The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter….Blog Tour Stop & Review

The Darkest TormentAbout The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld)

Print Length: 512 pages

Publisher: HQN Books (June 1, 2016)

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.

“Gena Showalter is a romantic genius.” -San Francisco Book Review

“Showalter writes fun, sexy characters you fall in love with!” -Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author

“The Showalter name on a book means guaranteed entertainment.” -RT Book Reviews

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My Review:

The Darkest Torment is book twelve in author Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series, a series I have been loving for years.  I am always so exited for a new installment in this series and once again, Ms. Showalter nails it.  I adored Baden and Katarina’s story!

Baden and Katarina’s relationship starts off in quite a bit of turmoil when Baden, in search of an item he must steal in order to not only attempt to find a bit of relief from the new being inhabiting his soul but also to appease his new master, bursts into her wedding and starts making demands from her new husband.  Of course, as it turns out, this isn’t exactly a husband she’s thrilled to be married to and her main concern quickly goes from just getting by to surviving and keeping her beloved dogs safe.  Turns out this is only the beginning of what will become a story of twists, turns, emotion, heat, and even humor.

I love the internal struggles the Lords go through.  I love that in each book we get a closer look at a specific character and getting to know more of Baden in this book was so fantastic.  You can’t help but fall in love with these guys.  Baden was gruff and short with everyone.  Pretty darn unlikable.  But because we get to read what he’s thinking and what he’s going through, you’ll end up loving him and will totally understand why he is the way he is.  Katarina is equally as fantastic a character.  I loved her feisty, spitfire attitude and her ability to keep a somewhat level head in some seriously stressful situations.  Then, she goes from all of that already awesomeness to a total badass! Baden and Katarina’s relationship is one helluva enemies to lovers that I just adored reading and I know you will to.

Another one of the things I love about this series is that not only do we meet new characters along the way, but we get to see all of our favorite characters form the very beginning of the series.  They really have turned into a family of sorts and to have been able to read that from the beginning is so special. While I’m sure you can pick up each book and read it alone, I think reading the series as a whole is an amazing journey and one I highly recommend!

Thank you, Ms. Showalter, for another amazing story!  I can’t wait to see what you have in store for the Lords next.


Four-and-a-Half Loves

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715slkulkal-_ux250_About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.

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Gena Showalter’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Wednesday, November 30th: Reading Reality

Wednesday, November 30th: Reader Girls

Friday, December 2nd: Urban Girl Reader

Friday, December 2nd: Drey’s Library – excerpt

Monday, December 5th: Read Love Blog

Tuesday, December 6th: Books a la Mode – excerpt

Wednesday, December 7th: From the TBR Pile

Wednesday, December 7th: Harlie’s Books

Friday, December 9th: Books that Hook

Monday, December 12th: Lampshade Reader – Gena’s Top 10 Favorite Quotes from The Darkest Torment

Monday, December 12th: Books Without Any Picture

Wednesday, December 14th: Mom in Love with Fiction

Friday, December 16th: The Romance Dish – excerpt

Monday, December 19th: Stuck in Books

Wednesday, December 21st: Snowdrop Dreams of Books – excerpt

Friday, December 23rd: Stranded in Chaos

Monday, December 26th: 100 Pages a Day – excerpt

Tuesday, December 27th: A Night’s Dream of Books

Wednesday, December 28th: Written Love Reviews

Wednesday, December 28th: Lovely Reads


  1. Kathy Valentine says:

    I just picked this up this weekend!!! Love this series!!!, shared on fb,twitter,pinterest,google+ and insta gram

  2. I always enjoy a long series that allows me to get to know the characters in new ways in each book. It is so fun to learn more about a character I already like.

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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