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The arch nemesis match-up was a cool idea, and I liked that Kresley Cole jumped straight away into Rydstrom’s story after Cadeon’s because Woede’s about-face towards the end of book 6 left me dying to know the cause. This installment was probably one of the hottest thus far, but that actually worked against KISS OF A DEMON KING; the couple felt as though they were an island unto themselves instead of part of the Lore, and the quest for the crown was downgraded to a minor concern. This novel was second to last for me in the IMMORTALS AFTER DARK series.
I don’t do well with plots that revolve around one setting, and granted this tale had more than that; however the bulk of the events unfolded either in Sabine’s dungeon, or Rydstrom’s demon camp, and it grew stale after a while. And, not just because of the limited scope, but also due to the monotony of the action. Sex is inherently redundant as is torture—cut, thrust, repeat—so after a couple of chapters of this, déjà vu set in. It also isolated the characters from the rest of the IAD universe, and as a result this audio felt disconnected from the whole.
Villains can be as captivating as protagonists, so Sabine’s evilness wasn’t the trait that turned me off from her plight. I liked that she stayed true to her course, and that finding love didn’t change her basic nature. Rothkalina never denied that she was a liar, a thief, and a master manipulator, but when the gloves came off there was nothing extra beneath the surface. Her sole redeeming quality was her devotion to her sister, Lanthe, otherwise there was absolutely no depth to her personage. She was just an empty shell of discontent.
I’ve been admiring Rydstrom from afar for several installments now, and was looking forward to seeing the Demon King in all of his raging glory. Imagine my disappointment when he spent the majority of this audiobook chained to a bed! He was all bark, and no bite; the only place that his furor came through was in Robert Petkoff’s narration which hasn’t wavered in its awesomeness since IAD #1. This was the second so-so volume that was much improved by his performance, and I’m grateful for his steadfastness at times like this when Cole’s writing slips.
KISS OF A DEMON KING will please BDSM listeners, but frustrate substance seekers. ~3.5 Stars
The narrator is awesome! Kresley Cole does not disappoint! So glad I found this series! As someone else had said Kresley Cole is an automatic purchase. You know it will be good.
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This book was so good. Hot, funny, sweet and sour. I loved both Sabine and Rydstrom's characters, there was so much depth to them. I like the fact that they were not perfect. Kresley Cole sure knows how to turn them out. To date I have gobbled up her books and I cannot wait for more. Defiantly read in order. Each book is an adventure full of lore, romance, action, and great characters. And the cherry on top is the sexy narrator. If you like this book I recommend Sherrilyn Kenyon, Larissa Ione, Thea Harrison and Gena Showalter.
I loved the character Sabine. She broke the mold of heroines and made it perfectly okay for a woman to take what she wants.
Great story the narrator made the story come to life. He makes the characters come to life with every spoken word.
The whole series is amazing.
He brings the story to life. I love the way that he gives life to every character.He is amazing in this series.
yes i could not put the book down from the first book to the last i cant stop.
Great story ones you begins this story you will never put it down.
The whole book starts with trapping and then raping a demon king. I wonder why he's angry? Then she whines when he retaliates in kind. Well not quite in kind, he's a little kinder.
Not Immortals after Dark
The main characters sounded so angry with each other I could picture spit flying from their mouths when they talked.
Unfortunately I'm past the time I could return this. I've taken so long to try to get through it and have decided to give up. A waste of a credit.
I didn't read the print version but I do enjoy listening to the audio.
Pretty much just the rest of the books in Kresley Cole's series and a bit of Erotic.
I've listened to Robert Petkoff in the rest of the Immortals after Dark series. You can definitely see his performances get better as he gets to know the characters. I do wish he had a wider range on females.
Not at first. At one point I got pretty bored with all the sex. I mean it was important to the plotline but it was a bit much. However, I loved the beginning and than about halfway through the book it really picked up again. I really enjoyed it.
This book was not my favorite of the series so far, but it was still good and had a good ending. It was hard to like Sabine at times or most of the time, she did have her funny moments. But wow Rydstrom was great. This book was filled with the most, and by most I mean a whole lot of hot and steamy sex scenes.
I am pretty bummed the 7th book is not on audible. So I am going to skip it and read/listen to the 8th. I do hope that audible comes out with the rest of the books soon. To have 13 books listed in a series and 3 of them not available is a disappointment.
The narrator was just as fantastic as all the previous books. It cant get better than Robert Petkoff!
The story is full of action and even if Sabine and Rydstrom are so different, they are perfect together, they complet each other. Completely love every interactions, even the numerous fights they had together.
I felt like every character had its own life just with his voice, I was truly amazed.