The Darkest Assassin by Gena Showalter

December 05, 2019

The Darkest Assassin 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...

The Darkest Assassin by Gena Showalter
Fox is a demon-possessed immortal with many talents.
Ability to open portals—check
Power to kill the most dangerous Sent Ones—check
Scare away any man who might want to date her—mate
Now, the keeper of Distrust has been marked for death, a winged assassin with rainbow-colored eyes tracking her every move, determined to avenge the males she accidentally decimated. If only she could control the desire to rip off his clothes…

Bjorn is a fierce warrior with many complications.
Tragic, torture-filled past—check
A wife he was forced to wed, who is draining his life force—check
Ever-intensifying desire for the enigmatic Fox—mate
Never has he hesitated to exterminate an evil being. Until now. The sharp-tongued female with a shockingly vulnerable heart tempts him in ways no one else ever has, threatening his iron control.

But, as Fate itself seems to conspire against the unlikely pair, both old and new enemies emerge. And Fox and Bjorn must fight to survive.

And learn to love…

Bjorn, one of the Sent Ones, the One True Dread, was tasked with executing the killer who took out ten of his brethren. Fox the Executioner knew she deserved some sort of punishment for what she had done. She also believed that she should have been shown some lenience or understanding because she didn't want to kill those warriors - it wasn't her fault that the demon who possessed her, Distrust, went a little (a lot) nuts. Their initial meeting didn't go as planned... she's naked, he can't look away from any part of her, and they're both distracted. It made for some crazy hot reading!!

Fox always relied on money and material things because those things would never let her down. They can't hurt her. Reality TV gives her life and her one true connection was Galen, the man who took her in when she had no one. And then Bjorn burst into her life, quickly becoming her everything, even if he planned to kill her. He was a warrior of honor, he had two best friends who were like brothers to him, and he was caught in an untenable situation he didn't know how to get out of. Forced to wed a woman he despised, he couldn't help but hunger for the one woman who was the exact opposite of everything he thought he wanted and yet was everything he needed.

"I'm not afraid of the dark, I am the dark." - Bjorn

"The best way to navigate the dark? With a sword." - Fox

Amidst the action and the underlying theme of war, a beautiful love story developed. Bjorn and Fox didn't have many reasons to trust each other and they fought their instincts hard every step of the way, denying their feelings and causing each other pain, but somehow they were able to connect in ways no one expected. They had each lived a hard life, with painful and heartwrenching pasts, and wanted more. I loved how they were the perfect complement for each other. I loved that they didn't take things lying down or allow the other to walk all over them. Fox was just as fierce as Bjorn and I loved how the author showed how much these characters appreciated and admired the qualities they found in the other. I found it impossible not to fall in love with these people and their story and how their love may not have come easily, but it was most definitely worthwhile.

Reading The Darkest Assassin was such an incredible experience! Bjorn and Fox shared the intense chemistry we all come to anticipate in an enemies-to-lovers story and it was beyond delicious! They were engaged in a dance of death and it was hypnotic, enchanting, and lethal. I think one of the best things about this story was the fact that I had already read Baden's story, where he was the original holder of the demon, Distrust, and I got the chance to compare his horrific journey with the one Fox had to face. At least she hasn't gone crazy yet, determined to die in order to escape her fate. If you want to know more about Baden, check out The Darkest Torment. As for Bjorn and Fox, their story was absolutely perfect for paranormal romance readers everywhere!

About Gena Showalter
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld, Otherworld Assassins, and Angels of the Dark series, as well as 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 was interviewed on Nightline and has been mentioned in Orange is the New Black. 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. Check back often to learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books.

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