Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.
Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.
In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?
©2014 Kresley Cole (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio
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The Immortals After Dark series holds a place on the upper echelon of my all time favorite paranormal romance books. I always look forward to the entertaining adventures of whichever couple the author has created each time. In the tenth title of this timeless series, the witch Carrow has been captured and held prisoner on an island run by the Order. Torques are placed on all of the Immortal prisoners to restrain their powers so they can be experimented on by barbaric humans seeking answers to their questions about their powers. The humans have deemed any Immortal "miscreants" and their ultimate mission is to destroy them all.
On the outside Carrow is a party girl, one who enjoys life, but inside is where she keeps the pain of a loveless childhood. When another witch is murdered, her daughter, Ruby, is left an orphan. Carrow knows she must step up and raise the child as her own. Except the Order has now made Ruby a prisoner and has offered Carrow a deal to save both their lives. This deal entails traveling to the hellish plane, Oblivion, to lure back a uniquely powerful demon the Order wants. The notorious demon Malkom has been alone for centuries but when he first catches the scent of a female in his world, he knows she is special and sent for him. Carrow is on a mission, to lure back a nightmarish demon. She never figured on falling in love.
I liked the tough talking, partying Carrow from other books and I was glad she was receiving her own story. But after completing the novel I didn't feel for her the way I wanted to. I thought there was too much time spent on the world-building of the Island and the humans who run the facility. Even though I did find out a lot about both Malkom and Carrow's past, the sections when they were together didn't fully convince me why they belonged together besides the usual finding-your-mate reason. I wanted to be convinced these two should be a wonderful couple and I wanted to see more of Carrow in action as a witch. I know the torque prevented her from using her powers while held captive on the island but for those six days in Oblivion it was deactivated. The battle scenes which took place there were light on the actual battle scenes. The romance was aplenty but I didn't get a true sense behind their coupling. I thought the most convincing and tender scenes were between Carrow and Ruby. The spark wasn't there for me this time around (like it was when I read about Conrad and Neomi in Dark Needs at Night's Edge.
I know others have really enjoyed this book and to a certain degree, I did. I began the story with high expectations and ended it satisfied and entertained, but not loving it. Robert Petkoff delivers an out-standing narration as always :)
OMG YES, AND I ALWAYS DO. KRESLEY COLE IS UNMATCHED IN TALENT AND PAIRED WITH ROBERT PETKOFF, THE BEST!!!!
ANY OTHER IAD BOOK.
EVERYTHING!!! HE DOES THE BEST IMPRESSIONS.
I LOVE ALL THE SCENES AND ALL THE CHARACTERS!!
Like most of her immortals, Malcolm was dealt a real crappy hand in life. As a boy, his mother sold him to a vampire with a preference for children. He was used in the most horrid way until he got too old for the nasty vamp and then tossed aside.
Years later, Malcolm is captured by a vampire and forced into a new existence, that of a Vemon. Now an outcast and abomination, he lives his life in solitude and killing anything that threatens his survival. Until the day a green-eyed beauty makes his heart beat...
Carrow is living the life until she's abducted by a human intent on destroying immortals. Suddenly she becomes the guardian of a little girl and is forced to betray a Vemon, who happens to be her mate. After a rocky start and a language barrier between them, she develops feelings for her Vemon. Lust, I mean love, is a universal language! She just has to figure out a way to keep her Vemon and get Ruby back before it's too late.
My heart went out to Malcolm, Carrow and little Ruby. They were put into difficult situations and they each got hurt by them. In the end though, they found a family with each other. I especially loved Malcolm with Ruby, it was so darned cute and sweet! Another great book in the IAD series, and as usual Robert Petkoff really brings these characters to life. One book closer to THE book. You know, that one I've been looking forward to since HE was introduced in the series.
It is impossible not to fall in love with Malcolm. He's damaged; been through so much deceit, trauma, and abuse. Throughout it all he has remained stalwart and loyal. He's never fallen and is truth personified. Caro is a lucky witch to be mated to such an honest vemon. A truly beautiful story. I look forward to more on Ruby.
A great example of Kresley Cole's storytelling ability. I can't wait to see what Nixie cooks up next. So many options for new story lines with all the characters "reunited" by the Order.
Where do I even start with this one? It was fantastic! Ten books into this series and it's still going strong. Just when I'd settled into a sort of "routine" with these books, Ms. Cole throws me for a loop!
I think that Malkom is my favorite of all the males so far. God, I loved this guy! Who would've guessed that the super-scary vemon, a being that even intimidates the other supernatural beings of the lore, would end up being the one to capture my heart? Yet, he did.
Malkom was the perfect mix of masculinity and vulnerability. He was naive in so many ways, but forced to grow up early in other ways. From an early age, he endured unspeakable abuse.
All of his life he'd been the property of those more powerful than him. When Malkom's last captors decided to use him as a Guinea pig, he was powerless to stop them. Ultimately, they forced the demon to become a half-vampire, half-demon. He became an abomination, a monster that even the monsters feared.
However, with his curse came unparalleled power. For the first time in his life, Malkom was powerful enough to exact revenge upon those who had wronged him. He took his revenge and reigned over his claimed territory fiercely.
Carrow is one of the many supernatural beings in the lore that has been kidnapped by a human militia named "The Order". A witch, Carrow draws her power from the happiness of others. Along with Carrow, the daughter of her friend is also in captivity. Ruth watched her mother get murdered in front of her. Now, she is Carrow's responsibility.
With their powers blocked, Carrow and the others are defenseless against the humans. Carrow will do anything to secure Ruth's safe release. When the humans ask Carrow to trap a vemon in exchange for their safe release, she agrees.
Carrow travels through a portal, arriving in Malkom's territory. Immediately, he scents her as his mate. Carrow is perplexed by the huge male that manhandles her, while also treating her with tenderness. It is clear that he doesn't intend to give her up. Yet, he doesn't force himself on her when he easily could.
Despite a language barrier, these two grow close. Malkom claims Carrow as his wife. Surprisingly enough, she finds herself proud to claim him as well.
Eventually, Carrow cannot escape the reason she was sent to Malkom. Before she can explain, her betrayal is revealed, severely damaging their relationship. Everyone he's ever cared for has betrayed him and Carrow is just the last in a long line.
This was definitely one of my favorites in this series, so far. I fell in love with Malkom, even as my heart was breaking for him. I found this book to be more emotional than most of the earlier books in the series. It really tugged at my heartstrings, but I loved every minute of it.
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