The Darkest Passion

Mass Market Paperback | May 18, 2010

byGena Showalter

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For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel—demon-assassin—has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting—and falling for—Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this "mortal" with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron's darkest passion?

Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn't….

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For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel—demon-assassin—has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting—and falling for—Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this "mortal" with the...

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 h...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 6.62 × 4.21 × 1.18 inPublished:May 18, 2010Publisher:HQN BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't Get Enough I love this series and this book was another great addition, again just like with the others it had a great story and characters and I will say I got a bit teary eyed at a point or two. great series look forward to the rest. :0)
Date published: 2012-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Passion All Over My Face!!! I like tattoos oh yes I do, I like tattoos how about you. I like them on hot faces, and some that are hiding in your pants. I like them in places, places I can grab. Oh Aeron I do love you, oh Aeron my winged baby you have enough for me and you. So here it is right in your face, I loved Aeron, this crazy a$$ man lights my fire, and as this series goes on I just love it more and more. I freaking cried for this book, I felt sad at, not for the book, but for the characters. They are so energetic and real that I sometimes forget I am reading a book and should get over the heartbreak (easier said than done). Aeron I have been waiting to finally read his book, and let me say it was no disappointment. Aeron is everything that was portrayed and more, he loves fiercely and hates just as fierce. He lives with guilt and has drawn a conclusion that he deserves nothing good. When he feels an invisible presence tailing him the horrible conclusion is that his time has run out and he is about to be killed, but weeks go by and the presence wont make themself known. Frustrated and annoyed by this invisible person, Aeron just wants to get it over with, when this very person is keeping away his love and soothing demon Legion. Well he meets his invisible person and it was nothing he expected. Olivia just got booted from the heavens, and fought her way out of hell, all for the tattooed hottie that gets her blood boiling. Well the reception is somewhat cold, but one thing is clear Aeron wants her and if only, would he listen to his body instead of his head and start trusting her. Olivia knows there is only a matter of time before someone take over the job she was meant to do and come for aeron. Olivia is coming to realize she would do anything for Aeron even give up her life. So let’s talk, this book was feckin sexy! My face fell of a few times cus I found this book the far most erotic of the bunch, there was something very sensual and carnal about it and it just blew my freaking mind. I wanted to hop on Aeron and go for a ride, this man is tortured and all types of good. Plus there was Legion, F.Y.I that b*itch be crazy not regular crazy, like demon b*tch in hell crazy. This created one hell of a triangle and Olivia managed it like a pro. Overall, I really liked it and LTU is one of my fave series out there, these men always float my boat. Lysander I want to stroke those golden wings and take him to a new heaven but that’s just me going places I shouldn’t. On that note, Aeron and Olivia were good together, only disappointment was that it just ended, kept flipping the page going WTF “That’s It”. Mmmmmmm Aeron you sexy tattooed beast!!!
Date published: 2010-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A DEMON LORD IN LOVE WITH A FALLEN ANGEL -WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? THE DARKEST PASSION is book #5 in the fantastic and addictive Lords Of The Underworld series and this time its all about the winged and tattooed immortal Aeron. A warrior cursed (along with several others) after opening Pandora's box and bound ever since to a demon, his being Wrath (sort of like a devilish alter ego you can't ignore) Recently Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence around him and here we learn that she is in fact an angel-demon assassin sent to kill him. Of course nothing is as it seems with this series and when Aeron confronts this angel, Olivia claims that she means him no harm, that she couldn't kill him and has in fact fallen. Giving up immortality and her life in the clouds to experience her now earthly life with him. It's a match made in Heaven/Hell right? What could be easier then a demon lord and a fallen angel hooking up? Throw in Lucifer, Shadow girl and Aeron's altered little venom spitting girlfriend Legion, more deals and bargains with Greek gods then I could keep track of, a continuing war with the `hunters' and you've got yourself the makings of a perfect romance. This was a great read and an excellent addition to the series as a whole and really is worthy of 5 stars however because I didn't read HEART OF DARKNESS first which (who knew) contained Lords Of The Underworld 4.5 there were major plot holes and a whole lot of confusion in the beginning chapters along with certain details that were never filled in. For example how and when did one of the immortals get both of his hands cut off? I just hate it when authors put semi-important details or move along an ongoing series within an anthology. I've been burned too many times with them, spending the money to read 75 pages and usually only enjoying or bothering with the one story by the one author. I won`t be reading HOD on principle alone now. Anyways enough with my rant. Did I mention how sexy this book is? Yeah sexy and erotic too, that Showalter can sure write a love scene. Aeron as our hero is awesome he's also the one most in harmony with his demon and as the protector, the one that keeps the others safe. Covered in gruesome tattoos from top to bottom he also sports a pair of wings, flying around during battles and in one instance during love making (that was a new one for me, sex while in flight!) And as improbable as it seems his and Olivia's romance is a perfect match, once the pair get out of the bedroom that is (I just have to say why does Showalter deem it necessary to lock every one of her heroines in a warriors bedroom for a period of time while one or the other recovers and until the warrior and demon both declare "mine" Its done in almost every book and frankly its getting boring.) Our couple face insurmountable odds with exciting twists, kidnappings, double crossings and in the end the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love. The ending is ...well you'll get your HEA but at what cost? THE DARKEST LIE #6 has been set up perfectly for Gideon and his long lost ----- and because of the events in the last couple of chapters many new and exciting doors have been opened up for this series as a whole. Cheers.
Date published: 2010-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gena Showalter Delivers Again While I found this book a little harder to push through, it still laid claim to the trademarks that Gena Showalter is now known for. Hot, steam, sexy, and just a little demonic. This is another addition to the Lords Of Underworld series that was enjoyable. Any fans of the series will enjoy, and new readers get a insight to a world beyond our own.
Date published: 2010-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Blend of Passion and Tenderness Aeron, immortal warrior and keeper of the demon Wrath, has sensed an invisible female presence following and observing him. That presence is Olivia, a former joy-bringer angel turned warrior angel sent to assassinate Aeron. Olivia, however, cannot bring herself to harm Aeron, so she gives up her immortality and heavenly position becoming a fallen angel. Aeron cannot risk trusting Olivia or developing feelings for her, especially not when the war with the Hunters is getting more and more critical every day. He becomes unwavering in his determination to rid her from his life and the fortress once and for all, but Olivia is far more stubborn and alluring than an angel, even a fallen one, should be. To complicate matters, Legion is unwilling to have Aeron divide his attention between her and the angel, and a new heavenly warrior has been sent to complete the job of assassinating Aeron since Olivia failed to complete the task. Talk about a lot of life and death drama going on in one novel! I was drawn into the story immediately and the suspense lasted until the final pages. Showalter blends a fantastic sense of humor into the heat and excitement of her plots. When I sit and read one of the Lords of the Underworld books, I grin and giggle the whole time because they are just so fun to read. There really is no other word that can better describe my reading experience for this series than fun. The continuing plot involving the Hunters that is woven into every novel progressed wonderfully in The Darkest Passion. There were some significant and HIGHLY unexpected revelations that added many new layers to the already sumptuous plot. The whole Lords of the Underworld universe seems much lusher after this installment because of the many new directions the series can take. Showalter creatively blends Greek mythology into the series, and this one seemed particularly rich in it. I find that the inclusion of certain figures from Greek mythology very intriguing as it gives the series something unique and enthralling. Gena Showalter did a fabulous job with the characters in The Darkest Passion. I have to admit that Olivia is now tied with Anya for my favorite heroine, not that I haven’t liked every one of the heroines so far. Showalter does a wonderful job of creating likeable, sassy heroines, and without them the novels would lose that special something that makes them so fun to read. Olivia is the epitome of warmth, purity, and innocence with a delightful confident, aggressive and cheeky streak. Her personality was the perfect contrast to Aeron’s cold distance, anger, and feelings shame/unworthiness. There was a lot of growth and transformation among the characters. There were also some sneak peeks into the minds of side characters in this novel. Fans of Legion, Strider, and Gideon will be entertained. Gideon actually was involved in a pretty good subplot that laid the foundation for his novel, The Darkest Lie. There is a pretty high heat factor in The Darkest Passion, so the title does not deceive. All of the Lords are hunky, but Aeron captures that dangerous bad boy appeal with his violent tattoos and intense eyes. Showalter certainly knows how to write a good steamy scene! With Olivia being such a sweet, pure character, there was a whole different vibe to the intimate moments than the previous novels had. I thought it was really well done. There was also a lot of tenderness and internal conflict over feelings of fondness and possibly love that romance fans will revel in. The combination of passion and tenderness is perfectly balanced. The Lords of the Underworld series is one that should be read in the correct order. If you’ve read the first 4 books in the series, I highly recommend The Darkest Passion. If you haven’t, start with The Darkest Night and work your way up. It’s a fabulous series and all paranormal romance fans should give it a try!
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was alright I liked the whole demon and angel thing. What I didn't like is how there were SOOOOOOOO many unnecessary characters. I hate trying to keep up with all of them. When I was done the book was when I realized there was an index with all the 50 characters! hahaha. It was a nice get away for the two days it took me to read it, but I wouldnt go back and read it again.
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Lords of the Underworld Homerun! The Lords of the Underworld… *dreamy sigh*. This is a series I really enjoy reading. So far, every book has been filled with appealing characters and interesting plot twists. And “The Darkest Passion” is no exception. This series is about men and women who were created to serve and protect the gods. Thousands of years ago, they made a little mistake – they stole and opened Pandora’s Box freeing the demons that were imprisoned inside. Oops! As their punishment, the gods cast them to earth and required them to house the demons they freed. In the previous books, we’ve followed the keepers of Violence, Death, Pain and Doubt. In “The Darkest Passion” we follow Aeron, keeper of Wrath. Aeron is a character we know very little about. He mostly keeps to himself. The reason is that his demon constantly wants to make people pay for their sins. (If Aeron isn’t around others, Wrath can’t be tempted). He is a very loyal friend and a strong warrior. He also has a very guilty conscience and a very tortured soul. He has covered himself in tattoos depicting many of the violent acts Wrath has forced him to execute as a reminder to himself of what a monster he is. And he has wings! Who doesn’t love a man with wings?! Olivia is an angel who has been sent to kill him, but finds she can’t. She chooses to fall instead of completing her task. Watching her adapt to life on earth is really cute. I really can’t think of another word for it. Her interaction with Gideon, keeper of Lies, is laugh out loud funny. She is pure yet spunky — a very likeable heroine and a great match to our tortured Aeron. Legion also plays a big role in this book. She is a demon minion that Aeron brought back from hell in a previous book. She is only as tall as a child and is really fugly. Since being on earth, she likes being very girly – the color pink and tiaras are among her new favourite things. Aeron treats her and loves her like a daughter. It makes your heart melt a little to see him with her. *sigh* I was quite surprised by the twists that were thrown into this book — especially the ones concerning Legion. They made me gasp and made the book that much harder to put down. We were introduced to Scarlet, keeper of Nightmares, and Gideon’s wife, ex-wife?! We’re not too sure about that tale, but we’ll only have to wait until June 29th to find out, for that is when “The Darkest Lie” comes out. It will, I’m sure, give us the answers we are craving – and undoubtedly leave us with new questions that will have us coming back next year when the next couple of books are released. The Darkest Passion was a home run for Gena Showalter and her Lords of the Underworld. The possibilities for this series are endless, seeing how many characters there are who would make incredible heroes for their own books. And I for one am glad for it. I can’t wait to read each and every one of their stories. 5 stars
Date published: 2010-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh So Good! I have been waiting for Aeron's book and I wasn't let down. He is fantastic - sweet and sexy of course - and Olivia is another great female character of Showalter's. This book looks at Aeron, Olivia and Legion as well as leading into Gideon's story next. There was some unexpected and awesome twists and turns in the story. I thought the ending was fantastic and now I can't wait for Gideon's book!
Date published: 2010-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing. The latest instalement of the Lords series is unique and suspenceful. Aeron the keeper of wrath and Olivia the fallen angel are a great match. Their love story is bumpy but they are both meant for one another. Aeron is the least adapted lord but he would do anything for those he loves while Olivia wants to experience humanity and have fun. Gena does a great job with with continuing the search for the missing artifacts and introducing new characters to this ever evolving series. In the book we get glimpses into both Strider and Gideon minds. Also for those of us in love with Paris story we see what has been happening to him. Passion ending is thrilling and suprising to say the least. We end up even more in love with Aeron and a bit shocked at the events in the last few pages. After Passion you'll be waiting for The darkest Lie until June 29 with curiosity and anticipation. Lies is Gideon;s story and it will be fun what Gena showalter has in store for us next. Get your copy of Passions as soon as possible it will not disappoint.
Date published: 2010-05-25

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"They don't seem to care that they're dying."Aeron, an immortal warrior possessed by the demon of Wrath, was perched atop the roof of the Bübájos Apartments in central Budapest, peering down at the humans so blithely going about their evening. Some were shopping, some talking and laughing, and some snacking while they walked. But none of them were dropping to their knees and begging the gods for more time in those feeble bodies. Nor were they sobbing because they wouldn't get it.He shifted his focus from the people to their surroundings. Muted moonlight spilled from the sky, blending with the amber glow of the street lamps and casting shadows on the paved pathways. Buildings stretched on every side, some of the higher points wrapped in light green awnings, the perfect contrast to the emerald trees rising from their bases.Pretty, as far as coffins went.Humans knew they were fading. Hell, they grew up knowing they'd have to abandon everything and everyone they loved, and yet, as he'd already observed, they didn't demand or even request more time. And that… fascinated him. Were Aeron to learn he'd soon be separated from his friends, the other demon-possessed warriors he'd spent the last few thousand years protecting, he would have done anything—yes, even beg—to change his fate.So why didn't the mortals? What did they know that he did not?"They aren't dying," his friend Paris said from beside him. "They're living while they have the chance."Aeron snorted. That wasn't the answer he sought. For how could they live while they had the chance when their "chance" was a mere blink of time? "They're frail. Easily destroyed. As you well know." Cruel of him to say because Paris's…girlfriend? Lover? Chosen female? Whatever she was, she'd recently been shot to death in front of Paris. Still, Aeron couldn't regret his words.Paris was the keeper of Promiscuity, forced to bed a different human every day or he would weaken and die himself. He couldn't afford to mourn the loss of one specific lover. Especially an enemy lover, which was what his little Sienna had been.Aeron hated to admit it, but on some level, he was glad the woman was dead. She would have used Paris's needs against him and ultimately ruined him.I, however, will ensure his safety always. It was a vow. The king of the gods had given Paris a choice: the return of his female's soul or Aeron's freedom from a horrific blood-craze that constantly danced thoughts of maiming and killing through his mind. Thoughts, he was ashamed to admit, he had acted upon. Over and over again.Because of that curse, Reyes, the keeper of the demon of Pain, had almost lost his beloved Danika. In fact, Aeron had been poised to strike that final blow, blade sharpened, raised… falling toward her pretty neck. But just before contact, Paris had chosen Aeron and the craze had instantly left him, sparing Danika's life.Part of Aeron still felt guilty about what had almost happened—and about the consequences of Paris's choice. A guilt that was like acid in his bones, eating away at him. Paris now suffered while he reveled in his freedom. That didn't mean he would show Paris mercy in this matter, however. He loved his friend too much for that. More than that, Aeron owed him. And Aeron always repaid his debts.Hence the reason they were on this roof.Taking care of Paris, though, was not an easy task. For the past six nights Aeron had carted his friend here amid ceaseless protests. Paris had only to pick a woman, then Aeron would procure her and ensure the two were safe while they had sex. But each night the choice was made later. And later.Aeron had a feeling he and Paris would sit here and talk until sunrise this time.Had the now-depressed warrior eschewed these weak mortals as Aeron did, he would not currently be wishing for something he couldn't have. He would not be desperate for it—and denied it for all eternity.Aeron sighed. "Paris," he began. Then stopped. How should he proceed? "Your mourning must end." Good. To the point, just as he preferred. "It's weakening you."Paris ran his tongue over his teeth. "As if you're one to talk about weakness. How many times have you been Wrath's bitch? Countless. And inhow many of those countless instances can you blame the gods? Only once. When that demon overtakes you, you lose all control of your actions. So don't add hypocrisy to your list of sins, okay?"He didn't take offense. Sadly, Paris's claim was irrefutable. Sometimes Wrath would seize control of Aeron's body and fly him through town, striking at everyone within reach, hurting them and gorging on their terror. During those instances, Aeron was aware of what was happening, but unable to halt the carnage.Not that he always wanted the carnage to halt. Some people deserved what they got.But he did loathe losing control of his body, as if he were merely a puppet with strings. Or a monkey who danced on command. When he was reduced to such a state, he despised his demon—but not as much as he despised himself. Because with the hatred, he also experienced pride. In Wrath. Wresting the reins of control from him required power, and power of any kind was to be prized.Still. The love-hate tug-of-war disturbed him."You might not have meant to, but you've just proven my point," he said, jumping back into conversation. "Weakness births destruction. No exceptions." In Paris's case, mourning was simply another word for distracted. And such distraction could prove fatal."What does that have to do with me? What does that have to do with the humans down there?" Paris pointed.Big picture time. "Those people. They age and deteriorate in a heartbeat of time.""And?""And let me finish. If you fall in love with one of them, you might have her for the better part of a century. Maybe, if disease or an accident do not befall her. But it will be a century spent watching her wither and die. And during it all, you'll know an eternity without her awaits you.""Such pessimism." Paris tsked—hardly the reaction Aeron had expected. "You see it as a century spent losing that which you are unable to protect. I see it as a century spent enjoying a great blessing. A blessing that will aid you the rest of eternity."Aid? Absurd. When you lost something precious, the memories of it became a tormenting reminder of what you could never have again. Those memories added to your troubles, distracting you—unlike Paris, he wouldn't wrap the word in a pretty bow—rather than strengthening you.Proof: that's how he felt about Baden, keeper of Distrust and once his best friend. Long ago, he'd lost the man he'd loved more than he would have loved even a blood brother, and now, every time he was alone, he pictured Baden and wondered about what could have been.He didn't want that for Paris.Forget big picture. Time for a little more merciless-ness. "If you're so capable of accepting loss, why do you still mourn Sienna?"A beam of moonlight hit Paris's face, and Aeron saw that his eyes were slightly glazed. Obviously, he'd been drinking. Again. "I didn't have my century with her. I had but a few days." Flat tone.Don't stop now. "And if you had been given a hundred years with her before she died, you would now be at peace with her death?"There was a pause.He hadn't thought so."Enough!" Paris slammed a fist into the roof and the entire building shook. "I don't want to talk about this anymore."Too bad. "Loss is loss. Weakness is weakness. If we don't allow ourselves to grow attached to the humans, we won't care when they leave us. If we harden our hearts, we won't desire that which we cannot have. Our demons taught us that very well."Each of their demons had once lived in hell and desired freedom, and so together they fought their way out. Only, they ended up exchanging one prison for another, and the second had been far worse than the first.Rather than enduring sulfur and flames as they had before, they spent a thousand years trapped inside Pandora's box. A thousand years of darkness and desolation and pain. They'd had no independence, no hope for something better.Had those demons been stronger, had they not craved that which was forbidden to them, they would not have been captured.Had Aeron been stronger of will, he would not later have helped open that box. Would not then have been cursed to house the very evil he had released inside his own body. Would not have been kicked from the heavens, the only home he'd ever known, to spend the rest of eternity in this chaotic land where nothing stayed the same.He would not have lost Baden while warring with Hunters—despicable mortals who abhorred the Lords, blaming them for the world's evil. A friend just died of cancer? Of course the Lords were responsible. A teenage girl just discovered she was pregnant? The Lords had clearly struck again.Had he been stronger, he would not be caught up in that war once again, fighting, killing. Always killing."Have you ever yearned for a mortal?" Paris asked, drawing him from his dark thoughts. "Sexually?"A quiet laugh escaped him. "Welcome a female into my life one day, only to lose her the next? No." He was smarter than that."Who says you have to lose her?" Paris withdrew a flask from the inside of his leather jacket and took a long swig.More alcohol already? Clearly his little pep talk hadn't done his friend a bit of good.After swallowing, Paris added, "Maddox has Ashlyn, Lucien has Anya, Reyes has Danika and now Sabin has Gwen. Even Gwen's sister, Bianka the Terrible, has a lover. An angel I had to oil-wrestle, but whatever. We won't talk about that part."Oil-wrestling? Yes. Best to avoid. "Those couples have each other, but each of those women has an ability that sets her apart from the others of her kind. They're more than human." That didn't mean they would live forever, though. Even immortals could be slain. He'd been the one to pick up Baden's head—without the warrior's body. He'd been the one to first glimpse that eternally frozen expression of shock."Well, hello, solution. Find a female with an ability that sets her apart," Paris said dryly.As if it were that easy. Besides… "I have Legion, and she's all I can handle at the moment." He pictured the little demon so like a daughter to him and grinned. When standing, she only reached his waist. She had green scales, two tiny horns that had just sprouted atop her head and sharp teeth that produced poisonous saliva. Tiaras were her favorite accessory and living flesh her favorite meal.The first he enjoyed indulging, the second they were working on.Aeron had met her in hell. Well, as close to the blistering pit as a man could get without actually melting inside its flames. He'd been chained next door, so to speak, drunk with that cursed bloodlust, determined to slay even his friends, when Legion had dug her way to him, her presence somehow clearing his mind, giving him the strength he so prized. She'd helped him escape, and they'd been together ever since.Except for now. His precious baby girl had returned to hell, a place she despised, all because an honest-to-the-gods angel had been watching Aeron, skulking in the shadows, invisible, waiting for…something. What, he didn't know. He only knew that intense gaze wasn't on him right now, but it would return. It always did. And Legion couldn't stand it.He leaned back and peered up at the night sky. The stars were vivid tonight, like diamonds scattered across black satin. Sometimes, when he craved even the illusion of solitude, he would soar as high as his wings would take him and then fall, fast and sure, only slowing seconds before impact.As Paris downed another mouthful of his liquor, the scent of ambrosia wafted on the breeze, as gentle and sweet as baby's breath. Aeron shook his head. Ambrosia was his friend's drug of choice, the only thing capable of numbing mind and body for men such as them, but its use was getting out of hand, making the once fierce soldier sloppy.With Galen, leader of the Hunters and a demon-possessed warrior like them, roaming the streets, he needed his friend lucid at the very least. Factor in the angel, and well, he needed his friend in top fighting form. Angels, as he'd recently learned, were demon-assassins.Did this angel want to kill him? He wasn't sure, and Bianka's consort, Lysander, wouldn't tell him. But then, the answer really didn't matter. He planned to gut the coward, male or female, the moment it grew some balls and appeared in front of him.No one separated him from Legion. Not without suffering for it. Legion could even now be hurting, mentally and physically. At the thought, Aeron's hands clenched so tightly the bones nearly fractured. The little darling's brethren enjoyed taunting her for her kindness and compassion. They also enjoyed chasing her, and gods knew what they'd do to her if they actually caught her."Much as you love Legion," Paris began, once again dragging Aeron from the sharply tangled mire of his thoughts. He tossed a stone at the building across from them before draining the rest of the flask. "She can't meet all your needs."Meaning sex. Could they not abandon this topic once and for all? Aeron sighed. He hadn't bedded a woman in years, perhaps centuries. They simply weren't worth the effort. Because of Wrath, his desire to hurt them soon outweighed his desire to please them. More, as tattooed and battle-hardened as Aeron was, he had to work for every scrap of affection he received. Females were scared of him—and rightly so. Softening them required time and patience he didn't have. After all, there were a thousand other, more important things he could be doing. Things like training, guarding his home, guarding his friends. Indulging Legion's every whim."I have no such needs." And for the most part, that was true. Disciplined as he was, he rarely indulged in pleasures of the flesh. Only time he did so was while alone. "I have everything I desire. Now, did we come here to share our feelings or find you a lover?"With a growl, Paris tossed the empty flask as he'd tossed the stone. It slammed into the building's wall, plumes of dust and rock filling the air. "One day, someone's going to fascinate you, draw and ensnare you, and you'll crave her with every cell in your body. I hope she drives you insane. I hope, for a little while at least, she denies you, leading you on a merry chase. Perhaps then you'll understand a glimmer of my pain."

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