The Darkest Promise Book Review *Gena Showalter*

Jun 28, 2017 by

The Darkest Promise Book Review *Gena Showalter*


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 (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter is everything I love in a paranormal romance, and Gena delivers, and more here. We have two tortured characters who deep down inside just want love, and to be loved. The hero and heroine go through hell and back, sometimes in the literal sense to figure out a way to overcome the roadblocks against them. For Lazarus, who in prior books is shown as one of the many villain in this series, he rules a land where creatures both respect and cower in fear of him. But because he’s a tortured alpha hero, he has gone through many hardships, including a serious side affect if he ends up too happy and at peace. His side effect stops him from finding someone to share his life with. But because he’s willing to sacrifice himself for Cameo, the heroine here. His former villain-like characteristics are pushed to the side, allowing readers to connect with him and cheering him on in his quest for revenge, and his HEA with Cameo, who suffers because the demon of Misery lives inside of her.

Cameo is one of the few female Lords showcased in this series. Cameo constantly feels misery and depression, and whenever she speaks, those who hear here feel the same because of the demon who is attached to her, ever since she opened Pandora’s Box. She’s a fierce warrior who has a great networks for friends (who are her family) who would die for her, but she doesn’t see that. She feels alone and lost because of the ugly demon attached to her. But then Lazarus enters her life and gives her some hope, even thought it’s imbedded in her to destroy any shot at happiness.

Lazarus is crazy sexually attracted to Cameo, which he’s acted on in the past, but Cameo has forgotten their sexual interludes (foreplay, no sex) because Misery makes her forgot. He’s willing to work hard to get her in his bed, or in crude terms, get inside of her. Cameo is interested, but she holds back. Lazarus thinks he can quench his desire for Cameo by getting down and dirty with her, but hold back his feelings because of his nasty side effect of him turning into something that could end his life. But these two are so hungry for affection that they throw caution to the wind. And when they do, watch out because it’s uber hot!

The Darkest Promise has incredible worldbuilding and characters. You know what you’re getting here since this is the 13th book in this series. Lazarus is a pretty easy going guy for some horrible things that have happened to him and his parents when he was younger. He’s very vocal in what he wants from Cameo. His dirty talk steams up the pages. Watching Cameo flustered because of his dirty talk is fun to read. She holds herself back, but Lazarus has a way to break down her walls.

There are a few twists and turns her, mainly with the characters who pop up, such as Hades, who in past books is a big baddie, but the way he’s portrayed here leads me to believe he may end up being a hero of his own book, just like Lazarus. The secondary characters are a real hoot because they are so snarky and love to crack jokes. Cameo and Lazarus eat up the pages equally. These two are both strong and independent, although Lazarus wears his heart more on this sleeve when it comes to Cameo. That made me melt, especially when he realizes she’s his one and only.

The Dark Promise is a good time read full of great promises. You won’t be disappointed at all by this latest installment in this incredible series that nine times out of ten delivers the good. Pick this one up! (HQN)

Final Grade: A-


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