By Gena Showalter Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback Published: September 27th 2011 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 2011) Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance Source: own copy
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….
Bomy’s Flutter: fraught with tension and fun action 😀
World Building: Awesomesauce Lords of the Underworld: demons, harpies, angels, the works.
Characters: This is Strider and Kaia’s story, and I loved it. Maybe it’s the fact I haven’t been reading any LotU in a while, but damn I loved these guys and I’d been missing the rest of them all. Strider and Kaia are a match made in a tropical sort of heaven, they’re both uber stubborn and their blood runs hot. You can imagine the amounts of fun I’ve had seeing them bicker and go at each other 😀
They’re both very charismatic and tortured (always a big plus for my evil reader tastes), they have great chemistry as a couple and hot one on one.
Plot: Romantic arc filled with tension, these guys must be the most stubborn creatures alive, lol. Awesome action outside of the romance too, kickass fights and righteous whooping for the win.
Writing: Third person narrative from his and her POV, fun and filled with tension and action. Delicious, in one word.
Curb Appeal: Instant buy material
All in all, this was a kickass read, humor, sensuality, action, loads of tension and stubbornness. All around win, don’t miss out on the action xD