5 Stars.I just got done with the LOTU series (#1- #9). And the Darkest Kiss is definitely my favorite book in the series! This book has everything I think a great book should - wonder, humor, romance, action, questions, sadness, curiosity and an insatiable desire for more.. All rolled into one! This book had me hooked from the very beginning. The characters seemed so real I thought I knew them personally. Highly recommend to people who enjoy reading snarky, funny, sensitive, and lovable characters! I'll definitely be reading more of Gena Showalter's books!