Title: The Darkest Whisper
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld, #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: HQN (Imprint of Harlequin)
Date Published: August 25th, 2009
He is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked.
Bound by the demon of doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern…until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.
Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love…
Wow. Just wow. So much happened in this book I couldn’t believe it! Unlike some of the previous books in the series, this one was jam freakin’ packed with action. It literally had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. For some reason though, these books are falling just short of the five star mark for me. I’m not sure exactly what it is. Perhaps it’s the humor element? There’s not much humor in there. When William and Anya are interacting, sure. But, I wish there was more overall. Everything can be too serious sometimes. It’s just something that’s not pushing it to five stars in my mind. They are really good though and this was definitely 4.5 stars!
This story is about Sabin (Keeper of Doubt) and Gwen (an immortal Harpy). Their story is almost love at first sight. Well, it’s at least lust at first sight. The moment they meet, the chemistry is in motion and their feelings are stirring under the surface. But Sabin pushes away the thought of a relationship from the fear of Gwen getting hurt. You see, all of his past relationships have ended…well, tragically — thanks to Doubt. Afraid of the same fate for Gwen, he tries to push his feelings for her down. In the meantime Gwen is struggling with her feelings for Sabin and unable to find herself trusting him completely, mainly due to her un-trusting Harpy nature.
In this story we also get a few new characters! I’m really excited to see what happens with them. I have a feeling they will be playing larger roles in the upcoming stories and will perhaps even be mates to some of the warriors. We shall see! In addition, we get to hear from some more POV’s. We get to hear from Paris, Aeron, and Torin again. But, a newcomer to his own POV, we get to hear from Gideon! I was surprisingly intrigued by him because we don’t get to understand him too much outside of his POV since he can’t ever tell the truth. But, within this POV, we get to hear his true thoughts and I found the mystery surrounding him to be intriguing. I’ll be looking forward to his book.
One thing I was pretty disappointed in was the very brief appearance of Nix (from Immortals After Dark). I heard she made an appearance in this book and was excited to see what would happen. But she doesn’t even get a line! I was so bummed. It was so short and I was so hoping for more. But, oh well. I’m sure, being that her and Kresley Cole have different publishers, it’s probably because of legalities. But boo!
Anyways, back to the story. I loved Sabin. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about him. He’s been okay in the previous books, but I wasn’t sure how he would be in his own book. However, I thought he was quite yummy and I enjoyed him thoroughly. However, I was a little iffy about Gwen. She just seemed kind of whiny a lot and I didn’t like that about her. She came into her own and I liked her more near the end, but she did kind of piss me off with something she did at the end of the book.
Letting Galen get away! What’s wrong with her!? That really bugged the crap out of me. I guess Gena needed him alive to keep the Hunter thing going, but that was just like wha!?!
Overall, I thought this book was great. What the other books may have lacked in action, this one made up for tenfold. However, the addition of more action seemed to take away from the romance. Sure, there were a few “love” scenes here and there, but nothing like the last books. I really missed that! *sniff* Hopefully in the upcoming books Gena will get a good balance between the two elements down; because, in my mind at least, those are the two most crucial elements in paranormal romance.