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Fox is a demon-possessed immortal with many talents.
Ability to open portals—check
Power to kill the most dangerous Sent Ones—check
Scare away any man who might want to date her—mate
Now, the keeper of Distrust has been marked for death, a winged assassin with rainbow-colored eyes tracking her every move, determined to avenge the males she accidentally decimated. If only she could control the desire to rip off his clothes…

Bjorn is a fierce warrior with many complications.
Tragic, torture-filled past—check
A wife he was forced to wed, who is draining his life force—check
Ever-intensifying desire for the enigmatic Fox—mate
Never has he hesitated to exterminate an evil being. Until now. The sharp-tongued female with a shockingly vulnerable heart tempts him in ways no one else ever has, threatening his iron control.

But, as Fate itself seems to conspire against the unlikely pair, both old and new enemies emerge. And Fox and Bjorn must fight to survive.

And learn to love…

Would you like to know what’s better than A Lords of the Underworld release? – Nothing. Nothing is better.

Of course, fans are all over learning more about Downfall’s owners (Bjorn, Xerxes, and Thane). So, when I discovered The Darkest Assassin’s male lead – Bjorn – I may have trembled in excitement. I wasn’t as sure about getting to know Fox, but I trust Galen’s judgment and man, was he so right! Her smart-aleck comments had me insta-swooning over girls with animal names 🤍🦊🤍

As this is Showalter’s 90th Underworld installment (I wish) – it’s book #14.5 (Novellas only get halvsie numbers), readers should know to expect… Everything! Showalter makes each book a handcrafted, craveable, demon-infested classic. I don’t recall a single Underworld character that hasn’t suffered or caused suffering and yet, I am either smiling or LOLing from paragraph A-Z. A reader’s only disappointment in finishing The Darkest Assassin will be in finishing The Darkest Assassin.

Do not wait!!! If you haven’t already purchased your copy, order it NOW! Bjorn and Fox’s like (maybe love) story is just what this holiday season needed.

*Note – Some authors write decent sex scenes. Some authors overuse the word steel… Some authors write erotica that you can read while also mentally making a grocery list. Then there are authors like Gena Showalter (or should we just let the fox out of the bag now and admit she is Vatsyayana reincarnated) who manage to write intimacy that engages the reader… Ooookkkkaaaayyyy, enough sex ed.

*Note – White-robed tent poles… It’s a thing… 🏕👀

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About the author


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. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, she’s been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours–and her books have been translated in multiple languages. 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