Review: Heart of Darkness by Showalter, Shayne, Krinard

Filed in Gena Showalter , Review , The Geeky Lover Posted on May 3, 2010 @ 5:59 am 0 comments

Format Read: eBook ARC
Number of Pages: 320 pages
Release Date: January 1st 2010
Publisher: HQN Books
Formats Available: Paperback, eBook
Purchasing Info: GoodReads, Author’s Website, Book Depository

Book Blurb:
From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction…

1. The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter (LOTU, #4.5)
An iron-willed demon assassin, the angel Lysander has never know lust–until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation…

2. Love Me to Death by Maggie Shayne
Twenty-two years ago four teenage boys were convicted of a young girl’s murder. Now, in the form of a beautiful woman, the “victim” is seeking vengeance. And only one man dares to dig into the past to uncover its secrets…and set her free.

3. Lady of the Nile by Susan Krinard
Lady Tameri believes to be the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian princess, and Leo Erskine has set out to prove her wrong…never dreaming that the two of them are about to discover a prophecy that will bind them together forever.

My Thoughts:
I know I’m a bad bad Book Lover but I only read Gena’s story in this anthology, so this review is only for The Darkest Angel.

I’m a total Gena Showalter addict so I was really thrilled to find this book on netgalley in January. Why did it take me sooo long to read then you ask yourself? Bad case of being unable to remember netgalley even exists. You know, it’s not like a my real life bookshelf that taunts me every day with my huge Mount TBR but that is beside the fact and has nothing to do with the book. LOL

As all Gena Showalter books The Darkest Angel is an hilarious wild ride with an appropriate (bad choice of word I know *wink*) amount of steam. I always love how Gena creates these witty and funny conversations between her characters and their actions, in this case Bianka’s, often leave me speechless but laughing really hard.

Lysander is a demon-killing angel with a new goal: he HAS to make Bianka into a decent person. Problem is: she’s a harpy and that’s coming with a few limitations she just can’t break. For once she can only eat what she earned or stole. And you can imagine which way she chooses. She’s driving him crazy. But why only this harpy and not all the other creatures that go bump in the night? She seems to be his only temptation. He wants to touch her and you can’t imagine what that means to an angel. I loved the way he struggled with his desires. And his thoughts are hilarious. How long can a man wonder how it would feel to touch the skin of a woman without doing so? I wanted to scream: “Do it! Be a man and just start the touching!” But he really took his time. He loves to be an angel and the last thing on his mind is falling and he is afraid that will happen if he gives in to her temptation.

Bianka is hard to explain. She is strong, witty, funny and a girl you don’t want to mess with. And if you do be aware that she really knows how to pay you back. She made me cry from laughter with her stubbornness and big mouth. She’s a force of nature and brings total chaos into Lysander’s life. At first she just wants to get her will and have fun while doing it (she really knows how do make it Fun) but after a bit of time with Lysander she sees what he really is- a really hot piece of cake.

The relationship between this two is stormy from the start and I loved the way it developed. The back and forth was entertaining and when they finally got to the point it was unbelievable hot. These two are really made for each other. I love when our couple of interest knows exactly how to push the buttons of each other.

I loved reading this story and this story alone is reason enough to buy this book. Gena again created a story that made me laugh and brought perhaps a small tear to my eyes. Highly recommended to sweeten up a lonely Sunday afternoon. This book will totally make your day.

I give The Darkest Angel 4 out of 5 bookies.

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About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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