The Darkest Kiss - Gena Showalter
3.5 stars.

I liked Lucien, all broody and dark and tormented, and I loved Anya and her confident, take-no-shit-from-no-one attitude, and I enjoyed the world-building and the glimpses in the lives (and curses) of the other characters, there were parts that made me laugh out loud, and in the end, I really felt for Lucien and Anya and their struggles.

So why did I not give it four stars?

I felt the bantering and bickering, the hot-and-cold, I-want-you-but-I-can't-have-you phase of their story was drawn out too long. The entire first half of the book was filled with Lucien and Anya's circling around each other with not much development in either way. She wants him but she can't give in to him. He wants her but he is ordered to kill her, so he won't give in to her either. They need each other but don't - can't - really trust each other. And so it went, back and forth, back and forth, and I felt like they were stuck in a stalemate with no way out. It was frustrating. I do like a little bantering, a little teasing and dancing around the obvious, but this... this made me roll my eyes at times and want to put the book down.

So by the time they finally did open up to each other and got together for reals, I'd been frustrated with the story for too long to whole-heartedly enjoy it. Sad, really. Because once they were together, those two rocked it. Death and Anarchy. What an awesome match. :)

Yeah, so though the world-building and storyline are still fun, the characters are intriguing (I want to read the other Lords' books!)and the romance had a satisfying resolution, the aspect mentioned above detracted from my overall reading enjoyment, and I can only give it 3.5 stars.