Book Review — The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter

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Book Review — The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter Title: The Darkest Touch
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher by: Harlequin
Published on: November 25, 2014
Genres: Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
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From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin's every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeleycael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean her end, but resisting her is the hardest battle he's ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can't win.

Ahhhh finally Torin’s story!! I can not explain to you how excited I was to read this. Since the series started I’ve been anxious to hear more about Torin’s story. Torin, is the keeper of Disease, and just from touch alone he can infect someone. A simple touch from him can either lead to death or that person becomes a carrier of Disease.

Torin has craved touched and physical affection. When he asked the god Cronus, for a woman he could touch without her being infected, Cronus sent Mari. Mari became his friend, but Cronus wasn’t exactly truthful. When he touched Mari, Torin accidentally sickens her and she dies.

Keeleycael, aka The Red Queen is the most powerful women in their world. Mari was Keeley’s only friend. Once she hears of Mari’s death, Keeley becomes hell bound on getting revenge for her friend’s death. She wants Torin dead and what starts off as a plot for revenge turns into much more.

Torin and Keeley are like oil and water. There is animosity, tension, but underneath it there is a raw sexual attraction. At first neither wants to admit to it, but honestly their attraction could not be denied.

Torin was sexy, sweet, but he had undeniable power. He was extremely protective of those who were important to him. Keeley was all powerful (though she was still leaning her powers), sassy, and I thought she would be completely wicked but she did have a softer side at times. She was a strong character and I loved that she could hold her own. The scenes between her and Torin was truly HOT!! I so enjoyed reading those parts. My major question was how could they touch without her getting sick? Well my questions were answered!!

The book mixed humor, action, with scorching hot scenes. The dialog between her and Torin had me giggling from time to time and the pages kept me turning because  there was a lot of action. The book was a bit long and sometimes there was so much to take in, that it seemed a bit confusing but none the less I enjoyed this book. I think fans of this series will not be disappointed. Their story was definitely worth the wait.

Book Excerpt

They would be a couple, she decided. Touch— pleasure—had been denied her for far too long. A fact his presence had never allowed her to forget. He’d had other girlfriends so he knew how to handle a romantic relationship. They could do this, could make this work. And they would be vigilant, cautious, never courting danger.

All she had to do was get him to agree.

There was no better time to try. “I’m dirty,” she announced. “Absolutely filthy, and I’m going to take a bath.”

“Good for you.”

So mocking.

So unaware of his coming fall.

“Be a dear and help me remove my dress,” she said.

A strangled sound left him. “It has no ties, no zipper. You tug it on and off.”

“Well, good news, then. As strong as you are, you shouldn’t have any problems.”

His gaze swept over her and heated. He licked his lips, as if he could already taste her. “What game are you playing, princess?”

“Does it matter?”

“Yes. And why the hell are you looking at me like that?”

“Like what?”

“Like I’m a hero. I’m not a hero. I’m a villain.”

Did he not realize that only made her want him more? “Well, be a good little villain and help me out of my dress.

“No.” His tone dovetailed into guttural as he added, “I’m not going near you.”

He’s definitely tempted. How thin was his control?

“Very well. I’ll near you.” Hips swaying, she closed the distance between them. She reached out.

He jerked away only to return—closer.

She wrapped her fingers around his wrists and guided his hands to her hips.

He resisted. At first.

“Relax, warrior. We’re protected by our clothes.”

His fingers clenched around her and held on tight. Did he think she would f loat away like a forgotten balloon?

“What’s…next?” he gritted.

Not exactly surrender, but close enough.

She leaned forward, careful as her breath fanned over his ear. “All you need to do is feel good.”

“I can do that.” He tugged her against him. Suddenly they were f lush, the softest parts of her cradling the hard- est parts of him. A growl rose from low in his chest as if, in this stolen moment, he’d regressed into little more than an animal. “I’m doing it right now.”

The pleasure…thoughts of being careful evaporated like mist. “Would you like to do more?”

“More. Yes.” His lips parted as he fought for breath. Eyes glazing with a wildness she’d never seen from any- one other than condemned prisoners, he squeezed her hard enough to bruise. “I’m going to take more, and you’re going to like it.”



Lords of the Underworld – Purchase Links & Series Order

Into the Dark: The Darkest Fire\The Amazon’s Curse\The Darkest Prison  (Prequel) | The Darkest Night | The Darkest Kiss  | The Darkest Pleasure  | The Darkest Whisper  | The Darkest Passion  | The Darkest Lie  | The Darkest Secret  | The Darkest Surrender  | The Darkest Seduction  | The Darkest Craving 

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About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at or