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Throwback Thursday Review: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

Posted January 11, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 5 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley ColeReviewer: Casee
Dark Needs at Night's Edge (Immortals After Dark #5) by Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #5
Also in this series: A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: April 29th 2008
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 368
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four-stars

Bestselling author Kresley Cole continues her seductive Immortals After Dark series with this tale of a vampire shunned even by his own kind and a beautiful phantom, bound together by a passion they cannot resist.

A RAVEN-HAIRED TEMPTRESS OF THE DARK...

Naomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers -- until she encounters a ruthless

A VAMPIRE WARRIOR CONSUMED BY MADNESS...

To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth's brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. But there, a female only he can see seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature torments him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own.

HOW FAR WILL HE GO TO CLAIM HER?

Yet even if Conrad can win Naomi, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him?

Every Thursday in 2018 we will be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books.

This review was originally posted on April 29. 2008.

Conrad Wroth despises his brothers for turning him into a vampire. Years before he turned, he was a member of a highly secret society whose duty it was to destroy the vampire. Conrad was taught that a vampire was nothing more than an evil that needed to be destroyed. So when he found himself one of the very creatures that he hunted, he was beyond angry. After being turned, he tried to ignore his need for blood, but it soon became too much and he found himself as one of the Fallen. A vampire who has killed while taking directly from the vein. A vampire that who has succumed to a madness in which there is no returning.

Conrad’s brothers, all vampires, refuse to give up on their brother. Having their own reasons for believing that it’s possible to save Conrad, they imprison him in an abandon manor, having no clue that a ghost is also in residence. When Conrad first sees Néomi, he’s convinced that it’s nothing more than the madness that has created the ghostly aberation. What he finds confusing is that the rage that is so much a part of him seems to dim when Néomi is with him.

Néomi Laress died in one of the worst ways a person can imagine. For 80 years, she has been bound to her home, the place where she died. Having no idea why she hasn’t “moved on”, Néomi finds her happiness where she can. Usually it is with the tenants that move into her home. Though they never know she’s there, she takes joy in their lives. When Conrad is brought into the manor, she is estatic that there is someone that can finally see and hear her.

I really enjoyed the love story between Conrad and Néomi. I think what made it even more poignant is that, for over half the book, the two couldn’t even touch. They fell in love with each other before they were even able to have physical contact. Néomi was exactly the sort of woman Conrad needed. Even after 80 years as a ghost, she was still able to find joy in the smallest things. For someone that felt only rage for 300 years, it was a powerful thing. Néomi helped Conrad overcome the rage that is so much a part of them. With every day that passes, Conrad is more and more certain that Néomi is his Bride. The one woman that can made his heart beat. All he has to do is escape the manor in which his brothers imprisoned him in and find a way to made Néomi sentient. Piece of cake, right?

I don’t want to give away too much, so I’ll leave it at that. Needless to say, the author throws enough twists and turns in to keep the reader guessing. Fans of this series will be more that satisfied with Dark Needs. There are several characters that we get to revisit, which makes the book even better. There’s also a highly amusing scene between Myst and Kaderin that made me laugh out loud. You gotta love those Valkyries.

4 out of 5.

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Retro Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole.

Posted October 11, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

Retro Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole.Reviewer: Rowena
A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) by Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #2
Also in this series: Dark Needs at Night's Edge (Immortals After Dark #5)
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: April 1st 2006
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 356
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Acclaimed author Kresley Cole introduces a sizzling new series with this tale of a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire—unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

A mythic warrior who'll stop at nothing to possess her...

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy...

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

An all-consuming desire...

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

*****As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we’ll be re-posting old reviews and posts that make us cringe, laugh or sigh all over again.

This review was originally posted on June 4, 2007.

So I took a break from the Crazy series because I left the next book at home and I had this one with me so I started reading it and man, I’ve got to publicly thank Lori for pimping this book to me a couple of weeks ago, because man did I devour this book on Saturday. This is the first book in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole.

The book is about the Lykae King who was captured and held captive by these mean bad ass vampires and tortured like you can’t even imagine and his never-ending quest to find his true mate. He’s searched high and low for this woman for the last roughly like 1100 years, to no avail until one day, he’s in chains and he scents her, above him and the guy goes a little crazy. He breaks his chains and rushes to find her, only to find out that his mate, his beloved mate is one of the things he detests most in this world…a vampire.

So you can only imagine how pissed off he was. I mean, he’s caught and held captive and then tortured within an inch of his life and then the one thing that gets him out of this mess, his mate turns out to be one of …them.

It’s been hundreds of years that he’s searched for her and he’s not going to let one little thing like her being a vampire stand in the way of him and his mate. Although he’s pissed to high heaven about this turn of events, he still kidnaps Emma and forces her to his will. He’s consumed with hatred for vampires and everything they’ve done to him and his family. He vows to never let her go back to her family and even though he hates everything she turned out to be, timid, shy and well, vampire …he still catches himself before actually hurting her because, there’s something about her…

He askes her to drive him to his family home, where he can finally get back to his own people and on the way, he softens toward her like it was no thang, by the time they’re home, she becomes so much more than just his mate. So now, he’s got to convince her to stay with him because she loves him and not because she’s too scared to leave. He’s got to convince her to stay before her Aunts come calling on them for a war, since he refuses to give her up.

Tempers flair and people change, but will it be enough for this Lykae King to finally be at peace with the mate he’s searched his whole life for?

You bet your bottom dollar it is, this is romance of course. =)

Man, this book was really good. I liked the passion with which Lachlain did everything. He never did anything by half measure, if he hated your guts, he hated you with everything that he was and made no move to hide his displeasure or hatred. If he loved you, he did all he could to keep you around and went to any lengths to make you see things his way. He was very demanding at the same time he was very patient. He was a man of his word and he was not to be taken lightly…ever. Lachlain was passionate and just so hot damn hot even with his regenerating leg, he was yum yum yum…even when he was being an ass. He did a lot of stupid things that I hated in the beginning but as he got to know Emma and care for her, I started to forgive him for all his wrongdoings in the beginning of the book.

Emma learned that Lachlain was a man who wasn’t above lying, cheating and using whatever was at his disposal to get what he wants and though she softened toward him at the end, he still had a lot to prove to her and I was so happy that she grew a pair to finally tell him where to shove his crap. I loved that each time she drank from him, she got so strong and she would smack the shit out of him and be all like, “Thats for pissing me off” and whatever else she would say, I loved it!

I loved how she stood up for herself and did the one thing that would unite her with the people she knows and loves. I loved that she took it upon herself to do that thing and it endeared her to me greatly.

The world that Kresley Cole created with all these demons and vampires, Lykae and Valkyrie intrigued me right from the very beginning, I couldn’t help but be pulled into the world with each word that I read in the beginning, I felt Lachlain’s hatred and I felt his haunted past trying to ruin everything he had with Emma and I love love loved how he fought to keep Emma by his side, regardless of who and what she was.

It was a true romance in every sense of the word and I just ate it all up. There were things in the beginning that I didn’t really care for but other than the way Lachlain and Emma meet and the way he treated her in the beginning, I really enjoyed this story. It was smooth reading and Kresley Cole’s voice in this story makes me look forward to more from her, this was a definite delight!

Read it!

Grade: 4 out of 5


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Kresley Cole Has Some New Covers!

Posted August 3, 2015 by Rowena in Promotions | 0 Comments

Kresley Cole is repackaging her Immortals After Dark series and we’ve got some of the new covers to help reveal for you guys!

Demon From the Dark - Ebook

From New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this scorching tale of a demon outcast poisoned with vampire blood and the vulnerable young witch he vows to protect, even from himself.

A DANGEROUS DEMON SHE CAN’T RESIST . . .

Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.

A MADDENING WITCH HE ACHES TO CLAIM . . .

Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.

TRAPPED TOGETHER IN A SAVAGE PRISON . . .

In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

DREAMS OF A DARK WARRIOR

From #1 New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole comes this gripping tale of a battle-maddenend warrior driven by revenge and the Valkyrie temptress who haunts his dreams.

He Vowed He’d Come For Her…

Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives.

She Awaits His Return…

When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world.

To Sate A Desire More Powerful Than Death…

Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?

I like them! They’re fierce and sexy!

BOOK SALE ALERT!! Each of the above will be available in eBook format at a special price of $1.99 from August 3rd – August 30th. So you don’t want to miss out on that goodness!

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Review: Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole

Posted September 27, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 6 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance


Casee‘s review of Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark, Book 10) by Kresley Cole.

A dangerous demon she can’t resist…

Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.

A maddening witch he aches to claim…

Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.

Trapped together in a savage prison…

For them to survive, Malkom must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When he becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

Carrow never really interested me as a heroine in this series. She was a peripheral character that I enjoyed, but she was never of any substance. Carrow was the wild child, the witch that always got into trouble. She always got others into trouble too. She was never sorry, never worried. She had an answer for everything. Anti-heroine.

Carrow was kidnapped at the end of the last book. She was taken by a group of humans who are intent on destroying all immortals. To save the life of her niece, Carrow has to go to a demon dimension and lure a five hundred year old demon to a portal. A vemon that is. Half vampire, half demon. A creature that’s reviled even by Lore standards. Not only is her pray a vemon, but he’s also legendary in his dimension for his utter viciousness.

Malkom has been living beneath his mountain for hundreds of years. Since he was turned into a creature so horrible even he can’t barely stomach it. When he senses a portal from another world opening, he goes to do his duty; kill the person entering. Except this time the person entering isn’t a soldier. This time the person that enters is his mate. His very English mate. Since his imprisonment as blood slave when he was a child, Malkom has hated everything English (read: Western). When Malkom finally finds Carrow, they can’t communicate even a little bit. It’s lovely.

They are literally two minutes from falling in lurve when Malkom takes Carrow back to the portal. You see, Carrow was injured. Malkom realizes that he loves the witch and knowing how important it was to her to be at the portal, he takes her there. Waiting on the other side is an ambush. It doesn’t take him long to realize that he has been betrayed yet again. Malkom’s mantra is that you only betray him once. While Carrow hopes to convince him she never meant to let them keep him, Malkom is planning her untimely death.

This book really was fun to read. I hate using such a generic sentence, but it was. When Carrow and Malkom escape, they have to take Carrow’s newly orphaned niece with them. Ruby is seven years old and also a witch. Carrow is now responsible for her and will do anything to protect her. Malkom uses Ruby as a spy and it is hilarious to read about him trying to get information from a seven year old. He’s clearly out of his comfort zone, but he will do anything to protect the wee little witch.

The ending of the book was perfect. Carrow claims Malkom publicly, something that has never happened before. It was one of the sweeter scenes in the entire series. I also enjoyed the cat fighting between Carrow and Sabine. That was good stuff. Regin’s book is next and I can’t freaking wait.

4.25 out of 5.

This book is available from Pocket. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Pleasure of a Dark Prince (with spoilers) by Kresley Cole

Posted March 9, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance


Casee‘s review of Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark, Book 9) by Kresley Cole.

A DANGEROUS BEAUTY…
Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her — and those she loves.
AN UNCONTROLLABLE NEED…
Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.
THAT LEAD TO A PLEASURE SO WICKED….
From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia’s greatest weakness — her wanton desire for him.

FINALLY.

I love Kresley Cole’s books (only a few exceptions) and her IAD series is one of my favorites. The only thing I didn’t like about the series was that the timeline in all the books in concurrent. So basically you’re reading about the same time period, but with different characters. Since the first book, it’s all about the coming Accession. All of Lore knows that this one will be a big one. In this book, the overall storyline finally moves forward as the Ascension gets closer. That was almost as exciting as finally getting Lucia and Garreth’s book.

When the book starts, Garreth still thinks that Lachlain is dead. Soon after he sees Lucia, he realizes that she is his mate. What he has been hoping will happen for centuries is now within his grasp. The only problem is that Lucia is a Valkyrie. Valkyrie’s and Lykae’s don’t exactly mix. Still, The Instinct is strong in Garreth and hopes to claim Lucia as his mate on the very day he meets her.

Lucia was only sixteen years old when she made a vow to Skathi, Huntress of the Great North. In exchange for being pure in mind and body, she would receive incomparable skill with the bow and arrow. It would also be her duty to make sure Crom Cruach–the demon that tricked her into giving up everything–didn’t rise up at the Accession. Lucia’s life is going along just fine when she meets Garreth. She’s never claimed not to be a woman and Garreth brings out everything womanly in her. Which is rather unfortunate.

When Lucia leaves New Orleans, Garreth follows thinking that he would return with her in no less than two weeks. In fact, more than a year goes by before Garreth even gets a chance to prove to Lucia that he would be a good mate to her. He doesn’t know anything about her past and he doesn’t understand why it’s so important to her that she have her skill with her bow and arrow. He can take care of Lucia, so why is she fighting it?

This book really illustrates the talent that Kresley Cole has. Late in the book, Garreth thinks that Lucia is dead by his hand and turns fully Lykae. In that form, there is no human thinking involved. Only an animal that is crazed and will kill anything that it deems a threat. There are few authors that can move me to tears. Kresley Cole is one of them.

Beyond the moving ahead with the arc of the series, Lucia and Garreth are what made this book great. They are two beings that have been alive for centuries. They each have their own way of doing things and compromising is extremely hard for both for them. Neither thought that they would find the love they did. At the end, both of them have to fight hard for what they’ve both waited so long for.

4.5 out of 5.

This book is available from Pocket. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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