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The Darkest Night

by Gena Showalter

HQN Books | May 1, 2008 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Darkest Night is rated 3.7619 out of 5 by 21.
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments…and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love….

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.74 × 4.26 × 1.02 in

Published: May 1, 2008

Publisher: HQN Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0373772467

ISBN - 13: 9780373772469

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from When The Dark is This Good, Who Needs Light!!!!! Welcome to the life of the sexy Lord of the Underworld, where demons reside in ancient warriors ruled by Gods and Hunters stalk the night. Once you enter their world it will prove hard to leave. This is the first book in they Lords of the Underworld series. We are introduced to warriors who have immortality and carry some of the greatest evil within them. They are cursed and will live forever, set apart from the human world. We meet Maddox a warrior quick to anger because he carries the demon violence. Cursed more than his brothers because he is to blame for the fate they have to suffer. Labeled on of the best if not the best soldier by the Gods he was shocked when he was not asked to protect Pandora’s Box, they asked a female instead and fueled with jealousy he accidentally kills Pandora. Stabbing her numerous of times in the stomach. His fault that the box was opened, the Gods cursed him with the same fate that Pandora suffered. He is to die every night at midnight, with wounds to his stomach and burn in hell till morning. Sounds like a very bad deal. He has to relive this every night for eternity. Ashlyn Darrow is searching for these strange men that the people of Budapest call angels. She is hoping they can help her, because Ashlyn is no ordinary woman. She can hear voices and conservations both past and present. She is hoping these men could help. So she begins the journey to their fortress. Her first meeting with Maddox is explosive, plus the voices disappear completely with his nearness. Can this scary sexy man be her savior and to makes matter worse she wants like she has wanted no another. She knows underneath that calm facade lurks a violence so powerful it will destroy. Will she be able to understand what he is and remain with him due to what he faces every night? I really enjoyed this book. I love the characters of Maddox and Ashlyn. Someone sweet he needed to dilute the hate living in him. She also brought a peace to him that he could find nowhere. The other men were hott hott. So nice the fighting and arguing that went down between them. I am definitely a fan now and will be continuing this series. I am excited to see how the other demons find love. Promiscuity, Wrath, Death, Pain and Disease, will these demons find peace. An original series filled with action and explosive heat. I rate this a 4 on my PL scale. As this very moment I still can’t find my pants. Enjoy.
Date published: 2009-12-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kinda Bummed 2.5 stars. I really like Gena's books, so I bought this right off, since it sounded really promising. Sadly enough it was a major disappointment and I had a lot of trouble even getting through it. Much like many authors lately, Gena has fallen into "Quantity over Quality." The story had such promise, but it was ruined by confusing info, cliched characters/writing to the point where I was constantly rolling my eyes and I wanted more demon action! I mean really if you had a demon as a part of you I think you'd be able to communicate with it better and it would have a stronger personality. Overall I'd say to pick it up at the library, not worth a buy.
Date published: 2009-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YUMMY, LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD As a fan of paranormal romance and in particular JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood my searches for what to read next kept taking me to this series. That’s not to say the two are comparable, because they aren’t. But if you like continuing story arcs with multiple character POV’s, sexy, sexy love scenes, the occasional bloody fight and tortured yet strong alpha males who become kittens once they meet their prospective mates then you might like this too. The premise for Gena Showalter’s world is quite elaborate. Centuries ago a group of immortal warriors released the demons from Pandora’s Box. (Yes the Pandora’s Box) As punishment the Greek gods cursed the warriors, forcing each to act as host to one of the demons, sort of like a duo personality. Maddox, this books hero is the keeper of violence and because he was unable to control his demon in the beginning and killed Pandora. (Yes the Pandora) Maddox was additionally cursed to die each night at the hands of his fellow warriors, burning in the pits of hell until morning (which can‘t be fun) The Lords of the underworld now live in a secluded castle in Budapest, each struggling to coexist with their own personal demon. The other warriors possess things like disease, wrath, death, pain, doubt, promiscuity, lies, and disaster, all of whom getting their own book as the series progresses. Our heroine here is Ashlyn Darrow. She works for the World institute of Parapsychology and has come to Budapest with her team to investigate the warriors. Poor Ashlyn has a curse of her, born with the ability to hear any conversation that has ever taken place in the location where she is standing. These voices in her head have ruined her life and she’d do anything for a moment’s silence. Maddox finds Ashlyn in the woods outside the castle and even though he thinks she’s ‘bait’ sent by the ‘hunters’ (bad guys) he is instantly drawn to her. For Ashlyn it’s a miracle, because even though she finds this violent and bloody (he’s just killed some hunters) man terrifying the voices have stopped. Now she can’t bear to be separated from him and Maddox can’t help himself either (they never can) carrying her back to the castle and into his chambers. Of course he’s going to have to explain himself to the other men, if he can leave Ashlyn’s side long enough that is and what happens at midnight when his friends have to kill him? That’s sure to put a damper on the ole love life. This is an original and exciting series that I will definitely be continuing on with. Despite the fact that at times I was overwhelmed by Greek Mythology and couldn’t ever keep track of who was who and cursed with which demon. I also had trouble with Ashlyn and found her to be written too young and virginal to ever handle a man like Maddox (maybe I was just jealous though?)
Date published: 2009-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great This is a good read. The warriors each have a different demon inside them as punishment for opening Pandora's box, they have learned to co-exist with the demon inside them. Maddox has the demon Violence, and has a deadly punishment every night at midnight. Ashlyn has always heard voices, from all different time periods, in her head and is in search of the ones who may be able to help her control them. When she meets Maddox, there is silence for her, she is determined to stay with him, and he is not wanting her around. What happens when both Maddox and his demon Violence start liking Ashlyn and want nothing but her.
Date published: 2009-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What Can I Say? It Sucked! This is the first book in a series that was recommended to me by several people and by the looks of things has had generally quite favourable reviews. Just goes to show, you can't please all of the people, all of the time because it just didn't do it for me, in fact I thought it was just plain bad. The series revolves around a group of warriors who, offended that their gods chose to entrust the guarding of a demon-filled box to a woman, decided to steal the box and release its contents into the world. Their plan was then to gather up the freed demons and put them back inside the box, thus showing their prowess to the gods while proving the female warrior, Pandora, incompetent. Sounds like something a bunch of guys would do alright. Unfortunately, the warriors were unable to recapture the demons. Needless to say, the gods were furious. To punish them, they granted the warriors’ wish to guard the demons. But instead of using Pandora’s Box, they charged each warrior with the task of guarding a specific demon — by placing that demon inside the warrior, thereby letting it possess and corrupt its host. Maddox is the keeper of Violence. Each day, he fights the desires of the demon inside him. He also suffers from extra divine punishment. When Violence originally possessed him, he fell prey to its wishes and killed everyone in his immediate vicinity. One of them was the female warrior, Pandora. Angered that their chosen warrior died by his hand, the gods cursed Maddox to experience her painful death each and every night. Ashlyn Darrow works for an international organization interested in finding and studying supernatural phenomenon. Gifted, or perhaps cursed, with the ability of clairaudience - she can hear voices, the conversations of the past. Constantly bombarded by voices, Ashlynn's only wish is to learn to control her power or get rid of it. So when she learns of a group of men living in Budapest who might be angels, or demons, and are said to have mysterious powers, Ashlyn journeys to their mountain fortress to seek their help. The premise for this series is original and had lots of potential. It's too bad it really didn't live up to it (for me anyway). One of the main things that really bothered me is the men themselves. Beside being flat and unidimensional characters, they seem resigned to their punishment and have made no effort to try and redeem themselves and end their possession. They don't even know what happened to Pandora's box after the demons were set loose. You'd think that a bunch of guys cursed to be tormented by demons might actually try and find a way to rid themselves of their tormentors. Logically, you would think that having the original container to put them back into would be a good place to start. But, no, not these guys. They just live in seclusion on their little mountain top passing the time. Another problem is that I kept waiting for the story to actually start. Ashlyn's and Maddox's first meeting is rather odd. They meet on the mountain where Maddox kills several people. Ashlyn's reaction to this knowledge is that she wants to wrap her arms around him and tuck her head under his chin. Say what? I mean, yes, the voices are quiet when you are around him, but he's a killer covered with blood and you know nothing about him. Seems like a rather idiotic reaction if you ask me. The first half of the book is practically devoted to Ashlyn and Maddox dancing around each other and fighting their mutual attraction, although there is really no romance or sexual tension to speak of. The story ramps up in second half of the book, but it seems to be just a jumble of scenes and I had a hard time connecting them to an overall plot. A bunch of new characters are introduced, including some mysterious voice that is supposedly trying to help the warriors, but it is never clear who or what the voice is or why she is trying to help. This book was a major disappointment.
Date published: 2009-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Conquers All These two didn't push each other away, but connected instantly and equally. It was a good PNR with action, suspence, an interesting world, love, romance and some heat. I'll be continuing with this series!
Date published: 2009-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshingly Original! It's been awhile since I picked up a series that punched me in the face with originality like the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. The first book in the series kicks off with Maddox, an ancient warrior cursed to house the demon of Violence within himself. His struggle is palpable on my tongue everytime he strives to keep a leash on such a turbulent force as violence. He was hot and delicious with just those edges of dominance and a bit of roughness around a core of determination and possessiveness that made him undeniably and immediately one of my favourite fantasy romance men of all time. On the opposite side of such an imposing and strong male lead is Ashlyn, possessed of an uncanny ability to hear every conversation that has ever taken place in every step she takes. She wasn't the strongest female character I've ever come across, but her perseverance was endearing to me and matched with Maddox's overwhelming presence made a good combo. The idea behind the series, Pandora's box having been lost in time and all those icky wicked evil demon's being forced into the bodies of ancient warriors to punish them for unleashing the beasts in the first place is simply inspired. I'm a huge fan of greek myth and I was pleasantly surprised and delighted to read this one. I read the book in one sitting and started Darkest Kiss (book 2) the very next day. GREAT GREAT GREAT! Thanks to Lady Eternal Butterfly for her review of this book, it made me pick it up and I'm very thankful.
Date published: 2009-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The First Novel in a Refreshing Paranormal Series A group of immortal warriors were created to guard dimOuniak (aka Pandora’s box), but instead of guarding it, they opened it and released horrible demons into the world. The Greek Gods and Goddesses punished the warriors by making them each house a demon inside their body. Some of the warriors left Greece centuries ago and took up residence in Budapest to escape a war between themselves and those who want to kill them, the Hunters. Maddox, keeper of Violence, not only houses a demon, but is cursed with dying at midnight and spending every night in Hell. He refrains from getting close to any mortals, especially women, because he struggles to control his demon and does not wish to hurt anyone. Ashlyn, a mortal, has spent her life being researched and studied. She’s got a special ability, which she thinks of more as a curse, that forces her to hear every conversation that has ever taken place in the spot she is currently in. When she learns of the immortals in Budapest, she seeks them out hoping they can help her learn to control or get rid of her ability. When Ashlyn meets Maddox, she is amazed that the conversations and voices stop. She’s also filled with desire for him. The concept of immortals housing demons and the Greek mythology is a refreshing change from all the vampire novels that paranormal romance fans tend to read. The Darkest Night is an intense and sensual feast! The immortal warriors all struggle with their demons, making control and freedom major themes in the novel. Maddox is an ardent and fierce character that borders on scary at times. Gena Showalter did a great job creating Maddox as a well rounded character because underneath his brutal exterior is kindness and tenderness. Ashlyn is sweet and the reader will genuinely feel for her in her struggle to find silence from her ability and also affection from someone who can understand. The Darkest Night introduced some of the other warriors who are the focus of other novels in the series. I enjoyed getting to know a little about the others because it makes me eager to read the rest of the novels. The ending was surprisingly touching with many moments of sadness. I would absolutely recommend The Darkest Night to readers of paranormal romance because it’s sensual, steamy, and exciting with great characters and a mesmerizing plot.
Date published: 2009-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hot, Sensual, and Darkly Beautiful The cast of characters are very well written and the story is pumped with action. The romance is sensual, hot, and darkly beautiful. Maddox and Ashlyn's passion for each other can't be denied. I'd bite my own lip while reading. I also have to admit that the way Maddox speaks in English is entertaining -- only because I'm imagining his speech to be accented. Despite their own hells, love does conquer all in this story. I don't have any negative critiques for this book. Showalter's Darkest Night is highly recommended. Darkest Kiss and Darkest Pleasure are next in my to-be-read list. Visit my book blog at bambireads.blogspot.com for more reviews.
Date published: 2009-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I could not put it down! This is the first novel of Gena Showalter that I have read and I am totally hooked on this series now. Gena took such a different angle towards the story of Pandora's box it sucked me in from the beginning page! The characters were irresistible and I strongly recommend this novel to anyone who needs something different in romance novels and doesn't mind the paranormal.
Date published: 2009-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from War and Romance This is the first book of the “Lords of the Underworld” series. It follows the life of Maddox, an immortal warrior possessed with the demon of Violence and cursed with Death. He lives in a castle in Budapest with 5 other immortal warriors, each possessed with a different demon. Maddox has a daily routine that consists of trying not to fight and kill everything in sight, and dying a horrible death every midnight. His soul is taken to hell where he burns and suffers until morning when he starts his routine again. Life continues this way until Ashlyn Darrow stumbles across the castle. She has her own unique curse and is looking for saviour. There is no denying the chemistry between Maddox and Ashlyn and a strange bond forms. Read more at: http://justkickinit.ca/2009/04/the-darkest-night-by-gena-showalter/
Date published: 2009-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Possibly one of the worst books I've ever read I'm having a very hard time understanding why so many people keep giving this book a "great" review, since I found it to be the most poorly written, poorly developed, poorly characterized book I have read in a very long time. The premise, I will concede, is interesting, and had great potential... in fact, I think I could have really enjoyed this series had it not been for the incredibly poor writing. So disappointing. Where on earth to start? First of all this whole concept of supernatural "alpha males" living together in homoerotic harmony is something that, in my opinion, only J R Ward can pull off. Secondly, and more importantly, not only does Ms. Showalter fall incredibly flat on the potential for complex and interesting relationships between her heroes (homoerotic or not), she falls even flatter when it comes to developing interesting and BELIEVABLE "alpha males". There is so much potential to really dig deep into her characters' psyche, and yet throughout the whole book she succeeds in only scratching a very small, very insignificant surface. Maddox, the hero of this book, is by and large the most confusing and unbelievable hero I have come across in a long while. He's supposed to be a big bad tough guy who suffers an excruciating and incredibly horrific death EVERY NIGHT. Yes, he is a disturbed individual suffering a horrible curse, I got that the first time and didn't need to be beaten over the head with it at every turn. Even worse was that it was almost uncomfortably juxtaposed to the superficial exploration of his character outside of this. He had pain, but he had no depth. This all harkens back to that old writer adage, "show, don't tell." Which brings me to Ashlyn, the heroine, and Maddox's ridiculous "relationship" with her. The interactions between hero and heroine were so contrived and nonsensical sometimes, I became very confused by the constant mood swings and outbursts during private moments. As a writer myself, this is the mark of an author who has no idea who her characters are, and it showed. The romance was almost laughable in comparison to the horror. There was little to no sexual tension, although I recall some cliched sexual implications that just made me groan... in embarrassment. By the time I actually got the the sex, I'd already lost interest, which is unfortunate, as the sex is the icing on the cake. Ashlyn had a little bit more depth than her male counterpart. She had an interesting ability, and there were some aspects of her background which I found to add a certain dimension to her, however none of this was really new or different, and in fact reminded me a little too much of Christine Feehan's Ghostwalker series or Lora Leigh's Breed series, what with the psychic abilities and shady "scientific" organizations. All in all, I have no desire to read any more books in this series, but clearly, I am a minority in this school of thought! One final warning for anyone actually reading this - you may have read a lot of reviewers (here and over at Amazon) comparing Gena Showalter to JR Ward, and I have to say with emphatic urgency, as a big JR Ward fan myself, that they are nothing alike. Not even in the same stratosphere. JR Ward has, what I like to call, talent.
Date published: 2009-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome I really loved this book. Maddox is so dark and tortured that it makes you want to help him. I don’t know if I would go to the lengths she went to but I applaud her love. If you like dark heroes you will love this book.
Date published: 2009-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy It'll definately take you for an exciting ride! I loved the story and the fighting! The main characters are awesome! The romance / "love" story between Ashlyn and Maddox is very intense! It may just get a little too "sexual"! Lol... I think the writer could have left out one (max. two) of these scenes; although the main ones were really hot and perfect! The fighting between Hunters and Lords is great to follow and the fact that the story is based on a particular version of Pandora's Box, I find it to be quite original! These are Lords that were cursed ages ago, and they each have to carry a demon of Pandora's Box. Maddox is one of these lords. I won't say anymore! I definately recomend it! I am looking forward for the second book! =)
Date published: 2009-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intoxicating Absolutely amazing. This novel gripped from the first page and I don't think it ever let go. Every character well developed. The story so full of plot, twists, turns. Despite the horror and sorrow of the men’s situations, Gena Showalter tied in humour and love. There was something new with each page. The novel took on old tales and embedded them with more darkness then ever, but filled it with light. It promises even more roller coaster rides with the next.
Date published: 2008-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great novel This book , is a little dark, a little naughty, a lot adventurous, and a lot of love. It was a great book, I love the author. She's one of my favorties, and I wasn't let down by this novel. A wonderful book, defiently a keeper.
Date published: 2008-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! What can I say? I’m a sucker for a happy ending. I believe this one could have used a little more work, though. I thought it just a little weird how Maddox became so attached and protective of Ashlyn when they just met. It was weird how the connection kind of just slammed together, and I thought that the only reason Ashlyn was attached to Maddox, at the beginning, was because he ‘quieted’ the voices that continuously ran through her mind. But they grew closer a lot faster than I’ve read in a novel before, and it left me slightly uncomfortable. Despite her gift/curse, I thought Ashlyn a very strong and self-reliant person. She did what she though was necessary, for Maddox. She didn’t get it at first, and I could understand the horror of it all if I’d be in her shoes, but I’m glad it was finally explained to her. I can’t imagine what someone would go through, knowing how she grew up, to watch them ’attack’ at Maddox every night. And Maddox … wow! Even for a warrior, cursed with housing the demon of Violence, to him, everyday blended together until is just is what it is. Ashlyn broke him out of that shell right at the beginning, and it was a little weird watching how it all came together. What I liked… how the book was more of an internal war - Maddox battling his demon, Violence, and not wanting it to affect Ashlyn. But the demon grew attached to Ashlyn just as fast as Maddox did, and now both would do anything to protect Ashlyn. Ashlyn soothes his demon just as much as Maddox being around calms the voices she constantly hears. Earlier, when I became interested in the books, I looked up some of the reviews, and wondered why some where comparing this series to Ward’s ‘Brotherhood’ series or Kenyon’s ‘Dark Hunter’ series. After reading the first novel, I thought this unfair. Showalter created a world completely different, basing most of the entire series on Greek mythology. While some things are reminders of other series, ie: gods, powers, etc…, I thought Showalter did an excellent job in creating her own world for her characters. I look forward to all of the novels in the series.
Date published: 2008-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read “The Darkest Night” is an interesting and loveable paranormal read. It is the first in a three book series entitled “Lords of the Underworld”. The Lords of the Underworld are a bunch of men who opened Pandora’s Box and are now possessed with the demons who were sealed within the box. The series is about three of those men who basically face and find peace with their demons. The Darkest Night >> It’s an interesting story and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance. The two main characters (Ashlyn and Maddox) are both characters that you “fall in love” with. Maddox is posed with the demon of violence and Ashlyn can hear the past conversations of where she is. That’s all I’m sharing because the rest is for you to read!!
Date published: 2008-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book I enjoyed the first book in this series. It was a fresh idea in the way of paranormal. I went right out and bought the second in the series, and look forward to seeing Gena find mates for the rest of the team.
Date published: 2008-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to a new series This was an interesting book. Ashlyn is a mortal woman who has a unique talent. She can stand in any spot, and immediately be able to hear every conversation that has ever taken place there. It sounds like it would be a cool power to have, but she hates it. She hears these conversations all the time, everywhere she goes. It's driving her insane, and when she hears about some men who are said to be angels, she thinks that they can help her. Maddox and his friends are no angels though. They are cursed warriors who must live with their own unique 'gifts'. Once Ashlyn and Maddox come together, the attraction is without a doubt. When Maddox is near, Ashlyn no longer hears the voices around her. When Ashlyn is near, Maddox is able to control his own burden--the gift of Violence. I liked this book. A lot. It has a great JR Ward feel to it, however, it lacks all the leather, questionable sexuality, and gang banger talk. That is a very, very good thing. Spoiler: It is my opinion that all those rabid Ward fans (Hey, I like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, too. I am able to see it's faults though) should read this book. In The Darkest Night, Ashlyn is killed. The way that Showalter worked around that, and kept it a romantic story was brilliant! For all those Warden fans who said that Ward has 'no other choice' but to turn Jane into a transparent ghost... read The Darkest Night. I give The Darkest night a B+. Showalter was able to write a romantic love story, as well as build an intriguing world. It's nice to see Maddox and his fellow warriors have a close relationships without wondering when they will jump into the sack together. These Lords of the Underworld are all man, and all hetero. No question about it.
Date published: 2008-06-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just So-So This novel didn't do anything for me. I kept waiting for the moment the book would catch my attention and draw me in - never happened. If you like paranormal stuff, I suggest Sherrilyn Kenyon, she's a much better read. This gets a thumbs down.
Date published: 2008-05-13

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The Darkest Night

The Darkest Night

by Gena Showalter

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.74 × 4.26 × 1.02 in

Published: May 1, 2008

Publisher: HQN Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0373772467

ISBN - 13: 9780373772469

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Every night death came, slowly, painfully, and every morning Maddox awoke in bed, knowing he'd have to die again later. That was his greatest curse and his eternal punishment.He ran his tongue over his teeth, wishing it were a blade over his enemy's throat instead. Most of the day had already passed. He'd heard the time seep away, a poisonous tick-tock in his mind, every beat of the clock a mocking reminder of mortality and pain.In little more than an hour, the first sting would pierce his stomach and nothing he did, nothing he said, would change that. Death would come for him."Damned gods," he muttered, increasing the speed of his bench presses."Bastards, every one of them," a familiar male voice said from behind him.Maddox's motions didn't slow at Torin's unwelcome intrusion. Up. Down. Up. Down. For two hours he had worked out his frustration and anger on the punching bag, the treadmill and now the weights. Sweat ran from his bare chest and arms, riding the ropes of his muscles in clear rivulets. He should be as exhausted mentally as he was physically, but his emotions were only growing darker, more powerful. "You should not be here," he said.Torin sighed. "Look. I didn't mean to interrupt, but something's happened.""So take care of it.""I can't.""Whatever it is, try. I'm in no shape to help." These last few weeks very little was needed to send him into a killing haze where no one around him was safe. Even his friends. Especially his friends. He didn't want to, never meant
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All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments…and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love….

About the Author

Gena Showalter writes in the genres of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and young adult fiction. She is the author of the Alien Huntress series, Tales of an Extraordinary Girl series, Atlantis series, and Lords of the Underworld series. Her other books include The Stone Prince, The Pleasure Slave, and Catch a Mate. Her books have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.