Title: Lords of the Underworld Series
Author: Gena Showalter
ISBN: 9780373772469 (book 1)
Published: 2008 (book 1)
Pages: 379 (Mass Market Paperback, book 1)

“When you lost something precious, the memories of it became a tormenting reminder of what you could never have again.” The Darkest Passion, p. 12


It seems like forever since I wrote about the books I’ve been reading; and I suppose it’s been quite a while thanks to work and school clogging up my time lately. Thankfully that hasn’t stopped me from reading every moment I possibly could. My mom suggested this series to me when I was visiting her back in July and I started it shortly after returning home; I haven’t been able to stop reading it. There are a few other series that I’ve fallen in love with and this one tops the list alongside J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Like most series, I enjoyed the first book enough to make me want to continue on with the series but I didn’t full out love it. However, I was starting to fall deeply in love with the series by the end of book two, Lucien’s story. I think the main reason I fell for that book was mainly because of Anya and her crazy ways but I couldn’t stop myself from getting attached to the Lords either. Not only are they extremely hot, each and every one of them with their tightly wound muscles, smooth bronzed skin, and those sharp-edged butterflies, each in a different place on their bodies, they’re protective of their women, after fighting themselves from wanting them that is. They have such a strong bond between each of them it makes you want to be part of their group as they’re always dependable, always there for one another when one of them is in need no matter what is happening; they drop everything to make sure that their brothers and their women are taken care of. Is a bond that people dream about and can rarely find. It’s one to cherish and the Lords of the Underworld show that through each of their well-written stories.

There has been a book or two that I wasn’t able to really connect with, such as Kane’s story, The Darkest Craving, as the story wasn’t as grabbing as the others but it still was a good read with its change of pace and a change of environment as it takes place in the land of the Fae instead of the usual Budapest and Rome. But most of all, like all the books in the series and the main reason why I love romance novels, I enjoy watching the romance unravel and the tension release (in more ones than one, wink, wink) inside the Lords as they come to realize their lives are worth more than just war with the Hunters and the Gods.

Of course along with the happy there is always the sad and a few of the books brought along some tears. I love books that bring out so many emotions as it makes it such a well-rounded story and so much more enjoyable. The one story that broke me the most was Aeron’s story, The Darkest Passion. The sacrifice that he made definitely beat out the one that Ashlyn made for Maddox, granted that was no small doing, but what Aeron did to save those he cared about most brought me to some strong tears.

This is a series that I will always remember and most likely reread on a regular basis like I do with all my favorite books. I’m only on book eleven and have a few more to go in the series but thankfully it seems that it’s one that’s going to go on for a little while more and I love it. I don’t think I can bring myself to break myself away from the Lords and their ladies any time soon. Things get juicer and livelier with each story and I get more attached with each line I read. If you enjoy series such as The Black Dagger Brotherhood you’re going to love this one as well, I just know it!

Gena Showalter is a wonderful writer and it sucks that I didn’t realize her books were out there until recently. She does such a great job with bringing the lives of the Lords alive and what I’ve come to really like is how she’s now wrapping another series, Angels of the Dark, inbetween those of the Lords, connecting them in small ways while making a strong connection between the two; so now I’m not only falling in love with the Lords of the Underworld, but I’m also coming to love another group of men and woman, the Sent Ones. They’re strong-willed and fight for what they want with everything they have, even when they know that they’re on the very end of the rope of keeping their wings. I strongly recommend reading them all as you won’t be able to just stop at one.

About Lords of the Underworld

Long ago, twelve immortals warriors—each more dangerously seductive than the last—stole and opened Pandora’s box, unleashing the evil from within. Now they carry that evil within themselves. Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wrath. When a powerful enemy returns, they will travel the world in search of a sacred relic of the gods—one that threatens to destroy them all.

A list of Gena Showalter’s books can be found here – Book List – and she even has a printable list that can be found here – Printable Book List.

Have you read this series? If so, what did you think of it?

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