Excuse my bleary-eyed blog posting because I was up way, way too late last night reading the just-released The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter (2010), number eight in the Lords of the Underworld series. [Insert my usual gushing about the series.]
The synopsis for this book:
For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel—demon-assassin—has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting—and falling for—Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this "mortal" with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron's darkest passion?
Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn't. . . .
Going in to reading the book, I wasn't quite sure about having Aeron with someone other than Legion. I know he developed fatherly feelings for her, but I could easily have seen the feelings developing in the other direction since Legion calmed Aeron's demon Wrath pretty well in earlier books. Learning more about Legion and a deal she made (don't want to give any spoilers), I'm feeling better about her not being with Aeron.
Fortunately, I also really enjoyed Olivia and how she gave up her wings because she couldn't kill Aeron as ordered. She saw the good in him, and she made the ultimate sacrifice to save him. He isn't unwilling to make his own sacrifice on her behalf when required, either. They work well as a couple.
I also enjoyed the tidbits about other characters and future stories--the sign that Legion's going to have a Lord of her own and that Paris is going to be reunited with the love he thought he lost. The Paris story should be an especially interesting one because, with Promiscuity as his demon, he's required to sleep with a different woman every night. Not exactly what most women are looking for in a dream guy!
Again, I can't encourage fans of paranormal romance strongly enough to try this series, which seems to get more complex with each book.
You can learn more at the author's site here.
My overall rating of The Darkest Passion is a B+.