The Darkest Captive Review
Title: The Darkest Captive (Lords of the Underworld, #14.5)
Author: Gena Showalter
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Amazon LLC
For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.
Then he met her.
Former demon turned human femme fatale — Legion Honey -- sought to kill Galen, but ended up parting with her virginity instead. Afraid of their sizzling connection, she ran away…and ended up trapped in hell, tortured and abused in the worst of ways. Now she’s free, and a shell of herself, afraid of her own shadow.
Galen's hunger for Legion has only grown. Now the warrior with nothing to lose must help her rekindle the fire that once burned inside her. But as desires blaze white-hot, will Legion run again? Or will the unlikely pair succumb to love at long last?
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Before I start my review of this book I have to say that I was a little hesitant to read it. I’ve loved Gena Showalter’s writing for years now- I’ve reread a few of the books in this series multiple times. However, I still haven’t finished the last book in this series, The Darkest Warrior. I don’t know why, I just got half way through, put it down, and never picked it back up again. I had been looking forward to it (like suuuper excited for it) and I just could not get into it. Same thing happened with Shadow and Ice from Showalter’s new series Gods of War. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it- I just didn’t finish it. That happens sometimes with authors you’ve obsessively read for years. Style changes- mood changes. I usually just let the book sit until I have the urge to finish it. They are both still sitting…
So, that is why I was a little nervous to read this book. I know long story- cut to the chase. Well, I absolutely loved this book! I highlighted so many passages and laughed countless times. This book reminded me of why I love Showalter’s writing. It felt like I was reading her again, does that make sense? I forgot how funny the pranks are! And the one liners Galen had were just magnificent!!!!!!
Yes, there were some flaws, yes, the book is short, yes, I wish it were longer but it was a novella and you get what you get. For how short it was, Showalter did a good job showing their relationship build and the interactions with the other LOTU warriors. Overall, the book was a great addition to the series and I can’t to see more of Galen and Leigon in the other books.