The Darkest Night – Gena Showalter

The Darkest Night

A demon based PNR that left me feeling a bit meh. I was really looking forward to diving into a new PNR author, but I was left feeling a little put out.

Book Synopsis:

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member — a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments… and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction — and a soul-shattering test of love…
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive — and unimaginably powerful…

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Oh, my. I had heard good things about Gena Showalter, and I was really looking forward to getting addicted to a new author…but this book didn’t deliver on my expectations. Maybe they were too high? I mean I do read a lot, and I mean A LOT of PNR, so I do know that there is an expectation of fantastic chemistry between the MC and that there is a substantial storyline that captures my interest. Bonus points to authors who get me hooked on side characters as well.

So where did The Darkest Night go wrong? For me it was the information overload, there were far too many characters introduced into the book that it felt rushed. The MC scenes didn’t gel as well as they could have. However, the writing saved it (just). I really loved the whole concept of immortals that host demons inside them such as Violence, Death and Disease. All because they opened Pandora’s box, brilliant! Again this felt rushed. So much potential to simplify the story and get into the characters more, maybe then the MC would make sense.

Overall, not a bad PNR…just not the best one.

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