I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
**warning, the description and reviews for the book don't tell about the 3rd person in this story and I'm going to talk about her so this review will be considered spoilerish***
This was a very good story. Lothaire was a bad guy in previous books and TBH, he didn't get much better until the very end of this book. I liked Elizabeth...she was kind of wishy-washy in her actions at times but I had to give her some slack considering what she had to deal with.
Elizabeth is a mountain girl that grew up wanting more from life. She's very close to her family and did everything she could to help them out but she also worked hard at school and saved money to go to college. She did fool around with guys to an extent but never went too far because she didn't want to end up pregnant and stuck in her current life.
Saroya is was an evil goddess that excelled at killing. Saroya lost her goddess state and was cursed to have no body. She went from host to host, killing as she went. When Elizabeth was 18, Saroya possessed her and started making Elizabeth's life a living hell.
Lothaire is a Vampire that's multiple millennium old and many consider one of the most evil vampires out there. He's known as "The Enemy of Old" because of his horrible actions and his age and he revels in that designation. His mother sacrificed herself to save Lothaire's life when he was a boy and their situation was due to his father so he had a lot of hatred built up from a very young age. Since then he's never found anyone he could count on not to betray him so he trusts no one and has gone out of his way to gain blood debts that he could use to gain his revenge and a vampire kingdom (or 2) one day.
Lothaire had the help of an oracle that told him when and where to find his "Bride". He found Elizabeth when she was still 14 but he couldn't believe that fate was cruel enough to give him a mortal mate and he stayed away for the most part. He happened to go look in on her when she was 18 and found her surrounded by bodies of people she'd just killed. He spoke to her and found that she was currently taken over by Saroya. He felt the pull of his Bride (now that she was 18) and since Saroya was inhabiting her body, Lothaire decided that Saroya must be his true bride. After all, Saroya being an ex-goddess, was much more to his liking as a bride than some mountain hick mortal. He hatched a plan to get a ring that would allow him to get rid of Elizabeth's soul so Saroya could have her body and then make Saroya a Vampire so they can take over the a Vampire Kingdom and rule together.
While Lothaire was searching for the ring, Elizabeth ends up jailed for Saroya's killing sprees and Lothaire leaves her there because he figures she'll be safe behind bars. Elizabeth hates what her life has become and is willing to die (from the death penalty) in order to kill Saroya, thinking at least she'll go to heaven when it's all done. Just before she can die, Lothaire comes to retrieve her. He still doesn't have the ring so he stores her in one of his residences that's warded so she can't leave and no one can get to her. Elizabeth is very strong minded and so Saroya doesn't get to surface a lot but when she does, Saroya shows a lot of contempt, even for Lothaire. Saroya is willing to do anything to keep Elizabeth's body and get her immortality, including playing at being Lothaire's bride. Lothaire hates mortals and goes to a lot of trouble to avoid accepting that Saroya isn't really his bride but he does eventually have to accept this.
Unfortunately, by this time he's put Elizabeth through a LOT of crap. She's been doing what she can to convince Lothaire that she's his bride but this is mostly in order to survive. She has mixed feelings about Lothaire since she's very attracted to him but thinks he may be pretty on the outside but is very ugly on the inside. When Lothaire finally realizes that Saroya has used his prejudices against him and Elizabeth is his true bride, he's screwed himself and Elizabeth over by making unbreakable vows that will make it almost impossible for him to keep Elizabeth. While their feelings grow for each other, the possibilities of him being able to save Elizabeth from the fate he decided for her seem doomed. Eventually, things happen that allow them to be together but not without a lot of drama and heartbreak (as well as some danger). Unfortunately, even after things are good in that area, Lothaire's arrogance makes their relationship rough and there's more drama before they finally get together and have a HEA together.
While I typically hate love-triangles, I did enjoy this story for the most part. I hated Saroya and was annoyed at Lothaire's arrogance blinding him and putting Elizabeth in danger but those were the worst parts (and Saroya wasn't in the picture much). I really liked Elizabeth, she was in a rough situation and did the best she could considering what she faced. I became happier with things as the story progressed and overall, I felt it was a very good story. I'd recommend this story (and the series).
Book reviewer - PNR/UF Addict. Lover of make up and all things cute.
The narrator, Robert Petkoff, did an incredible job. He handled Lothair's Russian accent with ease. I will admit he handled Ellie's voice perfectly but I didn't care for her thick country twang. That's a personal preference showing, not his fault. It did slowly grow on me, but it took probably half of the book. I loved the narration and will be listening to other books in this series. I'd also like to note, I've previously never made it through a solely male narrated book, Robert Petkoff is awesome.
Lothaire the Enemy of Old is a vampire that is hellbent on finding his bride. Not accepting the young hillbilly that he finds instead, he waits a few years then goes back to spy on her. What he finds in her place is a vampire goddess that possessed her body. Ellie Peirce, the human in question occasionally gets hijacked of her body by a crazy vampire goddess that likes to go on killing sprees. She winds up in prison due to one of those killing sprees. Lothaire rescues and kidnaps Ellie after a few more years pass. His mission is to find a ring that will grant wishes. His first wish is going to get rid of Ellie so the evil vampire goddess can come out and play full time.
I know, you're thinking, what a jerk, how can this be a romance novel? Well, it does show Lothaire's backstory, which gets you emotional hopeful of the jerk. He had a horrible childhood, and when I mean horrible, I mean 10x worse than you're thinking. He's basically raised himself, and learned that he can trust no one. He's convinced that fate would not bestow him a human bride due to him having such a rough life. He starts out treating Ellie pretty badly. It slowly morphs, but by that time, I was worried they wouldn't be able to forgive and forget.
KCole is an evil genius. I never though I'd enjoy a book with a villain as the love interest and the leading lady an Appalachian mountain girl. But I did love it, and though I wanted to shake Lothaire quite a few times, I understood why he acted the way he did. I love this world, and glad I got reacquainted with it after a long pause, I plan on listening to the next book ASAP. I would suggest reading these in order, there are some references from previous books. I highly recommend this series if you're looking for a paranormal romance with a hunky alpha male.
Love historical and paranormal romances with smart, imperfect people who against the odds find love when they are not looking for it.
Imortals After Dark series is compelling, each story brings to life characters and builds on old story lines. Lothaire is truly evil and yet K.Cole manages to make sense of his life and his love. The women are strong, smart and surprising.
Well written and wonderfully performed, but the language is very harsh and distracting at times.
IAD is the absolute best PNR series esp in audio Robert Petkoff is awesome I really think I love him... Leo was a very troubled crazy vampire and this was one of the more humorous journeys to love I believe I've ever been on..nix as always was perfect and the heroine though at first was a hick really grew on me I loved her and Leo's story
Like the other stories in this series, I go from hating the male lead, to understanding him, to actually liking him.
Being from the same area as Lizzy & having the same accent in speaking, I just didn't enjoy the narrator's interpretation of it. But kudos to the performance otherwise
One of my all time favorites! Both the story and the narration are excellent. I've listened over and over again!
I love all the IAD series, but Lothaire is just my favorite. The story of him and his bride just really entertains me every time I listen to it.