The Darkest Kiss - Gena Showalter At the end of Book 1, The Darkest Night, we find out the institute (where Ashlyn used to work) was actually headed by an organization of humans the Lords call Hunters. The Hunters have one goal in mind – find Pandora’s box and suck the demons back into it, thinking this will obliterate evil from the world. If they are successful, the Lords of the Underworld would not survive being separated from the demons they’ve housed within them so long.In order to stop them, the warriors must find Pandora’s box before the Hunters do. But the Hunters are not the only ones after Pandora’s box. Cronus, the new King of the gods, is also after the box. In order to fight this new threat, the Lords enlist the help of the goddess of Anarchy.Enter Anya – who was first introduced as the heavenly ‘voice’ who helped Maddox and Ashlyn break the curse Maddox was under in Book 1. Here, in Book 2, Anya’s corporeal form is revealed as she materializes in a club the Lords are visiting. But this is not the first time she’s ‘dropped in’ to visit the warriors. For two weeks now, she’s been stalking looking after Lucien – the Lord housing the demon of Death within him.Lucien, the most stoic and serious of all the Lords, senses a presence following him, yet he can never see anyone/anything, though he does pick up the scent of strawberries in the air. He dismisses his senses and goes about his daily job of escorting the souls of the departed to either heaven or hell – a 24/7 job. Following a bad experience in his past, Lucien is disfigured, a myriad of scars adorning his face and his eyes are mismatched – one being blue and the other brown.Anya is smitten with the brooding immortal and sets to make Lucien hers at the club, first by dancing suggestively and then by throwing everything she’s got at the overwhelmed Lord. Lucien, thinking that Anya – a beautiful woman – is playing with him, or was paid by his friends to show him a good time, refuses every one of Anya’s advances, even though he’s instantly attracted to her.An emotional and sexual tug of war begins between Lucien and Anya – with one moment Lucien giving into his desires, while the other he’s insulting Anya and trying to run away from her. Instead of giving up and leaving Lucien alone. Anya revels in the challenge to make Lucien hers and pulls out all the stops to taunt, tease, and drive Lucien insane.Lucien can only take so much, and just when he’s about to give into Anya, Cronus summons him and demands he kill the goddess of Anarchy and retrieve a very special ‘key’ from her. Lucien tries to get out of the assignment, but Cronus tells him if he doesn’t go thru with his command, his friends will suffer.The Lords have already been dealt a bad hand as Aeron – mad with bloodlust – has been imprisoned to stop him from killing Danika and her family, so Lucien knows Cronus’ threat is no joke. Apprehensively, Lucien agrees to kill Anya, but the more time he spends around the mischievous goddess, the more he falls deeper for her.The same can be said for Anya – who can’t help herself around Lucien, either. She’s even contemplating binding the immortal to her for all time as she is cursed with having to eternally love the first man she takes to her bed – even if he does not want to be with her. In order to save Anya from her fate, Lucien must defeat the new king of the gods, and this is no small feat. First order of business is to find Pandora’s box – which can only be found by first uncovering other ancient artifacts that will lead to it. First item to be found is The Cage of Compulsion – an artifact hidden away by Hydra. Lucien quickly sets out to find the artifact.The hunt begins, and everyone gets in on the action – except for Maddox and Ashlyn (whom we find out are expecting a baby!) who stay behind to care for Aeron. Along the way, we meet William – Anya’s hilarious friend who stole the show every time he came on LOL. Loved the way he and Lucien interacted – hysterically funny! :)Things take a dramatic turn for the worst when Aeron escapes, and makes his way to kill Danika and her family. This makes everyone pull together as they race against the clock to find the hidden artifacts.Put down whatever you are doing and pick up this book – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. The end will surprise you and make your heart melt all at once. Love…love…love Anya and Lucien. The Darkest Kiss is a definite MUST READ! http://readourlipsblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/reviewthe-darkest-kiss-lords-of.html