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Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark) Mass Market Paperback – 16 Feb 2010
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About the Author
KRESLEY COLE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the vastly popular Immortals After Dark paranormal series. The first IAD novelA Hunger Like No Otherwon the 2007 RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance, and Kiss of a Demon King topped the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Kresley Cole has also written five award-winning historical romances.
A master's grad in English and former competitive athlete, Kresley lives in Florida with her husband and far too many pets.
Visit her website at www.kresleycole.com.
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Garreth MacReive is by far my most favourite of the Loreans (so far). Or at least the male section anyway. (I heart me some Nucking Futs Nix). We have had the swoon worthy Lykae with that knee trembling Scottish accent in the shape of Lachlan and Bowen, and what fine examples of men they were.. but neither can hold a candle to Lucia's werewolf. His determination to claim his mate without scaring her off.. his attempts at wooing her... they way he puts her own needs before his own.. the way he says her name... Lousha. It all adds up to one sexy as hell alpha wolf that not only wins me over but manages to break through Lucia's defences.
As I have found with all of the books in the series so far, I was able to lose myself in Cole's world effortlessly. There is no awkward readjustment trying to assimilate yourself back into the world of the Lore, even if it has been months since you last visited. I have loved every minute of my time in the Immortals After Dark series, but this book has been my favourite. This is the first one that has made me cry. So be warned, this is not just some fluffy romance novel with some very sexy scenes thrown in... this is a story of substance, with feeling that will have your heart breaking. And crying ugly tears.
This is the seventh Immortals after Dark book (the 9th if you count the anthology shorts) and after the disappointment of the last I approached this with some trepidation. Lucia and Garreth's story has been running in the background of all the previous books so I was interested to see whether Kresley Cole could tell their story coherently and still maintain the reader's interest. I must say I loved this book and it is a real return to form.
I liked seeing glimpses into Lucia and Garreth's world in the previous books, and I already liked both characters so it was great to see their story play out in full. Lucia initially runs from Garreth, but soon they end up on a quest together into the Amazon in search of a mythical weapon. The action is on a par with the Talisman's Hie as featured in previous books, but Garreth and Lucia are playing for much higher stakes.
The epilogue at the end of the book is brilliant - really whetting the appetite for the next book by raising lots of questions and giving no answers.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this and am really looking forward to Demon From the Dark.
Like all Lykae when Garreth first scents his mates while in the middle of a rugby match with the demons he can't help but be drawn to her. But the last thing Lucia needs is a lover, particularly a rough and tumnble Lykae. But Garreth refuses to give up on her and follows her round the world as with her sister Regin she tries to flee him, but is never quite able to deliver a killing blow.
Lucia has her own trials to face, including finding and using a rare weapon to destroy an evil god who has a hold on her. As she struggles on with hre quest it becomes clear that Garreth is as much of an asset to her as he is a pest. Constantly trying to get her to break her vow of chastity Garreth tries everything to win the Valkyrie warrior known as 'The Archer'. Surprising her with thoughtful and much coveted gifts and constantly asking his brother and cousin for advice, making him all the more endearing.
The story includes lots of our favourite characters from this series, some good, some bad and leaves us on a killer cliffhanger.
Garreth like Lachlain and Bowen before him is every bit the rugged, rogue of a hero that fans of this series will love. With his Scots accents and wolfy behaviour he's a heart breaker for sure. And Lucia is fine and fiesty and an excellent match for him. A truly wonderful addition to the series and in my top three.
How will I ever wait for the next one...