“I’ve been waiting for Paris’ story for what’s felt like ages and now that I’ve read it, I can’t help but feel just a little bit peeved at how it turned out. You guys have to know that Paris is one of my favorite Lords and I felt like if he just wasn’t in the book enough for me and after all it was his story so I shouldn’t have been left to feel that way.
Also what I think was more pronounced or rather I felt it more in this installment of the series was that the point of view changed every chapter or every few chapters. As a result of that, it felt like if I was reading five or six different stories in one and for me after a while this got really annoying especially when it switched to Cronus because I cannot stand him for the life of me. It was great that we got to see so many sub-stories about the secondary characters but it just peeved me even more that I wasn’t learning about Paris.
As per fashion with all the Lords of the Underworld books, this one was action packed and drama ridden from start to finish. In the beginning stages of the book, we got to see more into how Paris was handling his separation from Sienna and it mostly consisted of drinking, fighting himself bloody and keeping his demon under wraps and unsatisfied. Nonetheless, I was still happy that we sort of saw the root of his problem when it came to Sienna and where it was stemming from.
After that we got into Sienna and her time with Cronus on the realm of blood and shadows. I have to admit that I’ve never really liked Sienna that much but when I read everything she had to go through I couldn’t help but feel a bit sorry for her. She was essentially enslaved even though she bore no shackles, and she only left the castle when Wrath took over. It was still a lose-lose situation for her though, nobody could help her because she was just a spirit and a few people could see her.
That’s why when Paris finally found her and he could see and touch her to boot thanks to Viola, I was very happy for the both of them. I was just like “finally!” you know, Paris got his girl and Sienna got her guy but that exciting was a bit short lived thanks to Sienna’s woe is me attitude even though she had feelings for him and they acted on the feeling she sometimes just couldn’t get it through her head that Paris wanted her and her alone and that annoyed me to no end.
Like most paranormal romances, just because you found love doesn’t mean you get to keep it so easily. That was the case with Paris and Sienna as well and even though it was a hard journey to reach mutual happiness with each other, it was well worth everything in the end. I would talk about it but then that would spoil some of the big surprises for you guys and believe me, there are some BIG shockers occurring in this book, you guys just have to sit back and read it yourselves.
I have to admit though that some of the best parts of the book for me happened out the whole Paris and Sienna love affair. Thanks to the rotating points of view, we got to experience the births of Maddox and Ashlyn’s twins and it was a pretty emotional scene but funny as well thanks to William and his jokester self. I’m really looking forward to see what happens in the future with the twins because they’re both already way more developed than any of the warriors suspected. The interactions alone that we see with Urban and Ever and the rest of the folks are extraordinary. I’m semi-speculating already about what’s going to happen with both and the future can only be grand as far as I can see.
I also enjoyed all the parts with Galen and Legion, Kane while trapped in hell and his meeting with White; the horsewoman of the apocalypse and all the mystery surrounding Zacharel so you can already tell I’m excited for his book in the Angels of the Dark Series coming out in June. The book was just a great, well written story and I can honestly say I enjoyed it to the fullest and it was a top class addition to the Lords of the Underworld series.
This is one of my favorites in the series to date for the simple fact that it was nearly perfectly well rounded and enjoyable. I just wish I got to see more of Paris since it was in fact his story and not the story of every man in the series but I can let that go because I love this series so much and it’s one of my favorites. I can honestly say that all readers of the LotU series will enjoy something about this book. ”
“As soon as I finish The Dark Highlander(which should be today or tomorrow) This is whats next on my list!! I've been dying ofr this book!! If I wasn't so into the dark highlander and almost done with it I'd have to set it aside!! Love the Lords!! Not my favorite Lord's book, very slow start for me and I'm still not sold on Sienna, Paris deserved someone so much better to get his HEA With.. .hoping that I'll enjoy the second half better... I ADORE William The Dark:)
So I finished Darkest Seduction and I must give a there star rating because I'm torn between my feelings for the book. There were many parts I liked, although it was a slow start for me it did pick up in the second part of the book. I love everything William! And I'm really on board with Zach. I feel my biggest issue with this book is Sienna, I didn't like her when we first met her and I wasn't happy that she was Paris' HEA. I was hoping that something would make me like her and aside from the awsome thing she did to Cronus... still not a fan!! I am so ready for William's book, oh and I need Torin's book also. All in all a good book just disappointed with his HEA:(”
“My Rating: 4 stars: Enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)
My head is still spinning after reading this 500 plus page story. I, like many, have been waiting for Paris’s story for a very long time. We met his “HEA” back in the second Lords of the Underworld book, The Darkest Kiss. That was a long time ago and poor Paris has been to hell and back - searching for Sienna’s spirit, giving into and battling his ambrosia addition, fighting and killing anyone (especially Hunters) that got in his way. We’ve had book after book of the degradation of Paris, and now it’s finally his time.
The book picks up where The Darkest Surrender ends. Things have been building to this point, and I do not recommend newcomers to the series start here. There are a lot of plot points that come together. Paris is still hot on the trail of tracking down human spirit-turned keeper of the High Demon Lord, Wrath. She is a former Hunter and current prisoner of the Titan god king, Cronus. She is also the one woman that Paris’s demon, Promiscuity, was able to “get it up for” more than once. He is obsessed and this has lead to his near destruction.
The first half or so of this book is dedicated to detail and background - fitting the pieces in place for the rest of the tale. Paris isn't quite the same ruined man he has been of late. He's kicked his ambrosia addiction, and although he is still killing and is violent, he's focused on finding Sienna. His friends still support him which indicates he hasn't gone too far into the deep end.
Sienna seems like a lost child. She still seems so innocent. But she'll put her own life on the line to protect those she cares about. She is trapped and nearly broken by Cronus, but when Paris arrives, her internal drive kicks into high gear. I really like Sienna.
The primary bad guys in this book are Cronus and Rhea, and they are ... interesting. Cronus is an ass of the nth degree. Rhea is equally evil. The scene in which Cronus kills someone Sienna loves is just wicked. They make for excellent villains, however Cronus begins to degrade over the course of the book, leaving him less sharp and witty. But in the end, long time readers are rewarded with a satisfactory conclusion to the current story-arc.
Did I mention that there is a lot going on in this book, other than Paris/Sienna and the battle with Cronus and Rhea? There are a few side stories, that in my opinion could have been cut to shorten the length of the book. This is my biggest issue with The Darkest Seduction -- there is just too much going on.
Some side stories were fun, like new Lord Keeper/goddess, Viola and her pink-haired fallen angel suitor. She had her place in the story, so I didn’t mind the additional characters, although the battles between Paris and Pinky weren't all that necessary. But others, like the three mysterious Lord Keepers trapped with Sienna - really could have been cut and have them introduced in a later book.
We do get more about Kane, who was left in the Underworld in the last book. I’m not really sure what is up with Kane. He seems to be the only Lord who is actively tormented by his own demon. There is no self-preservation for Disaster (his Lord). It was hinted at in previous books that Kane may bring about the end of the world, but I’m not sure how I feel about mixing up his storyline into this book - it was too little and too vague - and in the end, unnecessary for this story to be told.
We also had more about Legion, the demon minion-turned-human. She has a connection to our other bad guy - Galen (Keeper of Hope and ??). Again, things were tossed about and hinted at, but it was too much for this story. It may have been better to pick only a couple of the side stories and bulked them up than trying to tell the reader a little about everyone.
Finally, the warrior angel Zacharel plays a bigger part in this story than he has in the past. He is yet another elusive character. We really don’t know much about him, and it started to drive me a bit crazy. He and Paris would go head-to-head and I just didn’t feel the reasons behind the conflict. It was only after I finished reading the book did I find out that Ms. Showalter has a spinoff series planned for the warrior angel. I’m not a fan of introducing a character just to spin him off to another series (JR Ward... grrrrr), but in this case, it didn’t bother me quite as much.
The Darkest Seduction is a romance, and the love story at the heart of this book was perfect for me. Paris and Sienna are a quintessential match. Even the angels, who sought to keep them apart, agree that Paris and Sienna complement each other perfectly. I adore the time that they take to become friends and learn about each other. And the smex (per usual Showalter fashion) is smokin’!
Finally, Ms. Showalter adds everything into this story that makes the LotU series one of my favorites. The humor is fantastic - even when things are down, the band of brothers and their mates are cracking jokes. The less obvious wit and the blatant jokes are equally welcome. There is plenty of intense action, which is violent at times. The camaraderie of the Lords is deeper than ever. They are connected in ways that run deeper than blood, so even if one makes a mistake, they are right there to help each other out. And to top it off, there are deeply touching and emotional moments and events, reminiscent of the first few books in the series. The nuggets are there - you just have to wade through the excess to find them. And when you reach page 396, please enjoy Paris and Strider as much as I did (yes, it is what you think!)
In the end, yes, there were things that bugged me about this book. I have listed a few, and there were others. BUT the overall storyline and romance at the center of the book far outweigh my nit-picking criticisms. The current story arc ends, and we are left with a few surprising twists that change up the game and pave the way for more LotU books and the spinoff Angels of the Dark series. I enjoyed the ride with all the bumps and detours, and look forward to continuing the journey!”