Review: The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter

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Review: The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter
The Darkest Pleasure

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: July 1, 2008
Series: Lords of the Underworld #3

The Darkest Pleasure is the third book in the Lords of the Underworld series and it just might be my favourite one! Reyes, Keeper of the demon Pain, has suffered immensely because of his need to constantly cut himself. He hates that his demon finds pleasure from slicing a blade through sinew and bone. Where others would be shocked and disgusted to witness such a thing, Pain finds bliss. From the very beginning, I was very intrigued with Reyes because of his demon and the fact that he isn’t the friendliest of the Lords. What can I say? I love a tortured hero.

On the other hand, the heroine, Danika Ford has become one of my favourite women in this series. Danika possesses a quiet strength. Though she may think herself as helpless and scared, she has proven her courage and strength in many ways. I loved the fact that she still cares deeply about her family. Typically, once a romance begins, all other storylines are placed in the background where the focus is on building up the relationship. But in this case, the relationship between Danika and Reyes grows stronger because of Danika’s ability to love. Her ties never sever from her family even though they are kept apart. And her link to Reyes doesn’t waver either.

We find out that Danika is the All-Seeing Eye, one of the artifacts that the Lords and the Hunters have been desperately seeking. Dani has the ability to see into the depths of hell and witness the gods in heaven. With this unique talent, she has become a very valuable possession that others would kill to obtain. But somehow Reyes realized how valuable Danika was even before he knew of her ability. One of my favourite parts of the book is when Danika finds the art studio that Reyes had set up for her. It was such a kind and considerate gift that shows how much he cared for her.

Naturally, I was expecting some BDSM because Reyes reacts to pleasure and pain in equal measures. But I think Showalter managed to keep things interesting without going down that route. Because Reyes fears that Danika will fall into bloodlust as his previous lovers had, he keeps himself distanced from her in an attempt to prevent her corruption. However, they both find a way to enjoy each other without the hurt. But if Reyes needs to relieve himself, he should get a hold of the Brotherhood and ask Vishious to teach him a thing or two. Or call UGH (1-800-SHADE) to borrow some gags and flogs.

I just want to mention how happy I am that Paris chose Aeron. It was such a selfless thing to do and shows just how much the Lords care for each other. I hope he gets his HEA soon because he deserves to be happy.

Also, Aeron suffers a lot in this one too. Despite his demon clamouring around in his head, Aeron found the will power to stop himself from rendering the killing blow on Danika’s grandmother.

I can’t say how much I enjoyed this book. It’s one of my favourites of the series and I can’t recommend it enough!


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About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.


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Carol L.

Your review was spot on. I loved Reyes , poor baby.
Who doesn’t love Paris. 🙂
Thanks for an excellent review and reminding me how much I love Reyes.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com


I’m intrigued to read this book!!! The cover is HOT!!! Thanks for the review, Ann!!! 🙂

Madame D

Great review!! I really enjoyed this book too, I love this damn series in general.

Laura BC

Oh I remember when I read this it was indeed a bit of a shock cuz he had to get whipped or else (pain in general) to get pleasure but nonetheless it turned out well!

Under the Covers

@Carol Thanks so much! Reyes is one of my absolute faves!

@Jfort357 It’s a fave cover of mine too. But that Into the Dark cover is pretty sexy also!

@Madame D Thanks babe, this whole series is great!

@Laura BC Pain is pleasure, baby. But Reyes is sexy even without his demon, IMO.


Reyes, oh Reyes..
I must said, I have a sweet moment with this book 🙂 (you know what I mean, Annie, lol)
And I think because of this book, I always longing for Paris to have his own happines 🙂


loved reyes!!the book made me swoon *sighs dreamily*
the lords are awesome!!
thanks so much!

GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

justjanhvi at gmail dot com


love this book-great review 🙂

Reyes is my favorite Lord


Great review Ann! This book was yummy!!


Your review makes this book sound very interesting.
I haven’t read the other books in the series. Should I read the other ones first?

June M.

I really have to get caught up on this series. I am currently reading Larissa Ione’s Demonica series but I think this will be next on my list. Thanks you alot!

Denise Z

Oh my! I must meet the Lords of the Underworld. Thank you for sharing this review, I am unfamiliar with this series and my interest is definitely peaked.


Amun,Reyes,Aeron and Paris are my favorite Lords 🙂
This series is fantastic!

Great review!

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