Her breathless kiss haunts him...
Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed - until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.
His slow, hot touch is irresistible...
Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It's rumored that no one can tempt Bowen's hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.
No deed is too wicked for her seduction...
If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul - or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?
©2007 Kresley Cole (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio
I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.
Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night is a terrific little read as a part of the Immortals After Dark series. If I could give half stars, it would get 4.5 overall. Kresley Cole just absolutely rocks with a fun, albeit predictable, story. However, this particular book really brought out her ability to write dialogue that was hysterically funny. The interactions between Mari and her coven buddies was wonderful and I laughed EVERY time I head Nicks (the oldest Valkyrie) called Nucking-Futs Nicks. Mari had some great one liners herself, so it was a laugh fest for a great deal of the book. Even MacRieve had some pretty funny dialogue/one-liners himself. So, while the story was indeed one about passion, intrigue, finding one's mate, sensuality and enchantments, it's the unending amount of creativity that pours from Ms Cole's mind that is the ultimate charm.
Now, about Mr. Petkoff''s narration...so far, I have found no one better. Initially, his female voices just didn't ring true, but in this book, Mari, Nicks, and the rest of the female characters were spot on. He gave Mari just enough spunk, sarcasm and vulnerability to make her believable. As for his MacRieve, spot on. I am looking forward to the entire series...in fact, I've already started Dark Deeds at Night's Edge.
Very good, I was rooting for Bowen the entire time......Kresley Cole and Robert Petkoff never fail to disappoint me. I can't wait to read the next in the series.
The interplay between Mari and Bowen was great and I found her thoughts and sassiness the best part. It was interesting how Bowen looked for any explanation or reason including Mari cast a spell on him as to why he was falling for her.
There was several scenes that I bookmarked but the one that really got me going was quite short. Bowen and Mari are in a tight tunnel on their hands and knees, he kills a scorpion he has taken it out of her hair. When he throws it out in front of her to prove it, she scurries back against him because she fears bugs. Her body tucked against his, causes quite a reaction in him
It certainly made weeding a lot more enjoyable
No to Cole. Narrator was fine.
Don't think so.
Too many to name.
Hours and hours of sniping, bitching, whining. While there was a plot buried in here, entirely too much time was spent with this juvenile dialog. Author seems to want us to believe this heroine is brave and resourceful and that the hero is proud of her. What came across to me was hours of spite, selfishness, willfulness. So may the juvenile dialog actually fits. Waste of time.
Wicked Deeds indeed! I enjoyed this installment in the IAD series. I started wondering how many different ways a similar story of enemies finding love could be told, but, Kresley Cole has done it successfully. This story had a sub-plot that was really interesting, and when all was revealed my mouth fell open. In equal parts the story was touching and humorous. As always the narration was superb! I'm downloading the next story and look forward to what happens next.
The narrator has a great voice. I usually find male impressions of female voices comical, but this narrator, Robert Petkoff, draws you into the story with consistent, distinct, and incredible voices for each character. Kresley Cole has become my favorite author, and has enticed me into a new Genre. Her characters are clever and witty.
The heroine. She kept me smiling with her brazen personality.
So many books...so little time! :)
Having lost The High Tournament, Bowen is left where he began...with his mate long dead and yet another failed attempt to bring her back and this time with a terrible curse that is slowly killing him. Now, in an effort to release his curse and avoid a war between the witches and the lykae, he seeks to rescue the witch who he originally trapped and who cursed him to begin with.
While Mariketa has no reason to help Bowen considering everything he has put her through, she finds herself oddly drawn to him and begins to possibly believe his claim that maybe she could indeed be his mate...maybe.
As they make their way to freedom from the jungle...there is a bigger and darker evil at play. And just when it seems that things are going well between them...Bowen finally gets what he has spent nearly his whole life searching for and it changes everything!!
This is one of my favorites in the series thus far!! I really loved seeing the relationship between Bowen and Mari develop. From the moment Bowen rescues her from the cave, the tension and banter between them is so fun listen to...knowing it is only a matter of time. :) Kresley Cole does it again...and I can't wait to get through the rest of these!
I cannot say of all books in the series, but, of this one, yes, I'd definitely recommend the audio version. The first four (as far as I've read so far), feature the same narrator. I found him difficult to take in the first novel during his portrayal of the female lead. In retrospect, I think that may be due to the female's New Orleans accent as it's the second book where I've had that issue (referencing "A Hunger Like No Other").This one is awesome! In all books, this narrator's Scottish brogue is enthralling. The female lead has an average accent, and the others in the story are believable too. I listened to this one in record time. The excellent narration helped.
Not sure off the top of my head. It would be simpler to compare to others in the same series, and I believe it's better than all the rest. The storyline continues to build from the first installment, so, by the time we reach the third novel, there is a decent understanding of "Lore" culture, and many characters and their back stories add richness to the plot. This book is better in my opinion than the others in this series (and others that are in the same genre), because the plot is simply better. The plot is strong, and it delves into a different species entirely while continuing a storyline started in the first installment. Witchy. Wolfy. Fate. Catch-22 situations. Perceived love triangle. Triumph over adversity. Satisfaction. I don't like fluffy smut novels, but I will read books with those scenes (however copious) as long as the story is worth it. I find the intimate scenes to be more tastefully written in this series, and the author does a great job of portraying what I think most women (at least) want in an encounter. I prefer THIS installment, because the scenes aren't as gratuitous. There's so much to the story this time. It's another book that caused me to sit in my car to listen longer. It wasn't even predictable as many can be, and I found myself wondering how it would turn out in some ways (though I trust this author to provide satisfying endings).
Yes, and I believe he's just getting better!
Yes! The female lead always felt passed up and ditched (parents and first love). She just wanted someone to CHOOSE HER. I don't want to spoil it, so I'll just say that the emotions were strong, and I really felt for the character.
I bought this book to speed onto book 4, which I thought had a more interesting storyline. Little did I know how enchanting this one would be!
Impossible to sum up in only three words. Therefore, here it goes... Kresley Cole is a talented author. I have enjoyed each book in this series that I've listened to thus far; however, I must say that the love scenes made even this very modern young grandmother blush a little. I wish to thank you for using the ever so gifted narrator, Robert Petkoff, who brought every character in each book so amazingly to life! I intend to listen to more.
Truthfully? The narrator!
All scenes were wonderful.
A great way to escape day to day problems...just lose yourself in books such as this!
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I have one thing to say about Robert Petkoff reading these books....WOW!!! He is the perfect person to read these characters. Rarely do you come across an actor who can not only play all male characters very convincingly but also play female characters and make you forget it's a male reading the character. Not to mention the accents he does are spot on! He makes listening to these great stories so enjoyable I find myself getting lost in them. I'd like to hear him read Christine Feehan's books as well...he'd be perfect for those too!
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