I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Bowen is a member of the Lycae werewolf clan. For 180 years, he has been in mourning for his dead mate. Worse than the loneliness is the guilt he carries over how she died. When she watched him change in the moonlight, Mariah of the fae was terrified. Running away in her fear, she fell over a ledge and was impaled. Bowen has lived as an empty shell ever since. A Lycae can have only one mate in his lifetime, and a male can only make children with his mate. Any dreams of having a family died with Mariah.
Every 250 years, members of every species are invited to participate in the "Talisman's Hie", a scavenger hunt that only the most powerful and ruthless beings can play to the finish. The prize for this hunt is a magic key that grants it's holder the ability to time travel twice. If Bowen can win the key, he can go back and save his mate. However, he has several competitors who want the key for themselves. One is a young witch named Mariketa.
Mariketa is prophesied to be one of the "Queens" of witchcraft. At only 23 years of age, she has not yet mastered her powers. While her species waits to see how her powers unfold, Mari wants to prove that she is worth their wait. Winning the Hie is the perfect opportunity. She is holding her own in the hunt until Bowen traps her in a cave. Believing her to be a powerful witch, Bowen is sure Mari will soon free herself. Trapping her will only give him a head-start to the next round. As he drops a boulder over the cave's only exit, Mari throws one of her few successful spells at him. Bowen doesn't realize that he has trapped her for weeks with 6 undead incubi.
At the end of the Hie, Bowen is one of the last two competitors. He is devastated when he loses at the last second. For the past weeks, his body has been unable to heal itself. He is sure the witch put a spell on him. His body has literally fallen apart. Being immortal, his injuries can't kill him. But they have weakened him to the point that he cannot win the final round. When he gets his hands on the witch, he'll destroy her for stealing his chance to save his mate. But first he must force her to remove the spell.
Bowen is shocked to learn that Mari never escaped the cave. Something is making him desperate to save her. His need to rescue her is as keen as that of a mate. He is certain the witch enchanted him. Having already lost his mate, he knows Mari can't be the one and only chosen for him. When he finds himself desperate to free her, Bowen begins to believe she must be his mate reincarnated. After she has suffered torture at the hands of the incubi, he faces his greatest challenge in convincing her to forgive him and give him a chance to win her. While escorting her back to civilization, Bowen will hunt for her, care for her, and keep her safe from the elements. He'll do whatever it takes to impress her and make her happy. Believing he has his mate back, Bowen could not bare to lose her again. When they discover that an evil sorceress is attempting to kill Mari and steal her powers, Bowen feels utterly useless. Such evil magic is the one thing his strength cannot defeat.
Robert Petkoff was outstanding in the delivery of the story
I enjoyed the book but it was not a 5 for me. There are a lot of characters and at times I had trouble remembering who was who. The story had the 2 characters build up to a physical relationship. (I hate when they jump in bed immediately and claim to be in "love.") I wish there was more palpable chemistry between the main characters though. I love it when I simply can't stop listening because the anticipation of the main characters getting together is so strong. This was shy of the mark
Kresley Cole is an amazing author and that is an understatement! I have to listen to one of her books that I don't like. Robert Petkoff does such a phenomenal job setting the pace and mood throughout the story. The only thing that could make this better is for a there to be a female voice along with him.
I've always wanted to know the story of Bowen and Mariquetta I made the mistake of skipping this book when I have bought several others now I know why Bowen takes such good care of Mariquete and guards her back like nobody this is a really good story and explains a lot. In the past I thought bowling was just up rude and Maricetta I was just arrogant now I understand.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George. My favorite illustrators are Johanna Basford, Millie Marotta, Richard Merritt, and Claire Scully (just to name a few).
I loved the two main characters for different reasons. They both definitely left me fond for their supernatural races.
I definitely laughed and cried during this book.
I've enjoyed the four books I've listened to so far but this one is definitely my favorite. I have a fondness for wolves and Bowen is so very wolfy! He was hard to like at first after what we've seen of him so far in the series but this book completely redeems him in my eyes and I look forward to seeing where this series goes from here.
Always in search of my next book boyfriend. <3
The more I discover about this world that Kresley Cole has created the more I fall in love. This series so far is funny, mysterious, suspenseful, and the sex scenes are panty melting hot! I have not actually read any in the series yet, I've instead listened to them on audio. Robert Petkoff is amazing as a narrator, and he is part of the reason I am hooked. I'm already on to the next one. Right now though I don't know if the next male can top Bowen. Since catching glimpses of him in A Hunger Like No Other you can't help but want him to have his HEA. He of course has his work cut out for him with Mariketa the Awaited, she thinks she is weak, but in reality she is far from it.
Kresley Cole is an amazing author. Anything she writes is credit worthy. I honestly can't believe the amazing price of this book especially considering how much some audible books cost. Also Robert Petkoff is by far the absolute BEST narrator I have ever heard. Oh the brogue on this guy! I do not say that lightly and I have listened to hundreds of audio books. Anyone who tries one of Kresleys books will love it. whether they are into the paranormal genre or not.
I was so excited for Bowen's story. It wasn't what I was expecting to happen though. I truly believed it would take a different route. In the end I'm not disappointed about Mariketa. She's your typical young newly formed witch. Very neo- classic.
This story was very entertaining and I wonder what is next in line for love happiness. Great job Kresley!
Kresley Cole does it again. I love all the IAD, I own the paperback, digital copy and now the audio version and Robert Petkoff does it again. wonderful story, characters and narration.