Published by Harlequin on 2014-12-01
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Paranormal, romance
From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet… 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 Keeleycael. 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 her end, but resisting her is the hardest battle he's ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can't win.
Gena Showalter is a New York Times
and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.
They would be a couple, she decided. Touch— pleasure—had been denied her for far too long. A fact his presence had never allowed her to forget. He’d had other girlfriends so he knew how to handle a romantic relationship. They could do this, could make this work. And they would be vigilant, cautious,never courting danger.
All she had to do was get him to agree.
There was no better time to try. “I’m dirty,” she announced. “Absolutely filthy, and I’m going to take a bath.”
“Good for you.” So mocking.
So unaware of his coming fall.
“Be a dear and help me remove my dress,”she said. A strangled sound left him.“It has no ties, no zipper. You tug it on and off.”
“Well, good news, then. As strong as you are, you shouldn’t have any problems.”
So my quickie thoughts…It was good. Not OMG the best thing ever good, but good. I feel like Torin’s book wasn’t quit as exciting as the previous Lord of the Underworld books but I still really enjoyed it and if you’re a Lords of the Underworld fan well then, this is a must read for you.
Now for the slightly longer version…Well written as usual with a captivating story, strong plot, and great world building. Each character is unique and we do love the dark Lords. What I was a bit disappointed in when it came to installment number 11 is the lack in steamy smexiness. Previous books in the series were just WOW and this one was well, pedestrian. It wasn’t what I had expected in terms of steam. I think I’ve seen more action in some YA books than I did in this one. Aside from that though, the roller coaster this one took me on was pretty fantastic. Several things cropped up that I had not expected and at times the book got me frustrated which is actually something I appreciate in a novel. I want a book to get me a little riled up and this one did. All in all, four stars because the book was really good and I’m stoked I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy. I will absolutely continue reading the series and am eager to see what happens next.