Number-one New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole continues her electrifying Immortals After Dark series with this thrilling tale, revealing secrets of the Lore, fierce realm of the immortals....
All fear the enemy of old.
Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness - until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.
A deadly force dwells within her.
Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder - or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.
Centuries of cold indifference shattered.
Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia-old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past - or risk everything for a future with her?
©2012 Kresley Cole (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
I LOVED THIS BOOK BOTH WRITTEN AND AUDIO. I LOVED THE NARRATED MALE VOICES. THE ONLY THING I DIDN'T LIKE WAS THE FEMALE LEADS VOICE.
I LOVED THE MALE VOICES HE DID.
I have been waiting for Lothaire's story & was so excited that I was not let down. I wanted certain things & had ideas about how the story line should go. Lothaire has been one of my favorite characters from the IAD series (as well as Nix) through the entire series & I have just been dying to get his full story. While it was not what I had expected or really even predicted the story was fabulous and while it was heartbreaking at times, it was the same laugh out loud Kresley Cole that I love! I am a huge fan of her work and I can't wait for Nix's story.
Lothaire has been in all the previous books in the series, this time the love story is epic because it ends up redeeming a character that was thought to be irredeemable. The almost insane vampire falls head over fangs for a woman possessed. One thing that surprised me the most was how romantic and sweet Lothaire ended up being, Despite the blood thirsty nature of Lothaire and the initial villain, Soroya, the book wasn't nearly as dark and depressing as it could have been. In fact, it was full of warped humor, funny dialogue between Lothaire and Elizabeth and amazing loving, once they got to that point.
The story is told in Lothaire's point of view and Elizabeth's. My favorite is the hero's because finally I got to understand what formed him, drove him, warped him and tortured him. The relationship between Lothaire and Elizabeth is contentious. She likes to talk, he doesn't. She wants to understand, he doesn't feel the need to explain himself. He commands, she butts heads. He expects her to turn her back on her past, and she fights to keep it and grab for more. There is so much internal angst and yet the author handled it so well, it was entertaining and fascinating. I especially got a kick out of the scenes with the sword, the head, the heart and the finger and the ornery dog. How they make this story great has to be read to be understood. It was awesome. I was equally horrified and snorting with shocked humor. Ms. Cole's characters sure know how to make a statement.
All in all... perfect audiobook & the perfectly imperfect hero.
Robert Petkoff gives an amazing performance for this book and the rest of the IAD series books. His performance is so outstanding that I feel like I'm watching a movie in my head. I want to read anything that Robert Petkoff narrators. He makes the story so exciting that I feel like I'm on the edge of my seat for the whole book. As much as I'm a fan of Kresley Cole i'm also a huge fan of the narration. BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO!
Kresley wrote a story with some wonderful voices, and Robert Petkoff didn't disappoint. I loved the development of the love interest and the play between someone that grew up in a loving and tight clan and someone that had next to no life experience giving unconditional love, but was not shy about demanding it.
The reader was excellent, doing the accents quite well and added a lot of humour and emotion to the story.
Great narration. I like to list this first as it can make or break a story.
Loved this story. Have listebed to this story over and over. Cole is possible my favourite author.Easy listerning and very entertaining. Will be impatiently waiting for any new books in audio from this author.
I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
I'm just here for the laughs!
I adore Robert Petkoff as a narrator, but his female voices don't thrill me. He seems to naturally have a deeper voice, which makes his males AMAZING, but his females come off a bit breathy and bimbo-y sounding. That being said, his male characters completely rock my socks. There doesn't seem to be a single accent Mr. Petkoff can't master (even Ellie's Appalachian twang was good) and his inflections are fantastic. When Lothaire's ticked, you know it, and when he's feeling amorous, you feel it.
The story itself was great. I loved that at the end, things weren't necessarily tied up neat and tidy in a bow. Lothaire is still the severely half crazy Enemy of Old, and Ellie is now less black and white in her views of right and wrong. They're relationship will continue to be tested in the dramas to come, and they've found what they need in each other.
I'm still hoping Kresley Cole's other books in the series will be put on audiobooks- I'd get every single one!
This book ranks right at the top of my book list!!!
I have listened to the narrator befor and love his performance. His voice is SOOOO SEXY....yummmmm.
I love Kresley Cole, and absolutly am in love with this series. I am over joyed that there making them into audio books. Its worth every penny you spend. It is laught out load funny. The books are writen so, so well, and the narration is so well done. This seriers is a BIG FAT 5 all across the board...Enjoy every second <3 <3 <3
I have read or listen to all the books in this series and Kresley Cole always brings her A game to each story.They are fun,brave, suspenseful and outrageous. Any one who has been waiting will be pleased.I had used up my credits and had to pay membership price but it will worth it.Robert Petkoff was a fabulous Lothaire( the enemy of old).
I the story takes you on a journey with two very flawed but interesting character, very human in their misunderstandings.
I enjoyed my book vacation!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I loved this book! Oh Lothaire....you were so misunderstood. Thank the Gods you have been redeemed. I can't wait until the next IAD book. So glad this was available on Audible!
It seems like I've been waiting forever of Lothaire's story but the wait was worth it. The only down side was the sex scenes, they had me giggling with all the very un-sexy chit-chat.
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