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)
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I have read most of this series and really enjoyed it. When I saw the audio books released, I thought that I would enjoy listening to the series as well. The fact that I have read and now am listening to the series, should tell you enough about where i stand on my recommendation. But I do want to note that I think this book and the series are slightly different from most paranormal romance books. There is a certain whimsical nature to some of the characters and plot lines, a la the Kerrelyn Sparks' books. It does have darker moments, but it is also fun...perfect summer listen for vacation.
Loved this book. What a great story. Wonderful characters, wonderful story line, hot and steamy sex. Not only were the main characters, Emma and Lachlain great, all the secondary characters were too. I love all the different types of "beings", Lykae, Valkyrie, Vampires and so much more. I am looking forward to the next book. I do wish there had been more dialogue in the book but the story was so good and it wasn't full of only thoughts and feelings repeated over and over as some authors write when there is not much dialogue. So, A+ for a story well written.
I have almost started this series so many times and didn't because my preference of narrator is female, but I have to say Robert Petkoff did a fantastic job, and I don't think this book would have been as good narrated by a female, unless is it was Tavia Gilbert, she can narrate anything and its wonderful in my opinion. (although I do think Jim Frangione did a great job on the wonderful Black Dagger Brotherhood series, which is also the only other male narrator I have listened too)
Credit worthy? 100% YES!!
I totally recommend to book to any PRN reader/listener
I really, really disliked the hero, and couldn't muster any admiration for the heroine. Her aunts were strident and I found them unlovable, and while a few secondary characters struck me as worth getting to know in future books, I don't think I could bring myself to care enough to buy another one of these novels.
Nope. The writing wasn't all that bad--I've seen worse--but the plot was uninteresting overall, with a lot of big dramatic moments where the hero and heroine fought and no real story progression. I found myself alternately bored by the hystrionics of various characters and irritated by the unmitigated overbearing Chauvinism of the male protagonist. Ugh.
To have a better performance you would need a better novel. Spend your credits elsewhere. If you like paranormals with good plotlines and characters you might actually like to meet in real life, try JR Ward, Nalini Singh, Lara Adrien or Larissa Ione.
This is the first vampire/warewolf novel I've ever read so I really didn't know what to expect. It starts off fast and then fills you in on some of the character's history later on. This kind of confused me. Also, the lingo was a bit juvenile. I felt it took away from the quality of writing. Other parts of the book were so well written so I know the author is capable, I just wish it would have been consistent throughout.
I wouldn't say this story was disappointing, I'm simply used to a different style of writing from what I'm used to.
Robert was a pleasant surprise. He's a pretty great narrator. I'd say he played every part very well.
I think if the author had turned it up a notch and refrained from teenage speak this novel could have been great. However it seems she has an amazing following and tons of fans so maybe she doesn't need to change a thing :)
Overall this novel was exciting and entertaining. Even thought there were a few parts that had be rolling my eyes and I likely won't buy the next book in the series I can't say I didn't enjoy myself. It certainly wasn't a waste of money. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet escape and a few laughs.
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 really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Very Good, despite the lack of smex... I mean there was a lot of build up til the smex but this was very good book.
The blurp pretty much explains what happens in the book. Lacklon, the king of the weres, finds his mate in Paris, but she is a vampire... well a half-breed. The story pretty much follows Lacklon and his mate going back to Scotland and Lacklon trying to convince his mate that she is his mate and not to leave him. It actually has a lot of action. A lot of action. Even though this is a romance, its more of action than anything else, and it keeps you wanting to know what is gonna happen next. Good plot points, and very creative world.
Totally worth the credit. I wouldn't buy it, just wait for free credit.
I never, and I mean never listen to male narrators, but I took a chance on this, and I am glad I did. The narrator was very good with the female voices. Usually male narrator make females sound all whinny, but Petkoff did great. When he was narrating he used a different voice from the character, which was surprising. The males had different voices than the narration..which made the book come to life, actually.
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.
When it becomes hard to see things clearly...You learn to listen !
I really had a hard time getting past some of the narration moments. I think the book my take on a different flavor for me if I read it myself.
The only character that had any real distinction was the one with the scotish accent. Everyone else sounded whinny or bored.
I must say this is one of the best narrators I have heard. He does dialects extremely well. I also agree with another listener who pointed out that the woman, the main character, is very realistic. I also get tired of the whiney, tougher than nails, kick ass female that seems to pop up in a lot of books. No wonder most of these women can't keep their mates. This female, Emiline grows into her strength, little by little. If you like romance and werewolves, get this book. It's amazing. I loved it. Thank you audible listeners for recommending this one.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Great story, action, sex, and intrigue. Exactly what I am looking for in a series. Narrator did a very good job and kept the story flowing well.
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