The Darkest Secret (Lords Of The Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter
March 29, 2011
Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “Take me out of your address book” -William
Blurb: Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when new demons possess him, the immortal warrior must be chained and isolated to protect those he loves. Death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty…
Haidee is an infamous demon assassin, raised to despise Amun’s kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her. (From Goodreads)
When Amun went into hell with Aeron and William to help save Aeron’s demon Legion, he unwittingly absorbed hundreds of demon minions. Now Amun lays in torment and pain as his mind and body is ravaged by the thoughts and memories of these minions. Strider arrives back at the Fortress and he brings with him Haidee, also known as Ex, a deadly hunter and enemy of the Lords who is responsible for Baden’s death. As Strider fights his insane attraction to her, he places her in a cell next to Amun’s. When Haidee hears Amun’s tortured cries she assumes he is a fellow hunter and fights her way into his room. She is shocked to see a man who looks just like her boyfriend Micah. So much so, she assumes it is him.
When Amun sees Haidee he sees the child/woman he has dreamed of his whole life. As she begins to take care of him, he feels her love and sympathy roll over him like a cool hand-healing his injuries and subduing his inner demons. But how can she love him? She doesn’t know him.
Or does she?
When they are told that the only way to save Amun from going insane is to go back into hell, Haidee agrees to go with him to keep his demons at bay and him sane. As Haidee and Amun battle their way through hell, the past and present collide and the only way to survive is to die.
The Darkest Secret tells us the story of Amun and Haidee. I have always wanted Amun’s story. He is the quietest and the most gentle of the group. This storyline was more emotional and serious then Showalter’s usual storyline. Haidee and Amun have been through so much as is shown to us through their back story and it’s heartbreaking what you read. While I was prepared to dislike Haidee from the beginning, I found myself unable to do so. I found her strength and loyalty to be commendable. Even though she was raised to hate all the Lords, once you read why, you don’t blame her. She is as much a pawn as they all are. Suffering at the whims of others.
Amun is, well Amun. Quiet and determined with an inner core of strength that is admirable. He’s not as “in your face” like some of the other Lords because of his demon. We get an intimate view of his and Haidee’s thoughts and feelings through special bond they share and that gives us much insight to their feelings for each other. Feelings that they shouldn’t have.
The chemistry between Haidee and Amun is very sensual. Softly spoken words, little touches, and the tension between them had me racing for the “scene”. And the scene does come, but late in the game. All of it is added to by the knowledge they are enemies and this attraction is forbidden.
While the other Lords aren’t as prominent as usual, we do get some little tidbits to what they are up to. More insight into William’s history and his “relationship” with Gilly. He’s so going down. We catch a glimpse of Paris and Sienna. Strider is certainly going to get his soon. Defeat will finally be defeated. The vacation scene is hilarious and added some nice humor to balance the emotional heaviness of the storyline.
The ending comes smoothly but with some shocking twists that will have you gasping as you race towards the end. I really enjoyed the flash of temper that Amun has at the end. For being so quiet, he really lets loose and makes the everyone stand up and take notice. The Darkest Secret is a fabulous addition to the Lords Of The Underworld series and I look forward to the next book in the seres-The Darkest Surrender- releasing September 27th, 2011.
Harlequin is hosting a contest to giveaway TWO copies of the Darkest Secret! As part of the fun, we were able to ask Gena Showalter one question.
Q: What do you have in store for William?
A: All kinds of goodness. Or maybe a better word is badness. He’s been naughty, my William, and secrets about his past and his curse are at last going to come to light. Like what will happen if he ever falls in love and who exactly his father is. Juicy tidbits, I tell you.
To enter, leave a comment and tell us what question YOU would ask Gena if you had the chance.
Open to US/Canada through Saturday April 9th.