For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.
Then he met her.
Former demon turned human femme fatale — Legion Honey — sought to kill Galen, but ended up parting with her virginity instead. Afraid of their sizzling connection, she ran away…and ended up trapped in hell, tortured and abused in the worst of ways. Now she’s free, and a shell of herself, afraid of her own shadow.
Galen’s hunger for Legion has only grown. Now the warrior with nothing to lose must help her rekindle the fire that once burned inside her. But as desires blaze white-hot, will Legion run again? Or will the unlikely pair succumb to love at long last?
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1001 Dark Nights-
The Darkest Captive
by Gena Showalter
If you’ve been a follower of the Lords of the Underworld (LOTU) series like I have been then, believe me, I know the excitement you felt when Gena came out with The Darkest Captive in the 1001 Dark Nights installments. I was giddy and nervous because hello Legion holds a special place in my heart. What got my anxiety up even further was the fact that her story was only going to be a novella. After everything she’s been through I feel as though Legion and her story shouldn’t be rushed. She needs time and we, as readers, need to see that time pass for her so we can see her heal after the literal hell that she’s been through.
With that said I know ya’ll have seen how many stars I’ve given this but I want to clarify some things. I DID ENJOY THIS BOOK. Getting to see Legion become herself again only stronger and more confident was an amazing thing to witness. Galen surprised me on a lot of levels, but I have to say that he’s good for Legion. I enjoyed watching them come together and how soft Galen could be with her at times and then at other times give her the kick in the butt she needed.
The plot was solid and due to the fact I’d already had invested interest in these characters, I was able to finish strong and still want more from the LOTU series.
However…the reason this novella only gets 3.5 stars is because their personalities just didn’t fit with what we know from them. Legion’s….yes, I get and I loved see her blossom and reinvent herself from the ashes that was left behind from her time in hell. Galen’s whole character in this book threw me off. The sarcasm, which is something I’ve come to love from Showalter, was heavy handed it I felt like it took over the entire story. Where was his broodiness, his masculinity for goodness sakes! To me, it seemed like she tried to make this enjoyable for the reader who hasn’t read any of the LOTU, but tried just a little too hard. I understand the 1001 Dark Nights installments are novellas that give readers a chance to find something new, but I just think The Darkest Captive tried a little too hard.
I still enjoyed the book strictly because I love this series so darn much and getting to see Legion stick it to her past was awesome! I will continue to love and support Gena and the Lords of the Underworld, and I’m sure they will always be one of my top favorite paranormal romance series.