Tuesday, December 2, 2014

4 out of 5: The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter

by Gena Showalter

Published: November 25, 2014
Book Blurb: 

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet… 

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin's every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.  

She is Keeleycael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean her end, but resisting her is the hardest battle he's ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can't win.

Reviewed by Phoenix Andrews, 4 out of 5

I have been waiting ages for Torin's book and was so happy when this showed up on my kindle. I wasn't quite sure I was going to like the heroine, Keeley, but she was a pleasant surprise. 

This book had everything I have come to expect of the Lords of the Underworld series and none of the stale, rehashed plotlines so prevalent in long-running book series. Some former main characters make a cameo appearance but Showalter manages to make this organic as opposed to a forced gimmick. 

My only complaint about Darkest Touch is the repetitive behavior of Torin when it comes to Keeley. By the third or fourth time he decided he simply could not continue to date Keeley and broke up with her for the same exact reason as all the times before, I was supremely aggravated. Twice I can understand. Four or Five times of breaking up for the same reason, seeing the same reaction from both parties and seeing the inevitable reconciliation is just too damn much for one book. Readers understand how much Torin wants to keep Keeley safe and how much guilt he feels. We. Get. It. No need to hammer it home another dozen times. Also, it was never clearly explained why Torin's demon Pestilence was so averse to Keeley. 

If this book had been by anyone other than Gena Showalter I probably would have given it a 5 despite the problems listed above. However, I've come to hold Showalter to a higher standard (which is a compliment) and have to give the Darkest Touch a 4 out of 5. 

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