Gena Showalter seamlessly connects the dots between The Darkest Whisperand The Darkest Passionwith this super sexy short story. Our heroine is Bianka, sister to Gwen, and a fellow Harpy. As our story begins, she is kidnapped by the angel Lysander. It turns out, she is his one true temptation and he thinks to neutralize the threat she poses. Ultimately, they each prove to be more temptation than the other can resist. But can they overcome their huge differences?
The great thing about this short story is that it hyper-focuses on the romance. And by "romance," I mean spectacular sexual tension and payoff. --Yeah, you could skip this short story and still understand what is happening in the next book. But honestly, why would you want to? It was a great story. (I'm still fanning myself.) And unlike the other two short stories set in the LotU world, this one actually features the Lords, albeit in supporting roles. 5 stars.
*This short story can be found in the anthologies Dark Beginnings and Heart of Darkness