Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter



Title: The Darkest Secret
Author: Gena Showalter
My Rating: B

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Series: Lords of the Underworld #7
Main Characters: Amun & Haidee
Release Date: March 2011
ISBN9780373775491 or 
 0373775490
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Borders- $7.99
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when the immortal warrior is chained and isolated to protect those he loves, death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty….

Haidee is a demon-assassin, raised to despise Amun's kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.

My Review:
Honestly, I do not do well reading a series as the books come out (6 months to a year and a half between books.) I simply read too much to keep all the details of the story lines straight. As a result, I spent a good deal of this book scrambling to remember details of the characters and the various story lines. This series has a lot of players, layers, and details/mystery/innuendo/unknowns. That being said though, I still love this series and the awesome Lords of the Underworld hotties.

This book starts with Strider (demon: Defeat) bringing in the hunter, Haidee, whom he has captured, but is unable to kill because he is drawn to her. He quickly learns upon returning to the Budapest fortress that Amun (demon: Secrets) is being overcome by demons after a trip into Hell. He deposits Haidee into an adjoining room while he checks on Amun and then subsequently leaves her there. When Haidee becomes conscious, she can hear Amun calling to her for help inside her head and quickly breaks through the wall to get to him. She can soothe and calm Amun's demons in a way that no one else has been able to and the story develops from there.

Overall, I really liked this book. Amun has always been the strong, silent, loyal Lord- kind of standing off to the side. So it was interesting to see him get his own story. You could always see his loyalty to the other Lords in the simple fact that he can talk, but chooses not to so that he can protect the other guys from his Demon. Talk about self-sacrifice, but with the appearance of Haidee, you quickly learn how strong their bond is when he chooses her over his loyalty to Strider, one of his best friends.

Haidee is an enemy to the Lords. Her whole goal in life is to kill them, so she is just as confused as Amun is over their connection. At first, she thinks that he is her hunter boyfriend, but quickly realizes that's not the truth. But she trusts their connection and the honesty of it. She doesn't trust the other Lords, but she trusts Amun. There are lots of details about her that are slowly revealed throughout the book but what remains true about her from the very beginning is that she is strong, extremely loyal, very honest, and up-front.

Haidee and Amun make a great team together esp. as they start to put the pieces of the puzzle together about their history and what has brought them to this point. They are very similar people, just on opposite sides of the fight which makes for an interesting juxtaposition.

Adding a comedic element to this story is the road-trip by Strider, Paris, William, and later Kaia. I loved the humor to this whole aspect of the story, as well as lots of little things coming out of this road-trip that you can see foreshadowing future story lines.

My only real complaint about this book was the inconsistencies/questions between Haidee and Strider. Why was he so attracted to her? Why didn't she affect his Demon the way that she affects Amun's? She obviously had the skills where she could have killed Strider using her cold, why didn't she? That part of the story just didn't make sense to me as to the why's of it all.

Now I am hoping that one of the road-trip guy's story is next because all three of those guys are going to have explosive stories. The groundwork is already set so that you can see it coming.

1 comment:

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I think Strider's book is next, which is ok with me because I like his attitude. Though woe be to the gal who has to put up with it LOL

I agree I didn't understand why H didn't affect him like she did Amun. Though that was something I just kind of let go as I am reading these out of order (which is driving me nuts LOL)