Pages: 360 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star Books
Published: March, 2006
Series: Immortals After Dark #1 or 2 (depends on prequel)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book Depository: Buy
Lachlain, an immortal tortured for fifteen decades by the fires of the catacomb underneath Paris, scents the mate he's been waiting for over thousand years giving him the strength to free himself from the chains the vampires tied him into the fire with. But before he surfaces she's already gone, but her scent lingers and he will find her.
Emma the Timid, raised by her Valkyrie aunts in the bayou near New Orleans is half-vampire from her father's side, half-Valkyrie from her mother's side. In Paris she tries desperately to find information on her mother and father, especially her father who she knows nothing about, not even his identity. When suddenly a tall dark dangerous man captures her, growls and wants her - in a way she's never witnessed before. She's not called Emma the Timid without a reason, dead afraid of pain and death she doesn't but up a whole lot of fight as it turns out Lachlain is a werewolf, little mad bossy as hell enemy of both Valkyries and Vampires, kidnaps her and forces her to go to Scotland with him.
"Emma convinced herself she'd lost him because she was fast. She was also adept at convincing herself of things that might not be - good at pretending. She could pretend she took classes at night by choice, and that blushing didn't make her thirsty--
A vicious growl sounded. Her eyes widened, but she didn't turn back, just sprinted across the field. She felt claws sink into her anckle a second before she was dragged to the muddy ground and thrown onto her back. A hand covered her mouth, though she'd been trained not to scream.
"Never run from one such as me." Her attacker didn't sound human. "You will no' get away. And we like it." His voice was guttural like a beast's, breaking, yet his accent was... Scottish?"
Emma finally gathers courage she's been missing the seventy years she's been around, seeing her courage rise as Lachlain bullies her makes the character grow on you, even being timid she grows a lot during the novel and becomes more and more likable... and a match for Lachlain.
I haven't read a book lately as sexy, steamy and delicious as this even though there isn't more than one or two actual sex scenes in the book - but there is a lot of teasing, almost and frustration, a yummy yummy book!
Cole's story is wonderful, it has depth where it needs it, laughter to keep it light, danger creeping up closer and closer to Emma for threat, teasing until the reader is rooting for the couple to get it on and a plot with enough character drama to feed the story of Emmaline and Lachlain and the wickedly fun Valkyrie aunts! I'm addicted to the Immortals After Dark series! And to Lachlain. ;)
I like the second cover much better than the first, even my husband asked if she's a hooker as he saw me reading the first cover version (where she is dressed like a hooker in the red leather top). So props for coming up with a better cover! (the top one)
If you are into Paranormal Romance and haven't yet read Kresley Cole I urge you to go get a copy!