The Darkest Torment
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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Surprised? You shouldn’t be. This is a Harlequin book and I cut my teeth on Ms. Showalter’s Lords of the Underworlds. I still have the first edition paperbacks from years ago. Yes, years. I will admit that I have missed the last couple of books, so when I chose to read this one I knew that I wouldn’t understand some of things that were going on nor would I know the characters. I was right.
Word of warning…don’t start with this book. You definitely need to read the series from the beginning. At times I felt a little lost but only because I haven’t read the last couple of books. That said, I truly enjoyed seeing my Lords again.
Baden has got to be the most tormented, ruthless and saddest of the bunch. My heart broke for him too many times. What I really liked about him was his sense of justice and love for Katarina. At first, I didn’t understand the “why” he just had to kidnap her but as you go through the book, it makes sense.
Katarina…I really didn’t like her at first. I know the point was the forced marriage and such. And then Baden coming in a rescuing her but honestly, I’m kinda tired of that one. Especially in paranormal romance. I don’t mind the kidnapping as much as I hate the forced marriage and the heroine has to be rescued by the hero. Yawn.
Another warning…this book is violent. But every book in the series is violent. On the other side though, I loved how the book was paced. It was fast and the action (not so much the violence) is great. That’s a trademark in the Underworld. There is neve a dull moment and the romance does sizzle. Keep a cool drink near by. 😉
Overall, I loved going back to the Underworld. It just makes me realize how much I have missed and need to catch up with.