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Macrieve

This is a review of the novel “Macrieve” by Kresley Cole. It is the 13th installment (there are novellas as well as novels, which makes it a hard one to place) in The Immortals After Dark Series. It follows on from “Lothaire” (and was published after The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist (offshoot IAD Series) novel “Shadow’s Claim“.

Long ago, Uilleam MacRieve was subjected to something no young boy (or Lykae for that matter) should ever have to suffer. It’s affected him deeply. He’s had a burning shame and lurking hatred for centuries. He believes he’s broken. His recent capture and torture at the hands of the Order haven’t helped him any. He’s more shattered than ever. Lucky that he has his twin Munro to look after him. To other Lykae he’s known as Head Case. He’s decided he’s not for this world for much longer. He can barely leash his beast, and he’s sick of living for nothing.

Chloe Todd is a soccer superstar. Her dream is to make it to the Olympics, and she’s very, very close. Whenever she’s wanted something, whenever she’s set her heart and sights on a goal, it’s become hers. She’s strong, she’s determined, she’s a fighter. Which is going to come in handy as her dad is none too popular among Loreans. When he evades capture, Chloe is abducted in his place. Gurreat. She’s soon to become the property of the highest bidder at an auction held in her honour. And what’s the dealio with her body and her appetite at the moment? She’s been feeling mighty strange of late.

But MacRieve has found his mate at long last. She’s given him reason to live. A bonny lass, a good, innocent girl. And Chloe’s found a safe harbour in her shitstorm of a life. She’s got no way of fulfilling her Olympic dreams with half of the Lore after her, and her dad has disappeared without a trace. It’s nice to be looked after, made to feel special and safe. But where has her appetite gone? And why does she feel so different?

Can MacRieve bury the pain of his past, before he buries the promise of what is between he and Chloe? Or will he let the ghosts of the past determine his future?

I really liked this IAD novel. It was funny, entertaining and it genuinely surprised me in some parts. I thought I had things figured out and, nope, I didn’t. Which I liked. When I first began reading this series, I was dubious as to whether I could enjoy them. I am not a huge fan of romance. A book has got to have some kind of substance. Not just be wishy washy, predictable or perfect. For me it has got to be “real” in some sense.

And some might think that to be a stupid thing for me to say, as my favourite genres are fantasy or paranormal fiction (you know, “make believe”). But my favourites, they all feel real. They’ve got substance. And I think that’s why I like Kresely Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series. Though the novels are full of fantastic, impossible creatures, they’re also real people. They’ve got problems, hang-ups and issues. They’ve got desires, kinks, and quirks. They’re loveable. They’re also hate-able. Frustrating. These are my guilty pleasure novels. But I won’t call them “trashy romance”, because they’re not. The entire IAD series is interwoven and complex. They’re funny, entertaining and intriguing. The issues, though they’re somewhat hidden in the fantastic nature of the immortals and their stories, are those that people can relate to. I can’t wait for the next one to be published.

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Wicked Deeds On a Winter’s Night

This is a review of “Wicked Deeds On a Winter’s Night” by Kresley Cole, it is the 3rd book in the Immortals After Dark Series. It follows on from “No Rest For the Wicked“.

Mariketa the Awaited is a witch. She is human and fey, and is undergoing her transition, becoming immortal. She has entered in The Hie (A Supernatural Amazing Race-like competition) to prove her worth and hone her unpredictable (but formidable abilities).

Bowen MacReive is a Lykae. He has entered The Hie in attempt to change the past and rescue his mate before she perishes. Living without her for centuries has taken its toll on him, and he is constantly wondering why he didn’t just end himself after she died.

The two inevitably cross paths during The Hie. The Lykae inexplicably finds himself attracted to the witch (a species he cannot abide by the way) and believes her to have enthralled him. Mari has put a spell on him. A spell to make him mortal. During The Hie, Bowen traps Mari in an incubus-ridden cave with demons and fey-archers. He is thwarted by Sebastian Wroth and Kaderin the Cold-Hearted and loses The Hie and the prize. He is grievously injured as Mari’s spell will not allow him to regenerate. He realises that he must rescue the witch if he has any hope of returning to his old self.

After being rescued, Mari is none too pleased with the Lykae. Harrowing weeks in the cave have taken their toll upon her, and she loathes him immensely. And she doesn’t know if she has actually enthralled the Lykae (99 times out of 100 her magic somehow fails). And Bowen certainly believes her to be his mate, which should be impossible shouldn’t it?

But is Mari his mate? What of Mariah his long dead mate? And what of the creepy mirrors that keep enticing Mari?

A cool read.

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Dark Needs At Night’s Edge

This is a review of “Dark Needs At Night’s Edge” by Kresley Cole. It is the 4th book in the Immortals After Dark Series. It follows on from “Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night“.

Nèomi is a ghost. You know, like Casper? She flits around her mansion, forever bound to the place where she was brutally murdered in the 1920s. She fills her time by scaring off vandals and reading the latest newspaper to be thrown at her house.

Conrad is a vampire. But not a goody two shoed, “I sparkle in sunlight” vampire. A badass vampire. An assassin. A crazy, hallucinating, blood drinking vampire. His brothers capture him, and in an attempt to reform him, imprison him in a mouldering old mansion, which they believe to be empty.

Conrad soon begins to see and hear Nèomi, but believes her to be a product of his battered mind. Nèomi, however, is delighted to have finally found someone that she can actually interact with. As Conrad begins to heal with the help of his brothers and the beautiful (if see-through) Nèomi, he wonders if they can ever truly be together.

Nèomi, asks for the help of a witch to be brought back to life; but can they be together? Or will her second mortal life be as short-lived as her first?

I really liked this book! It is probably my favourite of the series so far. Well worth a read.

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A Hunger Like No Other

This is a review of “A Hunger Like No Other” it is the 1st book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series. It continues on from the novella “The Warlord Wants Forever“.

I was dubious about this book at first. I am a big lover of supernatural fiction, so my partner quickly snapped this series up for me to read. Alas, this series is just as much romance as it is supernatural. I am not a huge fan of the romance genre. The ‘love scenes’ become a bit irksome for me after a while. But I was pleasantly surprised by this novel.

The ‘love scenes’ were raunchy and not run-of-the-mill and the background story actually had some substance to it.

Lachlain is a Lykae (werewolf) Clan Leader who, for many hundreds of years, has been imprisoned by his immortal enemy, the Vampire Horde. After escaping torture he catches the scent of his eternal mate, whom he has waited for for many long years, and must find her. He is somewhat disgusted to find that his long awaited mate is a Vampire hybrid.

Emmaline Troy is half Vampire, half Valkyrie, and she’s not very good at being either. Headed out into the big bad world, she is trying to find herself. Unfortunately for Emma, Lachlain finds her first. Out of touch with the modern world, Lachlain is possessive to the extreme and very old fashioned. He kidnaps Emmaline, disgusted by her vampiric-ness but drawn to her as any Lykae is inevitably drawn to his imprinted mate.

Can Emmaline and Lachlain come to an agreement that is agreeable to the both of them? Or will the enmity that surrounds their two species come between them?

Full of raunchy scenes, a few laughs and odds to be beaten, this novel is actually quite a delightful read!

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