Sunday Showcase #17

Well I got nothing this week. Not one single book. That’s a good thing and a bad thing. You see… my to read shelf is overflowed. I’ve really got to chip away at this. As long as I have no new books to boast about, I feature a series. Today, we have Immortals after Dark (IAD) by Kresley Cole. After 11 stories, this series still captures my attention. So much so, she’s the only author still on my preorder list. I’m not saying all her books are 5 stars, but I will say she’ll never let you down. I’ve ready EVERY One of her IAD works, and I highly suggest you get started, TODAY.

I didn’t start reviewing until I’d hit her second anthology, so you won’t find review links until later. 🙂 I hope you enjoy Immortals after Dark as much as I have.

The Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole…

Playing Easy to Get coverNikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his Bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breaths and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his Bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature.

Myst is known throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, part chillingly fierce warrior, part beguiling seductress who can “make you want her even as she’s killing you.” She has devoted her life to protecting an ancient, powerful jewel and to fighting the vampires, and she now sees a way to torment one—for with Wroth’s heartbeat comes consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her.

She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen the jewel which commands her, giving him absolute power over her. While he possesses it, he can make her do anything, and he plans to in order for her to experience first hand the agonizing, unending lust she’d purposely

subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Wroth realizes he wants more from her and frees her, will she come back to him?

Available:  Great news for you. Though it’s part of an anthology, It’s also avaialbe as a free pdf download. The anthology is available at Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository.

A Hunger Like No Other coverA mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her . . .

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?

AvailableBarnes & Nobles and The Book Depository.

No Rest for the Wicked book coverA Vampire soldier weary of life . . .
Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire — a nightmare in his mind — against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.
A Valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him . . .
When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow — accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings — particularly lust — emerge multiplied. For the first time, she’s unable to complete a kill.
Become competitors in a legendary hunt.
The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity — as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world — to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she’s falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?

AvailableBarnes & Nobles and The Book Depository.

Her breathless kiss haunts him…Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night cover

Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed — until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.

His slow, hot touch is irresistible…
Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It’s rumored that no one can tempt Bowen’s hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.

No deed is too wicked for her seduction…
If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul — or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?

AvailableBarnes & Nobles and The Book Depository.

Dark Needs at Night's Edge coverNéomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers — until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Néomi herself.

To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth’s brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. But there, a female only he can see seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature torments him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own.

Yet even if Conrad can win Néomi, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him?

AvailableBarnes & Nobles and The Book Depository.

Dark Desires After Dusk cover

Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past. A tormented warrior she should fear, but can’t deny…

Raised as a human, Holly never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon’s wicked touch. Surrender to dark desires…

Yet just when he earns Holly’s trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can sate his wildest needs — and claim his heart?

AvailableBarnes & Nobles and The Book Depository.

Kiss of a Demon King book coverHIS OBSESSION…

Sabine, Sorceress of Illusions: the evil beauty who surrenders her body, but not her heart.

HER DOWNFALL…

Rydstrom Woede: the ruthless warrior who vows to keep her at all costs.

THEY WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO WANT EACH OTHER THIS MUCH…

With each smoldering encounter, their shared hunger only increases. If they can defeat the sinister enemy that stands between them, will Sabine make the ultimate sacrifice for her demon? Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to save his sorceress?

AvailableBarnes & Nobles and The Book Depository.

Deep Kiss of Winter book coverMurdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela—the delicate Valkyrie who makes his heart beat for the first time in three hundred years. Yet the exquisite Danii is part ice fey, and her freezing skin can’t be touched by anyone but her own kind without inflicting pain beyond measure. Can they conquer an agony of frustration and slake the overwhelming desire burning between them?

Available:  This is actually an anthology, Untouchable being the IAD novella. Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository.

My Review of Untouchable

Pleasure of a Dark Prince book coverA DANGEROUS BEAUTY …

Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her — and those she loves.

AN UNCONTROLLABLE NEED …

Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.

THAT LEAD TO A PLEASURE SO WICKED …

From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia’s greatest weakness — her wanton desire for him.

AvailableBarnes & Nobles and The Book Depository.

My Review

A DANGEROUS DEMON SHE CAN’T RESIST . . .

Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.

A MADDENING WITCH HE ACHES TO CLAIM . . .

Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.

TRAPPED TOGETHER IN A SAVAGE PRISON . . .

In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

AvailableBarnes & Nobles and The Book Depository.

My Review

HE VOWED HED COME FOR HER . . .

Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives.

SHE AWAITS HIS RETURN . . .

When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world.

TO SATE A DESIRE MORE POWERFUL THAN DEATH . . .

Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?

AvailableBarnes & Nobles and The Book Depository.

My Review

From the humblest of beginnings a millennia ago, Lothaire the Enemy of Old rose to power, becoming the most feared and evil vampire in the immortal world. Driven by his past, he will not rest until he captures the vampire Horde’s crown for himself. The discovery of his Bride, the female meant only for him, threatens to derail his plot.

Elizabeth Peirce is a mere mortal, a glaring vulnerability for a male with so many blood foes bent on annihilating anything he desires. Yet soon he discovers his Bride’s secret. A magnificent power dwells inside the fragile human, one that will aid his quest. But to possess that power, he will have to destroy her. Will Lothaire succumb to the torments of his past, or seize a future with her?

Pre-order AvailableBarnes & Nobles and The Book Depository.

My Thoughts: The cover is quite different from the previous covers… a lot darker. The release date is scheduled for January 2012, and I’m totally looking forward to it.

So share with me your absolutely favorite series.

Novel Review: Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole‘s Immortals after Dark (IAD) is one of those auto-buy series. And like a loyal fan, I pre-ordered Dreams of a Dark Warrior (book 11). One of the things which continues to impress me with Ms. Cole is she’s managed to keep the story line fresh even after 10 novels. That being the case, I’m always a little scared going into her next book. How long can she keep it up? Well, before we find out, how about a little blurb from her website:

He vowed he’d come for her. . .

Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives—only an endless yearning.

She awaits his return. . .

When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals, unaware that he belongs to their world.

To sate a desire more powerful than death. . .

Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?

So here we are… book 11. Let’s just cut to the chase. After reading Dreams of a Dark Warrior, I turned to my husband and said, “Kresley Cole is my favorite author.” Yep… that’s right, I’ve graduated Ms. Cole from one of my favorite authors to my favorite author. I’m not going to lie and say this is the absolutely best book I’ve read. However, Ms. Cole continues to remain consistent with putting out quality work. The woman just knows what she’s doing. I <3 her!

The characters: We’ve got Regin the Radiant. She’s your typical bad ass Valkyrie. She doesn’t get in much fighting time, but her mouth is as wicked as ever. 🙂 One of the things I love about this particular love line is the Valkyrie isn’t in denial about her feelings. She recognizes she has them, but doesn’t want them because of the consequence that go with giving in to her feelings. Then we have Declan. I have to say he’s the most tormented character I’ve yet to encounter in the IAD series. He’s like a very tame version of Zsadist from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. He’s undeserving of love, and even if he did deserve it, he wouldn’t want it from some crummy old Valkyrie. 🙂

As for the plot, this one overlaps with several other novels in the series. I’ve noticed Ms. Cole doing a lot of that lately. I’m so freakin’ excited. It makes me think we’re leading up to a grand finale. Did she know where the story was going way back when she wrote A Hunger Like No Other? Damn it! whose story is next?!!? Lothaire? Nix? Please put me out of my misery. Regin and Declan’s story. I have to admit, I predicted how it would resolve early in the novel, but it didn’t keep me from enjoying the book anyway.

Favorite lines:

  • “Squirrel!”
  • “Time for you to die, Chase.” [Brings back memories of Everquest “Time to die, a skeleton!”]
  • “Everyone makes a bad day trade now and again…”

So once again, I highly recommend the IAD series. Not just Dreams of a Dark Warrior but ALL OF THEM. If you’re looking for a series that’s not going to disappoint, this is it!

Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole is available at:

The Book Depository

Barnes & Nobles

The Pile Up

It seems like forever since I’ve done my last mailbox post. Like a good girl, I’ve slowed down on purchases. Yay me! The first two books I believe I preordered, so even that’s kind of good, right? So, let’s see what goodies we have. 🙂

Like I said, this was a preorder. Nalini Singh’s Psi/Changeling series used to be on my instant buy list. Then came the Guild Hunter, which turned into an instant buy also. Only the third in the series, I’m hoping for a winner here. Hopefully her next Guild Hunter book will be an auto-purchase also. But we’ll see.

Next up, Dreams of a Dark Warrior. Kresley Cole has NEVER let me down, and I’m hoping for greatness with this work also. I’m in the middle of Meljean Brook’s Iron Duke, but this book is definitely next. Kresley Cole is one of those authors who currently has a place at the top of my to-read list no matter what’s on my plate. Yes, she’s that good, and I highly recommend her. I’m such a pessimist and keep expecting her to blow it, but she continues to draw me in with each story. Way to go, Ms. Cole!

This round I also received a couple of complimentary copies from authors. Woot!

Last month I read Space Junque (review here). It was my first space opera, and I rather enjoyed it. I was pretty lucky Ms. Rigel offered her next novella to me. I had quite a few questions after the first novella and knew Space Junque was only the tip of the iceberg. Beautiful artwork, don’t you think?

It’s been forever since I’d read a thriller. I used to be really into them, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Peter Straub… then the I started having nightmares. When I read the blurb for Reunion it really drew me, in a sick twisted, I’m asking for trouble kind of way. 🙂 Reunion doesn’t release until May 1, so hopefully I’ll have time to build up my courage. Wish me pleasant dreams. Yikes!

Novel Review: Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole

It took me awhile to get Demons from the Dark by Kresley Cole. I was a bit annoyed since I pre-ordered it, but it didn’t arrive until at least a week after the release date. Grr! This was actually my first delivery mishap with the Book Depository. They ran out of stock. But I eventually got it. I devoured it. And now I get to review it. 🙂 Check out the cover. Yep. Another UK version for this American. What can I say? Often times the UK version is cheaper. It’s too bad about the dude on the cover though. I imagine Malkom to be more demonish and less human looking. Anyway, the teaser from Ms. Cole’s Website:

A dangerous demon she can’t resist…

Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.

A maddening witch he aches to claim…

Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.

Trapped together in a savage prison…

For them to survive, Malkom must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When he becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

Gosh. I surfed through my notes and see I don’t have too many. Bummer. It’ll make this review a bit tougher. Okay. Here goes. I didn’t think this was Ms. Cole’s best work. In fact, it was my least favorite of the series. But hold up. It wasn’t a bad read either. After all, not every book she writes can come in first place. It was more than okay, but it wasn’t fantastic.

Most of my notes refer to Malkom. Whereas Carrow was the normal snarky heroine typical of Ms. Cole’s novels, our hero was unique. He reminded me of a maiden at times with his mentality and his experience. I loved it. When he wasn’t playing the role of the maiden, he was a Neanderthal. He had no problem swinging his woman over his shoulder and hauling her to his cave of love.  The diversity was great. And he had this interesting sense of fairness. As if the world balanced out. After 400 years, one would think he’d learn.

Now I normally don’t rate books here, but I’ve got nothing else to give you. I’d give Demons from the Dark a 3.5/5, whereas most of her books would be on a 4-4.5/5.

Well at least you don’t have to worry about spoilers. 🙂 Before I end, let me share a few of my favorite lines:

  • I’ll do a spell to make you smell like ass forever.
  • First female I’ve seen in the wastelands. Ever. (Words a woman never EVER wants to hear when surrounded by a bunch of demonic yuckies).
  • She would be worth her weight in water. Even used. (uh?)

All I can say is The Immortals after Dark series is building up to something big, and I want to know what it is!

Available at Barnes & Nobles || Amazon || The Book Depository || Kobo || iTunes

I got my copy of Demon from the Dark at the Book Depository.

The Book Depository