The Darkest Torment


Author: Gena Showalter

Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: May 31st 2016
Source: Free ARC courtesy of the author

Series: Lords of the Underworld



Every Lord Of the Underworld book cover features a unique color as a backdrop. This one focuses on red. And its befitting: Baden is a redhead. He sees red because of his never ending rage.

However I can not say that the cover is enough to make anyone buy just by looking at its cover. Not much magnetism.


Intense, heated and full of laughter inducing dialogues, this is what you should expect when you pick this book up.

Baden, the former keeper of demon of distrust and now a resurrected spirit, is battling with his new found rage.

He is back thanks to Hades’s serpentine wreaths which enable a spirit to have a solid body.

But it comes at a price: King of Hell’s biding.

For free spirited Baden, slavery is the worst form of torture. However when he meets Katarina while on an errand for the King, Baden has to battle a demon of new kind: attachment to a weak and fragile human.

To make matters extra entertaining, Hades has pitched Pandora and Baden against each other in a gruesome points game. The one who earns most points while completing jobs for Hades, will earn freedom. The loser shall face death.

Katarina is forcefully wed to Aleksander, a smuggler and a drug dealer, responsible for her loved ones deaths. He has blackmailed her into saying her vows by abducting her beloved dogs. Katarina, whose purpose in life is rehabilitation of shunned dogs, will do anything to save her pets. Even marrying her enemy.

When Baden is ordered to get back a prized relic from Alek for Hades, he is forced to blackmail the blackmailer himself. He kidnaps Katarina in order to pressurize the ruthless Alek into giving up the coin.

Meanwhile, the wreaths are wrecking havoc. Something sinister and bloodthirsty is residing in Baden and demands he eliminate every possible threat. William, sensing Baden’s simmering rage, tells him to leave the fortress to avoid the risk of hurting his friends.

Baden, busy with his tasks doesn’t mind. When Katarina comes into the mix, Baden brings her home.

But controlling the beast is not easy and Baden has to watch his every step. He can not allow himself to fall for the bride, for the fear that the beast will hurt her.

Katarina at first, tries to resist Baden. She is appalled by his indifference towards violence. Soon, though, his intense nature piques her interest.

They fight, they quarrel. And still Baden is wary of her weakness.

A pair of puppies attach themselves with Katarina.

Meanwhile, things are heating up in the underworld.

Will Katarina be able to convince Baden of her strength? Will Baden see past his overprotective nature and accept her for who she is: A vulnerable human? Will he be able to free himself from being Hades’s slave?

My Opinion:

The Darkest Torment is back on track with original Gena Showalter charm that was what captured my interest in this series.

Somewhere around Amun’s book, the series lost its original magic a bit. Gena’s writing style changed and even though the plots were obviously well developed, they somehow didn’t exude the magic of the early books. Strider’s book was an exception and even Kane’s made for a good read.

Baden’s book  is just what a lord book should be: entertaining, hilarious, intense, just-can’t-put-down and having a good plot.

Katarina is fierce and fiery heroine. Though her tender side is what is spotlighted the most. She loves animals, especially dogs. Gena’s fans will realize that Katharina feels a lot like her.

Gena loves dogs.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Recommended for:

Every Paranormal Romance fan. And those who haven’t read this genre will definitely be interested after reading Gena’s books.

The books contain adult language and scenes of mature nature. Intended for mature audiences.

I recieved this free ARC in exchange of providing an honest review.

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Goodreads Summary:

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own. 

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever

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 The Author:

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”

Website | Twitter– @genashowalter | Facebook | Goodreads


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