Author(s): Kresley ColeDownload
RITA Award-winning author Kresley Cole continues her bestselling Immortals After Dark series with this electrifying tale of a ruthless demon mercenary and the lovely young halfling who enchants him.A seductive beauty he can never have, yet can’t resist…Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.A tormented warrior she should fear, but can’t deny… Raised as a human, Holly never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon’s wicked touch.Surrender to dark desires…Yet just when he earns Holly’s trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can sate his wildest needs — and claim his heart?
Some Reviews: 1296 in Goodreads.com
I absolutely loved this latest by Kresley Cole, the story of the demon Cadeon and the half human, half valkyrie Holly.
Cade is such a BAD boy, and he’s everything that Holly isn’t. He’s sexy, brash, foul-mouthed, a slob, uncouth, lusty, and living with 900 years of guilt over losing his brother’s kingdom while trying to save his foster family. I felt a lot of empathy for him, especially when he finally found a chance at happiness but knew he could never claim it.
Holly, the beautiful virgin PhD. candidate with OCD, was so repressed, I didn’t think there could ever be a relationship between her and Cade. But to the author’s credit, she had Holly resist Cade’s charms for most of the book; she had a real love/hate relationship with him. She was attracted to him and she wanted him, yet she hated that she did.
I loved how Cade taught Holly how to protect herself and how to fight, and helped ease her transition into becoming a Valkyrie. I loved all the little thoughtful things he did for her to accomodate her OCD too. Loved the teasing and the sexual bantering between the two–lots of sexual tension in this one. And once again the actual sex scenes were few, but extremely erotic. And when Holly finally let loose, there wasn’t a better (sexual) match for Cade!
I found this one a little more gruesome and horror-like, especially at the ending when they had to battle all the disgusting creatures in the little Northwest Territories town, where Holly finally proved herself as a formidable Valkyrie. It was non-stop action!
And although Cade did betray Holly, I wanted her to forgive him (I did), and I absolutely loved how he still made allowances for her OCD when he presented her with her future home. Underneath all his alpha-ness, Cade was really a sweet guy!
I FINALLY figured out WHY I enjoy PNR/fantasy genre as much as I do: because when it comes to this genre, pretty much ANYTHING goes and you never once (or at least I never did) question HOW or WHY. Now, add to this already great fact Kresley Cole’s ability to tell a story she weaves so masterfully about a couple that is, once again, very unique and just overall fabulous, sprinkle the sexual tension that only Kresley can do and you got yourself a winner with every single installment [in this series].
I don’t have much to say that I haven’t already said about this series in my previous reviews other than I am adding Cade and Holly to my ever growing list of Kresley’s ‘swoon-worthy heroes and kick ass heroines that love them’. And the fact that, once again, I can NOT wait to dive into the next book, which is what I am doing IMMEDIATELY!
If you are a fantasy genre lover and/or a lover of alpha heroes who fall head over heels in love with some of THE best heroines you’ll ever read about, this series is NOT to be missed! You HAVE to experience this beautifully crafted world filled with some of the most entertaining, funny, sexy, sword wielding creatures told via Kresley Cole’s amazing writing!
3.5 Stars This one was not as good for me as the others I have read in this series.
I had a very hard time connecting to Holly or Cade. Holly got on my nerves with her I don’t cuss I don’t have sexual feelings of any kind I have a boyfriend of two year but I don’t even kiss him on the mouth oh and I don’t eat or drink anything the isn’t prepackaged and I if i touch the rim of my drinks it ruined. I don’t see her appeal. Even if I could get past that Cade lied the whole story and His betrayals were hard to get over. I understand that in the story he was between a rock and a hard place but it just don’t make for a very romantic story…………. I really liked cade in other books but not so much in this one. I didn’t hate him but I wouldn’t want him for my man. I am a sucker for babies in love stories so I did rate it a little higher because of the baby. Also the ending seemed rushed. I am off to the next one and I hope it is better than this one
4 IAD Stars
I won’t review the book because I am too bored right now. I will just say something because it’s been nagging me since I started re-reading this book. Why the hell is Rydstrom thought to be the “good brother”.
I can honestly remember that I liked Ry by the end of his book but in this one? He is a total tool. His brother was in part to blame for losing his throne. I get it, Cade didn’t want to be the king’s replacement and prefers to stay with his foster family that needs him(which by the way I find completely logical after they fostered him out). It proves to be a bad decision because the throne is snatched and his family is slaughtered. In my opinion Cade has already paid for his “mistake” a hundred times over already since he lost almost everyone he loved. Ry has no right to hold the guilt over his head for 9 freakin’ centuries. Get over it already.
And let’s visit the honorable and noble’s Ry’s decisions in this book for a while. Rydstrom decides that sacrificing an innocent young woman to a sorcerer to be raped and impregnated with a child that makes the girl from Orphan seem like an angel, is acceptable collateral damage to get his throne back, even though this means the woman will be doomed and his brother will be miserable forever.
Really? I get that a whole kingdom depends on it but the “good” guy wouldn’t find this acceptable. He would fight to find another way.
That’s all, no more Anti-Rydstrom ranting, I’m off to re-read his book and forgive him!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a matter of fact, it went by too fast. I had been captivated with Cade since Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night, and I was holding my breath for his book. But the wait was richly rewarded. Holly is a perfect heroine for him. She brings out the protective side in Cade, but also the playful side. And if anyone needs to live a little, it’s Holly. I loved the whole plotline and found it wildly romantic. This book was also a good action book with scenes that show that Holly is a powerful woman in her own right. I just adore Cade, even more then I did before. He is sexy beyond belief, and very funny also. I loved his devotion to Holly, and how he challenged her but cared for her at the same time. It was great to see Holly come into the woman she was meant to be. She learns that it is a good thing to trust one’s instincts as well as one’s intellect. She also learns to acknowledge her sensual nature, and what better teacher than Cade. Cade and Holly had some serious chemistry, but there was also a deep emotional connection. This book just further increased my love of this series. With each book, I more eagerly await more books in the Immortals After Dark series. Kresley Cole’s imagination is incredible, teamed with some excellent research. So I end by saying, take this ride wild, but you might want a cold drink and a fan while you read it.
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