Lucien is the Warrior of Death and Lord
of the Underworld. Charged with taking souls to heaven or hell
upon their death, Lucien has no choice but to do as he is has
been commanded to do. His demon is Death and Lucien despairs
of ever being free. His sin? He was the leader of the
warriors charged with protecting the dimOuniak and
instead of protecting it, he opened it and unleashed hordes of
demons throughout the world. Death is his punishment and his
life. Until Anya. Anya makes him smile. She makes him laugh.
But most of all she makes him yearn in ways he had long ago
forgotten. These yearnings make the task he has been given
that much harder. It seems the leader of the gods wants Anya
dead and Lucien is to be her destroyer.
Anya, the Goddess of Anarchy, has set her
sights on Lucien, the Warrior of Death. Doing everything in
her power to make him notice her, she just wants to feel his
skin and touch him in ways that she shouldn’t be thinking. As
the Goddess of Anarchy, she must allow herself some mischief
in order to survive and in doing so, she tries her best to
make Lucien laugh. While she wants Lucien with every breath
in her immortal body, she knows they can never consummate
their relationship because her curse is such that in doing so,
Anya would be forever in love with Lucien, even if he does not
love her back.
When the man she has come to love and
cherish tells her he has come to claim her for Death, Anya is
not having any part of it, even if her desire stays strong.
Pursuing each other across the world, forces beyond their
control threaten them and when it is too late to turn back,
they despair at ever being together.
I knew I would love The Darkest
Kiss because in the first installment, The Darkest
Night, Lucien was such a tortured soul having to deal with
Maddox’s curse. I respected Lucien for his loyalty and
compassion for his friends and ached when he had to lead souls
to their final resting place. In The Darkest Kiss,
my love and affection for Lucien became unconditional because
he was given a task he didn’t want to do and while he knew
that his friends would suffer should he fail, his task was
horrible and he was so sorrowful at not having a choice. I
agonized when he agonized and I cried more than once. Anya’s
characterization was playful and teasingly childish at times.
However, she loved with a woman’s heart and more than once I
despaired of her being loved like she deserved.
Dark passion, raw emotions, and
hauntingly beautiful love scenes were in the pages of
The Darkest Kiss. Some questions were answered, some
were not. I was given a tease of the next installment, The
Darkest Pleasure, which just whetted my appetite for more
of these wonderful Lords of the Underworld. Consider
The Darkest Kiss Joyfully Recommended! It should be
read more than once!