The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter

Posted April 9, 2018 in review Tags: , ,

The Darkest Promise by Gena ShowalterThe Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter
Pages: 384

Series: Lords of the Underworld #13
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC
Also in this series: The Darkest Warrior
Also by this author: The Darkest Warrior
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New York Times
bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Lords of the Underworld story about an iron-willed sovereign and the somber beauty who melts him with a glance

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn't allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him - until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile and seduce her into his bed.

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they've forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever

The Darkest Promise is part Alice in Wonderland, part biblical tangent, part mythological twist. You have Cameo, who is inhabited by the demon of misery. Lazarus the cruel and unusual is king of the realm of the grimm and fantica. The world Showalter has created is insane! Its so incredibly unique and fantastical! Its also VERY sexy. Talk about sexual tension!

Now, Lazarus is a character I know from the Bible. He is the man Jesus raised from the dead in his last miracle before his passion. Also, religiously speaking, Balthazar was the demon of misery who, like Satan, was once an angel who was banished. So, these stories had me thinking about the characters and trying to make connections in other ways. It was fascinating because obviously, the story goes in directions you could never predict but it didn’t stop me from trying!

Talk about a forbidden love that is never to be! Cameo has her memory erased the moment she experiences happiness. So, no love, no joy. Lazarus knows she is his intended (he has a weird greek word for it), but they simply cannot be together. Its all very tragic and angsty. Cameo is one of the Lords of the Underworld, but because her demon makes everyone around her miserable, she has pretty much steered clear. Lazarus also knows that keeping Cameo in his life will lead to his death, just like his father. As if these two didn’t have enough against them, it seems like literally everyone is out to get either Cameo, Lazarus, or both of them! Seriously, these two can’t catch a break. When Cameo makes Ever and Urban cry just by talking, my heart hurt for her. I can’t even imagine not being able to talk to my godchildren!

Loved the supporting characters! Urban and Ever are adorbs! Viola is an interesting character as well. At first, I thought her demon didn’t seem that bad (compared to Cameo’s anyway!) but you start to see how it would still be pretty sucky.

Finally, I enjoyed the banter between Lazarus and Cameo. Despite all the tragedy and danger, there are moments when these two are hilarious and punny! It was incongruous with their situation, but it totally worked.

I haven’t read the previous books in the series. Honestly, I don’t think it mattered THAT much, but because Showalter has created such a unique fantasy world, having had more background would have probably helped a bit. However, you really could read this as a stand alone like I did.

Full Disclosure: I totally skipped to the end to make sure this would end in a way I was okay with. #SorryNotSorry



The Black Dagger Brotherhood, The Guild Hunter series…then you will probably like The Darkest Promise!


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About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld, Otherworld Assassins, and Angels of the Dark series, as well as two young adult series--Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles--and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series.

In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine. She was interviewed on Nightline and has been mentioned in Orange is the New Black. Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. Check back often to learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books.

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5 responses to “The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter

  1. haha you know when I first started reading romance I would reading the ending all the time just to make sure that it ended with a HEA. Now though, I just expect a HEA and don’t have to do that anymore since I have yet to read a romance that didn’t have a HEA.

    Glad this book worked out for you, I do need to get caught up on this series though. I LOVED the earlier books.

  2. Thank’s for the review. I’m at least two books behind in this series. Another series I need to get caught up on; because William is getting his story next after this one and of course he is one I’ve waited to know his backstory on for ages.

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