Sunday, 19 February 2012

Paranormal Romance Month Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark #1)

Publisher - Simon and Schuster
Publication Date - 3rd March 2011
Paperback - 384 pages
Genre - Paranormal Romance

Source - Library

Rating - 4 out of 5: I really liked it

Book Info - A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her…
After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy…
Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents – until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae – and their notorious dark desires – ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

An all-consuming desire…
Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

My Thoughts - Both Lachlain and Emmaline go on an emotional journey throughout A Hunger Like No Other, and I loved reading about this journey. Lachlain starts off as a (literally) tortured soul who has trouble keeping his animal instincts in check. But as he spends more time with Emmaline, he becomes a lot more content and, although at times he does lie to his mate or treat her in a way that is perhaps not quite right, he would do anything for her and do anything to keep her at his side. And it is easy to forgive Lachlain for his little indiscretions when you consider that he has not had any contact with others (apart from the vampires torturing him) for 150 years.

Emmaline, however, starts off as a very timid creature who is used to the protection of her aunts – a coven of vicious Valkyries. Although she is part vampire, she has never drunk ‘from the source’ and wants to protect living things (a way of life that earns her a lot of ridicule from her family). But during her time with Lachlain, she finds herself in many dangerous situations and she finds strength from them. The result of this is that by the end of the novel she is an incredibly strong female who can hold her own in a fight as well as refusing to be walked over by her family and Lachlain.

I loved both of the main characters and the relationship that develops between the two of them – there is certainly a huge amount of sexual chemistry between them, even if it does take them a long time to realise that their feelings run a lot deeper that just this physical connection. I also found the storyline of the book, involving all the threats from their enemies, to be intriguing, well-written and full of action. 

Summary - Overall, I really enjoyed reading A Hunger Like No Other and I can’t wait to read the others in the series.

Other books in the series:
0.5. The Warlord Wants Forever
1. A Hunger Like No Other
2. No Rest for the Wicked
3. Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night
4. Dark Needs at Night's Edge
5. Dark Desires After Dusk
6. Kiss of a Demon King
6.5. Untouchable
7. Pleasure of a Dark Prince
8. Demon from the Dark
9. Dreams of a Dark Warrior
10. Lothaire

Other reviews of this book:
Dear Author / Feeling Fictional / Love Vampires


Jenny said...

Well, it sounds like you're liking quite a lot of these series lately. I'm not having as much luck. Or, at least, I don't feel like I am. :(

Shelagh said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this - it's one of my favourite PNR series! I've only read the first seven books, but they rock/ :) And how awesome are the Valkyries?! (especially Nix)

Trust me - they only get better. :)

Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

Jenny - Funny you should say that! I had a rubbish reading week last week and didn't like anything I picked up! Hope your reading slump ends soon :)

Shelagh - I've only read the first one, but knowing how much you love them means I need to read them pretty quick :)

Not Your Momma's Book Blog said...

I have a couple of the books further down in the series sitting on my bookcase. I'm definately going to have to request this book from the library!

Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

Not Your Momma's Book Blog - This is the only one of the series I have read so far but I am looking forward to reading the rest :)

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