Title: Lothaire by Kresley Cole (Immortals after Dark #12)
First Published: January 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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?
I have to begin this review by saying that I’m a huge fan of the Immortals After Dark series. This instalment was no exception. The major appeal of the series in my opinion is the strong female characters.
I adored Ellie Ann Pierce. She was strong and determined and wasn’t afraid of anything – not even death itself.
It was an interesting concept – to have the heroine sharing a body with another soul who was her complete opposite. Where Ellie was good, Saroya was the epitome of evil. I loved how terrible Cole treated her characters. She tortured them both physically and emotionally and they managed to struggle through it and come out the other side strong for it.
The appearance of some of my favourite characters of the Lore made this book all the better. Nix and the other Valkyrie amused me with their antics and I like how just because many of the other characters in this series have found their happily ever afters it doesn’t doesn’t change them completely. Regin is just as bloodthirsty and upfront as ever.
This book also sort of doubles as a sort of encyclopaedic introduction to the Lore and the Lorian creatures. Having Ellie be completely ignorant to the new world in which she now exists in, Cole was able to have the creatures explained in such a way that readers would have a definitive definition for the different factions.
I have to admit that I was rather nervous that this book wouldn’t live up to my expectations. Lothaire, Enemy of Old, has been a big part of the series up till now and he had a lot to live up to. But his story was even better than I expected. Throughout it all, he was consistent with the character that I had grown to love. Evil and yet completely sexy. And his and Ellie’s steamy scenes? Woah… they’re pretty hot. There was variety and heat. Tenderness and fierce strength. In amongst all the what should be somewhat disturbing blood exchanges were some incredibly sweet moments.
This book didn’t lack for drama and action. From the start there is family rivalry, brutal slaughtering, angst, revenge and romance. I loved everything about this book and can’t wait till the next instalment of the series.
5 out of 5
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