Spotlight/ARC Review ~ The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter ~ #Excerpt

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The Darkest Touch

The Darkest TouchLords of the Underworld #11

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Publication: November 25th 2014

By Gena Showalter


Book Description:
From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.



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~ 4 The Darkest Touch Stars ~ 

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The Darkest Touch is book eleven in the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. I have been waiting to see what the author would do for Torin since he was introduced to us in book one The Darkest Night and she did not disappoint. 

I thoroughly enjoyed The Darkest Touch. How can a relationship work when Torin is the keeper of disease? I was quit curious on how the author would be able to give Torin a relationship. I was expecting one thing and got something altogether different. I am not disappoint just suppressed in how she handled Torin our tortured hero, the skin-to-skin relationship, and the woman who became his destiny. Keeley, The Red Queen, is his perfect match and oh boy does she have the strength and power to help Torin heal emotionally and save his friends along the way. Their passion, chemistry and relationship burned up the pages. We get a well written scorching hot romance. I enjoyed the side stories and can’t wait to see what Gena Showalter has in store for us next. We get adventure, action, loads of sexual tension, a relationship that needs a lot of work to make it work, and some big surprises along the way. 

The Darkest Touch was a great installment in the Lords of the Underworld and I am looking forward to the next installment. This is one of a few favorites that keeps getting better as it goes along. I highly recommend picking up the Lords of the Underworld. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy free of charge from Harlequin HQN with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

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She appeared in front of him, displaying more tanned skin than she concealed, her hair falling around her face in lush, golden waves. Her eyes glittered with remnants of her anger. Her lips were slightly swollen and pinker than usual.

“Temper much?” she quipped.

His relief was palpable. She hadn’t forgotten him! But the relief was quickly replaced by concern. “Are you all right? Did someone hit you?”

She blinked with confusion. “No. Why?” “Your lips are swollen.”

She rubbed them, color heating her cheeks. “Someone didn’t hit me, but someone sure did hit on me.”

Hit on her. As in kissed her.

Already on edge, Torin. Utterly. Erupted.

He forgot everything he’d planned to do and say and got in Keeley’s face, snarling, “Who was it?”

Her eyes widened. “Hades. Why?”

“You dare ask why? You belong to me! We agreed. You do not kiss other men, Keeley. Ever. Have you for- gotten my rules?”

Her jaw dropped, and she gasped out a few unintel-ligible words as if she couldn’t quite figure out what to say to him.

He stood in place, breathing too quickly, too heavily, his throat and lungs burning. He reached for her, but as so many times before, fisted his hands and dropped them just before contact. This is crazy. I’m crazy. I have to leave.

“Are you…thinking about touching me?” she asked, her eyes widening again.

No, she had to leave. He could not be in public right now. “Go shopping. Buy yourself something pretty. My treat.” He basically tossed his credit card at her. He should be calm by the time she finished. “Come back in an hour. Maybe two. Actually, we’ll reconvene to- morrow.”

“You are,” she said. “You’re thinking… Even craving me. You don’t like the thought of another man’s hands on me, and you want to replace the memory with your hands.”

That. Yes. Hades would die, and Torin…Torin would touch this woman and never stop.

He gnashed his molars. “Last chance, Keeley. I sug- gest you take it and leave.” Soon. His control was almost completely shredded.

“No way. You’re the big bad warrior, yet I’ve had to come on to you time and time again. I’ve had to battle within myself—worth the price or not worth it. Well, it’s your turn.”

“There is no damn way you just suggested I haven’t done the same. I’ve battled.”

“When have you ever caved without prompting from me? You’ve resisted me so easily, always walking away. Sure, you’ve snarled while you’ve done the walking, but still you left me behind. So, tell me. When did you ever—”

“So easily?” he roared. Had she just said so easily? She had no clue about the intensity of his need—but he would teach her better.

Torin cupped her by the nape, yanked her close and smashed his mouth against hers. The kiss was a brutal assault meant to silence her, to dominate and possess. He held her still, making her take it, take everything. But the moment she softened against him, welcomed him inside her mouth, the darkness churning inside him switched gears. From the need to punish and master to the need to seduce and please.

This was Keeley. His princess. She deserved his best. He gentled the pressure, rolling his tongue inside her mouth, learning her all over again, tasting her. Summer berries and melted honey. So sweet. And mine. All mine. He framed her cheeks, angled her head and rolled his tongue just a little deeper. This time, she met him with a roll of her own.

That was his undoing.

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Also available from GENA SHOWALTER and Harlequin HQN

Burning Dawn After Dark (duology featuring

“The Darkest Angel”) The Darkest Craving Beauty Awakened After Moonrise

(duology with P.C. Cast)

Wicked Nights

The Darkest Seduction

The Darkest Surrender

The Darkest Secret

The Darkest Lie

The Darkest Passion

Into the Dark

The Darkest Whisper

The Darkest Pleasure

The Darkest Kiss

The Darkest Night

The Vampires Bride

The Nymph King

Jewel of Atlantis Heart of the Dragon Twice as Hot Playing with Fire Catch a Mate Animal Instincts

The Pleasure Slave

The Stone Prince

From Harlequin

Dating the Undead

(with Jill Monroe)

From Harlequin TEEN The Queen of Zombie Hearts Through the Zombie Glass Alice in Zombieland

Twisted Unraveled Intertwined

And look for Gena’s all-new contemporary romance series — The Original Heartbreakers

All For You (anthology featuring “The One You Want”)

The Closer You Come

The Hotter You Burn

The Harder You Fall

coming soon!

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Showalter_Gena_colorGena Showalter is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall. 



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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

2 comments on “Spotlight/ARC Review ~ The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter ~ #Excerpt

  1. This book is very high on my TBR list. So many great books came out last week and more this week, it seems like I will never get my head above water with just the new releases.

    • LOL ya Melanie I don’t think I’ll ever get to all my TBR but I do put a few authors/books at the top that I must read and this was one. ^_^