Opening LineReyes stood on the roof of the Budapest fortress, five stories up, his feet balanced precariously on the highest ledge THE DARKEST PLEASURE is book 3 in the fantastic and addictive Lords Of The Underworld Series and this time it s is all about Reyes, an immortal warrior cursed after opening Pandora s box and ever since bound to the demon of pain We ve been waiting since book 1 to see Reyes s unrequited love for Danika reach its foregone conclusion and Showalter doesn t disappoin Opening LineReyes stood on the roof of the Budapest fortress, five stories up, his feet balanced precariously on the highest ledge THE DARKEST PLEASURE is book 3 in the fantastic and addictive Lords Of The Underworld Series and this time it s is all about Reyes, an immortal warrior cursed after opening Pandora s box and ever since bound to the demon of pain We ve been waiting since book 1 to see Reyes s unrequited love for Danika reach its foregone conclusion and Showalter doesn t disappoint.As in past books this is an ensemble piece, involving the continuing stories of past immortals and their now mates, as well as those Demons yet to have their stories told Rather than distracting I found all these characters only added to the story in a very Brothers living in the mansion kind of way I love the bantering between the warriors who at the same time respect each others torturous curses This dysfunctional family unit continues to change and grow, all the while maintaining their constant search for Pandora s Box and fighting off the ever threatening Hunters Reyes is kinda sexy but he s been cursed with the demon of pain To avoid hurting others and feel some pleasure himself he must satisfy the demon by either releasing it during a fight or self inflicting pain I.e cutting or stabbing himself, although he has also been known to jump off the roof of a building just to feel his bones break and hear the demon purr Reyes was introduced to Danika Way back in The Darkest Night and he s never been able to forget her She unfortunately was targeted by Cronus the new King of the Titans and along with her family sentenced to death To make matters worse it was Reyes s best friend Aeron ordered with upholding the death sentence and the longer he s kept from this task thebloodthirsty his own demon Wrath has become In fact Aeron s become so crazed that he s been locked in the dungeon where he s trying to chew off his own hands to escape the shackles Reyes can t bear to see his friend like this but he can t allow Aeron to kill Danika either and will fight him to the death if need be Meanwhile Danika remains on the run, now separated from her family she fears that they may all be dead and in an attempt to find and protect them strikes up a deal with the Hunters allowing herself to be used as Bait against the immortals Once inside the castle walls however her resolve starts to fail Something draws her to Reyes, this man who warms her skin and haunts her dreams He has shown her nothing but safety and kindness and she has come to desire him, demon and all Reyes in turn is pretty much useless, unable to concentrate on anything except getting Danika into his bed and keeping her safe from the bloodthirsty Aeron Now if only he could figure out where Danika s loyalties lie and why Cronus wants her dead they could all live happily ever after This was a great read and anyone invested in the series won t be disappointed Besides the love story there are some excellent sub plots Paris s story is getting progressively heartbreaking sigh My only regret here would be the surprisingly mundane love scenes Given the subject materiel I guess I expected a little , I mean pain BDSM right Unfortunately or fortunately Reyes wants to keep things gentle and not exploit Danika s dark, kinky side At times I also felt bogged down with too much Greek Mythology and history but all the same can t wait to read the next instalment Cheers July 25, 2013 4.5 stars He was possessed by a demon, and yet he had the heart of an angel The contradiction delighted her, and she suspected she could happily spend the rest of her life learning his nuances and there would still beto learnThe Darkest Pleasure is the third book of the Lords of the Underworld series, the story of Reyes, Keeper of Pain, and Danika Ford, a human woman with an incomparable ability Danika first appears in book one, The Darkest Night, where Cron July 25, 2013 4.5 stars He was possessed by a demon, and yet he had the heart of an angel The contradiction delighted her, and she suspected she could happily spend the rest of her life learning his nuances and there would still beto learnThe Darkest Pleasure is the third book of the Lords of the Underworld series, the story of Reyes, Keeper of Pain, and Danika Ford, a human woman with an incomparable ability Danika first appears in book one, The Darkest Night, where Cronus commanded Aeron to slay her and all her family sister, mother, and grandmother No one knew the reasons of Cronus, but Aeron resisted the order At the end of The Darkest Kiss Reyes locked Aeron away, who was lost in bloodlust by then, to keep the women safe The Ford women now are hiding in the US separataly from each other.At the beginning of the story, Danika is attacked and captured by Hunters Reyes rescues her, but she blames the Lords for being in danger ReyesThis is starting to feel like a damned circus Can t a man do a little sulking and self mutilation in privateReyes can t experience pleasure without pain Further his demon has a bad influence on his partners making them hurt others Though Pain reacts to Danika in a unique way, Reyes is afraid to ruin her, so he tries to resist the temptation I love this protective and tender side of him very much From the beginning, his heart had recognized this woman as his Like the demon, she was part of him, a part needed to make him whole Her courage delighted him Her teasing way, now that he d experienced it, tempted him Her willingness to help him despite everything that had happened touched him.Right here, right now, she was his A ticket out of hell and into heavenDanikaDanika is haunted by dreams about death, screams, macabre, pain, and blood since her childhood She tries to get these scenes out of her head by painting them afterward.She is very determined to protect herself and her family, she wears the angry, hard, tough girl image Though first she blames the Lords for being in danger, soon she realizes that the Hunters fanatic hatred toward the Lords is unjustified Every time she spied him, hate should have filled her Hate and rage and violence But every time she peered into the dark fathomless pools of knowledge and pain that were his eyes, she experienced something else She drowned, pieces of her dying then quickly reforming for him Him Not her family, not her own survival HimWhat I liked the most about her is her heritage by her grandmother How brilliant is to make view spoiler her one of the much wanted artifacts, the All Seeing Eye hide spoiler The storyThe quest for the artifacts and the war with the Hunters go on I loved the all the appearances of the other Lords, as well as William s, who seems to be attached to the team by nowShit They re like locusts, William said I mean, seriously Bugs There s probably a hundred of them out there Scared Sabin asked Hell, no I think I just cameThe most heartbreaking scene is Paris choice I love him so much My favorite quotes Reyes Demon of PainButterfly on his chest and neckHis curse Pain, pain and thenpain He connects cruelty with pain, sex with pain, enjoyment with pain Any acts of cruelty by him are entirely linked with the gain of justpain.Danika Ford Artist Supernatural ability She has a secret that not even she knows about it view spoiler She is the All seeing Eye, one of the four keys needed to find Pandora s box hide spoiler Demon Pain and Lord Reyes are Frenemies Unfortunately the Reyes Demon of PainButterfly on his chest and neckHis curse Pain, pain and thenpain He connects cruelty with pain, sex with pain, enjoyment with pain Any acts of cruelty by him are entirely linked with the gain of justpain.Danika Ford Artist Supernatural ability She has a secret that not even she knows about it view spoiler She is the All seeing Eye, one of the four keys needed to find Pandora s box hide spoiler Demon Pain and Lord Reyes are Frenemies Unfortunately they have to share the same body Luckily Reyes cannot die, because Pain is definitely pushing his limits Thirsty for hurting, Reyes endures the most excruciating circumstances He lives for the thrill of pain he jumps from high buildings, he cuts his flesh deeply, he inflicts self mutilation,..he bleeds and bruises and breaks his bones When he recovers, he starts all over again No pain is enough pain Jump, Pain said Then,insistently, Jump Jump I told you Just a few secondsOnce again Reyes glanced at the ground Jagged rocks winked in that bleeding moonlight, the clear puddles surrounding them rippling in the wind Mist rose like ghostly fingers, summoning him closer, wonderfully closer When Danika is sent as a bait from the Lord of the Underworld s enemies i.e the Hunters , the last thing she expects is to be mated to the Lord of Pain and to become one of the Lords allies The only thing she wants is to save her family that somehow is tangled in the Lord s war.Reyes will fall in love with Danika with the only way he knows She clicked her tongue against the roof of her mouth Do you want me to hurt you She sounded incredulous, yet he realized that s exactly what he d been pushing her toward He wanted her to jump from the bed and attack him He wanted her nails deep in his skin, her teeth deep in his neck again He wanted pain From her Only her And Reyes and Danika will be smoking hot together He inhaled deeply, taking every molecule inside his lungs, branding himself with her essence This means nothing, she said Less than nothing, he lied I ll hate myself later I hate myself now She opened her mouth to reply, but he swooped in and swallowed the words This is definitely the most sensual and passionate book of the series 5 Hurt so good Stars The first time I read The Darkest Pleasure I gave it 4 stars I don t remember why it wasn t a 5 star read for me, but this time I loved it so much So I am changing my rating to 5 stars I loved that we got back to a couple I really liked, Danika and Reyes I was a little annoyed with Paris and his bullshit about how much he needed a woman that hated him and wanted him dead God the fact that he didn t pick to help his friends and almost picked a stupid bitch he didn t e 5 Hurt so good Stars The first time I read The Darkest Pleasure I gave it 4 stars I don t remember why it wasn t a 5 star read for me, but this time I loved it so much So I am changing my rating to 5 stars I loved that we got back to a couple I really liked, Danika and Reyes I was a little annoyed with Paris and his bullshit about how much he needed a woman that hated him and wanted him dead God the fact that he didn t pick to help his friends and almost picked a stupid bitch he didn t even know forthan a few hours while she was kidnapping him and drugging him For real I lost some respect for Paris On the other hand I loved how protective and sweet Reyes could be I thought Danika was strong and brave I love that she never gave up She was very relatable Reyes and Danika together were hot I love that Danika was willing to do what she needed to please Reyes She didn t think bad of him, and she didn t let him push her away for her own good I also think it s cool that Danika was view spoiler the all seeing eye hide spoiler the fact that they almost killed her wow They would have really messed up Overall I feel like this book didn t go as slow as the last one, and I enjoyed the plot a bitCan t wait to read the next one Although this series had a shaky start, I am really loving it Heck, I m a sucker for Greek mythology, so that helps Throw in a tortured hero, and the battle s practically won But, really, these are good stories, and I could tell that Gena Showalter is finding her groove This series is much darker than her Atlantis series, and quite violent But then, it s about Immortal, demon possessed warriors Comes with the territory These books are also very steamy Not too steamy, though Reyes was ve Although this series had a shaky start, I am really loving it Heck, I m a sucker for Greek mythology, so that helps Throw in a tortured hero, and the battle s practically won But, really, these are good stories, and I could tell that Gena Showalter is finding her groove This series is much darker than her Atlantis series, and quite violent But then, it s about Immortal, demon possessed warriors Comes with the territory These books are also very steamy Not too steamy, though Reyes was very tortured I mean, what a curse To have to hurt oneself to feel pleasure, or to maintain one s sanity In a way, it was almost sickening for me, to see him carving himself with knives and hurting himself, relishing being horribly wounded by others There was a bit of an ick factor there for me Having said that, I was okay reading this story I think that this was an iffy story, but the execution was well done I m so not into that painful pleasurable sex storyline, but I kept reading I was glad that Ms Showalter managed to keep most of that out of the sex scenes Otherwise, oh, I would have been way out of comfort zones.I loved how tender Reyes was with Danika, even when I didn t think she deserved his devotion I tried really hard not to judge Danika, knowing that she was just being a human who was in a rough situation But, I thought I would hate her forever when she started working with the Hunters I was crying, No That s so wrong In my mind, it was The Lords didn t hurt her at all They let her family go and protected her Yes, Aeron was off his rocker, but it was clear that they were going to do their best to protect her and her family So, I was on the edge of hating poor Danika It was a see saw with me I was glad that Reyes was aware that she was considering betraying him With his eyes open, I felt better about his willingness to show her such loving, selfless devotion A girl can only be so lucky In the end, I was okay with Danika, although I much prefer Anya and Ashlyn Reyes loves her so much, I can t hate the girl, after all And, I ended up liking the reveal when it came to what Danika truly was.This series is building nicely I am eager to read about the other Lords stories My heart goes out to poor Paris I hope he is able to get a happy ending It was great seeing Lucien and Anya, and Maddox and Ashlyn in their gushy lovey dovey ness I loved all the smart alecky comments and sarcastic quips from the gang, as well Anya makes me laugh, her and William Lucien is sigh worthy I just love him Gideon cracks me up with his lies Sabin made me want to slap him in some scenes, and feel very sad for him in others I hope she writes a story for poor Cameo Maybe there will be a man who can love her despite the misery she inspires in those who hear her voice and see her face The Hunters got on my ever living nerves Initially, I didn t like them as the main villains at all But it turned out to be a solid source of intrigue, especially with the developments with a former Lord I liked that Ms Showalter took the Greek mythology and took it in a novel direction by focusing on the Titans.Honestly, this would have been five stars, were it not for my intermittent dislike of Danika Otherwise, it was an enthralling read that I found hard to put down After this one, I ll take a break and read something else, so I don t run out of these books But, I m excited to continue this series 3.5 4 Cut Me Deep Stars This is the third book in the Lords of the Underworld PNR series The story of Reyes and Danika Reyes has the pain demon inside of him The only time he feels any kind of pleasure is when he hurts himself That is until he meets Danika in book one.Aeron the keeper of the wrath demon has been summoned by the king to kill Danika and her family The brothers took matters in their own hand and locked Aeron up so he couldn t do as the king requested This leaves Danika and he 3.5 4 Cut Me Deep Stars This is the third book in the Lords of the Underworld PNR series The story of Reyes and Danika Reyes has the pain demon inside of him The only time he feels any kind of pleasure is when he hurts himself That is until he meets Danika in book one.Aeron the keeper of the wrath demon has been summoned by the king to kill Danika and her family The brothers took matters in their own hand and locked Aeron up so he couldn t do as the king requested This leaves Danika and her family on the run They spit up and never stay in the same place for long Danika is working at a diner Hunters know Danika was captured by the Warriors and they want to know what she seen while there Danika puts up a fight and she kills one of the hunters While packing up her few belongings to run Aeron finds her Of course Reyes is there to stop him and tells her to run Reyes then chains Aeron up far in the ground Aeron is so close to hell that he makes a friend Legion is a demon minion He She loves to play games with Areron Legion also seems to calm the wrath demon I loved Legion While on the run Danika is captured by the demon hunters They want to use her as bait to get information from the demons Danika is confused with what to do because she can t stop thinking about Reyes How he saved her The hunters finally convince her to help them after filling her with lies Does Danika help the hunters or does she finally admit to herself that she has feelings for Reyes Does Aeron break free from his chains again and succeed at killing Danika and her family Why not a five star you say Wellthere was a lot of re telling of the two previous books in this one I skimmed a lot during the first 40% I m sure it would of been a great thing if you were reading these when they first came out It would of been a nice refresher for you after a long wait But meI was bored with it because everything was still very fresh in my mind I wanted to get to the good stuff Haha I love how in each book we get chapters on the other warriors My heart is breaking for Paris I had tears in my eyes when he had a decision to make Then I was yelling yay The ending in this one seemed a bit on the perfect side to me But also left me wantingI m happy to say I will be moving on to the next book I can t stop now lol They are off to Egypt I can t wait to see what s in store for the fierce Sabin the keeper of doubt His story is next I loved it One of my favorite books There was a lot that I liked about this book The plot,the characters and generally the world Genna creates.In this book, we focus on Reyes and Danika.Reyes is the keeper of the Demon of Pain and Danika is on the run from Wrath who has been commanded by the Titans to kill Danika and the rest of her family Some hunters have kidnapped her and asked her to go to the Lords of Underworld and find information for them.I loved so much Reyes He wants to protect Dan I loved it One of my favorite books There was a lot that I liked about this book The plot,the characters and generally the world Genna creates.In this book, we focus on Reyes and Danika.Reyes is the keeper of the Demon of Pain and Danika is on the run from Wrath who has been commanded by the Titans to kill Danika and the rest of her family Some hunters have kidnapped her and asked her to go to the Lords of Underworld and find information for them.I loved so much Reyes He wants to protect Danika and he doesn t want to hurt her.Everyone he gets sexually involved with gets sucked in to pain and he tries to avoid it with her.But can he resist her Can she resist him The chemistry between them were incredible I loved all their moments together Their moments were hot and passionate I loved it so much There was a lot of action, something that I loved in this series I also believe that Genna knows how to create an amazing paranormal world that captivates many people and of course me He was dark, she was light He was anguish, she was innocence He was wrong for her in every way, and yet, when she looked at him, his entire world felt right,, He was dark, she was light He was anguish, she was innocence He was wrong for her in every way, and yet, when she looked at him, his entire world felt right,,Reyes Danika Danika ,AaronAaron , AaronReyesDanikaReyes ,This means nothing, she said Less than nothing, he lied I ll hate myself later I hate myself now Reyes Danika,Reyes Pain laughed giddily at the thought, for love brought its own brand of torment Lots and lots of torment In the heart, the soul Both causing a physical ache too intense to be relieved Danika ,Danika ReyesEvery time she spied him, hate should have filled her Hate and rage and violence But every time she peered into the dark fathomless pools of knowledge and pain that were his eyes, she experienced something else She drowned, pieces of her dying then quickly reforming for him Him Not her family, not her own survival Him side storiesParis Sienna, Torin Cameo William Aeron Legion Legion hissed like a startled cat, the noise scraping at Reyes s skin Me no boy You think me a boy Everyone stopped, stared Even Aeron Reyes was the first to find his voice You re a girl A nod Me pretty Yes, you are Reyes exchanged a glance with Lucien Beautiful , The Darkest Pleasure takes place right after The Darkest KissI didn t re read nor review the latter because I actually re read that book not too long agoand it s book 3 in the Lord of The Underworld series This is one of my favorite instalments that, not only has likeable MCs but also introduces us to a few new characters that will play important roles in the future It also gives us an inside on how the Titans operate and what Cronus really wants.Reyes and Danika, as a couple, truly work i The Darkest Pleasure takes place right after The Darkest KissI didn t re read nor review the latter because I actually re read that book not too long agoand it s book 3 in the Lord of The Underworld series This is one of my favorite instalments that, not only has likeable MCs but also introduces us to a few new characters that will play important roles in the future It also gives us an inside on how the Titans operate and what Cronus really wants.Reyes and Danika, as a couple, truly work in my opinion I think they re very compatible and they bring the best out of each other Danika shows Reyes the good and kind and the love and Reyes does the same but he also gives her a bit of the darkness they both can tolerate and enjoy and that s great I didn t have a single issue with them nor with the plot I also liked the rest of the Lords and William and Ashlyn and Anya I never once doubted their role in the book and I m thirsty for some girl bounding, man Paris, Aeron and Sabin were the ones that developed the most in this book and it ll be interesting to see how the author will make them grow.I d say this book is one of the strongest of the series because it gives what it promises It accomplished exactly what it meant, closed the deal with the main couple and helped the plotline as a whole and I m very intrigued by Danika s powers I can t recall if they re explored later in the series but she might as well be the most powerful of the artifacts because, if she could incapacitate a god, she could transport them to hell, right I ll be extra careful from now and see if they mention something like that Reyes is a man possessed Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, than breath and will do anything to claim her even defy the gods Danika is on the run For months she s eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won t rest until she and her family have been destroyed But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can t forget Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear