Listening to the books in this series back to back, without the wait for each new release, has been both absorbing and tedious at times. On the one hand, I am completely enthralled with this series and having to wait for the next book might kill me. On the other hand, there are so many similarities between the books that they can begin to feel unoriginal and redundant.
That being said, this was not one of my favorites in the series. I liked the story of Uilleam, aka "Will", MacRieve and Chloe, but I didn't love it. I give it 3 1/2 stars rounded up, but I could have just as easily rounded this one down.
When Will first recognizes Chloe Todd as his mate, she's about to be auctioned off as a tool for revenge against her father. The daughter of Webb, one of The Order's highest ranking officials, Chloe has unwittingly become a pawn in the war between The Order and the supernatural beings of the lore. There is no shortage of beings that would like to torture Chloe in the same manner in which her father so cruelly tortured them. Will rescues Chloe from the unspeakable, risking his own life to snatch her from the grasp of the winning bidder.
During the days immediately following her rescue, Will is the perfect gentleman. He treats Chloe like a queen, doing his best to woo her and win her affections. I thought that Will was going to be a new favorite of mine at this point.
Then, when it turned out that "human" Chloe wasn't quite so human after all, Will turned into a complete ass. This is where things started to fall apart for me. As Chloe began her transition as a succubus, Will treated her as if she were an abomination. From one extreme to the next, he left my head spinning.
While I understood that he had suffered greatly at the hands of another succubus in his youth, that certainly had nothing to do with poor Chloe. Yet, he repeatedly made her pay for the wrongs of another. He turned from Prince Charming into an abusive, cruel bastard in the blink of an eye.
From that point forward, I couldn't really forgive Will. I pretty much wrote him off and there was oncoming back for him. As far as he was concerned, I was done. Put a fork in it!
Despite Will's lack of appeal, I did love Chloe and Will's brother, Munro. Too bad those two couldn't have been matched up. I would have been much happier if they had!
Chloe was a strong, sassy heroine. Even though she was stuck with Will the super-jerk, she didn't wallow around in misery or allow him to abuse her. She stood up for herself and gave as good as she got.
Throughout it all, Munro was the voice of reason. He provided Chloe with support and a safe haven when her own mate sought to harm her. He tried to make Will see the error of his ways, though his efforts were futile. He even intervened to protect Chloe from his brother. Munro was the real hero in this story if you ask me!
Overall, I enjoyed the story, but not in the way I'd expected. This time around, I found myself frustrated with the love story. It was the backstory and the supporting characters and relationships that salvaged this one for me. In the end, it was alright.
the story of "Hot and Hotter" was so amazing I totally didn't see that storyline coming. Way to go Ms Cole!!! If you love the lore and the sexy Scots your gonna love this installment of IAD!!! Happy reading peeps!
Absolutely. All the usual hotness of Cole's IAD novels.
A new creature is introduced! =)
YES. And I nearly did if it wasn't for having to leave for work.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Out of all the male immortals, I love the Lykae and this Macrieve does not disappoint! This story introduces a succubus and gives a whole new meaning to the word. Unique, sexy and I loved it!
Exciting citing thrilling story, I love this author and love this narrator you really bring the story to life.
I read this book about two years ago and loved it. I wasn't into audio books at that time so I wasn't aware that the audio book existed. I found it during the sale and bought it just for the accent. The narration was fabulous. Macrieve's accent was enthralling. I would listen to a cookbook read by this man. I highly recommend this audiobook.
I have read every book in this series. I have to say this one and Lothaire are my favorite. She can't put out books fast enough for me. I have never been much for books read in the third person, however Robert Petkoff is truly awesome and his accents are spot on! I highly recommend this series and the Arcana Chronicles. We need more authors like her!!
The narrator was awesome.
Will Macrieve's poor treatment of Chloe went on far too long for the story to be enjoyable. I think this would have worked much better as a novella.
Kresley Cole writes amazing books i love all of them but the scotts are my favorite and Robert Petkoff is the best narrator on audible!
Love the story, author, narrator, series. About six months for the next to come out. Time to relisten from the beging