Monday, November 26, 2007

A Hunger Like No Other

Book: A Hunger Like No Other
Author: Kresley Cole
Grade: B

A Hunger like No Other is the first Kresley Cole book I have read. I picked this book up after reading good reviews about the series as a whole and I'm very glad I did.

AHLNO is the first book in Kresley Cole's, Immortals After Dark series.

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—ebb 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...?

I'm new to Cole's writing but her style is very smooth and addictive. The characters she developed were especially good and even though Emma was said to be timid and thought herself as such she was still a very strong heroine.

Lachlin was extremely endearing despite his not so endearing acts toward Emma, from time to time. I was really able to feel his struggle with his dark side and his memories and the torture he'd spent decades enduring.

Though things moved relatively fast between Lachlin and Emma their love felt genuine. I wasn't shaking my head trying to figure out when they fell for each other and it didn't have to be spelled out for me either. It was gradual and as strange as it might seem, I just knew. Also (a biggie for me when dealing with possessive heroes in paranormal romances) is the timing of the infamous "Mine" moments. The ones in AHLNO were put in at just the right moments and I really felt the authenticity of them.

For me this novel speaks volumes about Cole's way of weaving a successful love story. She did it with an easiness and a story pacing that is rare to come by in many paranormal romances.

The love story between Lachlain and Emmaline is one of fiery passion, desire and genuine love and just enough adventure. I give this book an B.

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