Thursday, July 10, 2008

Review – Dark Desires after Dusk

Title: Dark Desires after Dusk
Author: Kresley Cole
Publishing Date: June 2008
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: A
Sensuality: Hot

Dark Desires after Dusk is book five of The Immortals after Dark series, which features an alternate world inhabited by The Lore. The Lore is made up of all types of creatures humans thought were only mythical, only they really do exist. Humans just don’t know it. Holly Ashwin is a math professor who is abducted by demons on her way to class. Holly’s world is turned upside down when she learns that she is half Valkyrie and is The Vessel. It has been foretold that The Vessel with bear a child who will become the next warrior for the accession.

Cadeon Woede has vowed he will do what ever is necessary to win his brother Rydstrom’s crown back. That means he has to turn Holly over to an evil sorcerer who has forged a sword that is the only weapon that can kill the man who stands between his brother’s throne. Only the big complication is that Holly is Cade’s one and only fated female.

I fear I am going to sound like a fan girl in this review, I loved it that much. Cade and Holly are a hoot. I loved them dearly and they may possibly be my favorite couple so far in this series and that is really saying a lot. Holly has OCD and is as straight laced and uptight as they come. Cade, on the other hand, is ruled by impulse and passion. You can just imagine how the sparks fly between these two. The banter back and forth is top notch and the sexual tension just sizzles off the pages. Cade constantly kept Holly guessing, with his sarcastic repartee. Then, he would switch it up and do the sweetest, most thoughtful things for Holly. I had more than a couple ahhhhh moments.

Holly more than holds her own with Cade though, and manages several times to throw Cade off of his game. His self confidence takes a nose dive more than once. The playing ground was a fierce battle between those two, but they both come out the winners. Of course we had to have the big nasty betrayal though. I really hate that, but it all works out in the end. Although, I do think Cade should have groveled more. Cole is definitely on a role with this series. I can’t believe I have to wait until February of next year for the next installment – Rydstrom’s story.

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Ana said...

Glad that you liked so much. I am definitely in the minority here - I thought this was one of the weakest of the series so far, along with No Rest for the Wicked.

nath said...

Glad you enjoyed the book :) I always liked Cade, but I feel that sometime, he didn't feel like himself. Anyway, I can't wait for Ryd's story, but I'm worried :( I didn't like his change at the end :(

Katie(babs) said...

I liked how Cade helped Holly release some of her frustrations ;)
Rydstrom's story looks like it is going to be a good one!

Jill D. said...

Ana, LOL I think this one was my favorite, followed by No Rest for the Wicked. Although, I did really enjoy Bowen's story. Hmmmm, it's really hard for me to choose, so I will just say I love them all! Sigh, I guess I will just have to admit I am a fangirl.

Nath, I know what you mean, Rydstrom took a dark turn at the end. He definitely came across a little creepy. I can't wait to see where Cole goes with it. I think it should be interesting.

Katie, I am looking forward to Rydstrom's story, but dang it I have to wait til February! Sheesh!

Lori said...

Oh gosh... I am SO in the minority. I barely made it through the first book, and didn't have the nerve to start the 2nd. I disliked the heroine that much.

Jill D. said...

Lori, What didn't you like about the first book? The first book might not be a very good representative of the rest of series, depending on what you didn't like. If I remember correctly Lachlain was not a very good hero at the beginning of the story. If that is what turned you off you might want to try the second book, No Rest for the Wicked. It is Sebastian's story and he is very different from Lachlain. But if her writing style just wasn't for you don't feel bad. I couldn't seem to get into the popular Midnight series by Lara Adrian. For whatever reason it just didn't click with me.