The Darkest Passion - Gena Showalter Since reading the last installment of the Lord of the Underworld series, The Darkest Angel, I began reading The Darkest Passion in a similar state to this:What did Lysander, the angel, mean when he said he knew what Ashlyn was carrying in her womb and he hoped they were prepared for what was to come? *feels faint*I tried to quickly read through the pages, desperate to find out what was going on! But I quickly gave into my impatience and searched my e-book until I found this: "They are strong, your twins," she said, knowing mothers welcomed such news. "Fire and ice. You'll have your hands full, keeping them out of trouble, but you'll be happier for it." (The Darkest Passion, 125)Twins? *staggers around and faints* Good Lord, Ashlyn and Maddox are going to have their hands full! Good thing there’s so many available hands so they can all help with baby duty :) My curiosity sated, I was just about to start reading the book from the beginning, when my eyes ventured for a bit further and found this: How much to tell her? Only enough to calm her, perhaps. "No. You're progressing slowly. Your children are immortal and require a much longer gestation. But don't worry. As you promised me, I now promise you. Both your son and your daughter are healthy." (The Darkest Passion, 125)So happy that the babies are immortal, but a longer gestation? NOOOOO! Good Lord that means I’ll have to wait FOREVER to finally see the babies born *sad Julie*. With a heavy heart, I went back to page 1 and began reading, The Darkest Passion.***In The Darkest Passion, we’re shown how Aeron, the keeper of the demon, Wrath, meets his soul mate. From previous books, we’re told the High Council in Heaven has mandated that Aeron must be put to death for breaking a law (taking Legion out of hell) and Olivia, a Joy-Bringing Angel, is promoted to a Warrior Angel and entrusted to carry out this mandate.However, instead of killing Aeron, Olivia has spent her time observing him and unexpectedly falls in lust with him. She refuses to carry out her orders and gives up everything for Aeron – whom she’s never even talked to before. As punishment, Olivia is cast out of heaven and is thrown to hell where demons quickly attack her, break off her wings, and abuse her.Somehow, Olivia fights her way through them and crawls her way out of hell, ending up in Aeron’s home in Budapest. She tells Aeron who she is and what she’s done for him, telling him: "I watched you," she continued, "as well as those around you, and I...ached. I wanted you, and I wanted what they had--freedom and love and fun. I wanted to play. I wanted to kiss and to touch. I wanted joy of my own." Her gaze met his, bleak, broken. "In the end, I had a choice. Fall...or kill you. I decided to fall. So here I am. Yours." (The Darkest Passion, 33)Aeron is a bit put off by Olivia’s stalker noble sacrifice, but he quickly feels an irresistible pull towards the fallen angel. For the first time, his demon purrs like a kitty around a female and Aeron can’t help but fall hard for Olivia.But The Darkest Passion is not all about the enfolding lust romance between Olivia and Aeron. It also has several subplots in it.1) We FINALLY have some movement in the search for artifacts and discover some new players in the game – The Unspoken Ones – fearsome beings who are imprisoned by Cronus. They promise The Hunters as well as the LOTU they will tell them the location of the remaining artifact/s to whoever brings them Cronus’ head first and releases them from their imprisonment.2) There’s LOTS going on with Galen. First, he’s managed to merge the demon, Distrust (who used to be hosted by the deceased LOTU, Baden) into another person. That means the LOTU are now free game and can be killed as their demons can just be implanted in different hosts.Galen also (somehow) finds the Cloak of Invisibility. We also learn that just like the LOTU are being helped by the king god, Cronus, Galen and The Hunters are being aided by the queen god, Rhea (Cronus’ wife who seriously hates her husband).3) There’s an in depth introspect on Strider’s (keeper of the demon, Defeat) life and past loves. I guess that means his turn is coming up to be featured in his own book? 4) Gideon, keeper of the demon, Lies, is slowly recovering from the torture session he endured by the Hunters who amputated his hands. He wakes up and approaches a new character named Scarlett (a female LOTU who is keeper of the demon, Nightmares) who is currently being imprisoned by the LOTU, but we don’t hear much from her. You’ll be surprised to find out the connection these two share!5) Legion is transformed in this book, as she makes a pact with Lucifer so she can win Aeron’s heart. It’s quite funny and heartbreaking to see her fight with Olivia – the stupid angel – as Legion calls her. LOL I was kinda rooting for Legion – too bad Aeron only saw her as a daughter.6) William – who is so hilarious – gets a new love interest in Gilly – Danika’s young friend. But the legendary Lothario does his best to stay away from young Gilly, not only because of her abusive past, but because Gilly’s under 18. We’ll have to see how long that lasts! LOL7) We hear back from Sienna – the girl Paris had fallen for – who’s still looming in the background. Hope she makes it to the foreground soon. Poor Paris! ;)***There was SO MUCH going on in this book, it was hard to keep all the storylines in place. I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten someone, but those are the main ones that come to mind at the moment.In summary, I enjoyed the love triangle with Olivia, Legion, and Aeron. It was funny and heartbreaking in places, and for some reason I found myself rooting for Legion. Can’t help betting on the underdog – or in this case, the under-demon LOLI didn’t really like Olivia and she was all over the place with rollercoaster emotions. It was hard to get a hold on her character – sometimes she was crying, then she was super horny, then she’d do something unexpected like spike Legion’s drink to make her pass out. Olivia was just all over the place and giving my girl, Legion, a hard time :(Speaking of Legion, she completely steals the show (or book) for me in The Darkest Passion. It was hilarious to read her interaction with Galen – whom she decides to take down on her own by acting as Bait and entrapping him with her new body. It was the best part of the book – in my opinion! Certainly lifted my spirits as one LOTU gets killed *sniff sniff* by Lysander. Wonder how Bianka will react to that! LOLBut at least we find out there is a LOTU heaven that Zeus ‘created’ just for them. We meet up with Pandora and Baden in a very funny and heartfelt scene. But never fear – the ending is a happy one – for mostly everyone. Book 6, The Darkest Lie promises to set all the wrong to right, so I’m off to read! Enjoy the excerpt with Legion acting as Bait to Galen :)http://readourlipsblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/review-darkest-passion-lords-of.html#more