I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I liked both Holly and Cadeon and enjoyed seeing them get together. I will admit that from seeing Cadeon in past books I wasn't sure how I'd like him as a hero but her turned out to be a hero I really liked in the end.
Holly is a really smart woman but is more comfortable with numbers than people. She has OCD and takes multiple medications to regulate her "issues" and has been taking them since she was a kid. Holly was adopted but felt no lack of love from her adoptive parents. They've since died and now Holly is mostly alone except her boyfriend who she works with but their relationship is rather on the platonic side and doesn't involve any deep feelings.
Cadeon is a demon and the second son in line for the throne of his demon clan's realm. Cadeon's brother is supposed to be King of the realm but a bad sorcerer took over the throne (around 900 years ago) and he's almost impossible to kill. Cadeon made a bad decision at the time and it was partially what enabled the sorcerer take over. Although it doesn't sound to me like it was all Cadeon's fault, he still feels a lot of guilt (helped along by the opinion of others) and because of this he's sworn to do anything needed to get his brother's throne back.
Cadeon's brother contacts him, telling him they have a chance to get a sword that will kill the sorcerer that took over their realm's throne. They have to get a woman who is "the vessel"...aka she's destined to be the mother of a child destined to be born either the ultimate good or evil (depending on who the father is). A "vessel" is only found every 500 years (right before a big mystical time called the assention that comes every 500 years) and so people on both the good and bad side are trying to find her in order to get a baby on her for their side (good or evil). The problem ends up being that the woman that's the vessel believes she's human and knows nothing of her Valkyrie heritage. Another issue is that Holly (the woman that is the vessel) is also Cadeon's fated mate. Cadeon has known she's his for about a year but he believes she's human and it's forbidden to be with humans. Cadeon has watched out for Holly though and happens to see some demons grab her just about the time his brother calls to tell him about this woman called the vessel that they need. Cadeon soon figures out that Holly is the vessel and also part Valkyrie. Her Valkyrie half gets stimulated by the demon attack and Cadeon rescues her from further problems. Cadeon realizes that Holly is his and he can have her now but he's also been told under no uncertain terms that Holly is their only hope of getting the throne back and Cadeon has no choice other than to turn her in for the sword. Cadeon isn't happy about this at all but he hides his feelings and tells some tall tales in order to get Holly to go with him willingly. Holly isn't too happy about being a Valkyrie and is especially unhappy about being the vessel. She doesn't trust Cadeon but goes along with him because she thinks he's helping her because he's been hired to keep her safe.
There's an attraction between Holly and Cadeon but Cadeon can't really let on that he has deeper feelings for Holly so he lets her think he's just a player that's flirting with her because he flirts with everyone. He knows he can't claim Holly but Cadeon does want to get as much time and experiences with Holly that he can even though he knows it'll just make things more difficult on him later. There are some issues that block their progress, first of which is Cadeon's brother being captured. This leaves Cadeon responsible for everything and it means Cadeon himself will have to be the one to take Holly to exchange her for the sword. Cadeon and Holly have to travel long distances and their trip have some adventures as well as taking weeks worth of travel. During this time, Holly learns about her new state of being (although she wants to go back to being human) and she also realizes just how many of her "issues" growing up that she was put on pills to help were actually just caused by her heritage. Cadeon tries seducing Holly and doesn't have much luck at first. The attraction is there but Holly has a deep distrust of Cadeon for some reason (I'm not sure if I ever really understood her initial resistance to Cadeon). With some time he's able to attract her physically and eventually he shows he can be sweet and Holly realizes that maybe Cadeon is a decent guy (demon) after all. Things start going pretty well between Cadeon and Holly but then of course this prompts Cadeon to realize there's no way her can sell his woman out. Cadeon does try to find other options but things don't go well and Cadeon ends up having to make a play that caused Holly to think something that wasn't true. There is some major drama and Cadeon has a tough time trying to get things back on track between him and Holly. Thankfully, everything gets worked out and Holly and Cadeon are able to get their HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Cadeon and Holly (they made a good couple). The story wasn't perfect but I liked it and it was interesting from beginning to end. I'm looking forward to more from this series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)
Just about everything. Mythological critters, fighting, romance, betrayal, ...and steamy sex scenes. I've already read a few of the books in the series and this one is definitely my favorite of the ones I've already read. So when I recently joined Audible and saw it on here I clicked the sample button to see how good the narration was. ...And then immediately used my credit on it. I don't care that I've already read the book. Listening to it like that was an entirely different level of being submerged in a book, and completely worth it. (In my opinion)
When the voice acting calls for a specific emotion in this story he delivers.... in spades. He did a fantastic job with his work. Sometimes a narrator can make it or break it. And Robert Petkoff makes it.
Can't get enough of this series. Kade the kingmaker is not having a good time. In order to win back his brother's kingdom, which he lost, he has to turn over his fated female to an evil sorcerer. At first he couldn't have Holly Ashwin because she was human, the one race that is forbidden to him. Now she is "the vessell" for this accession. Holly Ashwin is half valkerie, has a raging case of OCD, and is in complete denial of who and what she is. It's a great adventure.
Petkoff does a great job with the narration.
For adults only rating.
Lustful science fiction
My favorite scene was when Holly yanked Cadeon's ankles taking him by surprise and caused him to fall flat on his back.
I'm not a big reader but I love stories of Sci-Fi and romance. I choose my audiobooks not only by the plot but by the sound and performance of the narrator. Kresley Cole and Robert Petkof did their jobs on this one!
definitley. It's the same way with all the books in this series, you want to listen to them all the time and it's sad when you have listened to the whole bbok and just want it to continue
It was a great read with lots of lusty scene and actions. It also had funny moments I found it hard to stop listening to it.
Love Audible Books! Love the new whispersync! Not sure why it says I have been a member since 2014 I have been a member since 2010.
Wow what a great story! Cadeon is so sexy and his voice is yummy. Love a sexy demon! Really enjoyed the heroine Holly too, an OCD Valkyrie, just awesome! They had great chemistry and some serious hot and steamy sex! Just love the way the way the author really pays attention to the characters and the character development in her books. This entire series so far has been so great, its hard to stop listening.
The narrator is just fantastic!! I can't even put into words how much he has made these stories come to life!
I've loved reading since I first learned. However, as a victim of motion sickness Audible is a savior. Getting my fix on the go!
Kresley Cole writes less formulaic romance novels than most. After many of the books in this series, I'm still not bored.
Robert Petkov's performance is excellent. I often think, "Is that really a man?" when he performs the female dialogue. A feat for an audio book narrator.
I'm going to keep listening to Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark, as long as Robert Petkov is performing!
passionate reader and vegan
I LOVED this book...everything about it. The characters, the writing, the performance, the mythology and, above all, the HUMOR. There is a recurring Valkyrie (well, actually the proto-Valkyrie) named Nix...otherwise known as Nucking Futs Nix. I ADORE her and her role in these books. As for the story, even though there is a degree of predictability, the entertaining dialogue and marvelous Robert Petkoff certainly make it a worthy listen.