamed to put my hand up and admit that I snigger when I see someone trip over their own shoelaces. This book relied heavily on William to bring on the funnies. Yes – William features heavily throughout the whole book. Hell yeah! Bringing us naughty jokes, a racy libido and his army of children ahem Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Unfortunately, by the end of the story he started to appear a little too slap stick for my liking…

fourThe Urban Book Thief has awarded The Darkest Craving a kiss factor rating of four – good, but not the best in the series.



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