by Gena Showalter
Released: September 27, 2011
Series: Lords of the Underworld #8
Published by HQN Books
I want to steal 5 things from Kaia:
1. Her Sumo wrestler coffee table
3. Her hula lamp
5. Her sofa that has legs on the armrests.
Yes, as you can see I loved both Kaia’s decorating style and her man. But then who can resist Strider the Keeper of Defeat? Face of an angel,body of a god and the sense of humour of a devil. I am panting just thinking about it! But Strider does have a weakness, he can’t lose a single challange otherwise he suffers debilitating agony, and Kaia is extremely challenging. But he is Kaia’s consort and she is determined to have him and does in fact need him if as she ig going to be competeing in the Harpy Games as without his blood and calming influence she may not survive.I was so looking forward to this book! The build up to Kaia and Striders in the previous book was fantastic and they have great chemistry with the witty banter and wicked comments flowing very naturally between them. However, although I did enjoy their relationship, I felt something was missing I didn’t find myself lost to the book as I have been with many of the others. They made a great couple and as indivduals they were fantastic, I loved Kaia’s combination of towering confidence and little girl vulnrability and Strider was well, AWESOME (ego check!)
I can’t really put my finger on why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the others, the Harpy Games was an interesting idea and yes maybe quite similar to Kresley Cole’s Talisman Hie in Immortals After Dark, but that didn’t bother me. I also liked that this book introduced you to some more secondary characters which I have a feeling will be coming out to play in the future, such as Lazarus *drools a little*
I did love the parts with Kane & William and Paris, especially the Paris bits he has changed so much since the first book and I am now dying for him to FINALLY get his HEA, damn it Showalter haven’t you tortured him enough? LOL! And Kane, we haven’t seen much of him in the previous books so I liked having a peek inside his noggin’ and what a beautiful noggin’ it is, I sense book husband number 781 coming up!
After thinking about this since I finished it, what I didn’t like about this book was that it didn’t seem like a LOTU book, although the Hunters were in it as were some of the other Lords it just didn’t have the LOTU vibe. It seemed like a 0.5 book as there didn’t seem to be much focus on Pandora’s Box,despite the presence ofa certain artifcat. Plus my snuggle bunny Maddox wasn’t in it and that is an automatic star taken right there! However over all I did enjoy it and I am looking forward to the next book immensely.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?