A mythic warrior who'll stop at nothing to possess her....
After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.
A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy....
Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae - and their notorious dark desires - ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.
An all-consuming desire....
Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?
©2006 Kresley Cole (P)2006 Simon & Schuster, Inc
"A unique romance - it truly stands on its own!" (Sherrilyn Kenyon, New York Times bestselling author)
Yes, I adore the author. However, I would love a woman one without a whine or flat voice to read the female parts with Robert Petkoff. However, if I had to choose a woman or a man to read these books I 'm glad they chose a man especially one with an amazing voice like Mr. Petkoff. He does sound a silly when he reads the girl parts. Sorry, but his voice is exceedingly masculine how could he not. Love you Ms. Cole.
Kresley Cole writes a true romance. Many times authors forget they are writing a romance and focus on a mystery or adventure. Ms. Cole also has those types of storylines in her books but she still concentrates on the relationship between the hero and the heroine. I love that and I find it surprisingly rare in fantasy/sci-fi romances. Her males are extremely masculine and her females powerful yet feminine. You do not have to read her books in order but I found it to be more enjoyable. She writes for adults and there are some of the best sex scenes I have ever read.
Say something about yourself!
I don???t understand the rave reviews for the narrator ??? his male accents seemed to go back and forth between Scottish and British ??? a couple of times I thought I was listening to Ringo Star. I am used to Davida Porter and her natural and capable transition between women and men, Scottish and British accents. This person couldn???t transition between sometimes British, sometimes Southern American, sometimes Scottish. It was frustrating. I honestly think Davida would have done so much better ??? and she is no stranger to erotic moments.
The story was interesting because I am not accustomed to this genre and have never heard of some of these ???things??? ??? as far as I know the unknown supernatural beings are all creations of the author. I have heard of covens, but what is a Valkyrie? Thank you Wikipedia???
The story was predictable with the emotional part ??? the unpredictability came from the creatures that inhabit the story. I really disliked the narrator ??? I don???t understand what the other reviewers were thinking. He actually made it worse.
Wow...I don't usually write reviews, but I have to say that this is one of the best stories that I've ever listened too. I didn't want it to end. Throw this one in your cart!
I had already read this book, so the story wasn't a surprise. I've enjoyed all the books of this series. But I was delighted by the narrator, especially when he did Lachlan's voice. FYI, there is some explicit sex in this story in case that influences your choice of books, one way or the other. And it's definitely one of those rocky romances often based on misconceptions about each other. I got a bit tired of the heroine and felt like she wasn't fair to our hero for far too long. But I still liked the story a lot and would get the second book right now, IF AUDIBLE HAD IT!
the werewolf's struggle with his rage was intense, i luved those parts.
i can't think of one right now.
there was no particular moment but i can say the girl kept getting on my nerves i found her to be irrational at times.
i also luved the sex parts in the book.
Wow!! My first Kresley Cole book! I started it at 9pm and it's 6am now. I can't stop listening it's so darn good. Great narrator. Great story and deep sensuality. Not smutty. But might cause a squirm or two or three. In a good way!! :) The story is riveting with surprises and danger. (Great side plot about the truth of elinore's background.)
I like the two main characters so much, I want more from them!! Hope the series has another book about them. But I'll definitely read the rest regardless.
The story sets up such a creative interesting world to explore in further books. Oh, and the male lead in his book is HOT. (although Jerihco Barrons [Karen Moning's Fever series] and Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress are still my very favorite).
This is one of my favorite books in the fantasy/ romance genre. And I'll watch the sunset listening till I finish. And probably start another from the author.
I am in love with pararomance and am always trying to find new series with a great story and sizzling hot spots!
Robert is the first male narrator I have listened to, and I have to say, he is amazing. He made this whole story come to life with his amazing accents. The women in the story was a little harder to deal with, but I can imagine it's harder for a man to do a woman's voice. It wasn't enough to make me stop listening that is for sure.
I honestly didn't have a favorite character, I really liked them all quite equally.
EVERYTHING for the most part. Just an amazing narrator, he makes this book extremely sexy.
I did, the beginning. Lachlain was so forceful with Emma, it was almost a little rapey... but once he started to realize how he had been treating her, and came to his senses after being imprisoned for so long, you begin to understand it all and it all comes together. I did not laugh or cry, but this was the sexiest book I have ever listened to. Most of my book have a fair amount of sex of course, but omg Kresley is REALLY graphic, and I love it...
I am hoping that the rest in this series does not disappoint as well! I am listening to Shadow's Claim right now, and it is amazing. I tend to like vampires more than any other, so I thought I may love this book.
I've listened to 1-5 in this series. This first book was my least favorite. The good news is that it only gets better from here, and this first one was an enjoyable listen. Overall, this author really knows how to deliver a well-paced, action-packed romantic adventure. The problem is I didn't particularly like either character in the beginning. He's a bit of an un-evolved caveman. She's a bit of a wuss. I wasn't fond of the dominant/submissive tone of their relationship. Fortunately, I hung in there. As the characters develop further, he loses some of his caveman act as he works out his inner strife, and she discovers her backbone. Some people might be too turned off to hang in there long enough to witness the shift. If you're not into seductive "rape" scenes but do like romantic action adventures, you could easily skip to book 2 and not miss much. Don't give up on this author too early. She does deliver good entertainment. Robert Petkoff, the narrator, is generally ah-may-zing, but the falsetto that he chose for this heroine was a little grating. I'll forgive him as he does everything else so well.
I think this particular book just got on my nerves from the beginning. I'm sure that this book just might suit another, but this isn't my taste.
I guess less caveman more sexy vampire.
I think the narrator did what he could . He was ok.
To each their own.
I give this one 3.5 stars. I really liked Lachlain's character. I particularly liked the audiobook's narrator and his Scottish brogue. I haven't listened to many romances on audiobook, but the ones I have listened to have been read by women from a mostly female point of view. It was refreshing to hear this one from a man's point of view, but his reading of the women's voices was a bit grating. Particular, Emmaline.
I was pretty much annoyed with her character most of the book (and it had nothing to do with his reading of her.) In the beginning her timidity was understandable. I mean, I would be scared too if I was hunted down on the street by some unholy beast. But then she continued to be a complete and utter wuss for about 75% of the book, continuously flip flopping and whining, even despite her growing attraction to our leading man, Lachlain.
Many times throughout the book, Cole seemed to be drawing out the drama unnecessarily and the book was very uneven to say the least. It starts out with a bang, drawing you in as Lachlain escapes his 150 year imprisonment by tearing off his own leg and then limps (pun very much intended) along as we learn more about Emma and all of her hang-ups and Lachlain learns about the modern world. And along the way, the book teases you with a lot of "almosts" and "maybes" before suddenly taking a complete 180 where Emma accepts everything, barely giving another thought to all of her previous waffling.
In the end, it wasn't a bad read. Overall, I would say I enjoyed it. But it wasn't a great read when it could have been. But I will admit that despite my annoyance with Emmaline, I'm tempted to try another in the series. It doesn't seem as if the other heroines of Cole's paranormal world are quite as sissified as annoying Emmaline, and for me, a strong and consistent heroine just might be the key to unlocking the full potential of these books.
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