Jun 12 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Promise (June 13, 2017)

The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter
The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13)
HQN Books / June 13, 2017 / $ 22.99 print, $11.99 digital

Cameo’s story has been a long time coming. As the one of two, female Lords of the Underworld, the lady of Misery finally gets her chance at a happily ever after. Fans were initially betting on Torin and Cameo ending up together in part due to earlier sex scenes as well as their confirmed status of dating. However, Gena Showalter is a tricky one and quickly paired up Torin with heroine, Keeley, while leaving Cameo on the market. Having Lazarus as her HEA is not a huge surprise to readers, however. The last few books consisted of steamy scenes between Cameo and Lazarus as they navigated the many realms of the Paring Rod, an ancient artifact that sucks an individual in, body and soul. The start of The Darkest Promise shows Cameo getting ready to take another trip through the Rod in order to relive the happiness that she gained with Lazarus.

Cameo probably has the biggest obstacle out of any of the Lords so far in regards to her demon. Misery makes Cameo forget pleasant times/happy experiences including laughter, orgasms, and in general great sex. Lazarus is in for an unpleasant suprise when Cameo can’t remember who he was beyond his name. At the same time, Lazarus is dealing with his own curse that will eventually lead to the complete paralyzation of his entire body. So Misery and her consort definitely have a pile of issues to sort through. Showalter readers will delight in what is, in my opinion, the most cohesive book since the heroine split between The Darkest Secret and The Darkest Surrender, where fans thought Showalter was taking couples one way and instead headed another.

Basically, The Darkest Promise is the most couple-centric book we’ve had in awhile, focusing more on the Lazarus-Cameo relationship than further world building. We do still see character development outside of the main pair, but the majority of the novel focuses on making Lazarus and Cameo work as a couple. I will warn Gilliam fans ahead of time, there is a scene in the book that makes the future of a Gilly and William pairing not quite certain, we also get a peek into Viola, keeper of Narcissism’s potential adventures.

It’s nice to see that the world-building remains consistent and while there are new characters are introduced, Lords of the Underworld readers will be in familiar territory. Personally, I would recommend that you cover all the Lords of the Underworld books before picking up The Darkest Promise. You’ll be able to fully appreciate the interplay that seeks to answer how Cameo will defeat her demon.

As Cameo is the first female Lord we’ve focused on, it’s imperative that her fighting ability is not diminished by the presence of her hero. Showalter, does an excellent job in this aspect, showing that Cameo is more than capable of holding her own. Lazarus also shows her proper respect as a warrior and does not stop her from entering the fray. We also get a number of scenes where scores are settled between Lazarus’ enemies and Cameo taking up the mantle of revenge. This is a couple that comes together after a number of struggles (no spoilers promise) and that has the best of intentions for each other. If you’ve been waiting a long time on Misery’s story, you’ll be handsomely rewarded as Lady Misery loves her company.


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Sahara Hoshi reviews for Wicked Lil Pixie and is a lifelong reader of romance. Favorite genres include new adult, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and erotica.

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Callie B
1. Callie B
So I'm way behind on this series (for a variety of reasons that I won't get into) but I 100% planned to return when she wrote William & Gilly's story. I read reviews of the last book and noticed that the majority were uber-worried and distraught about Gilliam. I assumed that it was just extra "draaaama", but it seems that she is really and truly abandoning them?! How disappointing!
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