Title: The Darkest Lie
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld, #6
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: HQN (Imprint of Harlequin)
Date Published: June 29th, 2010
Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding — or bedding — her. But he wants to . . . almost as much as he wants her.
But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free, and a future with her could mean ultimate ruin. Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer . . . and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love…
Like many others, I wasn’t sure how I’d like this book. I loved Gideon’s POV in previous books, but I wasn’t sure how a whole book of Gideon-speak would go for me. Thankfully, it was done really well, and even though I had to re-read in some places a couple of times in order to make sure I translated correctly, it wasn’t annoying and I got pretty used to it after awhile. Oh and did I mention Gideon is fabulously sexy. Mmm…
Anyways, in this LOTU installment, we start off right about where the last book left off. Scarlet is a prisoner in the Lord’s dungeon and she’s told Gideon that they are married. He doesn’t remember her or recall ever marrying her so she’s a big mystery to him. What’s even stranger though is that he does remember glimpses of her face and they both have the same tattoo — “To Part Is To Die”. Gideon is determined to get answers from Scarlet so he breaks her out and takes her somewhere else where they can be alone and he can get some answers. In the meantime Aeron is determined to traverse to hell in order to rescue Legion.
So I really liked both Gideon and Scarlet. I thought that this story was probably one of the more heartbreaking of the books so far. Although I really hardly ever cry during books (very few and far between), I did find myself on the verge of tears a few times during this book. Don’t get me wrong though, it wasn’t all sad. Gideon and Scarlet are very much cute together and they are very teasing with each other, which was fun. They also had a lot of hot and steamy moments which were muy wonderful.
The one thing I have to say I didn’t like about this book was that it seemed like the side stories almost become too much. I would just be getting into the moment Gideon and Scarlet were in and then be sucked into Amun or Strider, or someone else’s POV. While I do like this and I think it builds the characters and the next story very nicely, I thought this story did it too much. The side stories seemed to take away from Gideon and Scarlet’s story and that was disappointing.
On a side note, I LOVE that we get another Immortals After Dark moment with the YouTube video and Carrow. Awesome. I am also finding myself strangely intrigued by characters I didn’t like before. I’m curious about what’s going on with Galen and the glimpse into his weaknesses we get
and also what’s going to happen between him and Legion
. I am also kind of starting to…maybe…like Cronus. I’m still leery of him and don’t know his ultimate motives, but for some reason I’m softening to him.
Overall, loved this book. I couldn’t put it down and I’m seriously excited for the next book.
Although, reading the description that Amun will end up with Haidee instead of Strider is surprising and a bit disappointing. With the moments her and Strider had in this one, it almost seemed like it was setting up for their book, not Amun’s. But oh well.
Most of all though, I really loved Gideon in this book. He’s so sweet and caring and I’m loving his tattoos and piercings. He’s awesome. On to the next one!
“Got hot sauce for this disgusting snack?” he asked Cronus as he reached into the bowl for another helping.
“No.” The king shuddered. “Why would you want hot sauce? Who puts hot sauce on popcorn?”
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