Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review: The Darkest Lie by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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 . . .
My Thoughts: I'm not quite sure which of the Lords is my favorite, but I'm always had a soft spot for Gideon. It's probably the blue hair, tats and piercings. I'm a sucker for those things. Every time. Not to mention that he's handicapped by his inability to speak the truth without suffering blinding pain. I mean, that has to suck. On so many levels. I can see how that could stop a relationship cold before it even starts. He wants to tell them they're beautiful and has to say they're ugly. Hello! Mood killer on aisle 3!

So, I'm already a little mushy around Gid. That's a given. Then he gets this whole thing thrown at him about a wife he didn't know he had and he's confused and he's having a hard time expressing himself, what with the lying and all, and I just... melted. Heck, I liked Scarlet. She has more baggage than a celebutante on vacation. I'm not talking about little, piddly stuff either. She has the big guns trained on her. She's angry at Gideon for what she perceives as his abandonment and she the hits just keep on coming. I really can't say more without being all spoiler-ish, so I'll just say that she really got the short end of the stick with what her mother put her through and leave it at that.

Of course, one of the strengths of this series is the side stories with the other Lords. Strider's path looks like it could lead him into hot water. Amun is just a huge freaking mess. Some of William's secrets are finally coming to light. It's big stuff, guys. Big stuff that I can only hope continues in the next books. (and I'm sure it will)

This book progressed the overall arc nicely while giving us the romance we've come to expect from Gena Showalter. Amun's story is up next and it looks like it's going to be a brutal one.

Books in this series
.5. The Darkest Fire
1. The Darkest Night
2. The Darkest Kiss
3. The Darkest Pleasure
4. The Darkest Whisper
4.5. The Darkest Angel
5. The Darkest Passion
6. The Darkest Lie - Paperback | Kindle
7. The Darkest Secret
8. The Darkest Surrender
9. The Darkest Seduction 

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  1. I really need to get going on this series.

    So, if he tells the truth, he is blinded by pain?

    1. Yep. He speaks in code for the most part. He tells people he doesn't want them near him when he really means he hopes they stick around. The other Lords have learned to decipher Gid-speak and they can usually figure out what he's really trying to say.

    2. That is a very intriguing concept, I think.

    3. It can also be a little confusing. I had to go back more than once and reread his parts to deconstruct what he meant. For the most part, Gena Showalter does a good job explaining but there were moments.