(Immortals After Dark #1)
Author: Kresley Cole
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Release: April 1, 2006
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A mythic warrior who'll stop at nothing to possess her...Review:
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?
So, I know everyone in the world of paranormal romance has read Cole's famous series, but I'm a newbie so I'm going to briefly review these as I read them! By the way, if you want to join me I'm on the audio for the third in the series as of this post so feel free to jump in!
A Hunger Like No Other is a delicious paranormal romance that is both sophisticated and sexy as hell. What's sets these books apart from other PNRs is two things. First, the ridiculously rich world building and the complicated characters. Cole's world includes the lore, which is vampires, Lykae (sort of werewolves that don't turn all the way into wolves), Valkyrie, fey, witches, demons, and some more smaller factions here and there. Each faction of paranormal being has a specific history and mythology that I have no idea how Cole keeps track of as she writes these books. Second, Cole's writing is really top notch. It's mature and won't make you feel like you're getting dumber while reading. She's an extremely talented author.
The only reason this gets 4 stars instead of the full 5 is because Emmaline is kind of annoying for at least half the book. She's very young and modern and extremely immature. But, like a great author can, Cole grows and changes Emmaline throughout the story and she changes for the better. In fact, for the final one-third of the book she's amazing. Lachlain is just sex on a stick. The end. Okay, okay, not the end. But he is wonderfully sexy and THE Alpha male if I've ever read one. He's completely out of his mind at the beginning of the book and I didn't know how I was going to like him, but like Emma he grows throughout the novel and as he falls deeper in love with Emmaline.
Notes on the Narrator: Oh my freaking god - have you HEARD Robert Petkoff's accents? Good grief. He is such a terrific narrator; so diverse! Admittedly, its hard for a man to really and truly sound like a woman so his narration for the women of the series is just alright (although still surprisingly good, considering). But his various accents and voices for the MEN...Whooo fan me now! He throws out a Scottish Brogue for Lachlain that is spot on and I can't imagine reading these books instead of listening. This audio is HIGHLY recommended!!!
Recommended for fans of: Scottish accents, Lykae/werewolves/shapeshifters, sexy sexy sexy times, intricate world and mythology, and ipods.
4 / 5 stars