Sunday Spotlight: The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter

Posted July 30, 2017 by Casee in Features | 2 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be  raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

I adore this series. I started it years ago after three books were out. I immediately devoured them and waited impatiently for each book to come out. Gena Showalter writes strong men along with the women who love them. The women are amazing. They are a force in their own right. They will do anything to protect their men, even if they have to protect them from themselves. Sounds cliché, huh? The world building and everything going on in this series is amazing. She really has her stuff together because there really is nothing confusing about it.

Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld
Genres: Paranormal romance
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: HQN

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 fairytale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with 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…

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Cameo blinked open dry eyes. Her body ached as if she’d just been in a car accident. A common occurrence. The demon had infiltrated her dreams, making her toss and turn and tense up hour after hour.

As she studied her surroundings, she arched her back and stretched her arms over her head. The first thing she noticed—a tent made from an unfamiliar animal skin. The only furnishings? The soft white furs beneath her. A few feet away, a small fire pit crackled, smoke wafting up and out an opening in the roof.

The scent of buttered eggs saturated the air and her mouth watered.

A fully dressed Lazarus pulled her to an upright position. He released her as soon as possible, as if she’d burned him. A scowl marred his rugged features, the gorgeous alpha male clearly riled up about something.

Had Misery sunk his claws inside the warrior?

Lazarus handed her a linen napkin and a plate with scrambled eggs. Scrambled green eggs.

“What, no ham?” she asked.

“We have no pigs here. Give me half an hour and I’ll acquire a nice Griffin flank steak for you.”

Griffin. A ‘γρύφων’ in ancient Greece. Half lion and half eagle. “No, thanks.” She took a tentative bite and moaned with delight. “I guess I shouldn’t have pegged you for a Dr. Seuss fan.”

“Who is Dr. Seuss? A past boyfriend?” He spat the word.

The corners of her mouth twisted. My, my, how suddenly his mood changed. “Perhaps he is. He does have a special way with words.”

Lazarus snapped his teeth at her.

“What kind of egg is this?” she asked.

“Sky serpent.”

Whoa! The nastiest creature in the realm had the sweetest, most succulent eggs? How was that fair?

She swallowed another bite and asked, “Is it going to cause my intestines to explode?”

“Only your loins. It’s an aphrodisiac.”

“Well, here’s to exploding loins.” Cameo dug in as if she hadn’t eaten in years. After licking the plate clean, she wiped her mouth with the napkin.

Lazarus watched with savage intensity, making her shiver.

“Ask me anything.” He sat in front of her. “I’ll answer truthfully, without fail.”

Did he need a distraction from his own loins? What would he do if she crawled into his lap? Resist the urge! One, he’d just offered her a gift. Learn more about him? Yes, please! And two, she needed a toothbrush STAT. No reason to scare him away with her morning breath.

Lords of the Underworld

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About the Author


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.

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