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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 becPossessed 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......

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The Darkest Surrender Reviews

  • Ana
    2019-01-11 15:06

    Magic and sin.Every time I hear the name Strider I just....I kept thinking: what's Aragorn doing in this book? Come on, Gena Showalter. You can't name your hero 'Strider' and expect me to remain cool about it. I have zero chill when it comes to Aragorn. Did I accidentally stumble into Middle-earth? What is this sorcery?Tolkien's Strider, it turns out, is nowhere near as arrogant or cocky as Gena Showalter's. Strider 2 may be an arrogant bastard, but he's entertaining and, more importantly, sexy. You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince. Similarly, I had to DNF book 4, 5, 6 & 7 before I settled on Darkest Surrender. I know y'all can relate. Ain't no law that says a girl has to read every single book in a series.Ok, enough stalling. Meet Strider.(he's supposed to look like Paul Walker, but fuck it, I'm picturing him as Seth Gecko)A group of ancient warriors have been cursed by the evils of Pandora's Box. They are known as Lords of the Underworld. Strider is the keeper of Defeat and could not lose, no matter the circumstances, without experiencing severe pain.Meet Kaia.She is a Harpy. Yes, one of the harpies from Greek mythology. She and her sisters are not to be messed with. Kaia is awesome, with a capital A. Strider & Kaia, aka Stridia, had me glowing. Kaia is convinced that Strider is her consort. Easier said than done. The word 'consort' was simply not part of Strider's vocabulary. He does his best to resist Kaia's charms.Strider. Barbaric, slutty, idiotic Strider. He was an immortal warrior who’d long ago stolen and opened Pandora’s box to “teach those asshole gods a lesson” for daring to pick a “mere woman” to guard such a “dumb relic.” Strider, the beautiful moron, was possessed by the demon of Defeat. He couldn’t lose a single challenge without suffering debilitating pain. Of course, that made him determined to win everything, even something as silly as Rock Band. Kaia.His heart skipped a stupid beat, making him feel like a schoolboy with a crush. Something he’d never been. Zeus had created him fully formed, a weapon ready to be unleashed upon anyone who threatened the former god king and those he loved. Even then, before Strider had been given his demon, he had liked to win, railroading anyone who got in his way.What joy could be found in defeat? None.They might snipe and snap at each other, they might be hopelessly fascinated by each other, but they were also friends. Or so he’d thought. Friends helped friends. I enjoyed Darkest Surrender. I really did. So why the three star rating? There are way too many side stories and characters – a growing trend among fantasy authors. This is why I can't have nice things. I loathe Paris and Sienna, and don't really care for Kane. P.S. Gilly and William! The fans of Gilliam demand, and I demand on their behalf, that they be given a book.

  • Laura
    2018-12-22 12:05

    My love for Kaia and Strider has grown so much since the first time I read them, it’s ridiculously amazing. Kaia is so spectacular and Strider is so great and supporting, arg! They are, without a doubt, my favorite couple so far! They’re goals.And let me tell you that holy damn, Harpies are so freaking cool in this narrative I just wish for a spin-off focusing solely on them.

  • Sophia Triad
    2019-01-16 13:58

    Strider: Demon of DefeatButterfly: on his left hipHis curse: He has to win no matter the cost. If he does not win any kind of challenge, he will feel intense physical agony, extreme pain for days.Kaia Skyhawk or Kaia the Disappointment: A Harpy Supernatural ability: She is an immortal and very strong. Harpies are much stronger and much deadlier than Lords. Her extra personal strength comes from the control of fire.Strider…. One word for him: WIN! He is THE male with the biggest EGO. So proud of himself. Well, about everything he has accomplished. He often congratulates himself for his supremacy: He’d make an exception because of the extreme superiority of his talent. He was far better than “good.”And he always wants to win:Now, the pleasure that came with a win…sweet gods above. There was nothing like it, not even sex.Or maybe this is just his demon talking who can never lose gracefully.Win! Defeat giggled like a schoolgirl.Win!I know. I heard you the first time, asshole.WIN!Stupid Defeat.Kaia is sister of Gwen, Taliyah and Bianka. They are the four badass harpy sisters whose lives have entwined with the lives of the Lords.Kaia knows what she wants:“No setups. I want Strider.”“He’s no good for you.”He’s perfect for me. “One, he doesn’t belong to another Harpy. Two, he isn’t psychotic. Well,” she added with a few seconds of afterthought, “he isn’t psychotic all of the time. And three, he’s…he’s my consort, I know it.”Harpy Games are on the spot light. Many years ago when Kaia was young and naïve, she destroyed the reputation of her family at the games. Now Kaia needs to show that she is not a Disappointment any more. After he is challenged, Strider will help the Skyhawk team, will keep Kaia safe and will try to get an important artifact at the same time.I loved Kaia and Strider together. Kaia is absolutely sure about her feelings and Strider resists his attraction to Kaia.Another awesome addition to the series.Win!Worth mentioning: This is the book where we met my favorite Lazarus for the first time. He was handsome, she supposed. Each of his features appeared to be chiseled from stone. He had a blade of a nose, sharpened cheekbones, thin but red lips and a stubborn chin.The cunning, The Cruel and Unusual, The Tampon Lazarus (the only son of Typhon and of a Gorgon) and his apparently future mate Cameo (although these two will not meet in the darkest surrender) will have their book as well: The Darkest Promise.

  • Exina
    2019-01-12 11:07

    He held fire in his arms and he desperately wanted to be burned.3.5 starsThe Darkest Surrender is the eighth installment of the Lords of the Underworld series, the story of Strider, Keeper of Defeat a.k.a. the Beautiful Moron and Kaia the Irritating Harpy Who Stole the Story of Strider.I’m mad at Kaia because The Darkest Surrender is mainly about her. About her fatal, stupid mistake at the age of 14, about her lost reputation, her ostracism, her relationship with his mother, her struggle to gain respect of the Harpy society – by beating them bloody. I hated the Harpy Games, even though I understand that they are for to release the steam, and to sate the Harpies’ incredible bloodlust. And for Kaia, to gain a new, cool name. But I didn’t expect that senseless, mindless carnage.Anyway, the new characters were fun, the antagonists too, except Tabitha, whose volte-face was totally unbelievable and out of character.I loved Strider, loved his honesty, straightforwardness, possessiveness, and protectiveness. He was cool and fun, strong and supportive. I loved to follow his slow realization of his own feelings. Even though I don’t like Kaia very much, I have to admit the romance was nicely built. They fall in love with each other slowly but surely. The secondary storylines and characters are amazing and intriguing, as always. Paris…William…butKane…… just hold on…And Lazarus…All in allThe characterization is great and the romance is engaging. The plot would have been much better if it is not only about those damn Harpy Games!There is action and thrill, humor, and also some really beautiful moments. The erotica was pretty good too, though not the best of the series. (Oops, sorry, Strider… My heart is Paris’s…)But Strider is awesome, and for him, The Darkest Surrender is really worth reading. Originally posted on my blog on September 7, 2014.August 14, 2014Rereading...(First read: October, 2011)

  • Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
    2018-12-26 15:56

    **Read on 23rd of September 2011***Contains detailed sex scenesThe 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!!

  • Michelle
    2019-01-19 14:57

    3 Defeated Stars!This is the eighth book in the Lords of the Underworld series. It was Strider and Kaia's story.I knew going in that this was probably not going to be a favorite of mine. I never had warmed up to Strider for some reason. He just seemed a bit silly to me. You would think that someone that had to win every challenge ever issued would be a Mr no nonsense type of guy. He wasn't IMO. lolStrider is the keeper of defeat. He HAS to win every challenge or he will be in serious pain. He's strong, funny and very vain. Kaia is a harpy and she is also strong and very competitive. I loved her. She hated to lose but knew Strider would be in pain if he did and constantly was letting his demon win so he would be happy. When Kaia was younger she disobeyed her moms orders and something happened that caused her to be shunned by her race and be labeled Kaia the disappointment. All the harpies except her sisters hated Kaia for the destruction that took place when she was a child. This year the Harpies have invited Kaia and her sisters to compete in the games that are played every year. The winning team will win the prize of all prizes. The prize is the fourth artifact that the Lords have been searching for. Right away Strider wanted to steal it and forget the games. I loved that we got to see how his feelings slowly but surely started forming for Kaia. How protective he was. How he wanted to slaughter all the evil harpies for hurting her. I loved how he cared for her when she was injured. He was really sweet. It was fun reading about how tough these harpies were. They were very brutal and we got many details of their fights. The teams all ganged up on Kaia. I felt bad for her. But she could handle it. She did have her Stridey Man to tend to her injuries when the games were over. If she could just figure out how to make him want to be with her. Be with her forever and not just until the games are over. Why not a five star?Well I didn't like that Kaia had slept with Paris in a previous book and how Strider kept bringing it up. I'm not sure why that even had to happen at all. I hated that when Strider and Kaia had sex for the first time Paris had to be brought up because of course Strider had to be better than Paris in bed. Ugh! Zip it up Strider! I also didn't like that Strider kept going on and on about Amun's woman Haidee. I had to hear about that in the last book and I didn't like it then or in this book. Let it rest!!Kaia attacked Haidee because her and Strider was talking. She didn't even apologize afterwards so that kind of made me dislike Kaia. It really pissed me off! I know the Harpies are very protective of their men but come on. Haidee had nothing to do with Striders feelings. An apology was needed!It took Strider a long time to figure out his feelings for Kaia. Way too long! Then it seemed like boom he all of a sudden opened his eyes and finally figured out he loved her. But I was kind of over it by then. Over all I just liked this book. I didn't love it. I defiantly loved it when we got some of William and Kane though. William was on a mission in the last book and I can proudly say that he succeeded in disposing of that mission. I also had to look up the song he was jamming to while he was slicing and dicing. It cracked me up! I'm very curious to know what is happening with Kane (keeper of disaster) who is being dragged to hell. The book ended with Kane's POV. I'm excited to finally get to Paris. He's been in and out of every book. His book is next. He's been on a mission to find his woman in Heaven. King Cronus has other plans for her and I don't think they include Paris. I'm rubbing my hands together! I'm ready!

  • Catherine
    2019-01-16 13:58

    Yet another fun episode in the Lords of the Underworld series. I’ve noticed that word crops up almost every time I write a review for one of Showalter’s books—fun. The characters are always so funny, and even when they don’t get along, their dislike of each other always includes funny situations and verbal sparring. I was a little uncertain of Kaia and Strider as a couple. I wasn’t exactly thrilled to have one of the protagonists have a sexual history with the other protagonist’s friend, but the author actually pulled it off pretty well. Strider was bothered by it, yes, but he eventually got over it and he never tried to “forgive” her, because he knew there was really nothing for him to forgive. I also thought the reason for a big part of his reluctance to be with her made a lot of sense. I never thought about what it would mean for a competitive guy like him to come after “the sexorcist.” I imagine anyone would have anxiety about that.The setup for putting Strider and Kaia in close proximity was pretty weak, but once they were stuck in each other’s company it wasn’t too hard to ignore that and move on. The harpy games were exciting on their own, so throwing in a little extra heat with Kaia and Strider made it even better. The harpies were one of my favorite parts of the book! They were all so bloodthirsty and off the wall that any scene with them in it—which was most of them—really popped. The violence and heckling between them reminded me of the valkyries in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series and Shelly Laurenston’s characters in her Pride series. In other words, they were a riot. I was surprised to hear the backstory on Kaia. I felt bad for her having such a rough life based on that one incident. Especially when they were blaming the wrong person! I was a little surprised she was so emo about her mom not being proud of her, though. How long has it been? Shouldn’t you be over this by now? Either way, her determination to be better was endearing and it was sad to see her be underestimated by those closest to her.Kaia and Strider were great together. They were both cocky as hell and enjoyed their constant challenges, although Kaia had a tendency to use his inability to refuse a challenge against him when she wanted to get her way. Honestly, I have a sneaking suspicion that no one else out there would put up with their egos so it’s lucky they found each other. ;)We get to see some of the side characters, but the author kept them from taking over, which has been a complaint of mine in the past. William and Kane get some page time and it seems like there will be an interesting storyline developing with them from the events we see here. We also got a peek at Legion and how she’s doing. I was really surprised with how she seemed in this book. Is it possible that I might actually one day like her now that she seems so different??? That would be pretty shocking. We also got to see more of Sabin and Gwen, which thrilled me because I really enjoyed their story. Plus, more Paris. His storyline really seems to be heating up. I haven’t had much interest in him in the past, but he seems to be getting a darker edge and a bitterness about his demon that quite intrigues me.I enjoyed most of this book but it was not quite as action filled as most of the other ones, so I felt like I was spinning my wheels quite a few times. It slowed the pacing down and occasionally caused my attention to wander. Luckily the rest of the book pleased me enough that this was not a huge issue. I’m really looking forward to the next entry in the series.Favorite Quote:That damn kiss had ruined everything. Had he kept his tongue to himself, he could have continued thinking of Kaia as a friend and only a friend. Now, he just wanted to convince her that blow jobs were a mandatory part of their arrangement. *Review originally posted on Fiction Vixen**For a sneak peek, check out my Tempting Teaser on Fiction Vixen*

  • valee
    2019-01-16 11:11

    3.5 STARSI did like it... It's just that thought I would like it so MUCH FREAKING MORE! I mean, I have been waiting to read a book about one of the Harpies since forever and I thought it would be much better than what it actually was. I still adore the plot and the characters so it's extremely hard to rate a book in this series with a lower rating than 4 stars, still I'm a bit disappointed...I did like Strider, I know many just thought he was too egocentric and vane, but I think he was sweet and funny as hell. He just made me laugh so many times I couldn't help to love him and his Ego checks, LOL. Kaia was amazing as well, as all the Harpies are. They are just so weird,LOL, but in a good way. Sometimes they make me think about the Valkyries from the Immortals after Dark series.Now I'll explain why this book wasn't as good as the rest for me :1. I'm just plain-sick-bored of Paris. I'm sorry about it because he used to be my fav character, but I just can't seem to like him anymore. He just frustrates me and totally annoys me, and in this book we get Kaia's and Strider's story constantly interrupted to get glimpses from his POV, and we only read about him doing nothing but screwing the whole female and male population for information that got him nowhere (at least on this installment). B.O.R.I.N.G.2. I also felt like Strider kept pushing Kaia away for too long, to a point where I just wanted to smack him badly for being such an asshole. It's like it took him forever to see her, and then form nowhere she turns out to be the love of his life. It just seemed to pass from a why-is-it-taking-you-so-freaking-long-to-really-see-her to a I-will-dye-without-her to fast.Besides those two points I had a nice time with the book and will be dying to read more about this series as always.

  • Shawna
    2019-01-15 12:12

    4 ½-5 stars – Paranormal RomanceGAWD this cover is gorgeous!And Strider? He’s a sexy, snarky, narcissistic, surprisingly sweet, possessive, protective, and all around badass, fun-loving warrior. His constant need for challenge to assuage his demon of Defeat and egotistical inner dialogue is freaking hilarious. He’s one of my favorite Lords and Kaia the Kick-Ass (my chosen nickname for her) Harpy is just perfect for him. Darkest Surrender is a great addition to the LOTU series.“You are not Kaia the Disappointment. Do you hear me? That’s what I was trying to tell you earlier. You are Kaia the Mighty. How many Harpies out there do you think could have brought down the most badass Lord of the Underworld? The same Lord who also happens to be the strongest, sexiest and smartest. And by the way, in case there’s any doubt, I’m describing me.”Here’s my Strider casting:

  • Leah
    2019-01-10 17:45

    I remember when I first heard Strider and Kaia were being paired together. It was a bad day for me. I pretty much freaked out. I was hoping for the Amun/Kaia and Strider/Haidee pairings. However, I learned with Amun and Haidee's book that I should have just trusted Gena in the first place. That lesson has been completely reinforced with this book. There is no way that Strider or Kaia could be with anyone other than each other. They are quite simply, perfect for each other. Looking back, I can't believe I ever thought that they didn't belong together. They are the perfect balance for each other. Kaia constantly challenges Strider to things he can definitely win, which helps him keep up his strength but it also endears her to him. Likewise, Strider is the perfect consort for Kaia because he's always there, ready and willing to care for and help her. These two are pretty damn explosive together.I absolutely loved being able to see into the Harpy world with this book. In The Darkest Whisper and The Darkest Angel, you don't really get much insight into their world outside of what Gwen and Bianka reveal to Sabin and Lysander because the storylines revolve around their time with the Lords. But in The Darkest Surrender, Kaia and her sisters participate in the Harpy Games (think extremely violent Olympics). We get to see the interactions between other Harpies, not just amongst the Skyhawk sisters. And, let me tell you, it's pretty damn interesting.Also in this book we see Paris' continued search for Sienna. While I applaud the man for going after his woman and all that, I just wished I didn't have to read his point of view. He's just so whiny. He makes me want to punch people. I honestly have no idea how I am going to make it through his book. Even though I was upset, I never totally hated the idea of Strider and Kaia or Amun and Haidee. Yet, I have absolutely no desire to read about Paris and Sienna. I say that every series has at least one character that I end up hating. Well, these two are two of the most prominent on my list for this series. And, really, it's not so much that I hate them. It's that I find them annoying. I kind of just want them to get it over with already. So, we'll see how I last when I read The Darkest Seduction.I loved the parts from Kane's and William's points of view, though. I honestly cannot wait for Kane's book. The poor guy has been pretty much non-existent in the series until now. I cannot wait to see what's going to happen with him. And who his woman is going to be. Will it be the Keeper of Irresponsibility or the female Horseman? Or is the female Horseman the Keeper of Irresponsibility? Questions with no answers! And then there's William, my adorable William. He finally kills Gilly's family! It's about damn time, dude! And now I can't wait to see how his relationship with Gilly is going to develop as a result of this.So, as I'm sure you can tell, I absolutely loved this book. It's now one of my favorites. And it's definitely my second favorite of the series. The Darkest Whisper remains my favorite. You just can't top my adorable Sabin. Who, by the way, was in this book a lot! I WAS SO EXCITED! I am absolutely and irrevocably in love with that man. Oh Sabin and his bullhorn...Silly man! Anyway! Yes, great book; I really enjoyed it.Favorite Quote:"I hate this Gladiator shit," Sabin muttered."Yes, well, where do you think the Romans learned from?"Sabin sputtered for a minute. "You're trying to tell me Harpies are responsible for this? That the Romans learned from them?""I must try only if you are lacking intelligence."(Sabin & Lysander, page 377)

  • Dawn Ang
    2019-01-07 16:08

    Finally got around to finishing this book--which really says a great deal about what I thought about it. Despite being extremely excited for Strider and Kaia's story I found this addition to the series to be anticlimactic. Don't get me wrong; the romance story arc between Strider and Kaia was tons of fun as, one would expect, but the plot in this book does not connect well with the general plot of the series. In "The Darkest Surrender" Showalter sets aside the main antagonists thus far, the Hunters, so that the story can be set during the Harpy Olympics where an artifact is to be retrieved. Hunters do make a few appearances but none of them to really drive the plot. They were more like hurdles and served as a minor inconvenience.That being said, the pace is pretty slow throughout the novel since there is no real urgency with the events taking place with gaps of days in between allotted for recovery. All in all this is not the strongest book in the series but still a good read. Original Update:HOLY GODS ON OLYMPUS! D: PLEASE PUSH THE PUBLISHING DATE UP! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE! I can't wait to read Strider's story. I love how Showalter isn't bringing in another character but just working with one that has come into the fortress a little while back. I am soo excited! September seems like forever away.

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2019-01-17 18:42

    I want to steal 5 things from Kaia:1. Her Sumo wrestler coffee table2. Strider3. Her hula lamp4. Strider5. Her sofa that has legs on the armrests.Yes, as you can see I lovedboth Kaia's decorating style and her man. But then who can resist Strider the Keeper of Defeat? Face of an angel,body od 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 and 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 and the witty banter and wicked comments flow 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 alot 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. I did love the Kane & William parts and the Paris parts though, especially the Paris parts he has changed so much since thr first book and I am now dying for his 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 havinga peek inside his noggin'.I think maybe after thinking about this since yesterday, 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 you know my snuggle bunny Maddox wasn't in it and that is an automatic star taken right there!

  • Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
    2018-12-22 15:56

    5+ Stars I LOVED IT!!!! Where to begin, where to begin.......Is it just me, or is this series becoming better, hotter,and so addicting?! Holy Smokes! I've waiting so long for Strider's novel, little did I know it came with a bonus. Kaia! What other person could challenge Strider and mean it? Looks like Mr. King of the freaking world, now has his own personnel sidekick. Strider and Kaia are made for each other.AWESOME! Defeat and Harpy, no way denying them.Let the games begin!In all honesty, did Strider really think he could keep pushing Kaia away? NOT! What a fool! The heavy attraction is there. Kaia giving up on Strider is the best thing she ever did, although it her hurt immensely. Strider comes to his senses, eventually. For instance, he didn't have the heart and couldn't face Kaia getting hurt in any way. (harpies are dirty little fighters) So,Hmmm... Strider as Kaia's consort? You damn straight he is! I wouldn't have it any other way *wiggles eyebrows*It all began with the Harpy Games!Set up or no setup, I loved this part of the story. It was wickedly awesome! I didn't like as much to the "why?" of how Kaia and her harpy sisters were invited, just because I knew people I love in this story were bound to get hurt. BUT! They're  all strong in their own way.No one gives up without a good dirty fight! Suck on that sour lemon  Juliette! Juliette is just one of those in a bunch that thinks she's the shite and in control of everyone. NOT! She's a Stinky  Harpy and a total Byotch! She's the one who sets everything up to make sure Kaia doesn't win the prize and doesn't make it out alive.Well shite, they underestimated Kaia. Juliette has gotta a big badass harpy willing to give her a run for her money. Kaia is the bomb diggity with her  awesome skills. Well there's a whole story behind Juliette and Kaia's past,it ain't pretty but, the past is the past. And Kaia's not the total blame for it, well that's my opinion.When Strider decides to become Kaia's consort, he didn't know what the prize was and now that he knows, he'll do whatever it takes to steal it. What's that prize? It's the fourth artifact. The one needed to help the Lords of the Underworld find and destroy Pandora's Box. If the Lords don't claim the Paring Rod, anyone would have the power to wipe the Lords out forever from existence. Now isn't that a load of WTH? Hells Yes! I couldn't believe  it myself. My only reaction was " the pressure is on". Kaia refuses to steal it, she wants to win it the right way by winning the competition and making a name for herself rather then the Harpies naming her "Kaia the dissapoiment" This badass Harpy makes all the Harpies lick the floor they walk on with her witty self. That even included Kaia's mother. I still can't stand the woman, no matter what her motives were  they were condescending! Bleh! She makes me sick, that is a disgrace to anyone who is a mother.I loved the plot of the story, Strider and Kaia's HEA was phenomenal, sparks flew off the pages with this couple. Challenging one another was a given, it's who they are and I loved it! I didn't expect to get more intel on all her sisters and their relationships, so that was really nice to read on, it gave me more insight and I'm now a total Harpy Fantatic! I want wings and be a part of their clan :DNow as for Kane, William and Paris's par take in this story is intriguing. I'm just wondering what could possibly come next? There's so much going on I can't see where Gena Showalter is taking this series. I'm just hoping for the best and crossing my fingers for Paris. The man is gonna be the death of me with his wallowing! All my answers will be answered soon enough and as usual I can not wait for the next novel!Btw! Strider's "Ego Checking" was downright hilarious! It reminded me more and more why I love that man. Example: "Pants down" was a good look for him. A really good look.Ego check! ...... Lolz! Love it!http://samsawesomness.blogspot.com/

  • Ren
    2019-01-02 13:57

    Don't bother to ask me why I give such a low rating for this. Because I'm still mourning.Yeah, you hear me right, I never hate LOTU. I love LOTU with all my heart. Even I translated one of the book of this series, The Darkest Pleasure. And that's like a gift for me. But this book make me cry, in a bad way.I despise Strider. I hate that his personality change so much. He seems funny and entertaining in the beginning. I love the scene at The Darkest Kiss, when he shoot Lucien at bed, after Lucien bondaged by Anya. He seems so kind to Gwen at The Darkest Whisper. But, after Amun's book at The Darkest Secret, he make me pissed of! His attitude toward Amun and, especially Haidee, his arrogancy, his... everything, make me want to throw something hard and heavy to him (not me of course). I have a bad feeling when I start reading this. Hope I will like it, or love it. Even I hate what Strider become to.My hope is crushed down.Not just I don't like Strider, I hate Kaia even more! I don't like harpies, except Gwen. Ever! I think Gena want make harpies like what Kresley Cole do to Valkyries at IAD series. But I'm sad to said this, she failed. The harpies just annoying and bothersome creatures that make me want to bitch-slap them. And don't get me started with Kaia's "I'm not worthy for Strider" attitude. Make me want to scream and pulled my hair.I don't like what Gena do to Strider at here. He just become Kaia's sidekick. I don't find their bantering scene sexy. Both seems childish, and again their conversation annoyed me, a lot. I don't care Kaia had slept with Paris, cause I know its just friend to friend. But I found myself skipping Kaia and Strider's sex scenes. Just because, both are annoying as hell.I think when Gena successfully make Haidee as Amun's mate and make me enjoy their story, she failed with Strider and Kaia. Heck, I don't want Kaia have her own story. Why she just can be forever a secondary character? I'll be happy then. Maybe if Strider's heroine is someone else, with better personalities, maybe I will love this one.So many maybe *sigh*I give this 2 stars, because I like the story. I like William's revenge part. I like the idea of Harpy Games, but then I dislike the harpies (still). I'm intrigued with what Gena have for Kane. I can't wait to know more about Paris, and lucky his book is the next.I think I'm sound harsh, but The Darkest Surrender is the baddest book in LOTU series. Not the best, never for me. I know I'm such a minority here, because seems like almost all my GR friends give it high rating. Make me sad because I can't enjoy this book like others do.I hope I will love Paris's story at The Darkest Seduction. Since I have waiting his story for eternity.=====================================================================Strider's story... with Kaia. What? O__O!!I know its old news, but I'm still shocked about this. The cover is the hottest, surpassed Reyes's and Lucien's which are my favorite.Just hope, when Paul Marron will featured at LOTU cover. I really hope someday he does.. *g*

  • Chippy *Moves Like Jagger* Marco
    2018-12-31 12:58

    2 1/5 STARS.I am &^%$$$##%^()(*&&^^RT$#@@#$ annoyed that the author ruined the ultimate cool Strider's book! It doesn't even deserve this score, but I can't bring myself to give a book about Strider a low mark. He is so great, she should've done him justice! It's Strider, and she ruined it!I need to walk away and breathe before I give it a lower mark. Paris' book better be GOOD or I'm going to do this to the series...

  • Tuba Özkat
    2019-01-09 16:56

    3.5Sonunda çeviri bitti ve çok bahtiyarım. Hala favorim bundan önceki, Amun'un kitabı.

  • Burcu Büyükyıldız
    2019-01-06 13:47

    Puanlamayı bizde çevrildiğinde yapacağım. :DParis'e tek adımlık mesafedeyim artık. Ama okumayacağım kararlıyım. Çabuk çıkar şu kitapları Pegasus. -_-

  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    2018-12-29 12:00

    http://www.demonloversbooksandmore.co...4.5 flamesStrider, one of my favorite Lords, finally found his match. Kaia, Harpy extraordinaire, has known for a while now that Strider was her Consort. Too bad he doesn’t want anything to do with her.Strider’s book was awesome, almost as awesome as Strider himself, oh ego-check ;) You’ll catch Strider doing those ego-checks throughout just to remind himself that oh wait, it’s not ego if it’s true. He was a fun hero to have. The only thing that drove me nuts was the Harpy Games. While cool to see, I didn’t like the amount of time it took from the romance. The plot was super cool though, and so was the sabotage.Someone is out to get Kaia, and while they think they know who it is, we also have that person letting Hunters know where Kaia and Strider, Gwen and Sabin, and Bianka and Lysander are. That’s fighting dirty. Seeing Kaia’s backstory and finding out that she is known amongst Harpies as Kaia the Disappointment was pretty heartwrenching. She screwed up at 14 and the only Harpies who know her awesomeness are her sisters. It was so frustrating because I wanted to reach through the book and strangle a few characters.But the romance was fun, because Strider began to realize that Kaia challenged his demon in a good way, without using it against him like previous girlfriends had. He also finally sucked it up and decided to see if he would in fact be better than Paris in bed with her. That may not make sense, unless you realize that he has the demon of Defeat inside, and any time he loses, he suffers in extreme pain for days. And Paris has the demon of Promiscuity, so Strider has to be better than Paris, or he can’t be with Kaia. Little does he understand that he will be better just because Kaia loves him, not due to his skills.But when they came together it made it all the sweeter (and hotter!) due to the wait. And I liked how they worked together as a team, even before they realized that they loved each other. The twist at the end with Kaia’s mom was unexpected. But I can’t wait for the Angels of Darkness spin-off series now, Zachaerel especially! Rawr!There were two side-stories going on with William and Paris. Paris is still on the hunt for Sienna, and William finally took out his rage on Gilly’s parents. Both of those plots have me intrigued for their books, and I’m such a Showalter fan-girl now, it’s ridiculous. She has a way of pairing couples together who really don’t seem to fit well together, but they end up complimenting each other. Fantastic series, and a fantastic author.

  • Riverina Romantics
    2018-12-25 12:03

    4.5 starsGena is a champion. If I was stranded on a deserted island with her I would totally ‘tap that’.....well I’d ‘tap that’ occasionally......whenever I unchained her from the writing desk I would miraculously find so that she could continue to write these phenomenal stories. The Darkest Surrender was another fan-fucking-tastic edition to one of my all time favourite series.Strider is sooooo damn edible. I want to start at his sexy muscled stomach and work my way out, stopping at the extra hard parts until I am totally gorged on his sexiness. He is 100% my kind of man. Dominant as hell, masculine in every way shape and form – yet confident enough to wear a shirt that says “I heart William.” Ohhh how I crave a piece of this sexy Lord.Kaia is also a heroine I TOTALLY dig. She was sassy, sexy and someone worthy of the man I now crave. The heat between them was scorching and I loved reading their sarcasm filled story. Only thing that stopped me from giving a perfect score was the ending of the story. It seemed rushed and not entirely consistent with the series. From initial impressions I thought the Lords of the Underworld were affected with immeasurable that sometimes had them passed out for days on end when they lost a battle with their demon, however when Strider lost a battle at one point in the book it didn’t seem to affect him as much as I thought it should. From a man that gets beaten and battered severely on a regular basis, the pain he received from his demon didn’t seem like all that worse in comparison. But anyway – that is just one inconsequential thing really.All in all – FABULOUS BOOK.

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    2019-01-08 17:12

    This is the story of Strider who is possessed by the Demon of Defeat and Kaia, a harpy who comes into an interesting "other" power. If you've been reading all the books, you know that Kaia has been after Strider for quite some time but for some reason, Strider has resisted. There were a lot of great and funny lines in this book and the part about the necklace at the end was sooo sweet! Way to go, Stridey! I do have to say that I really enjoyed the Kaia and Strider moments but they were too long coming and too few! Not to mention that there are at least three other background stories going on so you were bouncing back and forth. Paris is understandable since his story is next and William's? Well, that was interesting. But Kane's?? that was sooo confusing! I don't even know what was going on!We do get a lot of information about the sisters and their parents which I really enjoyed. I loved how Kaia and Bianka were together and it was interesting to learn about the Harpies. It was a bit disconcerting for me keeping Gena Showalter's Harpies separate from Kresley Cole's Valkyrie...they have a lot of similarities!I thought it was a good addition to the series even with the background stories. On a side note, what in the heck does "lashes fused together" look like? I know that I've read that before in other books, but it's in here a TON and I can only picture it as having your eyes closed...?? Someone please enlighten me. ;)Favorite lines:"Stridey-Monster."Sabin's T-shirt: "I'm Not a Gynecologist, but I'll Take a Look.""We were just sitting on the bed, together, and you were just drinking from me, your mouth on my skin, and you didn't have any panties on?""You mean you didn't look?" and the already infamous:"That's because I'm made of awesome.""And dipped in awesome.""And sprinkled with awesome.""Gods, I love the taste of awesome."

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2018-12-25 11:53

    3.5 starsStrider and Kaia are both such great characters. I loved them from the moment they were introduced. But for some reason, I didn’t fall hard for them in their book. Don’t get me wrong, I liked them.If you asked what I didn’t like about this book, I don’t think I could tell you. I am honestly having a really tough time putting my feelings into words. Because while this book was entertaining, I just don’t think it was what I was expecting. So in a pathetic effort to make sense of my thoughts, here are some points I wanted to cover in this review, but can’t because I don’t know how. What I liked about this book: *Strider + Kaia = a bag of laughs. This book was by far the most funniest! I laughed out loud many times reading this. * Loved that we got to read about Sabin and Gwen and Lysandy and Bee. *Loved the Kane and Paris POVs! I cannot wait to see what happens to them.What I didn’t like about this book:*I’m not sure. I have some expectations. But although I wasn’t disappointed, I wasn’t that impressed with it either. I liked it.Overall Impression: Okay book. Good characters, good plot progression. Now waiting on Paris, baby!

  • Bobs (Reader Unbound)
    2018-12-29 14:44

    OHHH-MYYY-GAAWWWD!This is gonna be HOT!And I have to wait until September?!?! Have you have no heart Ms. Showalter ?! I am so excited about this book. I love the possessive nature that Kaia showed in the The Darkest Secret & the way she almost went harpy when she smelt the peach flavor on Strider. *sigh*I have always been a sucker for the possessive characters and now I will have the exclusive chance to read about two people both with a possessive beheavior. I can tell I will love this !

  • Hayledie
    2018-12-24 15:59

    Tarih testi çözerken kitabı bitirmenin gururunu yaşıyorum. Mutluyum, huzurluyum fakat tarihten bir bok anlamadım.Artı olarak Gena adında mükemmel bir ciğersiz var, kitapta öyle bir cinsel gerilim yaratmış ki -Strider'ın gereksiz nazı sağolsun- nasıl bekliyorum, nasıl içim yanıyor... BİR SEVİŞSİNLER ARTIK AMK falan diye içimden pankartlar atıyorum. Sevişmedikleri her bölümü yuhalıyorum.Vicdansız Gena.Kitaba 4 puan vermemin sebebi bu mu peki? Tabii ki bu lan daha büyük bir neden ne olabilir?Onun dışında çok beğendim fakat pazara kadar detaylı bir yorum giremeyeğim -sınavvar!- Kaba bir şekilde karakterleri çok sevdiğimi söyleyeyim. Kaia sevdiğim kadın karakterlerden. Çocuksu, şımarık, güçlü ve STRIDER BENİM OLACAK DEDİM OLDU tarzı... Anlatabildim mi? Severim tuttuğunu koparan insanları, e bu durumda Kaia yürü kızım! Ayrıca, yüzyıllar süren bir bekleyişten sonra Kaia ve Strider seviştiğinde hissettiğim o duyguların beklentimden yoğun -çok yoğun- oluşunu sevdim. Tabii, bu Gena, ne beklenir ki?Kiiiii En Karanlık Sır da çıktı, bu kitap bir sene sonra çıkacağına göre -PEGASUS SENDEN ÖNDEYİM!- ben en iyisi çok ama çok merak ettiğim canım biricik seks şeytanım(gerçekanlam) Paris'i okumaya gideyim.Sınavdan sonra tabii canım.•“If you don’t take the treasures and the males you want, you’ll never get the treasures and the males you want."•“As if I would ever use your demon against you,” she replied, startling him. “God, I can’t believe you think so little of me.” She truly sounded offended. Just as he opened his mouth to apologize to her, she said, “I’m only planning to beat the crap out of you, tie you up and have Lucien flash you to where the first meeting is being held. Jeez! Cut me some slack.”•(...) “Are you okay?” he asked softly. “Be honest.”“I’m fine.”“Do you need anything else?”“A naked rubdown.”His pupils expanded, gobbling up his irises. “Besides that.” (...)•"Kaia traced something on Strider’s back, distracting him. A heart, he thought, wanting to smile."•“When is your birthday?” Strider asked Kaia. (...)Wide silver-gold eyes swung to him. “You don’t know?”“No.”Pouting, she twirled a strand of her hair. “How can you not know?”“Do you know mine?” he asked.“Of course I do. It’s the day you met me.”•

  • Kübra Yağmur
    2019-01-14 16:59

    Karakterleri diğer kitaplardan az çok tanıdığımız için her birine karşı bir sempatim, merakım vardı ancak Strider kaynaşamadığım tek karakterdi. Kitabını okumakta fikrimi değiştirmedi.Sahip olduğu iblis Yenilgi olduğu için beni çıldırttı açıkçası. Diğer efendilerin iblislerini ben sevmiştim oysa, bunda böyle bir talihsizlik oldu. -.-Şimdiiiii Paris'le aramda hiçbir şey kalmadı, içimde şiddetle bir sonraki kitaba atlamak isteyen bir çılgın var ama seriye gene küçük bir ara vereceğim. Ondan sonra tam gaz devam edeceğim. :-)

  • Katie Michaels
    2019-01-21 14:12

    I didn't care much for Strider early on in this series. It wasn't until The Darkest Secret that I ever really gave him much thought at all. Here, he charms me utterly with his over-inflated ego and inner dialogue. And while that may not sound all that attractive, I found him more endearing that I ever expected that I could.As the story begins, Strider is working hard to resist his attraction to Kaia. At the end of the last book, she revealed that he is her consort, but he rejected her outright. After all, he thought he had feelings for Haidee and on top of that, Kaia once slept with Paris. What if Strider couldn't measure up to the Lord of Promiscuity? It would cause him immeasurable pain. But Kaia refuses to give up, and she forces herself back into his orbit.In the meantime, Kaia and her sisters are summoned to participate in the Harpy Games. The last time they took part was over a thousand years ago, when Kaia made a terrible mistake that resulted in the deaths of many of her kind. Now, it's clear that the Skyhawks are targets; their lives are in danger. So Strider comes along, knowing his blood could help Kaia in the event she is injured.The story surrounding the Harpy games is really quite good. The backstory allows you to see vulnerability in Kaia, who is overwhelmingly strong. We learn alot about the Harpy culture and the bonds Kaia shares with her sisters. At the same time, a real relationship begins to develop between Kaia and Strider. It's fun watching them challenge themselves and each other, yet somehow they each manage to put the other person first. Like in all of the Lord books, the sexual tension is uber-hot and the payoff is sooo satisfying. Win!We're also treated to a side story with William and Kane which shines some light on Willy's background and Kane's possible future. And additional cut scenes feature Paris and his search for Sienna. Hallelujah -- Paris' story is finally up next. That poor guy really needs a happy ending. He has been miserable forever. Almost 5 stars.*ARC Provided by Harlequin

  • Christina
    2019-01-09 15:47

    First, let me say I love the LOTU series. Since Strider is my favorite Lord, I had high expectations. Unfortunately, I was severely disappointed. I was bored throughout most of the book. The book starts off explaining how Kaia gets her nickname "Kaia the disappointment"(what a fitting nickname). Kaia and her sisters were invited to compete in the Harpy Games (basically last harpy standing). Kaia not only needs to win in order to shed her nickname but she also faces her greatest enemy from previous games. As a whole, I like the harpies. I enjoyed Gwen's character and Taliyah seems interesting. However, Kaia was friggin annoying. When she was first introduced, I kept an open mind but in this book it all went downhill. Throughout the entire book all she did was whine and worry about what others thought of her. I can't stand whiners! OMG she needed to grow a backbone. All Kaia did was constantly self doubt herself......how do I look, does Strider want me, what will my sisters and mother think of me, did Strider like the kiss, nobody wants me, blah, blah, blah. I also couldn't stand the banter between Kaia and Bianka. I felt like I was back in high school. You get the drift, Kaia = annoying.Next onto Strider. He was not the Strider I knew from the previous books. His character did a complete 180. He always had a humorous sarcastic wit about him but in this book it was totally gone. I was waiting for his usual sly remarks and his typical comebacks but they never came. I felt no passion from him. Strider deserves better.The only redeeming qualities were Kane, William, and Paris. I found myself looking forward to them being mentioned. Although, Paris is starting to grate on me. His story line is getting dragged out for far too long. One of the artifacts comes into play, which was an interesting twist to the storyline. I will continue with the series even though Strider got the short end of the stick. Can't wait for William!

  • Megan Riverina Romantics/Meggerfly
    2018-12-29 11:11

    Gena Showalter is one of my all time favorite authors. The worlds that creates are so real that one can't help but get swept away while reading about them. She never disappoints me. The Darkest surrender is just one more fantastic example of this!To tell you the truth I had my reservations about this installment of the Lord's series. Strider wasn't exactly one of my favorite characters. He seemed way too egotistical to me and that didn't exactly float my boat you know what I mean? In this book though, we see a totally different side of him. A side that quickly had me falling in love with him. This man is sweet, loyal and majorly sexy. Did I say majorly? I should have said SPECTACULARLY SEXY!From the moment that we first met Kaia she has made me laugh. I love those harpy's and all their antics. She has been a constant source of amusement for me and that didn't change in this book. I LOVED the convo's between Kaia and Bianka. I love Kaia's spunk ans sauciness. I just loved HER and it was wonderful getting to know her better. She has kept her chin up despite what's happened to her in the past (BTW those Skyhawk girls have some crappy family dynamics). Kaia is one determined harpy and she has gained my respect and envy. Hellooo did I saw how MAGNIFICENT Strider is?Strider and Kaia's relationship was full of unexpected romance and some fabulous acceptance. It was also jammed packed with some scintillating sexuality. They fit together perfectly and are one of the top 10 best couples in the PNR genre IMO. I was sooo upset when the book ended because I just couldn't get enough of them!Paris makes a good showing in this book, along with William and Kane. We see how disgusted Paris is with his lifestyle and how determined he is to save Sienna (can you say first m/m - though minor - scene that I've ever read from Gena?). Gena expands on William's back-story in this book as well. We finally learned more about his history and lineage.The Darkest Surrender is easily the best LOTU book yet! Gena Showalter is a superstar. She is pure genius and I WILL NEVER STOP READING HER!

  • Gary
    2019-01-12 13:12

    one of the best stories so far five out of five if I could I would give it a 6 stars

  • Jenny
    2019-01-08 14:42

    MY THOUGHTSThe Darkest Surrender is the latest foray in the the realm of the Lords of the Underworld, a group of damaged and tortured alpha men so brilliantly executed their stories play out in crisp detail in our minds while our emotions are teased, tested, and tormented. Many times in a series of this length the books can become tired, following a set formula with characters and conflicts substituted in each installment, but Ms. Showalter manages to avoid this pitfall and keep us invested on every possible level. While there is the basic romantic formula of two characters with problems they must overcome in order to be together, each of the different relationships featured in this series feels unique, the romance progressing at a speed that suits both protagonists and their personalities, and the individual battles they fight forward the overall story arc beautifully. We are always left satisfied with the couple we've just read but are also undeniably craving the story of the next characters in line.Kaia is perhaps one of the strongest heroines yet, her combination of sharp wit and even sharper claws with an underlying stark vulnerability making her a pleasure to read about. She doesn't play games or seek to hurt Strider through his demon as many a lesser woman might, instead making her feelings known despite the rejection she knows she'll face. She craves and desires him without ever crossing the line into pining, she supports him and his quest for the Paring Rod without smothering him or forcing her opinion on him, and she fights for what she wants while accepting the possibility that the outcome may not be in her favor.Strider is a true match to Kaia in every way, meeting her strength and stubbornness with equal intensity and offering her the same blunt honesty she gives him. His truths are laced with a touch of unintentional insincerity, however, as he attempts to vehemently deny the depth of his attraction to her, thereby being truthful in mind while lying to himself in heart. The romance between the two of them is incredibly and deliciously slow-burning, the passion continually igniting and then being snuffed out with quickly exhaled breaths of fear on both sides until finally the flames begin to raze their impressive defenses, swallowing all the trepidation and hesitation with the incandescent burn of formidable love. As we read, we continually check the pads of our fingers for blisters the heat emanating from them is so strong, making the possibility of it manifesting itself physically through the conduit of the paper pages a very real one.In addition to a gloriously tense and fully combustible relationship, Ms. Showalter also entertains us with her trademark sense of humor, forcing us to experience the gamut of emotions while reading as we laugh at their antics, ache at the emotional distance separating them, and then glory in the warmth of their happiness. Strider's continual self-adoration and mental ego-checks keep us giggling aloud as do Kaia's interactions with her hilarious sister Bianka, providing us comforting moments of levity in the midst of a very serious and dark world. A breathtaking cast of secondary characters rounds out this highly recommended read, giving us snippets of individuals whose stories have been slowly building book after book and are finally making the move toward center stage without ever overshadowing our leading couple.Rating: 4.5/5

  • Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-»
    2018-12-26 11:10

    RATING: 3.5I have always loved Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series, and The Darkest Surrender is no exception. Showalter has a way with words, and can capture a reader with her creative writing style and her splendid world building with ease. This is only made better with the addition of all the action, drama, very likeable characters and sizzling romance. I was hooked from the first page.I honestly don’t know which Lord is my favourite. They all have such distinct personalities, and me being the typical fan-girl, I want them all! Strider’s character is easy to fall in love with. His sense of humour, his charm and even the little annoying things about him, just add to his appeal. Despite his resistance to Kaia at first, I really enjoyed watching him fall in love and admit his feelings (let’s be serious ladies, we all get a kick out of big, alpha males admitting their love to their ladies. ;p). Not to mention, his undying loyalty for his friends is easy to appreciate and admire. And did I mention, he is just too hot to resist? Well, he is. Enough said.As for Kaia...this chick is hilarious! I love Showalter’s addition of the Harpies into this series. They are such unique creatures and I always enjoy a good laugh whenever they make an appearance. Although, Kaia is tough, she has many insecurities due to her past, hence her name “Kaia the Disappointment”. Her strength, love, and bravery is what made her character so endearing. She is relentless when she wants something, and I was very happy she proved her worth. She was an easy character to connect with and enjoy.Now, we can’t have a LotU book without the mythology. Showalter has cleverly crafted Greek mythology into this series, and with each book it gets better and better. There are so many intriguing legends touched upon here – from Typhon to Gorgons to Phoenixes – with a unique twist and paired with Showalter’s addicting writing skill, makes for a very enjoyable read. The storyline for The Darkest Surrender, however, is slightly lacking. It is solely focused on the Harpy games and the romance, which along with the multiple point of views from Paris, Kane and William, distracts from the overall appeal of the book. This in no way made the plot boring, rather at times pointless. This is the only reservation I had about this book.The romance...wow! Showalter has never lacked in the romance department, and this book is just more proof of that. Strider and Kaia’s relationship grows steadily. It is not at all rushed, but when it does get to the peaking point, the wait made it all the more sweeter and hotter. There are plenty of smexy scenes, sizzling chemistry and banter-filled moments to keep readers fully satisfied...and even yearning for a cold shower. The romance is not disappointing, in fact, it will have you cheering for Kaia and Strider until the very end. Overall, just like the previous books, Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Surrender has earned a spot on my favourites list, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on Paris’ book next!