Gena Showalter
The Darkest Promise

The Darkest Promise
Gena Showalter

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Lords of the Underworld story about an iron-willed sovereign and the somber beauty who melts him with a glance…Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him—until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile…and seduce her into his bed.As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they've forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever…

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Lords of the Underworld story about an iron-willed sovereign and the somber beauty who melts him with a glance...

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him—until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile...and seduce her into his bed.

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they’ve forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever...

The Darkest Promise

Gena Showalter

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THE DARKEST PROMISE

© 2017 Gena Showalter

Published in Great Britain 2017

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Shackled by despair.

Freed by desire.

“One of the premier authors of paranormal romance. Gena Showalter delivers an utterly spell-binding story!”

—Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Gena Showalter never fails to dazzle.”

—Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author

“Showalter...rocks me every time!”

—Sylvia Day, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Showalter writes fun, sexy characters you fall in love with!”

—Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author

“Showalter makes romance sizzle on every page!”

—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

“A fascinating premise, a sexy hero and non-stop action, The Darkest Night is Showalter at her finest.”

—New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning

“Gena Showalter is a romantic genius.”

—San Francisco Book Review

GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld series, two young adult series—Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles—and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com (http://www.genashowalter.com) or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans (https://Facebook.com/genashowalterfans).

Table of Contents

The Darkest Promise (#ufe36abdd-5ef5-576b-a7f4-36ea20e14195)

Lords of the Underworld: Insider’s Guide (#litres_trial_promo)

Glossary of Terms and Players (#litres_trial_promo)

Bonus Scene (#litres_trial_promo)

Excerpt from Can’t Hardly Breathe by Gena Showalter (#litres_trial_promo)

To Jill Monroe—Best friend, confidante, idea bouncer-offer!

To Naomi at French n Bookish—A treasure!

To Denise Tompkins—A sister of the heart! Thank you for being you!

To Shane Tolbert, Shonna Hurt and Michelle Quine—My biggest cheerleaders!

To Crystal Lepinsk, Penny Beerling, Sananda Davalillo, Sarah Hutchinson, Sarah McAdorey and Jennifer Forist—For helping me name a character (in this book and perhaps books to come).

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