Series: Lords of the Underworld #11
Author: Gena Showalter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
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.
I love this series and to say I was eagerly anticipating Torin’s book would’ve been a huge understatement. He’s always been a bit of mystery and the Lord I felt the most sorry for. To be denied the sense of touch? What agony! For those of you that haven’t read the series, Torin can not have skin to skin contact with anyone without their death or if they’re lucky, they are then carriers of disease. That’s the demon he’s possessed with. So normally, he is the computer guru, kept away from battle, so no disease can be transmitted. His existence is a truly lonely one. He wants what his friends have, a loving and physical relationship with a woman. He has tried this a couple of times but the results always led to the other person’s death. In this book, he’s imprisoned with the Red Queen, who’s as vicious as she is beautiful. And unfortunately for Torin, she’s majorly pissed at him.
Keeley, the Red Queen, is a formidable foe to have. She was a child bride centuries ago, given to an evil King who terrorized and tortured her. She had little to no humanity left,except for her feelings of friendship with a human girl named Mari. She’s angry with Torin, the keeper of disease because he killed Mari with his inability to keep from touching her. She plans to extract her pound of flesh fromTorin,literally. The man she meets is nothing like she expected. He’s kind, caring and genuinely remorseful for his part in the girl’s death. After the two of them escape from the prison they were held in, they start an unlikely partnership which then turns into something more.
For loyal readers of Showalter’s, this book is a must because of the continuing story arc that this series has. For me this book was just barely okay. The first half of the book drug on and on and on. Tedious and monotonous. The scenes were the same, the dialogue, the same. She wasn’t good enough for him, he wasn’t good enough for her. Break up and make up. Over and over and over. Gah! I wanted to bang my head against the wall so many times. Both of the main characters seemed very immature and self pitying. The second half of the book had some of the characters from her previous books but even then, her trademark humor wasn’t up to par. I missed that so much. And William! There wasn’t enough of William! I deduct stars for there not being enough William. I gave it one star because it’s Showalter, one star because it was a Lords book and the final star because there was an HEA, even if I had to go through Hell to get it. In closing, please write books like you used to Gena Showalter. You’re better than what you’ve given us with the last two books. And again,more William!