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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
Published by 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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What I Read Last Week

Posted May 15, 2012 by Tracy in Features | 6 Comments

Hello my friends!

Well I”m a bit behind in getting this post up this week.  On Mother’s Day (hope you all had a wonderful day) my kitty decided to follow her ball under the couch.  Yeah, she doesn’t exactly fit under the couch.  She made some distressing sounds so I lifted the couch thinking she would run out.  Silly me.  She didn’t run out right away and I ended up spraining my back (yes, again) because I didn’t want to drop the couch and get splat kitty.  Luckily my hubby came to save the day. 🙂  On top of heading to the doctor yesterday and getting many, many lovely drugs to help me my youngest ended up diagnosed with strep throat. Poor thing is just miserable.  She stayed home with me yesterday and it’ll be the mom and daughter show again today as the doc didn’t want either one of us going out. 

Remember I mentioned that my oldest was trying out for cheerleading?   Well she didn’t make it.  I felt so bad for her and she was pretty upset.  Hopefully we can find another extra curricular activity for her next year.

Enough about pain and suffering let’s get to the good stuff…books!

I started off the week with Karma by Carly Phillips.  This was third in the Serendipity series but the only one I read from that series.  The story was about a cop who was very attracted to a woman whose brother was a constant in the city lockup.  As much as he liked the woman he had a hard time getting around the way she enabled her alcoholic brother.  Then they find out the hard way that the brother owes a loan shark money and she’s the “warning”.  The couple also had another issue with her brother who killed a kid years earlier, that the cop witnessed and did nothing about – even when the brother got off scott free.  This was a good book to start and I was really liking the characters and the story.  Unfortunately it got a bit mired in angst and got a little tedious for me.  It was still a good book but not great.  3.25 out of 5

Next was My Wicked Gladiators by Lauren Hawkeye.  The story revolved around a woman, her husband and two gladiators that her husband “owned”.  You can read my review here.  3.5 out of 5

Lothaire by Kresley Cole is a book that I’ve been meaning to read, as I’ve read the rest of the series, but for some reason it kept escaping my notice.  I finally picked it up and wow, what a really good book.  Lothaire believes that his vampire bride is a goddess whose spirit/soul is stuck in a hick from Appalachia.  He’s determined to find a ring from another goddess that will make his real bride into a vampire and get rid of the hick’s soul.  This was such a good book.  I wasn’t sure what to expect because Lothaire’s no boy scout but Cole really did an amazing job making me like him despite his evilness.  4 out of 5

My next read was Thank My Lucky Scars by Tia Fielding.  This is a very sweet story about Matt who gets into a bike messenger accident and is homebound. He gets onto twitter and ends up talking to his favorite porn star, Brian who he is a huge fan of.  The porn star actually comes to see Matt when he goes to London on business and the men end up falling in love.  This was a very sweet novella that I really liked.  Something about the story really clicked with me because of their situation and how it all worked out.  Good stuff. 4 out of 5

Don’t Judge a Book by Scarlet Blackwell is about Rhys who is a complete book worm and lives an incredibly quiet life with his books.  He works at the library and is in charge of the men who need community service for a offense that they’ve committed.  He’s SO not thrilled especially when he meets Darren who is adorable but is a car thief.  Rhys has no patience with Darren but the men end up finding that they can’t ignore their attraction.  This was another great story that I really liked.  The men were such opposites but I totally saw their continued HEA when I finished the story.  4 out of 5

My Lady Rival by Ashley March was the story of a man and a woman who are rival’s in business.  They have a stormy past with stolen kisses but mostly with the woman, Willa, stealing the investors that Alex was going after.  They are now after the same recipe for an amazing dye that was used on a dress for the queen and doing what needs to be done to get it so it will make their companies number 1.  I really liked this book.  I didn’t want to put it down because it just had a certain charm and humor to it that I thought blended really well with the romance and intrigue.  4 out of 5

Last for the week was A Hole in God’s Pocket by KZ Snow.  This told the story of Jaron who is Amish and gay.  He is conflicted as to whether he should go back to his family now that he’s been gone a while.  He ends up living with Greg who was at one point in his life studying to be a Trappist monk.  The story revolved around the two men coming to terms with their sexuality, their roles in life when it comes to their faith and their attraction to each other.  This was a really good story that was so interesting – I just loved it.  It’s a pretty quiet story but really good.  4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week:
Midnight Rescue by Elle Kennedy

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What I Read Last Week

Posted April 4, 2011 by Tracy in Features | 9 Comments

Happy Monday!
My kids are off for spring break this week. I have to say I LOVE it when I don’t have to get up and worry about getting kids off to school and lunches and blah, blah. lol Of course it makes it more difficult to get out of bed in the mornings as I just want to stay home and play with them. 🙂
The end of this week should be fun as I’m heading down to RT in LA on Friday night and staying til Sunday (with Lori, Nikki & Holly). I’ll head to the public signing on Saturday and then we’ll have So Cal blogger meet up in the lobby bar that evening – should be fun. If you’re going to be there let me know – I’d love to meet you!
Now on to the books I read last week:
I started off the week with Dreams of a Dark Warrior (IAD #11) by Kresley Cole. It was another great book in this series. Although it took me a darned long while to like the hero in this book, Declan grew on me. I loved that he, who was the reincarnation of Regin’s love (whether she wanted to call it love or not), didn’t just go with what Regin was telling him and was strong enough to be his own person. Good story with Cole’s wonderful writing. 4.5 out of 5
Next was Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer. (A Book Binge read) I really liked the first book in this series but this one was definitely a difficult read for me and one I didn’t end up finishing. I read 266 of the 400 pages and just couldn’t read any longer. I disliked the hero and then lost respect for the heroine – just not good. You can read my DNF review here if you’re interested DNF
Shady Lady (Corine Solomon #3) by Ann Aguirre was my next read and it was really good! I love Aguirre’s writing and her stories are such that I just never want to put the book down once I start reading. This had Corine fighting to stay alive when a drug lord decided she had to die. I read this one for The Book Binge so I’ll let you know when my review posts. 4.5 out of 5

With Abandon by JL Langley was next. This was the story of Aubrey (who is Keaton’s brother from book 1 in the series) who is gay but in the closet – like so far in the closet he’s not seeing the light of day. Enter Matt from New Mexico who is staying with Aubrey while he goes to college and oh, look at that, they’re mates. Aubrey wants to have a relationship with Matt but he never plans on coming out to anyone, including his family due to what he thinks are expectations for his future. I liked this one but I had some issues with Aubrey. 3.75 out of 5

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was Lime Green: Margarita Mondays by TC Blue. This was the story of Troy who always has Margarita Mondays at his house. When there is a noise complaint Jeremy and his partner, who are security guards, head over to take care of things. Troy and Jeremy meet and eventually start a relationship. It was pretty intense between the two of them and I really loved that intensity. I had a couple of issues with the writing style but otherwise a good read. 3.5 out of 5
Next up was Claimed by Evangeline Anderson. This is book 1 in a new series about the Kindred. Kindred are from other planets who have helped save Earth from certain destruction by The Scourge. In exchange the Kindred try to seek their “brides” (mates) from earthlings. Baird finds his bride, Olivia, on earth and takes her back to the mothership (that sounds funny but it wasn’t when I was reading) but Olivia just wants to be back with her twin sister on earth and her job. While he’s trying to bond with her she’s trying everything in her power to avoid the bond. While I liked the story and will be reading the next in this series I got seriously annoyed at Olivia. Baird was a wonderful being. He was kind and considerate, thoughtful, he tried his damndest to make Olivia feel at home – just a great guy. Olivia felt the growing bond between them but when she would start to give in she wouldn’t berate herself or tell herself she would try harder to resist Baird’s charms – she would get mad at Baird. Now I understand it was easier to yell at him than take responsibility but it just got old after a while. 3.5 out of 5
And last on the list was Captured by A Rogue Lord by Katharine Ashe. This is book 2 in the Rogues of the Sea series. I have book 1 that I bought recently but haven’t read it yet. I absolutely adored the novella that Ms. Ashe did in between the 2 novels so wanted to read the other books. While I really liked this one I had issues with a few things. I’ll be posting my review this week so I’ll tell you more then. 3.5 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week:
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What I Read Last Week

Posted November 15, 2010 by Tracy in Features | 15 Comments

Well another great week was had.  Kris and I spent Monday and Tuesday playing and that was a ton of fun.  Then I was off on Thursday because of Veteran’s Day here in America so I got to spend some time with the kids.  They really didn’t want to go anywhere but we had a fun time hanging around the house, playing games and watching movies together.  Now it’s back to work – how the heck am I gonna make it through 5 full days of work? Yikes! lol
It was a good reading week. I read some really great books which is always nice!
First up was The Best Laid Plans by Sarah Mayberry.  This was a book that I received from Tell Harlequin for a survey.  The story was about a woman, Alex, who’d always wanted a home, family and definitely children.  She was with a guy for 7 years who adamantly refused even the thought of children – they finally parted ways.  She runs into him one day only about 18 months after their break up and he’s pushing a stroller with his 4 month old son in it because, oops, my girlfriend forgot a pill and oh well here’s the baby.  After seeing her ex she’s distraught.  Then her ob/gyn tells her that she’s getting along in years – she’s 38 – and that her chances of conceiving are getting slimmer every year.  After many different options are covered in her head she decides to use a sperm bank.  A fellow partner in her law firm who is also a friend, but not a close one, finds out about her decision and decides to offer his sperm since he always wanted a child.  He adamantly opposes any type of relationship though because he’s been hurt.  I liked the book but it was a bit predictable for my liking.  Ethan’s past was, imho, kept under wraps too long and the reveal was almost anti-climactic.  I also thought he changed his mind about Alex too quickly in the end.  So a good read but not great.  3.5 out of 5
Next was Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole.  This is book 10 in the Immortals after Dark series and it was a good one.  Malkolm is a demon who was turned into a vampire – and he hates vampires.  He now lives isolated in a realm where he waits daily for his chance to kill his mortal enemy. Carrow is a witch who is kidnapped by The Order (a group that wants to destroy all immortals) and blackmailed into stepping into Malkolm’s realm and bringing him back.  Carrow and Malkolm find themselves attracted to each other even though they don’t speak the same language and Malkolm is hooked.  But when Carrow takes Malkolm back to her realm Malkolm decides that he needs to kill Carrow.  Things aren’t always what they seem though so both Malkolm and Carrow have some lessons to learn.  I really liked this book.  I thought that Malkolm was too primitive for me at first and of course the whole wanting to kill Carrow thing was a bit much for me but he grew on me as a hero as the book went on.  I liked Carrow at times and others not so much.  I think she grew up a lot in this book and that was a good thing.  The trust between Malkolm and Carrow, in my opinion, was healed at the end of the book much too quickly but as I said I really liked it overall. 4.25 out of 5
Next was Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Clare London.  This story follows Garry who is in an airport in Scotland waiting for his friend Will (so they can go on Holiday with their friends) who was supposed to get in only an hour after Garry.  Well there’s a delay and he ends up waiting 10 hours!  Garry has a thing for Will but Will is taking a job and moving from London to America.  So Garry waits for Will during The Delay and in the time he waits he gets a lot of thinking done about himself and Will as well as getting quite a bit of great insight from 2 children who more or less adopt him during his time at the airport.  I loved this book.  It was funny and had that dry sense of humor that I love to read.  The interactions with the children as well as Garry’s inner thoughts had me flipping pages as fast as I could – and when I was done, I started from the beginning and read it again.  Just a great novella.  This is definitely a romance but there is no sex involved – just to let you know. lol  5 out of 5
My next read was another damn fine book called Talker by Amy Lane.  Two boys who are in college – one, Brian, an orphan, feeling on the outer edges of everything and the other, Tate aka Talker, just considered a freak due to his facial tatoos, piercings and mohawk – befriend each other and eventually become roommates.  Brian is a wonderful friend to Talker as well as discovering he’s gay falling in love with him.  It’s a heart-wrenching story at times but so emotionally charged that I found myself pulling for both of them to find exactly what they needed in life.  Such a great book! 5 out of 5
Wicked Nights with a Lover by Sophie Jordan was next.  I’ll be posting my review of this on Wednesday.
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews was my next read and it was so damned good.  Just a wonderful romance and adventure mixed.  This is a novel of The Edge and was William’s story.  He’s contacted to find and destroy a spy from the Weird. He meets Cerise Mar who is trying to keep her family in one piece and their reputations in the Edge as fierce as ever when her parents are kidnapped by the very person that William is seeking.  Working together is the only way to defeat them. I read this one for The Book Binge so I’ll let you know when my review posts. 5 out of 5
After that I read a short by JM Snyder.  First up was Fuck the Foreplay which was a cute story about a boy at college that’s very excited that his boyfriend is coming to visit.  Needless to say they were in a rush when they saw each other…hence the name of the story. 🙂 3 out of 5 (free read from ARe)
Then I read Joy Ride by JM Snyder, another very short book, which was about a 20 something on his street bike who verbally torments a 35 year old Harley rider at a local hangout.  While the taunting sounds like it’s bike related it’s more sexual and the two men finally decide to check out each others rides.  Cute. 3 out of 5 (free read from ARe)
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
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