Review: The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter
Publication Date: June 14th, 2017
Series: Lord of the Underworld #13
Rating: 4 Stars
Official Blurb: Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn't allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.
Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him - until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile and seduce her into his bed.
As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they've forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever
Review: So, when I first decided to review this book, I had no idea that it was number thirteen in the series. Once I found out, I was kind of nervous because I thought I was going to be completely lost, but I wasn’t, and it was very easy to follow.
Cameo is cursed by the demon of Misery. At first, I thought this book might be a bit dark and depressing because Cameo can’t experience happiness. She only brings sorrow and sadness to those around her, and every time she experiences any kind of happiness, Misery wipes her memory of it. This book was actually the opposite of what I first thought. My heart did break for Cameo a few times because she wanted to be happy so badly. Apparently in another book, Cameo did feel some type of desire and happiness from Lazarus, but of course, Misery wiped her mind clean. Now, Cameo is determined to find Lazarus because he might be her only real hope at true happiness.
I didn’t think I was going to like Lazarus at first, he is definitely cruel, but he hasn’t had an easy life either. He is determined to build an army and hurt everyone who has ever hurt him or his family. He is ruthless to others, but when it comes to Cameo, his true weakness, he can’t resist trying to bring her happiness. After a while, I warmed up to him, and I actually adored the way the treated Cameo.
Overall, the story line was very easy to follow. There was a lot of back and forth between Lazarus and Cameo. But there is also a lot of humor, and of course, sexual chemistry. I adored Cameo right from the beginning. She is such an amazing character. I wouldn’t mind going back and starting from the beginning and catching up with this entire series.