Blog Tour: “The Darkest Torment” by Gena Showalter

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Blog Tour: “The Darkest Torment” by Gena ShowalterThe Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld #12
Published: November 22nd 2016 by Harlequin Books
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance
Pages: 576
Format: Hardcover
Source: TLC Book Tours
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Does the thought of a sexy bad boy demon falling in love with a mortal woman appeal to you? What about hell puppies? Then The Darkest Torment should be right up your alley. It’s the newest installment in the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter, and is also a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which is pretty much my favorite fairy tale ever.

I signed up for this blog tour on a whim, and I’m certainly glad that I did. The Darkest Torment was a breath of fresh air from current events, and a delight to read. I was a little bit worried at first since this is the 12th book in the Lords of the Underworld series and I hadn’t read any of the others, but The Darkest Torment functions perfectly well as a standalone within a shared universe.

The book’s protagonist is Baden, a demon who died but was brought back to life as Hades’ slave. Hades is currently in a battle for control of the underworld against Lucifer, and is most certainly the lesser of two evils. Baden does side with Hades, but is resentful of Hades’ compulsion. Oh, and as part of the bargain, he’s now host to the force of Destruction, which shares his mind and wants to kill everything he perceives as a threat, which is pretty much everything.

Hades sends Baden to retrieve a coin from Alek, the cruel leader of a heroin and sex trafficking ring. Baden storms in and interrupts Alek’s wedding to Katerina. He ends up kidnapping her to have something to hold over Alek. But for Katerina, the kidnapping is also a rescue from a fate she didn’t want. Katerina is a dog trainer, and Alek blackmailed her into marrying him by threatening to kill her dogs if she didn’t cooperate.

Katerina uses the same strategies she used to tame her dogs to tame Baden, as well as the force of Destruction that inhabits him. And, slowly but surely, she falls in love with him. Baden also develops feelings for Katerina, even though he initially thinks she’s not his type. The two do have their fair share of drama, because Baden tends to make assumptions about Katerina that aren’t true, and also because Katerina is mortal and he is a demon. But this is a romance novel, and everything works out in the end. And right now, I’m at the point in my life where I appreciate a happy ending, even though I keep imagining the worst case scenario as I’m reading (let’s face it, I’ve been ruined by epic fantasy, and I keep expecting every character I get attached to to die a horrible death).

The Darkest Torment was a fun read and a very necessary distraction. Just the sort of pick-me-up I needed. (And did I mention hell puppies?)

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