The Darkest Surrender by Gena Showalter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ok...In this next installment of The Lords of The Underworld Series we follow Strider the smart-ass and jokester of the bunch a.k.a...Keeper of Defeat. Of course he has to win everything or else his demon will cause him extreme pain. The Lords are still searching for the artifacts which will lead them to dimOuniak—Pandora’s box. Because he gave up the cloak of invisibility to the Unspoken Ones's...in exchange of Haidee, now the Lords are short two artifacts instead of one. Strider's still being stalked by Kaia....a harpy and sister to Gwen, Sabin's(Doubt) wife. He doesn't want anything to do with her since she always challenges his Demon.
Kaia The Dissapointment...has been plagued with that name for 15 hundred years by her people. She made a grave mistake at the Harpy Games, when she was just 15 years old and caused a lot of Harpies to die. So now that her family has been invited to the Harpy Games after all this time....Kaia must bring home the gold or die. Unfortunately, the 1st prize is one of the artifacts...The Paring Rod. So Kaia has a decision to make. Does she help her consort and bring more shame on herself(and a death warrant) or does she take the gold and lose her chance at forever with Strider?
Of course, I loved this addition to the series! I absolutely adored Kaia...she was fierce and sexy and she did whatever it took to snag her a Lord!! She knew without a doubt that Strider was hers and made it very clear that she would have him. Strider on the other hand was not so receptive. He tried pushing her away as much as he could but eventually he succumbed! It was great to see the two of them banter with each other. In the beginning Strider believed he didnt want someone like Kaia. One that would challenge his Demon time and time again. But he soon realized that a life like that would be bo-ring! We got a more in-depth look into the Harpy world which was awesome! Those Harpies are a fierce bunch! I also had some serious LOL moments with Kaia and Bianka!
"Lysander, did you see this?", Bianka turned and lifted her shirt, showing him--and everyone else--the panties she wore. They were neon-green with the words Property of Lysandy scripted across the ass.
Lysander stood, as if to fly over to her, then caught himself and plopped back down. "Sweet Deity."
"Your woman wears underwear out in public," Sabin said. "Must be nice. How'd you manage that little miracle?"
"Only the Deity knows."
We also, got to see William on his quest to kill Gilly's parents, Paris and his search for Sienna(I cant wait!!!) and Kane(Disaster)....you'll just have to read to find out what his deal is! What I will say its pretty damn good!!
All in all, I had a great time with my Lords!! Strider and Kaia did not disappoint one bit nor did Strider's cockiness:
"I love you," she told him. "Thats because you're smart. Further proof--look who you ended up with. Me, rather than that shithead Paris."
Its amazing to me how each book gets better and better and each Lord earns a place in my heart....as well as the heroines that keep them in line!! Kaia has become my all time Favorite though(sorry Anya)!
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