Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11)

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.

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

“Don’t Die.  Don’t you dare die.”

What happens to your soul when you are denied touch? That everyone you touch sickens and dies!  Even after millennium of this reality it is still crippling for the immortal Torin that co-shares his body with the Demon, disease.  Every time he succumbs to the need for the touch of another, it ends badly with death of that being or with his immortal brothers’ severe illness.  This has been Torn’s reality and torment to be forever without the warmth or love of another’s touch. Torin had been lulled into a sense of safety by a human named Mari who had been sent by Cronus as part of a deal.  He had asked Cronus to send him someone that he could touch without making them sick but that is not what he had been sent and as Mari sickened he followed her back to her prison cell.

Keelycael is the Red Queen a beauty beyond compare.  She is a powerful immortal that many say is not only cruel but insane with only one friend, Mari.  She had been imprisoned for centuries by Cronus with only Mari as company and now Mari was dead at the hands of Torin.  Keely promises to kill everyone that means anything to Torin in repayment of his taking Mari from her.  First she must finalize her plans of escape from her prison and then she will wreak her vengeance on the Lords of the Underworld, Torin’s brothers. The only problem is the attraction that she feels for Torin and the need that is born between the two of them.

Torin is on a mission to find two of his friends that are missing.  When he escaped from Cronus’ prison and left Keely behind, he knew that she would eventually escape and hunt him down.  Would he be able to find his missing friends and rescue them first?  Was the attraction he felt for her more?  Is she the one that he will be able to touch and not kill?  Read this amazing account of their search for an answer to both of their questions!

Hero: Torin 4.5 stars
Heroine: Keelycael 4.5 stars
Plot:  4.5 stars
Steam Level:  4.5 stars
Cliffhanger:  No

Would I recommend this book:  Yes. This book has everything a reader could want!  It is full of lust, hot sex, angst and denial from the two main characters. Plus the addition of immortals that host demons from Pandora’s Box and the trials that they endure living with their other self makes this a phenomenal storyline!  This is a must read for those that want to read a truly exceptional Paranormal Romance!

Would I recommend this author:  Yes! Ms. Showalter delivers unbelievable novels time and time again that not enthrall her readers but continue to fascinate them after they finish her reading her offerings.  Her books only improve with each release and I for one wait impatiently for the next to be released.  If she is not on your must read author list then you need to add her now

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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