Bestselling author Kresley Cole continues her seductive Immortals After Dark series with this tale of a vampire shunned even by his own kind and a beautiful phantom, bound together by a passion they cannot resist.A RAVEN-HAIRED TEMPTRESS OF THE DARK...
Néomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers - until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Néomi herself.
A VAMPIRE WARRIOR CONSUMED BY MADNESS...
To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth's brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. But there, a female only he can see seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature torments him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own.
HOW FAR WILL HE GO TO CLAIM HER?
Yet even if Conrad can win Néomi, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him?
©2012 Kresley Cole (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio
I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.
You know, it took me a bit to get into this one as I had to adjust to different accents (always done so marvelously by Mr. P). I was just coming off listening to book 6 Dark Desires After Dusk, which I LOVED. Initially, I just didn't get 'Naomi' but as the book progressed, her character came to life so beautifully it was glorious. And, there were some of the funniest lines EVER from NFNix as well as my personal favorite from Mariketa ("Et's put the fun back in funeral). Seriously, the Valkyrie and witches have some of THE funniest lives ever. It's a treat all the way around.
I've loved every book in this IAD series so far, but this one was one was close to perfection and had me hooked from chapter one. It had love, humor, action, suspense, and the story of these lovers was just a pleasure to listen to. The other books have been mainly about enemies falling in love basically, but this one wasn't that way and I appreciated the change. As always, the narration gets an A+! Robert Petkoff drives me wild as he brings these characters to life. This series as a whole has become a favorite that I recommend if you're into the paranormal and of course enjoy hot lusty romance!
Haven't purchased the print version, and unless I'm buying it so Robert Petkoff can come to my house to read it out loud to me, I won't be doing so anytime soon.
The sexual tension between the characters before they get together. SO hot and yet so extremely touching.
Every single freaking word of the entire book. The man could probably make a reading of the dictionary an intimate affair. If I had my choice, he would narrate EVERY SINGLE romance/ erotic novel out there. Seriously, Kresley Cole is one lucky author. I couldn't STAND the plot of the first novel in this series, but I kept listening because the narration is so on point. Like whoa. Dot com.
This entire story moved me. I kind of did an audio marathon as soon as I came across these novels and when I got to this one it was like a revelation. No heroines acting the fool turning down some demigod who wants nothing more than to pleasure her at every waking moment. No ma'am! I enjoyed every single moment of this story, and have actually listened to it twice it was that good.
Although it helps to read the other books prior to this one for peripheral background purposes, this could stand alone. So if you can't stand the bickering star-crossed lover thing (the first 3 books) just go in for the kill with this one. I've read 6 books from this series and this is still easily my favorite. But seriously, Robert Petkoff MAKES these books. It's worth listening to just for the sweet love he makes to your ears.
These books just get better and better. I loved the fact that Conrad was the virgin full of angst and insecurity, and Naomi was the experienced one. That sure makes a nice change. It nearly had me on my knees when Conrad showed his vulnerability. Robert Petkoff's portrayal of the characters is wicked. You feel like you've been in the room with them. I laughed when an exasperated Bowen informed Mariqueta 'they were gonna have words' after she got caught in the mirror, and cried when Conrad broke when he thought Naomi had died. I'm glad Robert is the narrator of choice for this series as it helps keep character continuity. Can't wait for more IAD - go Nix!
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