The second installment in Kresley Cole’s best-selling steamy Immortals After Dark series is now available on audio for the first time!
Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire - a nightmare in his mind - against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live - until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.
When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow - accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings - particularly lust - emerge multiplied. For the first time, she’s unable to complete a kill.
The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity - as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world - to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she’s falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?
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I???m so glad I got a chance to re-visit one of my favorite books in the series, and the one that clinched my fondness for IAD.
Have I mentioned how much I love a perfectly timed romance? Yes, I love, love that, because that means we get sexual tension.. And I luuuuve sexual tension, and with the scorching hot chemistry between Sebastian and Kaderin we get plenty of it.
Kaderin the Cold Hearted Valkyrie, finds herself in a vast dilemma; unable to feel any emotions for the past thousand years, now has to contend with her attraction to the very vampire she???s intending to kill, plus the fact that she can???t forget that a dead leach like
Sebastian Roth was responsible for the horrible death of her two sisters.
On the other hand, Sebastian is tired of being something that he never chose to be, and when Kaderin comes to his castle to deliver the death blow, he welcomes it with open arms, but in that moment, he discovers that Kaderin is his bride and his fate....And that changes everything.
And so... The adventure begins with mind blowing action, and suspense that won't let you pause for a minute.
Kaderin and Sebastian enter the world competition for supernatural creatures, a brilliant setting for all the action and suspense. They both enter for very different reasons but equally important to them.
For Kaderin, the final prize is a key that can give her the possibility to go back to the past and save her sisters.
For Sebastian is the chance to help her fated bride achieved the victory, and in the process win her heart.
As the competition heats up, so does their romance; and we get one hell of a hot, steamy and perfectly developed romance.
I know a lot fans of the genre have already enjoyed this series, but if you are one of the few that has not, don???t miss out on the opportunity to discover why Kresley Cole is so highly regarded. This is the book where Ms. Cole???s talent begins to shine, with perfectly balanced heroes, heroines that don???t take crap from nobody, and are some of the strongest, funniest and entertaining little biaches in the paranormal realm.
Once again Robert Pefkoff takes the novel to a higher level.
I love the way he reads these books, I know that his female voices could be better, actually, I wish they would have two different narrators, and frankly, I always have a hard time with male narrators and their female voices, but the way Robert brings the story to life with the perfect pace, ambiance and the right amount of drama, in my opinion, makes up for the not so perfect but tolerable female voices.
I???m more likely to forgive and overlook a flawed female voice from a male narrator, than bad male voice from a female narrator, and no, I???m not being sexist, it???s just the nature of the genre, these guys are often described as having the best male attributes (in every sense of the word) and their voices are a big part of the fantasy. It???s as simple as that.
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Sensuality: Scorching HOT
Graduated college, got a job, got married, traveled, had children. Breathing air and growing hair.
I read and listen to all kinds of books but Kresley Cole and Robert Petkoff make a winning team. This was a joy to listen to it was action packed, funny, well written as well as well read. The mood of the series is wonderfully captured in this audio version. The characters, setting and the ambiance are world class. I recommend any and everthing by this author. It is a very good romance and a great story.
Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series are great reads, and Robert Petkoff adds a whole other, wonderful dimension! This book is equally action packed as it is romantic, and Petkoff practically brings it to life. I was amazed at all the different accents and voices he used in this book, including the hero's Estonian accent, which I'd never even heard before. You can tell a lot of effort is put into making this audiobook great, which I very much appreciate. Fans of Kresley Cole's should not miss out on these audiobooks! I sincerely hope Petkoff narrates the entire IAD series. This is one of my very first audiobooks, but it certainly won't be the last!
I've read all Kresley Cole's books, at least twice, and Sebastian is my favorite vampire. I am so happy with the choice of narrator for her books. Robert Petkoff's portrayal of the vampires with their Estonian accents was perfect, as was the Scottish brogue of the werewolves, and he even caught the sassiness of the Valkeries. Not overdone. Thank you for putting these books on audio, and for using such a talented narrator.
I will listen to this again Great Story all of Immortals are Awesome
Sebastian He started off shy then he took what he wanted
Robert must remake The War Lord Wants YES YES HE IS PERFECT TO DO THE ENTIRE SERIES OF IMMORTAL!!!!!! PLEASE DONT CHANGE
Please go back and redo The Warlord Wants Robert thanks
Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
This narration was so delicious that I was 67% into the book when I realized that if I'd been reading it, I'd probably wouldn't have finished it. The plot was exciting and the main characters were not terrible but the dialogue was sometimes corny and the romance was not at all the kind I enjoy (man chasing woman while they bicker constantly.)
Before I stumbled upon the audio, I had serious reservations about continuing the series. Like the previous book, we have in this one a man with an instinctive compulsion to be with a woman but this is not reciprocated. He has NO CHOICE and if he's not with her, he suffers tremendously. She, however, can leave him whenever she wants without suffering. Maybe some women fantasize about having a man completely in their power but I'm not one of them. I want a man who chooses to be with me, not a slave without any choice in the matter.
To be fair to Kaderin, if a stranger shows up one day to tell me I was his fated bride, I would run in the other direction too. I don't object that she had misgivings about the situation (who wouldn't?) but that he had not alternative but to pursue her or be deeply unhappy forever (and in the case of an immortal, this is a terrible thing indeed.)
You would think that with so many issues against the plot, I wouldn't have enjoyed it but I was so enthralled by Mr. Petkoff's yummy narration that I had a ball with it. His performance of the characters - specially the men - was perfect and his accents were so freaking good that I had heart palpitations the first time I heard a (male) Scottish character. Mr. Petkoff didn't demure from performing the love scenes as they were written - there was moaning, groaning, gasping, panting, you name it. His interpretation was so well done that most of the time I was fanning myself as I was listening.
So you can bet the farm that I'll continue this series as long as Mr. Petkoff is the narrator. I wonder how bad the books will have to get before I stop listening!
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This installment of the Immortals after Dark series is excellent. I love this new world and the use of all the mythological creatures. I am looking forward to the next one.
Sebastion Wroth is the brother of Nikolai from A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER. Nikolai forced Sebastion to drink his blood and become a vampire. Sebastion has spent the last several hundred years hating his brother and wishing he were dead. He has no hope until he meets Kaderin the Cold-Hearted, a Valkyrie who is lost in guilt over the death of her two sisters a thousand yrs ago.
Kaderin showed mercy to a vampire who repaid her by killing her sisters. She mysteriously received the blessing of no emotions, that has allowed her to live with the guilt. But when she meets Sebastion all her emotions come back. She has entered the Hie, a scavenger hunt, to win the key of Thane. A key to time, if she wins she can go back and save her sisters.
The minute Sebastion sees Kaderin he knows she is his Bride. The one woman who can make his heart beat again. Although she quickly leaves him he is determined to find her and once he does he must win her. Decideing to help her win the Hie, he enters the race against her wishes.
The tasks are all over the world and all are hard. Each one earns points, the most points wins. Sebastion wants only to help and protect Kaderin. This is a wonderful mixture of fun and romance, with a great ending.
There will be another book and I am so ready for it. The teaser at the end sounds marvelous.
Don't miss this one, if you like romance and fantasy.
Typical romance story with a predictable plot/storyline.
- Girl meets boy
- Instant sexual attraction
- Both have issues to overcome
- Passion builds
- Hot and steamy sex scenes
- Love follows
- Love finds a way.
Replace boy meets girl with Werewolf meets Valkyrie and there you have it.
Not really. It took me three times to finally finish the first book. This one I was a little more involved in the book and the characters.
I am going for book 3 now.
In the cave with the fire serpant.
If it was, it would look like a B movie. The characters are not deep enough in this book for a movie or TV series. The first book, yes. Not this one.
After listening to the first book in this series I was eager to listen to the next; however, in all honesty book 2 threw me for a bit of a loop. The emotional and sometimes physical battles that ensued as the two lead characters stumbled through their blossoming romance bordered on exhausting at moments. Cadaren, the main female character was such a tough nut to crack. I wanted to know how things would ultimately unfold and culminate in her relationship with Sebastian, but, I was impatient to get there. I quickly tired of her dismissing and being semi-cruel to Sebastian, as I was totally endeared to Sebastian's character. Despite all this, it was still a good book. As are Kresley Cole's books, this was hot and sexy for sure, which was well depicted by Robert Petkoff who seriously deserves an award for all the passion he's delivering! Although I have somewhat conflicting feelings about this one, I'm not deterred from the series or the author, and I'd recommend it to others looking for an interesting twist on romance of the paranormal kind.
"No Rest for the Wicked"
The development of the relationship between Bowen and Meriketa. The growth from dislike to love and then abandonment is very well written.
The narrator does an excellent job. The difference between male and female voices works very well. He maintains the accents and has enough emotional range to enhance the story.
I did read book 2 in this series and this is book 3, sadly the first hour of this book is a rehash of the end of the story in book 2, I very nearly gave it up as a bad job but after the first part the rest of the book is very good and a good listen.
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