The Darkest Night is the first book in the Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter. Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past her entire life. She is in Budapest for work and hears of some men who are rumored to have supernatural abilities, who she believes can help her with the voices she hears. The first of these men she meets in Maddox, their most dangerous member, who has the demon Violence trapped within him. As soon as Ashlyn is around Maddox all the voices from the past stop immediately. Maddox and the other Lords believe that Ashlyn is Bait for the Hunters that have been searching for the Lords for centuries. However, Maddox is so completely drawn to Ashlyn, and promises anyone who touches her death. Ashlyn, who has never had a family, is strangely Maddox and feels like she is home for the first time in her life surrounded by the Lords.
Showalter writes a winning story with lots of passionate romance and a bit of mystery to keep the reader turning the pages. Right now only the first 3 in the series are published, but I hope that each of the Lord of the Underworld will get their own story as Maddox and Ashlyn's story made me a Showalter reader for life.