14384Okay not really, but I liked the way it sounded.

Alas and alack, I did this one a little bass-ackwards.  I first stumbled across Kresley Cole and the Immortals After Dark when I picked up Deep Kiss of Winter, an anthology with Gena Showalter.  I loved Kresley Cole’s contribution to the book so much I began buying the books as they were published, although I haven’t really had a chance to read any of the actual series until now.

And like a knob, I hadn’t done any research into the chronological storyline so I started reading them by publication.  A Hunger Like No Other is the first one published, but it’s actually the second one in the series.  Thankfully it’s only the second one and not the fifth or sixth.

However, the first one is an ebook novella, so I’m not going to be reading that one anytime soon. Ah well.  I’ll make due until I get an ereader or it comes out in paperback.  🙂

So the backdrop to this is that mythological creatures from all pantheons exists around and unknown to us.  Everything from Valkyries, vampires, werewolves (Lykae as they’re known here), sirens, nymphs, elven folk, kobolds, you name it and, it exists.  All these races are known as races of the Lore, and most of them are at war with each other.

Now every five hundred years, there is something called the Ascension, where all the races actively hunt down and slaughter each other in an attempt to control their numbers so they don’t overpopulate and push out the humans.

And it just so happens we’re approaching one now.

Anyway, I loved A Hunger Like No Other.  I devoured it in two days, but I admit the beginning was a little hard for me.

The second in the series introduces us to Emmaline, a female born of a Valkyrie mother and vampire father.  Her mother died shortly after she was born and she never knew her father.  She also happens to be the only female vampire in existence.  Now Valkyries loathe vampires -okay, most races of the Lore loathe each other for one reason or another- but they especially hate vampires because the vampires with often capture and feed off Valkyries for centuries so naturally little Emma has very conflicted feelings as to her own nature, despite being raised among her Valkaryie coven of adoring aunts, cousins, and just members of the Valkaryie species in general, but when you hear every member of your mother’s race referring to every member of your father’s race by derogatory and unfavorable terms, you’re going to get a complex of some kind.

Anyways, right smack dab on page one, she is attacked by the Lykae king Lachlain who has been held captive by the vampire faction known as the Horde for several hundred years.  The only way he was able to free himself is because he smelled his destined, eternal mate.

Side note: all races in the Lore have something like this.  They all have that one being in the world meant to be theirs for eternity.  Lykae have their mates, vampires (since they’re all male) have their Brides, Valkyries (since they’re all female) have their husbands, etc.  So when the king scented his mate in Emma, he was determined to have her.

And that’s where my problem comes in.  He attacks her and practically forces himself on her the first night and for several nights thereafter.  Obviously everything works out in the end, and I really like how Emma goes from meek, weak, and mild to strong independent woman over the course of the book.  But the beginning of the relationship was not ideal to say the least.

The only other problem is the big conflict, the ultimate plot twist is there and gone so quickly you almost miss it.  When Emma and Lachlain meet, she’s in Paris searching for her father, a vampire.  We know that the king of the vampires held Lachlain and tortured him for years.  You can most likely see where this is going, but there’s no build up to it.  No trail of clues or breadcrumbs to follow until you’re like ‘oh!’.  It’s just “hmmm…OMG!!!….okay we’re done here.”  “Oh and lets take out this other guy we know nothing about but suddenly he’s hunting Emma for himself.

Just really quick, dirty, and didn’t really make much sense.  But thankfully i still really enjoyed it.

Not quite ready to give up on the romance theme yet, so we’re continuing with No Rest For the Wicked.

14383A vampire soldier weary of life…

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.

A valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him…

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.

Competitors in a legendary hunt…

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?