Held captive in a prison by the Order, humans aware of the Lore creatures determined to eradicate them, Carrow a powerful witch of war and enchantment wears a collar that nulls all her powers, all around her other lore creatures are similarly jailed. What they ask of Carrow for the release of her and Ruby a seven year old witch whose mother has just been brutally murdered , is that Carrow travels to the realm of Oblivion a hell plane and retrieve a Demon-Vampire hybrid to them. Carrow agrees, feeling like Ruby is now her responsibility, after all they share same blood as well.
Malkom has had a life of constant shame, trial and killing, he's escaped to the mountains to the only water source of the people in town some miles away, feared by even the sickest creatures and demons he guards his only source of independence. One day a portal opens and a woman appears before him, she's taken hostage by Hell plane demons and as he eradicates the demons his body responds to the woman, his vampires side sees his Bride the woman who bloods him making him able to breathe again, feel blood course through his body again, and well, have sex again. His Demon side recognizes his Mate, and demands she be claimed. But the woman fights him and eventually escapes him , but she's in his land now and he'll find her and have her.
Seducing Malkom was on the list but seeing the seven foot, muscle laden dirty man with grease hair, she wants to take it all back and take her chances elsewhere, but the forest is more dangerous that she could have imagined and she ends up needing him more than she could have guessed. Negotiating a temporary peace when one only speaks Demonic and one English, it takes trial and error and a lot of hand signals to figure out an arrangement. Now Carrow has 6 days to trick the smitten Vemon through the portal or she and Ruby are dead.
I'm reading through these books like a fiend, but I simply cannot help it! The world Kresley Cole has created is amazing, delicious, charged with such temptation it's the definition of a hot read. And she never forgets to add trouble, difficulties that would have a weaker creatures on their despairs.
I love it that Carrow thinks she can take care of herself but has to depend on her Vemon as her powers are dependent of feeding of happiness, and Malkom's happiness is only related to her, so she has to keep him happy as well.
And I loved Malkom, he's a brute, sure but he's also passionate, tortured and broken and her betrayal is something he might never be able to forgive, still he wants her, feels for her and is determent to keep her whatever it takes. There is definitely a very dark side of him that even Carrow faces. But it makes him so much more the good guy when due.
I loved this book! I loved the sinister forest, the hellish creatures, Carrow and Malkom's passion and self-enforced chastity, I loved the idea of the order bringing them together only to break them both and their hearts, I loved Malkom's rage and gentleness with Carrow and I loved Carrow's resilience and resolve.
In one sentence, another Cole must read!show more
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