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Pages: 432 pages
Publisher: HQN Books
Language: English
Reading Level: 18+ (Adult)
Book 8 Lords of the Underworld

Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor's edge of surrender.

Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can't afford because he has an agenda of his own—steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter—the love neither had thought possible.…

I have to admit that I have been waiting for this book for awhile. There were a few books in between that I have to say lacked the normal flow of the LOTU books, but this one made up for it.

Strider has been fighting against Kaia's advances for awhile now. After sleeping with Paris, Kaia has become a part of the banned list due to the bro code. Kaia on the other hand regrets her hasty decision as she comes to care and want Strider.

This books was a fun read. You watch Kaia who always seems so confident, finally seem vulnerable. She has a past, as most characters do, that leaves you feeling for her. She's still sarcastic to a fault and smart-mouthed but you learn that it's just a mask to cover how insecure she really is. There are reasons for this, but you would have read it to find out ;P Let's just say that her family puts the 'fun' in dysfunctional.

Strider in this book is very conflicted. Keeper of the demon of defeat, he suffers greatly when he loses any sort of challenge. This can lead to some very interesting situations as he has made it a habit to challenge himself. This can also be used against him both by other people and when his own demon believes a challenge was issued, sometimes due to it's own reasoning.

While he and Kaia are paired together, you meet Kaia's family and a few old enemies. I don't want to give to much away, but I have to say that this book was so enjoyable. The interactions between Strider and Kaia, Kaia and her old nemesis, and just about Kaia and anyone is completely giggle worthy. I like how they both have a grasp on pop-culture without it over taking the page or who they are. They both have really quirky personalities that become very endearing. Their venture into a relationship is in a way sudden, with Strider coming to his senses in a rush, but it's not hurried that you are left thinking 'how did that happen?' Although I would have liked a litter more reason as to why the demon started liking Kaia more than the I don't know answer or cuz he dominates her in a way (in bed), it's not too distracting as long as you don't over think it. The relationship becomes sweet, though it's really through a trial of fire. I enjoyed the last chapters of the book as well as Kaia describes the "family" she has now.

This book also opens some new doors and new questions. It does have scenes with Kane (Keeper of disaster) and Paris (Keeper of Promiscuity). This makes sense as Paris' book is next. I can't tell you what happens, lets just say that it does start a new plot twist I believe. There is also Kaia's oldest sister and her friend that have made bargains with the Phoenixes, but again that's another open door or plot. Gena Showalter has stated that she's branching off the book and as soon as I have time to find out more I will post it.

All in all Kaia and Strider's story was well paced, humorous and sexy. There were only a few parts that seemed to drag on, or that there was too much competing with the main story of the book. But again I'm sure that there is a reason for this. If you love the LOTU, youre gonna love Kaia and Strider.

Rating: ☆☆


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