Friday, September 23, 2011
Book Shelf: The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8) by Gena Showalter
Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor's edge of surrender.Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can't afford because he has an agenda of his own-steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter-the love neither had thought possible...
Blurb from Goodreads.....
Review: (Warning: Contains spoilers)
The Darkest Surrender is yet another book in the brilliant Lords of the Underworld series! Honestly, I devoured it and never wanted it to end.
Strider and Torin have always been my faves of the Lords so I’ve been so eager for Strider’s book for such a long time. I was ecstatic to get my hands on a copy and I am happy to say it didn’t disappoint. The storyline was awesome---the Harpy games fun and exciting and I was swept away into the tale and story just as I am with every book in this series.
I have to admit when I first learned that Kaia was to be paired with Strider I wasn’t at all sure about it. I mean, I love all the Skyhawks, but pairing another of them off with another Lord? Wasn’t sure it would work....and yet it did, brilliantly!
As the keeper of Defeat, Strider cannot loose a challenge and everything is a battle for him. With his golden boy looks and attitude, he’s sexy, and witty and hilarious. I love his nature and his attitude---I have from the very beginning. To quote him....he’s just made of awesome! He is by far one of the more possessive and demanding of the lords and he doesn’t share—at all, but I found I liked that about him. He wasn’t sure he wanted Kaia, but when I realised he did, he wanted her completely. He wanted to be her one and only as she was his. Insert dreamy sigh here......
Kaia! Oh, that girl! I’ve thought highly of higher ever since Aeron’s book where she was so good to Olivia, and by the end of Amun’s I was pretty excited for the chance to see her win Strider’s heart. And she certainly did. It was a battle that her feisty nature and strength allowed her to conquer. Kaia never failed to put a smile on my face with her flirty and funny nature. I loved the way she met Strider strike for strike, quip for quip and how she didn’t let his nature beat her. She let him win.....but she didn’t. One of the things I liked about her was that she wasn’t perfect. She’d made mistakes and she had a lot of issues with herself. She was a proud individual, but she had a lot of insecurities and it was nice seeing her overcome with Strider’s help and love.
The relationship between Strider and Kaia was brilliant—I loved it. Both such strong individuals who don’t like loosing, and in the beginning I worried that maybe this would be a problem. I was ecstatic to learn that it wouldn’t be the case. With Strider’s demon, I always assumed he’d need a calm woman, one that didn’t challenge him all that much—boy was I wrong! The thing that made him and Kaia so alike was that she understood his need and desire to win and knew what channelling him would do. And yet she wasn’t afraid to do that from time to time. With her nature she was the ultimate challenge for him. A battle he fought to win and when he did....awww, it was so sweet. She wanted him from the beginning and wanted him, but he still had to fight---mostly himself and even some of her nature to win her heart completely. Sparks flew when they were together and their sex scenes were very, very hot.
I’m so intrigued by the glimpse of Kane and Paris in this book and I know their turns are coming. Paris is next and I’m so excited that Sienna has changed her tune about him—it gives me hope that they’re get there HEA. I’m interested in finding out what it means for Kane with Williams creation and all now that he’s in hell. Soooo exciting. And. This may seem a bit random, but with Zacharel being in the series, I wonder....what about him.....and Cameo? With his angel abilities, perhaps he can see above her voice into the heart of her. It’d certainly be an interesting combination.
I can’t wait for the next book, The Darkest Seduction. It such a long wait and I have to know what’s going to happen next....like....NOW!!
Source: I bought
Recommend borrow or buy: Buy!
Cover: Awesome--totally awesome.
Read sequel/continue with series: Yes, oh for the love of god, yes!!
Buy it here: