on December 7, 2021
Genres: Enemies to Lovers, Paranormal, Paranormal, Romance
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter comes a new story in her Lords of the Underworld series…
Forsaken. Deathless. A monster in every way. Mostly, Brochan is determined. He craves what fate promised him—the woman who will help him conquer a heavenly kingdom. He will stop at nothing to win her.
Viola, Keeper of the demon of Narcissism, lives for a single purpose—treating herself and her pet to the best life possible. But a crazed warrior is now appearing everywhere she ventures, ruining her fun…. tempting her beyond reason and keeping her at a razor-edge of desire.
Though legions of males have attempted to win her, all have failed. Somehow, this rampaging beast is tearing down her walls, one by one, claiming he owns her heart and her very destiny. To be with him, however, she must defeat the only force strong enough to destroy her—love.
*ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review*
I've always been a huge fan of the Lords of the Underworld series so when I got the opportunity to read an early copy of the novella who has none other than Viola, the keeper of the demon Narcissism, as the main character, I dove straight into the book. I feel like I've waited so long for this book that I did not want to stop reading once I had it in my hands. Getting Viola's back story along with Brochan and his brother had me hooked from page one. Brochan is at a bar when he spots his soulmate, who happens to walk right past by him and sits next to his brother. Unable to bear witness, he leaves. But when his brother comes crashing down without his immortality, seemingly betrayed by Viola, he vows vengeance. Brochan decides to fall and force Viola to make his brother whole again and then kill her. But it's Viola and you know that will be no easy feat. Especially since his desire keeps bouncing between kissing or killing her. Dilemma!!! These two are so much fun to read about. I loved how Viola's character is like "tell me I'm pretty" to feed her narcissism need and her biggest enemy is a mirror. I mean besides Brochan. And the only thing that Viola loves more than her image is her pet, Fluffy. Brochan will do anything to save his brother, but he can't help but be obsessed with Viola which means he has to protect her, even when he really wants to kill her but also really wants to fuck her against the wall but still kill her. Throw in lots of paranormal baddies and some past characters and you have an epic paranormal romance that didn't feel like a novella but more of a fully fleshed out read that gave me major happy feels. Five Stars!