The Darkest Torment: A spellbinding paranormal romance novel

· Lords of the Underworld Book 12 · Sold by HQN Books
107 reviews

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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him…

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he's back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he's unable to withstand the touch of another...and he's quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she's taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she's plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she'll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

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107 reviews
Miriam Smith
January 13, 2017
I had a difficult time with this story. I wish I could blame it on not reading the other ten books before this one (there are eleven but I read Book 1) but I can't. The connection between Baden and Katarina was hard to feel. Mainly because, well, it wasn't there. Not for me at least. The attraction felt minimal, barely existing beyond the physical. Physical attraction is good but I wanted more. The longer I read the harder it was to believe their relationship had moved from lust to love. Maybe that growth is there and I'm just not catching it. Maybe? Katarina kind of grated my nerves too. Baden was worthy of so much more in a mate, a lover, a friend. She just wasn't it for me. He is a strong male who is, unsurprisingly, demanding and sometimes unyielding, but he has heart and loyalty when and where it counts. He needed a woman at his side who understood and appreciated those qualities. Katarina approached him more like one of the dogs she trained except...slightly worse? I don't know. At times it felt like she was condescending toward Baden. Sarcasm is sarcasm. Not everyone appreciates or understands a dry or biting sense of humor. This wasn't that. Not to me. The highlight of this story is actually one of the other characters. This is when reading the other books probably would've helped. There's an intense story going on in the background involving Gillian that, I hope, will receive it's own book. I think I'm in the minority about this book. Maybe if I read the Book 2 through 11 my opinion of it might be different. I'm not sure. The lack of spark in the romance between Baden and Katarina coupled with how my annoyance with Katarina grew as the story went on makes me hesitant to pick up those other books or recommend this book. Complimentary copy received from publisher
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Michelle Covey
October 20, 2017
A unlikeable heroine; ripped off writing style and story arcs; and better than sleeping pills to make you doze off. I never made it more than 5 pages in a sitting. By a large margin, the worst book I have read. It doesn't seem like she was even trying on this one. I enjoyed most of the other books in the series, but I am a bit nervous about paying for the next one. If it is half as bad as this one it is a waste of miney.
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Patti Carrick
June 22, 2016
Once again she has proven herself to be without fault. I find her characters so real, that upon finishing one, I'm sitting on edge til I can find the next & start the roller coaster all anew!
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About the author

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over seventy books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series, the Gods of War series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Forest of Good and Evil series. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at

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