Even as a sane, self-sufficient, contemporary professional woman, you may find it tricky to explain to friends and colleagues why the idea of a guy hunting you down and trailing you because he’s convinced you’re his life mate to guard – and maybe, um, mark as his by aggressively latching on to your neck from behind in a moment of passion – is really flippin’ romantic.
In all fairness, you can’t blame folks for thinking there’s something off kilter about your world view if you don’t offer all the deets. So include the most important: your fantasy guardian/mate is Lykae, an immortal Scottish Highlander who bears within him the spirit of the wolf, a beast that can rise dangerously, and whose nature causes him assiduously to seek touch, companionship and a surfeit of really hot sex.
Once you get folks thinking – do I really have to spell it out? – kilts, you’re really just a step away from their begging you to rec a book with just such a sexy beast. Introduce them to Garreth MacRieve of Kresley Cole’s much-anticipated “Pleasure of a Dark Prince ,” then hook them on Cole’s wholly kick-ass, genuinely fun and entirely addictive Immortals After Dark (IAD) series.
The Immortals in question range from blood-abstaining vampires to vengeful goddesses and every reincarnation in between. Especially cool are the delightfully bloodthirsty Valkyrie, who often are featured, one of whom leads our Garreth a merry chase.
Lucia the Huntress is the greatest archer in the world, a Valkyrie who’d sooner strike down foes alongside her best pal Regin, than succumb to the hyper-charged overtures of the way-too-alpha-even-for-a-wildly-attractive-wolf-boy Garreth MacRieve. First, he keeps showing up everywhere she’s slaying bad things as if she needs his help and, next, he’s, well, he’s just making her hot.
And that’s a problem for a busy girl like Lucia, because she’s got a big role to play in fated doins that are ratcheting up as a 500-yearly clash of factions of immortals is unfurling. So she can’t be distracted by some big, braw, dirty-brogue-talking enemy of Valkyrie, no matter whether he saved her sisters from death – or looks great in sodden, low-slung jeans.
Yet that’s not what’s really got Lucia in a quandary. At the heart of Lucia’s incomparable strength lies a secret that could harm dreadfully everyone she loves if it’s revealed. And while she would sacrifice her life to save them, she won’t surrender power to anyone simply to spare herself a life of sacrifice.
Valorous heroines and unapologetically alpha heroes are only part of the appeal of Cole’s IAD novels. The reads are humorous in tone, with urban/urbane contemporary trash talk from immortal chicks who keep up with the times, and a quasi-decorous formal diction from the centuries-old males who’re all the sexier for the formality and chivalry they afford the females. Even when the boys’re chasing them down and jumping alpha on their pert little arses.
And “Pleasure of a Dark Prince” not only satisfies your craving for top-shelf reading entertainment, it tees up happenings that kick into overdrive the machinations that are leading to battles royal among immortals-at-large for power – and between your favorite IADs for happily ever afterlife.
Tell us about the fun you had the last time you told a non-romance reading friend about your favorite book or romance-fantasy theme. Why do you like Kresley Cole’s IAD novels and which are your favorites?
Dying for Romance?: Every day this month, meet and swap comments w/a different top romantic suspense author at BN’s Mystery boards as moderator Becke Davis celebrates Valentine’s Day with a Month of Romantic Suspense! Feb: 4 Susan Crandall; 5 Carla Neggers; 6 Mariah Stewart; 7 JoAnn Ross; Val Day Special Guest: Suz Brockmann.
Michelle Buonfiglio writes daily about romance fiction at BN’s Heart to Heart and RomanceBuytheBook.com and Tuesdays at BN’s Unabashedly Bookish. Buonfiglio also authors the popular RBTB NEWs romance newsletter.
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