- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 28mm | 249g
- Publication date: 3 March 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1849834180
- ISBN 13: 9781849834186
- Sales rank: 43,189
After 150 years of hellish torture at the hands of the vampire horde, Lachlain, king of the Lykae (werewolf) clan, escapes his captors. He's disoriented and full of hatred, and yet he finds the mate he's been longing for for 1200 years in a small, delicate vampire. Desperate to find information on her parents, Emmaline Troy, a timid, overprotected half vampire/ half valkyrie, had travelled to Paris away from the protection of her valkyrie aunts for the first time in her young life (she's only 70), but she manages to be kidnapped by a raging Lykae who's tender to her one minute, though-if he is reminded she's a vampire-furious the next...
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Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances. A master's grad and former athlete, she has travelled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Her IAD books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.
By Niina C 11 Sep 2011
Lachlain, an immortal tortured for fifteen decades by the fires of the catacomb underneath Paris, scents the mate he's been waiting for over thousand years giving him the strength to free himself from the chains the vampires tied him into the fire with. But before he surfaces she's already gone, but her scent lingers and he will find her.
Emma the Timid, raised by her Valkyrie aunts in the bayou near New Orleans is half-vampire from her father's side, half-Valkyrie from her mother's side. In Paris she tries desperately to find information on her mother and father, especially her father who she knows nothing about, not even his identity. When suddenly a tall dark dangerous man captures her, growls and wants her - in a way she's never witnessed before. She's not called Emma the Timid without a reason, dead afraid of pain and death she doesn't but up a whole lot of fight as it turns out Lachlain is a werewolf, bossy as hell enemy of both Valkyries and Vampires, kidnaps her and forces her to go to Scotland with him.
Lachlain is so much fun to read, he's primal, rough, bossy and gets exactly what he wants except for Emma who wants absolutely nothing to do with him. He's waited for her for thousand year and she says, No. Never once he entertains the idea of letting her go, even though she's a vampire hence everything he hates and despises, no she's going to be his for the rest of his life wither she wants to or not. Which is sexy as hell! Sorry, that just had to come out. ;)
Emma finally gathers courage she's been missing the seventy years she's been around, seeing her courage rise as Lachlain bullies her makes the character grow on you, even being timid she grows a lot during the novel and becomes more and more likable... and a match for Lachlain.
I haven't read a book lately as sexy, steamy and delicious as this even though there isn't more than one or two actual sex scenes in the book - but there is a lot of teasing, almost and frustration, a yummy yummy book!
Cole's story is wonderful, it has depth where it needs it, laughter to keep it light, danger creeping up closer and closer to Emma for threat, teasing until the reader is rooting for the couple to get it on and a plot with enough character drama to feed the story of Emmaline and Lachlain and the wickedly fun Valkyrie aunts! I'm addicted to the Immortals After Dark series! And to Lachlain. ;)
I like the second cover much better than the first, even my husband asked if she's a hooker as he saw me reading the first cover version (where she is dressed like a hooker in the red leather top). So props for coming up with a better cover! (the top one)
If you are into Paranormal Romance and haven't yet read Kresley Cole I urge you to go get a copy!
"A unique romance -- it truly stands on its own!" -- Sherrilyn Kenyon, "New York Times" bestselling author