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Friday, February 14, 2014

Review of Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy Novel, The Underground City by HP Mallory (book 2 of The Lily Harper Series)

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! What better way to celebrate than to review HP Mallory's new release...The Underground City!!
 

Title: The Underground City
Series: The Lily Harper Series, book 2
Author: HP Mallory
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Audience: Adults (18+)


Official Synopsis
Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here…

Lily Harper narrowly survived her first mission as a Soul Retriever in the first level of the Underground City. After that harrowing trip, she wants nothing more than some down-time, but as with most things involving the afterlife, nothing ever quite works out the way Lily wants it to.

Her newest mission will see her traveling to the sewer aqueduct of the Underground City and later, the prison. But, luckily for Lily, she’s got the hunky yet antisocial bladesmith, Tallis Black, by her side. And quite possibly unluckily for her, she’s also got her guardian angel, Bill, who’s up to his old, foul-mouthed antics.

Between learning how to wield her sword, personal training with a hot-headed demon, traveling to the Underground City not one but two times and discovering that the leader of the Underground City harbors a curious fascination with her, Lily’s hope was abandoned a long time ago.

My Review
HP Mallory is back and better than ever with book 2 of The Lily Harper series, The Underground City.  

This was the greatest Valentines gift from one of my all-time favorite authors. A big box of dangerous adventures, wrapped in humor,  tied with a ribbon of non-stop action and topped off with a big bow of sexually charged romance –why can’t all my Valentine’s Day gifts be this awesome?!

Lily has died (accidentally), been born again (purposefully) and is now a Soul Retriever (reluctantly). Yet, nothing has prepared her for what she faces next when she revisits The Underground City.
Her main goal is try to survive her next mission to the Underground City aka hell.

Luckily, she has the ever-sexy, anti-social, yet built like a beast bladesmith as he guardian. With the help of both Talis and her demon trainer, she works on getting tough…both mentally and physically. She also has her ever-funny potty-mouth of a guardian angel Bill to help lighten any situation. Together they face their next mission, but what they find brings more trouble than even the fearsome threesome has to offer.

The leader of the Underground City has his eyes set on Lily and the devil is really good at getting what he wants.

Things are heating up and just when Lily thinks it couldn’t get any worse…it does.

With creatures ready to devour her at every turn, an angel that cannot kill a fly, and a guardian who is facing his own demons, Lily must learn to stand on her own…or die trying.

This book is amazing! A completely unputtdownable thrill ride that had me laughing, scared out of my seat and loudly cheering for Lily as we see her transform into a warrior in her own rite.

The chemistry between the fearsome threesome is undeniable. Talis and Lily are electric. The sexual tension builds and I think all fans of Tily (Team Talis/Lily) will no doubt be happy with some of their…ahem...“exchanges.”

Bill and Lily also share some laugh-inducing moments. But, what was really special to me was the bond that has formed. They crossed the line from putting up with eachother to becoming the closest of friends. One scene in particular is guaranteed to warm your heart.

We also meet some new characters that I am completely smitten with. We have Saxon and Delilah. Two Soul retrievers that I hope we will see a lot more of! Saxon is a cutie with a big smile that he is aiming right at Lily. Here’s to more of this guy who had me at hello!

Delilah, like Lily, is a new Soul Retriever who unfortunately does not have a scary bladesmith or guardian by her side. She is sweet as pie with a booty to match ;) I’m hoping we see more of her in the next installment.

Then there is Alaire – the leader of the Underworld. He is hot, he is dangerous….heck, he is practically the devil himself! His attention is set on Lily and, as I said before, he always gets what he wants.

All in all, this is a must-read for all urban fantasy fans!

Here is a snippet of one of my favorite scenes:

Tallis continued to stand there, silently watching me, his sword still precariously aimed on my neck. His eyes were completely engulfed by the strange blackness. They no longer resembled the eyes of a human...

 “Tallis,” I whispered. “You’re scaring me.”

My comment seemed to thrill him because his lips parted into a smile. But he still didn’t say anything.
Instead, he continued staring right through me with enigmatic eyes that revealed nothing. He continued to smile as he studied me, though, appearing amused by the fact that he had me where he wanted me, amused that I was his captive. And that was when I realized he intended to kill me.

Yes, that did happen! To find out Talis’s response, check out The Underground City. It is guaranteed to come with a whole heap of surprises, like the one in this scene.

This book is a Five-Fanger Banger!
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Have you read any of HP Mallory’s books? If so, which one is your favorite? If you haven’t, the you are officially dead for you have not truly lived until you read one..lol
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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