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I DESPISE this kind of rape glorifying bullshit We have the innocent half vampire girl chased all over town by psycho madman who makes several starts to raping the terrified girl and has her crying and begging, then lo and behold just as he is about to do her she suddenly feels desire for him and off we head to lovey dovey land despite him treating her like shit This shit sickens me to the bloody stomach and I hate to see this kind of forced sex used as entertainment and wrapped up with pink bows and paraded as romance and seduction If men on the street behaved like this I somehow doubt that we d see it as fluffy bunny romance we d be screaming blue murder I know this is fiction and the excuse is his tortured past but it still isn t the slightest bit erotic or romantic to me,just plain sick Dec 2016 updatedear dear I was a bit irate when I wrote it but I feel strongly about rape being turned into love and romance At the time I tended to vent rather than explain However I am measured in my reviews now and want to clarify a couple of things I am not having a go at anyone who reads and enjoys these books as it is fiction and everyone has the right to enjoy their reading So if you enjoy this kind of book I m not trying to say there is something wrong with you This is just my personal opinion on the plot I don t mean this as an attack on the actual author, just the subject matter being used I m not trying to say there is something wrong with the author for writing this plot So there we are If you like the author and the plot, please continue to do so and just ignore my venting This book had a slow start, but finished with a bang spoilers Lachlain was crazy out of his mind from years and years of being burned alive and tortured by a vampire horde so for about 1 4 of the book he was a asshat but as his mind starts to heal and he starts to get to know Emma he feels guilt over the way he has treated her and starts trying to win her love and trust Emma is super shy, timid, and lets people walk all over her She was raised in a house that hates vampires and being 1 2 vampire it made her feel like a outsider and that she could one day turn evil She starts feeding from Lachlain and she starts coming out of her shell and because a stronger woman she learns to fight for herself and those she loves It is nice to see the growth of emma from fearful to kickass Someone who will be walked on no longer Some of my fav quotes Was it just her, or did lovers look adoringly at each other in this city Especially in the springtime Die, bastards She sighed It wasn t their fault that they were bastards who should die I followed you Emma, I ll always come for you Are you jealous, lass Yes she cried, as if she couldn t believe the question While you ve been running around growling mine, I ve been silently saying it right back at you On to book 3 Re read 10 7 15 Rating bump from 3 to 4 stars Original review below meanwhile, inside of the Fetish Cafe WaitressMiss Are you ready to order Meclearing throat Um, I think so Can you tell me first if there are any off the menu specials tonight WaitressNothing extra tonight Our supplier didn t deliver today, so we re running low on supplies If you re looking for a fantasy involving props, chances are, it s not going to happen MeIt s fine That s not really my thing pause UhI think I ll take the kidnapping special With an order of dominant male Preferably tall, dark, handsome, and pushyyou know the drill The alpha type WaitressBig spender, aren t we Anything else says sarcastically Would you like fries with your order MeYes, please Can I get some gravy with that on the side Brown, not white Waitressappearing a bit confused Whatever It s your fetish MeOh no The fries aren t part of it I m just hungryTrigger warning content borders on rapey yes, it s a word, dammit Eh, what can I say A Hunger was a fun and fluffy read There s no real substance here, but when comparing this to other pnr, it s on par with others that I ve liked Which is not bad, considering I ve been on a serious adult pnr break lately after trying a few I didn t like They re all starting to read the same and I ve passed on most of the ones which haven t had of an urban fantasy bent Straight up adult romance novels in most every genre have been pretty disappointing to me lately, so I ve chosen not to go there Until now I saw a few friends talking about this one and figured I d give it a shot I find it funny that if this book were realistic fiction, I would rip it up one side and down the other for having such a horrible male lead As in NO ONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK The male lead is pushy, demanding, forceful, and about 20 other things which would have any female running for the hills in absolute horror If some guy or girl pulled this act on me or anyone I know, I d call the cops and have him or her locked up But of course, I tend to cave a little for fantasy based books What can I say I have a thing for alpha men in pnr and historicals Plus, this one had an ancient scottish brogue Well, hellooooo highlander Thank you for showing up in my kidnap story.At least, in this book, I get to give the double argument for his lack of decorum 1 It s pnr These aren t guys raised in polite society They re driven by instinct that overwhelms them Bad excuse Sure But hey, it s the basis for most pnr shifter stories The devil made them do it, or some other nonsense We laugh at it, we find it far fetched, we d hate it if any man in real life treated us like this, but darnitit s fun to read about in books.2 The dude is old Like pre dating historical bodice ripping, non con storylines, OLD As in, he came from the dirt old Historical fiction readers know that men from the past weren t as clued in to the equality of men and women They always seem to need a woman to school them And our heroine in this story did, in fact, school her man.Who I d recommend this book to People who don t mind aggressive alphas in their pnr and can forgive some serious bad behavior if the hero shows some sign of remorse or willingness to change later.Who I d warn away from the book Anyone who has a previous history of abuse, whether physical or sexual The hero did push the boundaries of sex and crossed some lines that he shouldn t have The book danced that line of danger a little too close for comfort at times view spoiler going down on someone in their sleep because you want to make them feel good is still against a person s will and therefore wrong , even if it s not violent or scarring in this instance sexual experience.or making them take a shower with you, etc It s still not okay hide spoiler 2nd Reread Completed 8 1 8 9 13Looking back at how much I loved this book when I first read it, and how much I loved it on reread, I can say most definitely that this book is an all time keeper For me, this story is magic I didn t have a lot of time to read it, but I actually didn t want to put it down when I couldn t read it Finally, when I was able to dedicate some time to reading, I or less read it straight through, except for when I was busy with my review books and Vacation Bible School At the end of the night, I was excited to get into bed and curl up and revisit Lachlain and Emma s love story, reading late into the night.LachlainLachlain remains one of my fall time favorite paranormal heroes and probably of all time Although I refuse to pick a favorite Immortals After Dark hero, Lachlain makes some steep competition for the following heroes He starts out a bully, but I can understand why He literally was insane after being tortured for 150 years However, it is a testament to his force of will that he didn t do worse to Emmaline, not to mention the power of their bond Even though he wasn t super nice initially, his charisma was undeniable As time passes and he realizes who Emma is and how she means to him, above and beyond being his fated mate, he shows just how adoring and capable of caring for his mate he can be By the time Emma starts to love him, you can understand why Cole makes you want a Lykae mate of your very own EmmalineSometimes the heroine doesn t click with me in a romance But this is not one of those times I loved Emma I appreciated her journey of self identity and coming into her own She had that awkward feel of a woman on the cusp of maturity in her early twenties Away from home for the first time, exploring who she is, and finding love Considering the force of nature that Lachlain is, I think Emma held her own against him, and eventually, she had him eating out of her hand.I think Kresley Cole writes the best steamy romance out there Blazingly hot, but not crossing the line into raunchy and distasteful overshare language that turns sexy into gross for this reader Even on the reread, I was excited to see what happened next, and fanning myself with the incredible tension and fire between Emma and Lachlain I wasn t a huge fan of vampire romance prior to reading this this being one of the first I read at the time , but the scenes in which Lachlain feeds Emma show how powerful that is between a mated pair, and it s sexy, and not gross like I always thought it would be I m not saying I want to take blood or give my blood like in the book, but it s written well and beliveable in the context of the story It s a very intimate thing, and you could see how it furthers the connection between them.On top of the fantastic romance, the world building is complex and fascinating, and I love the camaraderie between the Valkyries and the other characters You can see the Lore factions aligning before your eyes on the one way march to the Ascension And though the developing romance is fascinating, it s also great to get glimpses into the past of the long lived creatures of the Lore There s a reason why Kresley Cole is in my top five authors of all time She knows how to bring it In the paranormal and historical romance genres, she kicks butt and takes names You want to keep coming back for of this wonderful world she has created I m glad I was able to revisit this fantastic book and I am jazzed to continue my 2013 reread of the Immortals After Dark series.Check out my Immortals After Dark Pinboard on Pinterest Original Review Below I bought this book because I had read If You Dare, by this author and absolutely loved it Well, lets just say, it made a steadfast fan of me The Immortals After Dark is one of my all time favorite paranormal series, and part of the reason I m so crazy about paranormals Lachlain is kind of crazy, and who can blame him after being imprisioned horribly underground in a fiery pit, being drowned every day and consumed by fire for 150 years One day he senses his mate, and he does something really painful and desperate to get free, to get to her I was hooked Lachlain is what I call a Sexy, Scottish, Werewolf What a great combination His one shortcoming is that he is kind of snobby towards Emmaline at first He s dismayed that this true mate Lykae only get one is a Vampire Although she s really a halfling, half vampire, half valkyrie Emmaline is as timid as you can get She s been protected and coddled by her valkyrie aunts her whole young life She s about 70 years old, which is very young for a vampire and a valkyrie Despite her penchant for very sexy, expensive lingerie, she s an innocent virgin Imagine this crazed, beastly man tearing across a Paris courtyard, and dragging you off with him, and wanting to do things with you of a sexual nature Very scary thought This is how this book begins Cole grabbed me as a reader and didn t let go I wanted to find out how Lachlain would deal with the fact that his mate was not exactly what he wanted Would he force her Would she grow to love him and trust him They go on a journey to get back to Lachlain s ancestral holdings in Scotland He is the king of the Lycae and must go back to take his place as ruler of his people Even though he isn t really happy with the mate that was chosen for him by fate, he s taking her with him Lochlain has to get used to modern life He finds he has expensive tastes, and charges up poor Emmaline s platinum card He really makes the poor girl miserable But she does manage to fall in love with him She s not so sure about this Queen of the Lykae deal and having such a dominant mate, though So it takes some serious wooing, Lykae style, on Lachlain s part And Lachlain discovers that having a vampire bride is a great thing, because being bitten by her is ecstasy Plus, Emmaline is a sweet, loving woman who eases her way into his heart This was a fabulous book I was already werewolf inclined after reading the MaryJanice Davidson story Love s Prisoner , Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, and Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon, so it really got my attention This is a spicy read with very hot love scenes, that don t overshadow the growing love between Lachlain and Emmaline I enjoyed the whole dynamic of reluctant mates, and the crazy, alpha werewolf hero really appealed to me I loved how Lachlain s feelings towards his bride changed so that he came to adore her and appreciate her She became his life I also loved how timid Emmaline comes into her own She was drifting because she knew neither of her parents She was afraid and disliked her vampire nature, and had to come to terms with who she is She becomes quite the warrior queen Ah, this is a classic for me It comes highly recommended Just a warning to readers The first book in this series is the story in Playing Easy to Get, The Warlord Wants Forever I read this one first and I was scratching my head trying to figure out who Nikolai and Myst were You can read this first, but you might be a little lost when they bring up Nikolai and Myst as a forgone conclusion. In New York Times And USA TODAY Bestselling Author Kresley Cole S Sizzling Series, A Fierce Werewolf And A Bewitching Vampire Become Unlikely Soul Mates Whose Passion Will Test The Boundaries Of Life And DeathAfter 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 Emmaline Troy Is A Small, Ethereal Half Valkyrie Half Vampire, Who Somehow Begins To Soothe The Fury Burning Within HimSheltered Emmaline 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 CravingsYet 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 2.5 Stars simply for the inexplicable need the novel induced in me to keep on reading despite the many reasons not to I actually find it quite surprising that I didn t abandon the book after the first few chapters featured numerous attempted rape scenes, a control freak of a man or male, at least whose violent tendencies are not only portrayed as acceptable, but highly desirable But, though I was immediately horrified, the book also somehow managed to hold my attention and the writing style, a strange interest in the plot, and a morbid fascination in this destructive relationship forced me to read on.I m not at all in favour of this kind of unhealthy relationship where the guy relentlessly pursues a woman, scares her into submission, and attempts to rape her so many times that she eventually decides he s kinda hot I do not find this an appealing romance story If it was a cautionary tale of abusive relationships well, then sure But Kresley Cole seems to celebrate the controlling personality of Lachlain and I find it rather disturbing to see how highly rated this book is Apparently, he s so gorgeous and sexy and protective and these traits all make up for the fact that he repeatedly sexually assaults Emma, refuses to let her return to her family, demands that she sleep in the same bed as him to her obvious discomfort as her kind are known for preferring to sleep on the floor , and even picks out the clothes she wears He picks out the clothes she wears This is not a romance, it s the story of one person completely taking over the life of another, refusing to let them make any decisions for themselves and calling it love.Can someone actually let me know why so many rate this book highly It s not much of an urban fantasy because there s just a random array of creatures that hate each other and no great mythological story going on and it certainly doesn t work as a romance Or do I not understand the idea of romance and love Yeah, I m 19, perhaps it s me who doesn t get it but I thought it was about caring, compassion and mutual respect I honestly want to understand why I read this book and saw abuse when thousands have read this and seen love and sexiness.And yes, there were some attempts to redeem Lachlain he began to understand that he had treated Emma badly and felt very guilty that he had nearly strangled her to death aww, poor Lachlain rolls eyes Whatever happened later, I never supported their violent relationship plus, even though Lachlain experienced some minor guilt for the attempted rapes choking, it didn t affect him enough to let Emma make any decisions for herself nope, she must stay with him and she must sleep with him, but this time she must like it too Good god It was painful to read.Why not 1 star There were good bits amongst the annoying I quite liked the scenes where they just talked in the car and he began to learn about the 21st century after being locked up for a couple hundred years his reaction to the plastic card that has unlimited possibilities was funny, so was his repetitive opening and closing of the sun roof But there was of what I don t want to read than what I do want to I can t and won t wrap my head around the idea of a guy finding his one true mate and treating her in such a cruel, violent and often openly humiliating way There were times when he obviously enjoyed her discomfort and it infuriated me For me, love isn t about being selfish and controlling and for that reason, I won t be reading any of this series. When he watched her sleeping, he often thought, My heart lies vulnerable outside my chest I ve purchased this book again because of the stunning cover I read A Hunger Like No Other first time two years ago I was in awe then for the start that the hero, Lachlain, is chasing after the heroine with fury in his heart Emma is very innocent, all her life she tries to find her lost father and she gets nothing from her search however, she hardly wants to give up Further, Lachlain makes life a living hell of her, Emma haven t known what he wants even though the passion between is slowly building up, he confines her and has no plan to let her go Emma turned to him, bottom lip trembling For me Always for you All things for you He coughed into his fist All your own I haven t known before that this book is good as this The Beauty and the beast plot works so well with the dark tone of the story While Emma is definitely Belle, I dare not say that Lachlain is the Beast for his actions that aren t heroic or highly appreciated at all He tortures her, even when I saw her consent to his deeds, he still treats her as if she is at his disposal.But Kresley Cole could redeem her book with the second half it The developments of both Emma and Lachlain are visible there Emma is so shy when I started reading this book, but in the end, she is brave and kickass and independent Lachlain, too, he tries to be a better person and makes amends for what he s done He has made mistakes and he wants to right it, that s exactly what he should do Nix had told Emma before she d left for Europe that on this trip she would do that which you were born to do Apparently, Emma was born to get kidnapped by a deranged Lykae Her fate sucked By the way, I loved this book because it s my very first experience for reading romance It introduced me to the new world that I want to stay forever.https goo.gl a48Gam Lachlain MacRieve Lykae Emmaline Troy half Valkyrie half vampireVampires, Valkirie, and Lykae, oh my The fucking monster mash Lachlain has just discovered his mate in Paris and he is not sure if he wants her You see, his mate is a filthy vampire She is one of the revolting creatures that Lachlain has spent all his immortal life chasing and brutally killing without remorse She is one of the malicious creatures that had him imprisoned and tortured with fire for centuries So, this is definitely a mistake Fate cannot be that cruel He cannot be the protector of someone so vile.Emmaline is having a nice, relaxing time in Paris, while she is looking for her father who abandoned her mother before she was born That night she is sitting on the bench thinking that her trip was in vain and smelling the Paris air, when a brute madman suddenly appears and he starts approaching her Half lit by the walk s torchlights, a towering man turned over caf tables, artists easels, and book stands selling century old pornography Tourists screamed and fled in the wake of destruction.Of course Emma runs And of course it is not really clever to run away from a wolf He pointed a shaking hand at her You, he growled.The setting is magnificent It felt like Lachlain and Emma are part of a motion picture, something close to the An American Werewolf in Paris Overall I enjoyed the story, although there were times that I was feeling frustrated with all the misunderstandings Emma does not tell Lachlain that she is not exactly a bloodthirsty, sexthirsty vampire But that she half Valkyrie half Vampire And a virgin Lachlain does not tell her that she is his destined mate and he treats her like garbage because she is the enemy.As a result there are two distinct parts in the book The first part in which there are secrets between the two lovers The second part where they both learn the truth, Lachlain deliciously grovels and Emma embraces her true destiny.I loved the introduction of the Lykae and their castle in the Highlands over the grounds of Kinevane and I loved the Valkyrie family united looking out for each other. Vampires, Valkyrie, and Lykae, oh my Or as Regin calls it the fucking monster mash Hilarity ensuedI found myself in deep water first I was confused by the many different creatures, their characterization and history The story is fast paced, and Kresley Cole s wicked humor made me devoted to the series So far, it was the most comical father murder I ve ever read I was especially delighted at the appearance of N x, my most favorite character ever.I really love this unique and complex world that Cole created How she keeps the multiple story lines in hand is really fascinating.Lachlain and Emma are bonded together by blood, fate and instincts.Lachlain is infuriated by the fact that Emma is partly a vampire, but as the story progresses, he suddenly catches himself forgetting about itHe would use this against her, he thought hazily If his blood on her tongue made her lose control like this, he would force her to drink him until she surrendered everythingForce a vampire to drink him what was happening to himLachlain s desire for Emma is so strong that it helps him to stay sane after being tortured for 150 years He is possessive and arrogant, but sometimes has really tender moments When he watched her sleeping, he often thought, My heart lies vulnerable outside my chest. Emma is a very young immortal She is only seventy, overprotected by her Valkyrie aunts, delicate, shy and insecure But she has hidden assets.There is a beast not only in Lachlain, but in Emma as well Her real strength breaks surface by drinking from Lachlain His blood, memories, instincts are catalysts for her alteration.The gentle, fearful Emma becomes a strong, confident, wily warrior.KinevaneVal Hall Special thanks to Stacia Villota for the picture Originally posted on my blog on May 21, 2012 My favorite quotes.