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
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.
Yes. Robert Petkoff's narration is AMAZING.
One of my favorite novels in the Immortals After Dark series. Malkom, the Vemon (Demon and Vampire mix) love interest, is so far from having that perfect life prior to meeting Carrow. He's not a prince to any dark realm, he's doesn't come from a family with multiple sisters and brothers... In fact, when he meets Carrow, he doesn't even have any friends. There's no luxury in his life at all. He mother sold him into slavery when he was a boy, and later in life, he was forced to kill the only friend he ever had. He's suffered years of mental and physical abuse and still was able to rise above it. Yeah, sure, when later in the book something happens that makes him snap for a short duration, his sanity might be momentarily debatable... But under those particular circumstances, who's wouldn't be? I love Malkom. He's a wonderful blend of tortured soul and innocence.
Seriously, Robert Petkoff needs to win some kind of narrating award. He is freakishly talented. The longer I listen to these audiobooks, the more I come to terms with how I've undergone the Pavlov effect. When the book begins and I first hear his voice, I shiver with anticipation for all the naughty scenes to come. But it's not even just those scenes. His range of accents and multiple voices is impressive. Which really works out considering the vast characters that keep being added to this series.
First of all - Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series is one of the best out there, for those who like their heroes powerful and oh so sexy, and their heroines hot, sexy and bad ass! Gotta love the women of the Lore.
Carrow Graie is a witch, who feeds off of happiness - so living in New Orleans she is quite powerful and carefree. That is she was powerful until she was captured along with others of the Lore by some scientific fanatical and brutal humans who were attempting to discover their secrets and divest them all of their powers. However they were missing one rumored very powerful demon and if Carrow wants to be freed along with an orphaned 8 year old witchling, she must enter another realm and bring this dangerous demon back to the humans.
Malkom Slaine has led a brutal and pain filled life. Poisoned with vampire blood and enslaved he spent years of degradation with the biggest crime of all being forced to murder the only friend he’d ever known. Tormented by his past and his desire for the green eyed witch he aches to claim he gives his heart which she had caused to beat again, only to discover the biggest betrayal of all – hers!
Once again, Robert Petkoff performed another of the Immortals After Dark books to perfection. His voiceovers are just fabulous and listening to his performance gives you the feeling of sitting in a theatre and watching the action take place. Absolutely a wonderful story by Ms. Kresley Cole that entertains beyond expected every time!! Love this series and every tome so far!
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
*** FYI, The book description is a bit misleading and I'm going to correct that in my review. This may make my review a bit spoilerish so be forewarned. ***
This was a great story. TBH, I vacillated between 4 and 5 stars for the rating but I loved both Carrow and Malkom and their story was really enjoyable so I decided it was worth rounding up to 5 stars overall.
Carrow is a witch who has gifts in 3 casts. She was raised by parents that were rich but had little affection (or attention) for their daughter. She grew up feeling there was something wrong with her that her parents couldn't even love her. Carrow gains power for her witchcraft from joy and good feelings so she's always been a bit of a wild thing, partying and living the good life since she had no one relying on her.
Malkom was born a demon and had a really horrible childhood. He found a friend that made his life better when he got older and he made something of himself. Unfortunately, life wasn't kind and he got pushed into in a bad situation and betrayed by his friend...ending up responsible for his death. Malkom ended up living in a barren wasteland, feeling he was betrayed by anyone that's ever meant anything to him and living only for revenge.
Carrow is taken captive one day and finds herself in a prison with many other Lore creatures, both good and evil. The Lore creatures are all kept from using their special abilities by collars that somehow restrict them. Carrow soon finds out that the facility is run by humans that have found out about the Lore and are very paranoid. They believe the creatures of the Lore are planning to take over the world and kill all the humans so they are capturing different type of the Lore in order to study them for weaknesses. Carrow is captive for a while when she's given an ultimatum by some of the humans running the place. They've also taken a young witch captive, Ruby, that's a cousin to Carrow. Ruby's mother was killed during the fight to take them captive and as her closest relation, Carrow is now responsible (according to the witch's laws) for her. The humans tell Carrow that she must go to another plane to get a demon that's been turned vampire (Malkom) and bring him back so they can study him. Carrow isn't pleased about this but agrees as long as the leader swears that her and Ruby will be let go after she returns with Malkom.
Carrow gets to the other plane but soon finds she's not well equipped for her mission. She feeds off of joy and happiness for her magic and that's not something that there's a lot of on that plane so she can't fight off the many dangers there. Thankfully, Malkom finds her pretty quickly and they're both surprised to find that she's his Bride/Demon's "one". Malkom knew English centuries ago but it was spoken by the vampires that kept him captive so he has shut out those memories. Now he only speaks demonish and Carrow doesn't know demonish. This makes their communication difficult at best and they spend the next week getting to know each other as Malkom tries to win her affections. She gets him to agree to come home with her early on but while waiting for the time that the return portal will be opened, she gets to know him and the more she knows him the less she wants to betray his trust. Unfortunately, Ruby is counting on her so Carrow feels she has little choice. Considering Malkom's background and past betrayals, he doesn't take things well when he realizes Carrow's part in his capture when they get through the portal. He is determined to make her pay and when the crap hit the fan and the Lore creatures are able to escape the facility, he goes after her. There's much danger to get through and some very painful drama to get past as they try to come to terms with each other. Fortunately, with some time and effort, Carrow and Malkom do get back together and end the story starting a HEA together.
I really enjoyed this story, regardless of the painful issues that the couple had to get past to find happiness together. I loved Carrow and Malkom together and hated seeing them at odds. The story was great and I was very happy with the way Carrow and Malkom worked things out and got their happy ending. Overall, this was a great story, I'd recommend it (and the series). :D
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Not my favorite but still good! I completed the whole series when it was on sale and have enjoyed every spoken word! You will never tire of these characters and the narrator! I hope it never ends...I will be sad.
As usual my girl Kresley does not disappoint. The story is The good and Robert does not disappoint with how he reads. Both the story and how it's read will not allow you to hit the pause button!
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