Audio Review: No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole

Posted April 27, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 6 Comments

Audio Review: No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley ColeNo Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #2
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 03-20-12
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
Source: Purchased

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?

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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.

About Robert Petkoff

Robert Petkoff is an award-winning American stage actor known for his work in Shakespearean productions and more recently on the New York City musical theater stage. Petkoff has performed on Broadway, the West End, regional theatre, and done work in film and television. Petkoff was featured as “Perchik” in the Tony award-nominated 1994 revival cast of Fiddler on the Roof but is perhaps best known for his role as “Tateh” in the 2009 revival of “Ragtime” on Broadway. Petkoff has also provided the voices for over two dozen audiobooks, winning awards for his reading of Michael Koryta‘s So Cold the River. Married to actress Susan Wands, Petkoff has lived in New York City for the last twenty years, and often performs in benefit concerts for theater-district-related charities.

About Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.

Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, a Hall of Fame induction, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.” .

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6 responses to “Audio Review: No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole

  1. Great review!;)

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book!;) I read it back in January, but I need to pick these back up, they’ve been in my catch pile forever lol!! After reading your review you make me want to pick them up again!!;)

  2. Excellent review!! So happy you are enjoying this series, and yes, yes! I completely agree with you, the Valkyrie chicks know how to put these guys on their place.
    Love then.

  3. I started this series last year and enjoyed it, but reviews, life, etc. got in the way. I need to find time to pick it up. I agree with your assessment – I enjoy KC writing! Thanks!

  4. It doesn’t seem….weird when you’re having a sex scene read to you? That’s one of the biggest reasons I haven’t tried audio books yet.

    Glad you’re liking this series. It’s one of my favorite PNR books. I think Conrad’s book is my favorite of the Wroth brothers.