Book Review: The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Touch by Gena ShowalterTitle: The Darkest Touch
Series: Lords of the Underworld, Book 11
Author: Gena Showalter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: bought
Published: November 25, 2014 by Harlequin HQN

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 Keeley Cael. 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 the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

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Reviewed by: J9

In a Nutshell: A-maz-ing paranormal romance that revitalized the series for me.

The Set Up: Torin is host to the demon of disease and can’t touch anyone. Keeley is the mighty and powerful Red Queen who’s bent on revenge. Touching Torin means death but Keeley has only ever followed her own rules.

Why I Read This Book: I’ve had series fatigue here but was looking forward to Torin’s book with passion.

What I Liked: I absolutely adored both characters and their romance. Torin’s loneliness and thirst for contact is heartbreaking and provides perfect romantic tension. Keeley is a stellar heroine. She’s powerful, and never steps off from that which I loved, but she’s also vulnerable, though she’d cut out your tongue for saying it!

The romance was erotic as Keeley and Torin can’t touch without Keeley getting sick. But even better was how emotionally connected these two characters were. I loved how Torin made Keeley laugh. Their inside jokes, like the Time Out Box, were so funny but heartwarming as well. Keeley sees value in Torin in ways even his best friends don’t and the emotional intimacy just drips off the page.

What I Also Liked: This book is laugh out loud funny at times. How Keeley and Anya, the minor goddess of anarchy, interact was howling funny. All the other Lords and their mates have appearances here and it was both fun to catch up and watch them make room for Keeley in their makeshift family.

The plot centers around Torin and Keeley’s relationship but also on them locating missing Lords who are Torin’s friends. This paced well and totally kept my attention. By the time Keeley and Torin visit the realm of the giants I was totally hooked on this book and the romance.

What I Didn’t Like: I admit the brief times when the book changed focus from Torin and Keeley to Baden (one of the missing Lords) I skimmed but the novel was such romance fun that I didn’t even knock the rating.

IMO: This is my favorite of the series and well worth the money and time investment. I doubt new readers could pick this up and enjoy it but it’s so yummy I might even tell them to try.

J9’s Rating:
5 Frogs

About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.

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