Series: Immortals After Dark #2
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 03-20-12
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
A vampire soldier weary of life...
Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire—a nightmare in his mind—against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.
A valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him...
When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow—accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings—particularly lust—emerge multiplied. For the first time, she's unable to complete a kill.
Competitors in a legendary hunt...
The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity—as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world—to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she's falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?
Between Cole’s writing and Petkoff’s narration; dry humping has never sounded so sexy.
We first heard of Kaderin in No Hunger Like Another and knew that she was a bad ass chick with no feelings. But it’s not because she is a cold-hearted bitch. We learn more about her past and what happened to her to make her the way she is today.
Sebastian is the younger brother to Nikolai Wroth, who was the yummy vampire in the novella, The Warlord Wants Forever. So already the two are tied together through Nikolai and Myst’s marriage. (Myst is member of Kaderin’s Valkyrie family.)
Kaderin has prided herself on being a great vampire killer, whose sword never fails taking a vampire’s life. But when she finds a dark and brooding vampire hidden away in an old castle she can’t bring herself to make the killing blow.
After the two exchange a few words they realize that she is his vampire bride after she bloods him (vampires believe that there is one woman for them and that’s their bride, when a vampire is blooded that means that they once again have a heart beat and feels arousal for that woman and will stop at nothing to make her his forever). Kaderin is horrified because valkyrie hate vampires and she has spent hundreds of years killing them.
During the course of the book Kaderin is competing in the Lore’s version of the Amazing Race (Cole’s words not mine). All kinds of immortals sign up to compete for a grand prize. They travel all over the world earning points to be included in the final round. Sebastian decides he will enter to try to win Kaderin’s affections by helping her win the grand prize.
I think that Kaderin and Sebastian made a more believable couple in the way that it took them a while to really get down to the sweaty nekked fun. Sure it was lust at first site but they worked their way to each other and recognized that just because they had fun with the slap and tickle that didn’t mean they were in love. One thing leads to another and the two get to know each other and feels start to develop between them. After some hard times and past memories the two find their HEA.
I must say that I’m really enjoying Kersely Cole’s writing. So far the stories in this series flow every well and LOVE the characters especially the Valkyrie chicks. They are kick ass warrior chicks but they also have some of the funniest lines I’ve read in a while. I enjoy how the men in the series so far are so out of touch with the present that the Valkyrie women help bring them up to date with pop cultural references and sang. This series is just plain funny as hell and sexy at the same time.