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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 punishmentThis book is a great intro into the Lords of the Underworld series and I admit, I am completely hooked I will not stop until I read them all Before I tell you about the story, you have to know a few facts about the Lords all of these facts will be explained in the first 10 pages of the book so I won t be giving any spoilers This is based on Greek mythology and Pandora s box is what triggered the events that led the Lords to this situation.
For punishment, each one of them holds a different demon inside them, and they can t be separated from the demon because that would mean death to the host.
That s the most basic that you need to know, for just read the book Anyway, the storyMaddox leaves the castle looking for their enemies, the Hunters, and he comes upon a woman who is not behaving very sane LOL, she begs him to take her with him, and he complies Ashlyn is looking for a cure to her special ability and thinks the strange men who are famous in legends could help her.
She doesn t know everyone would see her as the enemy s Bait, and that leads to some very tricky situations And so the question remains, will Maddox be able to kill her when the others order it, if it is confirmed she is Bait, of will their love transcend everything and omg I am puking now I just can t write the sweet stuff , well you know what I mean And you probably know the answer to it too She has a special ability that s she s trying to get rid of, and the Lords are her only option.
She didn t plan to be held captive in their castle and accused of being Bait, but oh well life is like that The only thing that helps is having Maddox around, because he is the only one she trusts, and it doesn t take long to figure out they have some crazy chemistry between them Ashlyn was a good character, didn t love her but didn t hate her wither, she was just OK to me BUT I did love what she did in the end, that was amazing Possessed by the demon of Violence, Maddox has a short fuse on his temper, plus the gods cursed him with an additional curse which is pretty terrible so yeah, poor Maddox is having a tough time through all these thousands of years of punishment.
With Ashlyn, it s the first time man and demon actually agree on something, and he doesn t want to let her go He is uber protective of her and I loved that about him The additional curse is just terrible and I felt bad for him, I mean really, the gods are just too cruel.
Anyway, he was a pretty good characterHe wasn t quite sure what he wanted to do with her He knew what he should do and what he couldn t Both mattered little just then Because, than anything, he knew that he didn t want to share Take off your clothes His voice was huskier than he d intended.
She blinked up at him, her lashes casting shadows over her cheeks Wh what Take off your clothes Right now she squeaked.
His brow furrowed Do you normally shower with them on No, but I normally shower alone Not today I don t even know what to say Aeron I do Fuck Paris Well I liked this one, I really did, this is actually 3,5 stars but I rounded to 3 because the writing isn t really polished enough well that s just my lousy opinion but I can t help it , anyway, some of their lines were too bombastic and dramatic, maybe if it was toned down a bit.
And my main reason for 3 stars is that I just didn t buy the insta love here Yes I know it s a PNR and in that universe insta love is something perfectly natural, but yeah I don t think someone would fall in love view spoiler with a man who possessed a demon inside him after only one day I would be just a tad bit scared or I don t know Something If it was at least the second day or something But the first Dunno hide spoiler His Powers InhumanHis Passion Beyond Immortal 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 Rud 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 OwnNeither Can Resist The Instant Hunger Than 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 LoveThough They Carry An Eternal Curse, The Lords Of The Underworld Are Irresistibly Seductive And Unimaginably Powerful Don T Miss This Incredible New Paranormal Series From Gena Showalter sigh What can I say The Darkest Night wasn t very dark I wanted to like this book because it came so highly recommended from friends, but I ve read Showalter s writing before and I was skeptical.
Well, my first impression was unfortunately right Showalter s writing style is still very light and sugary, only it s even out of place in such a dark setting i.
e constant violence.
Her heroes are supposed to be Greek immortals, exalted and admired guardians of the gods until their hubris leads the immortals to quarrel with Zeus co In their pride, the immortals open Pandora s forbidden Box They loose the worst demons on mankind Violence, Disease, Pain, Misery, everything that plagues the world As punishment, the immortals are forced to house these demons and their terrible desires in their own bodies It s many years until they learn to control these demons, and in the meantime, the carnage they inflict on the world is terrible.
This sounds like the formula for a wonderfully dramatic, angst ridden read, but there was no drama Main character Maddox mentions many times that he hates what he is, keeper of a malicious demon I m convinced he feels angst, but we rarely ever see examples of the terror he houses inside him I see little evidence for his guilt, his great dilemma, besides a few fistfights with his bros the one point of depth in the novel Why is it so terrible It s only at the end that someone, a villain, shows evidence of the terrors inflicted by these men, and it s never explained or even verified that the horrors were actually committed by them His demon sees little development, and the protagonist hardly sees He is never really developed beyond the loathing he has for his demon and his sin, aside from a note on woodcarving, and after he meets Ashlyn he becomes subintelligent It s love at first sight, and he must protect her because she s his There wasn t much else to explain his sudden, overwhelming need for this woman It was very much like readingThe Life and Times of the Caveman at points He s literally had centuries with no company other than his own and five other private men At least Ward s men had their hobbies I really wish he would have had some interests or some intelligent, clever, or any observations at all to make other than his inexplicable attachment to the heroine who also mysteriously falls in love with him, though he has no apparent attraction for her other than that he solves that little problem of the voices in her head Oh, and his muscles Showalter wants to make sure we re aware that these heroes have muscles, numerous times They re all very muscley cavemen.
But to their credit, the other men seemed to have personality than Maddox Promiscuity and his charm, Death and his considered, calm intelligence, Aeron and his austerity, Disease and his humor I m not really sure about Pain I do hope they don t become simple like Maddox does, when they find their women The existence of these men is never really explained, however They re immortal guards, but since the story s origins have some basis in Greek myth, I expected to be able identify them as demi gods or some other familiar staple of Greek legend, but they re never really identified A lot in this book is unexplained, actually, such as how the most feared demons in the Underworld can apparently be tamed by women The book really could have benefited with some detail, some development of the Hunters, the Lords, even the world where angels apparently also exist The bedroom scenes were a little saccharine for me, but some readers will enjoy them I found it a little strange that the dialogue was abbreviated in every scene, however Love you So good Need you They never managed a full sentence between them, and this style does get annoying when used in every single sex scene The plot was good, at least.
So, in essence, this is still Showalter, still sugary Harlequin romance with paranormal trappings Don t look for another J.
R Ward here, but if you re due for a quick romance, give it a try.
8 keeper of awesomeness stars It is so good when things turn out positively.
I was a bit afraid of finding out I didn t like this series after reading The Darkest Touch but with re reading this first book I feel like I m back on it.
The Lords of The Underworld series is so addicting and so much fun and with an interesting premise, it s no wonder why how these books have made it this far.
I find the mix between Greek mythology, urban legends and paranormal creatures pretty great and with this compelling characters, you just want to learn and about them.
In this first story we fall in love with Maddox, keeper of the demon of Violence and Ashlyn, a young girl working for a paranormal researcher institute with an interesting gift It s a bit of insta love but like insta lust and it s a very decent start of a series We also meet Maddox s brothers in arms Torin, Lucien, Reyes and Paris who are the keepers of Disease, Death, Pain and Promiscuity respectively Also we learned about their backstory and their curses.
Overall I think this a good paranormal romance book and I will be re reading the rest of the series because why not.
view spoiler hide spoiler Well, I finally started the much lauded Lords of the Underworld series I was happy with this book However, it does have some issues with it that I felt detracted from it as a stellar read I felt like there was a roughness in some of the writing I have a theory about this I think that the publishers really put a lot of pressure on the paranormal writers to put out a series quickly This takes time away from the authors that they need to polish each book so that it can be at its best I felt like scenes jumped around a lot, and some things got left out, so I had to go back and reread scenes It also felt like a set up book The mythology was a little vague that I wanted it to be It refers to the Greek gods as The Greeks and the Titans as The Titans Who are they I wanted to know about them I was left with big questions unanswered Perhaps this will be revealed as the book progresses I just wanted to see some of this information get integrated into this book There were some things I didn t like about the setup, like the Hunters I m not sure that they are formidable enough enemies Maybe this series will come to show that there is a dangerous menace for the Lords.
Okay, you are probably asking why this is a four star book, having said all this I ll talk about that after I get the issues off my chest Don t get me wrong I love these paranormal series, but I wish that as much energy went into the first book, so that the quality is consistent It s really hard when you try to recommend books to people, but you have to say, But don t give up if you don t care for the first book I hate when that happens, because then that person thinks, Hmm What s up with her taste in books Not that I think that, mind you But you worry your friend will think that.
Okay, let s talk about the positives with this book I loved the concept of these warriors who have been cursed by being inhabited by ancient demons that were released from Pandora s Box Yes, the Pandora s Box of Greek Mythology Pretty darn awesome premise And the execution is very good so far, minus the issues I expressed above The characters were interesting and I wanted to learn about them Each warrior stands out from the other I already feel emotionally engaged with the Lords, and I want to see that happy resolution for each of them I think Gena Showalter s imagination is really apparent in the characters she creates, and the storylines She s really funny, too I like the way the Lords interacted What can I say I m a big fan of the group of guys who live together and fight together They re friends, most of the time, but sometimes they can be antagonistic with each other But at the end of the day, they would die for each other.
Ashlyn was adorable Not just that She was pretty courageous Some might consider her too sweet, but I like sweet heroines I thought she was a perfect match for tortured Maddox I like how drawn she was to him from the beginning He made the voices stop, but she was very attracted to him, and almost was the pursuer in this book Maddox was a good hero You liked him and felt for him I think how he suffered was pretty awful I don t think the dark elements are as dark as they can be in a paranormal romance, but I can t quibble about that I know there are darker series that I can read for that And at the end of the day, I love the sweetness of Gena Showalter s stories I really want to smile when I finish reading them I loved the end of this book It was so satisfying that I read the last page again.
The steam factor is higher than her prior books And she did well with that The love scenes are hot and explosive, but they are loving The best combination You want the couple to be together I loved all their scenes together and the way their attraction unfolds There were parts that made me sigh, and other parts that made me want to fan myself because the scenes were hot.
This is a good book that will give you some enjoyable hours of entertainment, and you ll definitely want to keep reading the series And if you re kind of iffy about this one, don t give up on this series, or the author Grin.
THE BACK STORY Long ago twelve immortals warriors made by Zeus, became jealous of Pandora she was chosen to guard a box Inside that box housed some of the most dangerous demons ever known The Immortals made a horrible mistake of killing Pandora and opening the box As punishment for the evil they have unleashed each warrior was sentenced to carry one of those demons for all eternity They are Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wrath Angry with the Gods the Lords wreaked havoc killing anything and everything allowing their demons to take over They are then banished to Earth A group of humans rose above the bloodshed and called themselves The Hunters Hell bent on punishing the Lords for every wrong that has ever been caused After killing Baden keeper of Distrust, they realize that they cannot kill a Lord without unleashing the demon into the world Both sides learn that they need four godly artifacts to find Pandora s box to entrap the demons again Time is now running out with the Titans have taken the throne, the Hunters are growing and one by one the Lords are learning to trust others besides themselves to help win the war Who will find them first Lords Gods Or Hunters Name MaddoxHair color Jet black Eyes Violet But glow red when angry Demon Violence Tattoo left shoulder wrapping around back Things to know Maddox was the one to kill Pandora, as a punishment every night he has to die by Reyes hand and then Lucien takes him to hell to be punished He awakens the next morning to do it all again One of the best fighters out of the Lords Name Ashlyn DarrowThings to know American orphan who has been brought up by World Institute of Parapyschology aka the government.
, aka The Hunters Has the ability to stand in one spot and hear every conversation that has ever occurred there THE LOVE STORY We are introduced to the Lords that live in their Castle in Budapest Maddox Violence, Lucien Death, Reyes Pain Aeron Wrath, Torin Disease, Paris Promiscuity.
Ashlyn has heard of the Angels that live in the castle on the top of the hill in Budapest She is hoping that they can help her stop hearing the voices in her head When she gets to the woods near the castle she is going half mad with all the voices talking to her when all of a sudden they just stop Confused she looks around and finds a man A man covered in blood She doesn t care he has made them stop somehow She wants to stay with him and find out Maddox has just killed the first hunters in 100 s of years, They were near the castle The girl brought them she didn t know they were following her but he still wants her It s nearing midnight and he will die then, so he takes the girl back to fortress, he will have to explain her presence with his friends What transpires is obviously them falling in love, Maddox never has been in love before Ashlyn losing her virginity, and most importantly stupidly Ashlyn making the ULTIMATE sacrifice for her man SECONDARY STORY While Ashlyn and Maddox are falling madly in love We are told about the war with the Hunters and the other Lords who do not live in the castle and haven t spoken to these Lords in 1000 s of years Enter Sabin Doubt, Gideon Lies, Amun Secrets, Strider Defeat, Kane Disaster, and Cameo The only girl Lord Misery Together they learn about the godly artifacts needed to help free their demons We also meet new character Anya The minor Goddess of Anarchy Also the Titans have overthrown the Greeks and taken back the throne Now that Cronus is King again he has a task for the Lords Starting with Aeron aka Wrath Cronus has told Aeron that he must kill an innocent family of 4 women He doesn t want to do it,Cronus tells him if he does not he will be punished as Wrath will take over and eventually cave to the bloodlust The Lords decide to bring the women to the Budapest fortress until they can decide how they are going to stop Aeron from going mad while Wrath takes over and how to defy Cronus One of the women has a shitload of spunk And also has an admirer Reyes MY HONEST OPINION I did really like this story I really did I can TOTALLY understand why people are comparing it to the BDB and IAD and well pretty much every other paranormal romance out there But this series holds its own I mean we all love to read about scary Alpha bad boy tortured heroes who are fucking amazing in bed so that s why they keep writing about them I do need to say that I have now read the whole series and the writing does get stronger and better as it goes on so please don t give up At time I found this book could be a bit cheesy and mushy But it was a great introduction into the series Yes there was a lot of people to cover and a lot of mythology to try and remember but I thought it was goodAs mentioned before I have read the whole series now and when you need to remember something important ie who s demon belongs to who or about the mythology it is explained again so that you know what you need to I write these reviews after I read each one and then came back and added things like thisI couldn t wait to start the next book It s too hard to choose a favorite Lord yet will keep u posted and I really really really like Anya FAV QUOTES CHUCKLES CONVO SYou are mine, woman, and I am yours Until you, my life was desolate I existed, but I didn t truly live Now I live, even in my death Sometimes what we want isn t what we need I tried to tell you You said you didn t care, remember A muscle ticked below his eye You should have told me anyway While you had barbells within your reach Please I m Disease, not Stupid What s this about Finally Interest, was the only response If this is one of your tricks Like the time Torin had ordered hundreds of blow up dolls and placed them throughout the fortress, all because Paris had foolishly complained about the lack of female companionship in town The plastic ladies had stared our from every corner, their wide eyes and let me suck you mouths taunting everyone who passed them.
Things like that happened when Torin was bored Knock him out, Paris Sure Want me to spew diamonds from my ass while i m at it I don t even know what to say Aeron I do Fuck Paris Once I learned, I went online and ordered every romance novel I could find They re fairy tales for grown ups I ll take the cemetery, Kane said He didn t sound excited Rather, he sounded resigned The club might collapse if I go Pale hair fell in waves to his shoulders, framing a face mortal females considered a sensual feast They didn t know the man was actually a devil in angel s skin They should have, though He practically glowed with irreverence, and there was an unholy gleam in his green eyes that proclaimed he would laugh in your face while cutting out your heat Or laugh in your face while you cut out his heart Who is she, why is she still here and when can I see her naked Paris asked with an eyebrow wiggle He would have been handsome in a serial killer kind of way if not for those tattoos Bomb , Reyes said, not bothering to look up One of ours Maddox insisted Hardly I know better than to blow myself up, Reyes sighed Back off, asshole I haven t had a woman today, so I m in no mood for this kind of bullshit Aren t all fairy tales based in fact You yourself are supposed to be nothing than a myth.
Pandora s box is a story parents read to their children at night, she countered That means life itself is afairy tale Like the characters, we all live and love and search for a happily ever after I ve traveled all over the world for the Institute, but I never dreamed I d meet someone like you Strong A chuckle escaped her Yes Handsome Of course Sharp of wit and skilled with a sword Absolutely An other chuckle But I mean a man friend guy Oh, I don t know what to call you He savored her amusement and her earnest words Just call me yours That is all I want to be

My Problem that I Know Will Not Actual Bother Everyone Okay, the main hero is an immortal warrior who is partially controlled by demon of Violence Yes, Violence, which the heroine, Ashlyn, is dating He spends the first 50 pages give or take chanting kill, murder, slice, hurt, killkillkill to himself He acknowledges that while he tries to fight the demon, he does fail on a nearly nightly bases Now, I m aware that in this genre love conquers all and that relationships and people in romance novels are not expected to be 100% realistic I know this But If your best friend, Sally, comes to you and says that she met this really great guy who is loving and caring and good to her, but he tells her that he holds the demon of Violence in his body, not joking, you would think one of three things 1 He is crazy, 2 He has a demon of Violence in his body, or 3 this is a lovely metaphor of his behavior after three beers In any case, wouldn t you tell Sally to run, not walk, to the nearest exit I had a really hard time overlooking the mass murder aspect of their relationship My bad.
The Other Problems with the Book The Hero s The hero and his friends are the ultimate bad boys They are immortal warriors each containing a demon Maddox, the warrior of this book, has the demon of Violence and is only partly in control of it And why does he have this demon Because he and his friends were so pissed off that the job of guarding the box of demons was given to Pandora, a girl, that they stole the box and opened it and so released Violence, Wrath, Death, Disease, Disaster, Pain, Misery, Lies, Secrets, Doubt, and Promiscuity into the world Yeah Very heroic Maddox also has the distinction of being the one who killed Pandora, while he was Violence The Villains So, when demons were first placed in these immortal warriors, the demons pretty much wrecked havoc slaying and killing the population for many, many, many years until the warriors figured how to imperfectly control them In the mean time, those pesky human who were being butchered trained up fighters to kill the demons warriors Yes, we re the bad guys.
The Mythology I think the author could have picked better demons For example, Violence and Wrath Both guys are all about the killing Violence has whole mindless rage going on while Wrath kills people according to their crime rapists have their penis removed, etc Shouldn t Wrath be Hammurabi or Vengeance Or is that not evil enough Because I don t think Promiscuity, Lies, or Secrets are that evil either I mean, Secrets Really Pandora s Box So the bad guys, the humans, learned that if they can find Pandora s box and hold it next to the demon ridden immortal warriors, the demons will be sucked back into the box The side effect will be the death of the warriors, but as Maddox spent some time complaining that there s no way to kill himself because he just heals back that shouldn t be a problem, right Wrong Needless to say, the immortal warriors are not so keen to die when it comes down to it Now, if I hosted, let s say Misery we can all agree that misery is bad , and have done things in the past thousand years that make the rest of the world miserable, I would say sucks to be me and embrace the box But it gets better, because in the book s reality, if I get sucked into the box all Misery in the whole world would disappear All of it No Misery Even if it wasn t originally my fault, even if I was an innocent bystander, if I were hosting Misery and killing the demon and myself I was ridding the world of all Misery for ever and ever, I would kind of consider it my duty to let myself be sucked into the box And I am a selfish, selfish person Necessary Evil Which leads us to another little question of what would happen if only Death and Lies got sucked into the box I ll even throw in Disease as well Death, Lies, and Disease are in the box and out of the world Which means no telling Aunt Jenny you love the fruitcake and the orange sweater she gave you for your birthday Lies help grease the social wheel Just a fact Which leaves us with the problem of Death and age You don t get eternal youth, you just don t get to die You can still be injured and hurt and age, but no Death It s probably a good thing that the immortal warriors are not going into the box.
Plot and Character There are two issues that immediately spring to mind So, those horrible, nasty humans managed to off one of the immortal warriors several hundreds of years ago which caused the immortal group of warriors to split into two factions One faction wanted to kill the people who were responsible for the warrior s death, burn down the city and the kill the rest of the population The other wanted to kill all the people who were responsible for the warrior s death and hide themselves away from the world Now, Promiscuity suck it up sex positive people, it s a sin needs to sleep with at least, at least, two women a day and they can t be the same woman No repeats As a hero he decides to hide himself away from the world, except for his many, many trips a day into town for sex Does this make sense Shouldn t he be walking the world getting laid Even if he strikes out on his own rather than hanging out with either faction, sleeping his way through Europe Based on the first book, on average, he has a thousand different women a year In an isolated area Up in the mountains Does he order them from the internet My second problem is that when Ashlyn, the female lead, learns that Maddox is being punish because he murdered Pandora by stabbing her six times in the stomach her response is We all make mistakes Well, yes, yes, we do I, myself, killed someone in a mindless rage just this morning Seriously Because you could reasonable forgive him You could It was a long time ago, he has been punished, he really wasn t himself when he killed her, she loves him But I want to see that reasoning I want her to actually think about it Which leaves the minor problems of introducing a literal god in the machine to break the curse, having to life bond Ashlyn and Maddox because he is immortal and she s human, and pull out all the stops to convince the reader that the human hunters are the bad guys.
As the first full length book in this series, this book did a good job of making me want Aside from the love story between Maddox and Ashlyn, which was fantastic by the way, there was a lot of plot and character development No doubt, this will serve to make future books entertaining It was a wholly enjoyable read.
Ashlyn and Maddox seemingly meet by chance He thinks that she s bait for hunters She is curious about the house of immortal beings The townspeople speculate are angels and Ashlyn needs a miracle.
Maddox is cursed, along with his friends, for opening Pandora s box As punishment, the demon Violence lives within him He is in a constant battle with the demon over his body and mind As if that weren t bad enough, he must be killed every night, as he killed Pandora.
Ashlyn has lived with her own curse, of sorts She has heard voices for as long as she can remember Standing in any given location, she can hear every conversation that ever took place there She just wants to make the voices be quiet She figures that if anyone could help her, it would be an angel.
When Maddox and Ashlyn cross paths, they are instantly drawn to one another They may not trust each other, but there is no denying the attraction between them Fierce possessive and protective instincts overtake them Of course, there is plenty of danger and action to keep things moving along Somebody is still sending the hunters after Maddox and his friends The attacks are getting bolder and dangerous There is also a change in immortal leadership, which is wreaking havoc on Maddox and his friends lives.
Overall, I thought this was a nice, entertaining story I really enjoyed the backstory and all of the secondary characters I look forward to reading each of their stories as I get further into this series In many ways, this book was reminiscent of the Immortals After Dark series that I finally got around to reading a little while back However, that isn t a bad thing, since I loved that series.
The only negative thing I have to say about the audiobook is that it had this really irritating music that played at a few points Mainly, the music started during major transitions in the story At one point, I thought Ashlyn was finally going to have sex with Maddox and the music started up It was really cheesy and had me laughing like a loon.

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 transl