Book Review: The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter

December 29, 2014 3.5 Bullet Rating, Book Review 4 ★★★½

Book Review: The Darkest Touch by Gena ShowalterThe Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld #11
Published by Harlequin HQN on November 25, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 489
Format: ARC
Source: Received from Author
AmazoniBooks three-half-stars
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

Disclaimer:  I am completely guilty of not reading any of the previous books in the Lords of the Underworld series.  This review could have unintentional spoilers of previous titles in the series.

I am of two minds about The Darkest Touch.  Both sides of me really, and I mean REALLY, loved the Red Queen.  She is nuts and a total egomaniac.  Still loved her character.   There was a sort of charisma about her character that just appealed to me.  I am sure this says something about me so judge away.   The story about her and Torin is well written and the world building made for an excellent back drop to all of the different situations.

The variety of secondary characters added a beautiful layer to the second half of this book.  The immaturity and outright crazy shenanigans of everyone was a blast to read and completely entertaining.

The adventure and story of Torin and Keeley Cael (The Red Queen) is extremely original and entertaining.  I loved their banter and struggle for control, both independently and of each other.   I can see how this series could easily become addictive.  Everyone is nuts and it makes for a lot of fun!

The other mind says:

I didn’t like the overuse of eternal dialog that was used with her and the hero, Torin.  I am going to go ahead and call it an overuse, because I believe it worked at one point, but then began bogging down  and effecting the flow of the story. It was too much.  I think this greatly effected by ability to thoroughly enjoy The Darkest Touch.

At the time this review was published the Amazon Kindle price is – $1.99 

I rate The Darkest Touch 3.5 out of 5 Bullets!

3.5 Bullet Rating

I received this title from the publisher or author for the purpose of providing an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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4 Responses to “Book Review: The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter”

  1. nrlymrtl

    I have listened to several Gena Showalter audiobooks and enjoyed them, but I haven’t given this one a try yet. I have found they can be red pretty much independently from each other. They are fun but not earth-shattering, change my world kind of books. They are a guilty pleasure of mine.

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