Sunday, August 4, 2013

Review: The Darkest Craving - Gena Showalter

Title: The Darkest Craving
Author: Gena Showalter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Length: 480 pages
Release Date: July 30, 2013

Blurb: Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him—a beast he's determined to kill, no matter the price.

Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy—her royal family—and Kane is her only source of protection. He's also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart…or die together.

Review: Once upon a time, Gena Showalter was one of my go-to authors for paranormal romance.  I've loved a lot of her paranormal series and, when it started, I was one of the LOTU series's biggest fans.  Lately, though, my love for this series has started to diminish, just a bit.  It's not that I don't love the characters, I do.  I think my problem stems from the fact that there's just too many of them.  This is the 12th book of the series and, at this point, I honestly think that some of the Lords are so interchangeable that I'm unsure who's had a book and who hasn't.  Add to that the fact that we have phoenixes and fae and horseman and demons and angels running around and you've got a really confused reader.  It's all too much to take in and I really hope Gena takes a step back in her future books and just focuses on a few characters instead of all of them.  I don't need to see or hear about every character in every book.  Main characters, of course.  A little setup for future books, sure, that's fine.  But needing most characters to show up at least once just seems like overkill.

I also had some problems with some plot points in this one, mainly that Kane was so intent on killing his demon and tried doing so by ignoring it.  How does one ignore a demon that does nothing but cause chaos around you?  It's something that's kind of glossed over and I didn't buy it.  I also disliked the fact that there were so many enemies running around, but no really big one.  Instead of having 5+ enemies, why not pick one big bad enemy and stick with it?  And why have enemies that were attacking the main characters one minute, but then nice and polite the next?  There was really no big bad, just a lot of mini-bads.

Despite my complaints, I was still entertained by this story.  I'll still continue to read Gena and hope for some improvement in later books.  And, if not, well I can always count on some laughs and a good time.


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