This series is wicked and I can't wait for more. Also I'm soooo glad Robert is doing the narration, it gives great continuity between the series. I hate it when narrators are chopped and changed. His accents are great and he does the female voices really well. And his rendition of dear old Nix is great, seriously quirky and out there, the Lykae Scottish accent and the Dacian one is knee melting. The British accents Cockney and otherwise are really authentic. The story was great full of emotional twists and turns - Kresley Cole is awesome. Shy placid heroines usually annoy me. But I loved Bettina - her godparents may have tried to undermine her but she outdone them and got what she wanted. The girl has serious potential I hope this pair pop up again. Their passionate byplay is entertaining.
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It may have been exacerbated by the fact that I didn't care for the narration, but this book really got on my nerves. I thought all of the characters were really one-dimensional and not very likeable, and Bettina was just annoying. I also thought it was about 3x longer than it needed to be. There were a couple of bright spots with the humor -- the mundane world references to things like Rocky Horror and Cracker Barrel were kind of funny, but they seemed very random and out of place. The sylph Salem was the only character that I really liked, but he still seemed like a caricature. There were quite a few sexy bits, but something about the language seemed too crass to me and the Dracula-style accent that the narrator gave to Trehan was really disconcerting. I also really dislike the romance novel tropes of "Oops -- I had sex with you by accident, thought you were someone else!" and "Well, since I can't have sex with who I really want I'll just practice with you." Overall, bleh.
Loved this one. Was a whole fall in love triangle story. While some parts were predictable to me, it did have parts I didn't see coming as well.
Robert us awesome, loved the book, I wish she would do a black female with one of the white male lorens. I'm a black female married to a white male and believe a black female can be some kind of loren, too. IAD, is definitely my favorite paranormal romance series. This is the third time I've read the series.
As with many of the earlier books in this series, the timeframe of this book overlaps with earlier books. At times, I did have to stop and think for a few minutes to figure out the chronological order of various events and where everything fit in the grand scheme of things. However, it was easy enough to figure out and didn't detract from my enjoyment of this story.
This time around we get the story of Prince Trehan Daciano and Princess Bettina. If you read 'Lothaire' you might remember Trehan from his brief appearance toward the end of that book, when Ellie imparts some wisdom upon the male that had chosen to live apart from his mate. It was clear then that there was a story waiting to be told and I'm glad I didn't have to wait for long.
Trehan is one of Lothaire's cousins and has served as their kingdom's assassin for years. His job is making sure that anyone that leaves doesn't live long enough to tell the secret of how to find the kingdom. He's in the course of performing that duty when he stumbles upon the sight of Bettina.
Although theirs was a strong case of lust at first sight, things are quickly put on hold when Bettina learns that her best friend, and the man she thinks that she loves, is the man that Trehan hunts. It also doesn't help that she mistakenly assumes that he is the man that she's with when Trehan sneaks into her room on the first night. Talk about awkward!
Regardless of his claim that Bettina is his bride, Trehan will have to prove himself. A tournament has already been arranged, with contestants fighting to the death in order to win Bettina and the throne to her kingdom. While Trehan is confident in his ability to win the tournament, he is less confident in his fated bride's feelings for him.
Trehan definitely carried this story for me. I found myself frustrated with Bettina and her blindsightedness. She spent the vast majority of the book pining for a guy that couldn't have cared less. Meanwhile, Trehan was bending over backwards to win her over. My heart went out to him.
Eventually, Bettina comes to her senses and all was right with my world again. I do love a HEA and Ms. Cole does not disappoint!
As with all of the books in this series, the narration was exceptional. I'm on to the next audiobook in the series.
First off Robert Petkoff's narration was superb. The book was well written with complex developed characters and just enough heat to keep you turning pages without feeling like you need to pray for forgiveness after. Awesome story for those who are fans of Nalini Singh's Psy Changeling series which I LOVE. There were those frustrating moments when I felt like Cole was just screwing with me and I was screaming at the characters to get a clue. And there were those eye rolling parts you get every now and then. You know, as the main character is drowning in someone's "molten eyes" or some other such sap. But that can be considered part of the charm of the story. All in all awesome listen. Definitely recommend it.
I come back to this book over and over again! I absolutely adore it. Very cleverly written.
Great story, i love these books my new favorite character is Salem. the Nix sightings at the contest were hysterical and you knew just by the description who it was. Funny!!!