The Darkest Destiny (A lords of the Underworld series) Novella by Gena Showalter
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter comes a new story in her Lords of the Underworld series…
Forsaken. Deathless. A monster in every way. Mostly, Brochan is determined. He craves what fate promised him—the woman who will help him conquer a heavenly kingdom. He will stop at nothing to win her.
Viola, Keeper of the demon of Narcissism, lives for a single purpose—treating herself and her pet to the best life possible. But a crazed warrior is now appearing everywhere she ventures, ruining her fun…. tempting her beyond reason and keeping her at a razor-edge of desire.
Though legions of males have attempted to win her, all have failed. Somehow, this rampaging beast is tearing down her walls, one by one, claiming he owns her heart and her very destiny. To be with him, however, she must defeat the only force strong enough to destroy her—love.
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It’s been a while since I’ve read this author (I tend only to read her lords of the underworld series) so I was excited to find out she’s written another short story in this series.
Viola has the demon Narcissism contained inside her body (many centuries ago a group of warriors were guarding Pandora’s box, they were foolish enough to open it, all the demons escaped! As punishment those guards were made to live with a demon inside of them, prisoners of the gods were also punished with the demons)
So your wondering if Viola is a warrior or an enemy of the Gods?! (Read the book and you’ll find out 😉 She is also the keeper of the Afterlife (you’ll find out how in the book)
Viola cares for nothing except herself, (well that the definition of narcissism) until her pet fluffy enters her life. (She thinks of her pet as a child)
She lives only to entertain and amuse herself and care for fluffy, by taking immortal souls.
I wasn’t a big lover of this character when she was first introduced into the LOTU (lords of the underworld) but in this book my opinion changes.
Brochan doesn’t house a demon inside himself. But he certainly comes with enough of his own issues!
The more I read of him, the more I felt sorry for him (and to be honest, most of the characters in this series have a pretty horrible life) he was an angel until he fell (due to Viola! And now he made it his mission to find answers, then take her head!
This pairing was just great.
How they meet had me chuckling, which turned into amazement, which soon morphed into shock!
Although a short story, it packs a whole lot into it….
Betrayal, laughter, suspense and a few steamy moments.
I understand the character a lot more after reading her background, she’s still not one of my favourite characters, but I like her a whole lot more now.
Brochan was a great character he had so much potential and excelled beyond even his own expectations.
It’s not necessary to read all the previous books in this series (15 books and a few novellas!) as this book will happily stand on its own.