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've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
Okay you just have to face it, nobody can do a sexy vampire narration as well as Robert Petkoff. I forget sometimes just how good this series is until I re-visit it. It ranks up there with JR Wards BDB series. My only complaint is that Audible hasn't got the complete series yet, whats taking so long??? This is yet another great paranormal tale that I love to re-visit. Even with several new titles sitting in my library, yet unheard, I find myself drawn back to these books. It's like "I know it's been awhile, but I know you are sooooo good" thing. LOL.
Kresley Cole's books are great, and this one is no exception, but the combination of her writing and Robert Petkoff's amazing narration takes it to a completely new level. His ability to do accents and to differentiate characters is just about the best I've ever heard. He manages to make lines that would sound cheesy coming from another reader, sound perfect and sexy. I really wish Petkoff could narrate every romance book. I don't always love his female voices but I thought his version of Neomi was spot on.
The romance in this story is a slow build for sure, but I loved it. I enjoyed both of the lead characters and thought this twist on a doomed but beautiful ghost haunting the house she died in fresh and interesting.
I hope we get more of the Immortals After Dark stories in Audible quickly. And more publishers need to give work to Robert Petkoff!
As long as Kresley keeps writing them, and Robert keeps reading them, I'll keep buying them!!! Love Love Love!!!
Wow - couldn't stop listening to this fantastic continuation to a great paranormal romance series.
Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Ghosts and many many more creatures inhabit the world that K.C has created and that R.P. narrates with his magic voices that bring each character to life. It's a tense roller coaster ride for your emotions as the plot throws one twist after another.
Worth a credit? Oh YES and then some - keep em coming Ms. Cole.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - (paranormal romance) Neomi is the ghost of a famous ballerina trapped in the home in which she once lived. Conrad is a vampire alpha male who is brought to her long-deserted estate to be held as a prisoner. Eventually they become romantically involved, but they have the small problem that she doesn't have a flesh-and-blood body. I liked Neomi and felt sorry for her situation, but I didn't like Conrad, although he was described as gorgeous, hunky and was ultra-devoted to Neomi. He was just too big and vicious for my taste. They were up against impossible odds but were determined to make their relationship work, so that aspect of the story was touching. Their sexual attraction was a long slow build that eventually culminated in a very lo-oo-oonnng explicit scene.
On the negative side, I thought much of the dialogue between the secondary characters was juvenile, almost like silly girl-talk among teenagers, and much of the action/magic toward the end made me think of super-hero cartoons.
PERFORMANCE - Wow, this narrator was really good. Great female voice for Neomi, great accents (Russian, French, Aussie) and his emotional angst for some of the sadder moments was awesome.
OVERALL - (Actual rating 2.5) Meh, it was okay. Be aware there is explicit sex and language.
I had read the print version of this book and decided to get the audio version as well because I like the IAD series. Kesley Cole is one of my favourite writers she delivers a good story with strong characters and a few laughs along the way.T
Story continues the IAD series so you should read the books in order, you wont be sorry One of the best paranormal books out there
The audio version of this book and the other IAD audio books performed by Robert Petkoff are the best audio books out there, I bought the other titles as well because I liked Robert Petkoffs performance of the books. Great choice of narrator he makes the story come to life
Sexy Vampires are Back
If you like vampires good laughs get this series
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
oh yes as R Petkoff bring this story to life
when our hero fights so hard to keep our heroine alive
when the brothers are always fighting
this one is a tearful one. Makes you want a one true love if you do not have one
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge is the 4th full length book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series that is set in a world with all kinds of paranormal creatures from vampires and demons to werewolves and now ghosts.
We meet the unlikely hero, Conrad in earlier books about his older brothers. Now we get to see what the missing younger Wroth brother has been up to……battling blood lust and becoming one of the most feared assassins in the lore (paranormal world). One thing that has push Conrad into the assassin jig is his hatred of vampires. He has sworn to kill his brothers before killing himself.
Not knowing his plan to swipe out the family; Conrad’s brothers kidnap him after their long search to find him, in hopes of helping him over come his blood lust.
The Worth brothers hold Conrad up in an abandoned house that once belonged to the beautiful 20s dancer, Neomi.
Neomi has been stuck in her home after her ex-fiance murdered her. She longs for companionship but being a ghost no has seen or talked to her in the 80 years of her afterlife. Until a group of strange men enter her home.
Neomi is filled with hope when it appears that one of the men can see and hear her. But he’s not man at all. Neomi is shocked to find out that vampires are real and that she is falling in love with one.
Neomi and Conrad have pasts to over come and trust to build before they get their HEA. But it’s a sexy, fun and heart breaking ride from being to end.
I love this series and how we get to see past characters pop up and no IAD book is complete without a cameo from the ever knowing Valkyrie, Nix. She is a great secondary character and I can’t for her to get her HEA.
There is currently 12 books (including a couple of novellas) out on shelves with more to come. They are slowing recording the series on audio Robert Pektoff does a great job with the narration and I can’t wait for the next book, Dark Desires After Dusk to be released on audio in February.
If you are looking for a fun and sexy paranormal romance read you should try the Immortal After Dark series.
Have not read the print. Love my audible.
When Conrad realized he could touch her.
Yes first three of these books and he's a wonderful narrator. And I'm picky!!
I would use the title that was given to this book.
Four books down and I just love them. While I did not enjoy the second one nearly as much as the others, I can't wait to listen to them all. You continue to learn more and more about the Lore. It's very fascinating.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
3.5 - 4 stars
This was a pretty good story. I liked Conrad and Naomi and thought their story was a good addition to the series.
Naomi used to be a ballet dancer in the 1920s. Naomi did very well as a dancer and even bought and restored a beautiful old estate in New Orleans. Unfortunately, Naomi was killed by an obsessive suitor that wouldn't accept her breaking up with him. Naomi didn't want to die and ended up finding herself stuck as a ghost at her estate for the last 80+ years.
Conrad is the brother of the Wroth Vampires (see books The Warlord Wants Forever & No Rest for the Wicked). He was forcibly changed in to a vampire (to save his life) by a well meaning brother and Conrad didn't take it well. Conrad had been a member of a society that hunted Vampires (unknown to his family) and so when he was forcibly changed in to a Vampire, Conrad became something he hated and it made him hate his brothers. Conrad became a forsaken (a vampire that kills to drink blood) and is slowly going mad from the memories of people he's killed that he's plagued with.
The story starts out with the 3 Wroth brothers having captured Conrad and bring him to an estate they bought to store him at while they try to save him and hopefully cure him of his blood lust. This doesn't go easily as Conrad is out of it and only wants to kill his brothers. Naomi is at the estate and has been stuck there a very long time with little to nothing going on so she's bored....I mean REALLY BORED! When the Wroth brothers show up, Naomi is happy because it means that she wont be bored for a while. Unfortunately, Conrad causes some destruction in the house that upsets Naomi and Naomi wonders if she should really be happy that the vampire brothers will be staying there. She is halted in her plans to get the vampires out when Naomi starts suspecting that Conrad can see her. He seems really nuts though so she's unsure if he did see her or not but she figures it's worth further investigation. Unfortunately for Naomi, Conrad thinks she must be another of his hallucinations and so he tries to ignore her presence. Soon however, Naomi starts to suspect that Conrad can really see her and Conrad starts to realize that Naomi isn't a hallucination.
Conrad's brothers try to help Conrad regain his mind and are surprised at his quick recovery to lucidity. Once his mind becomes clearer, Conrad starts to realize that it seems to be due to Naomi's presence and he starts to suspect that she's something special to him. He wonders if she's supposed to be his Bride but since she's a ghost it's hard to say since she has no physical body to blood him with. In addition to Conrad's insanity issues, he has an issue with others being out to kill him, especially a dream demon that has placed a curse on him and is seeking to kill him. Conrad and Naomi spend time together as he regains his mind but things don't go perfectly and Conrad does overreact to some things which causes a rift between Naomi and Conrad. They manage to get past that but when Naomi brings about changes that cause their relationship and future to change, it propels the couple in to an unsure situation. There's much drama and some very bad times before the end but once everything is settled, Conrad and Naomi end with a well deserved HEA.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Conrad and Naomi and liked them as a couple. My main complaint is that I thought the story started out a bit slow. However, once I got past the first part, the plot picked up and had some interesting and unexpected twists as the story progressed. Regardless of it's slow start, it's a good story that I'd recommend. :)
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