Series: Immortals After Dark #9
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 12-03-13 (audio) 2-16-10 (book)
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 431 pages
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
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A DANGEROUS BEAUTY...
Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her -- and those she loves.
AN UNCONTROLLABLE NEED...
Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.
THAT LEAD TO A PLEASURE SO WICKED....
From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia's greatest weakness -- her wanton desire for him.
I love how Cole writes this series. The first few books progress in time and then the books start to go back in time where the plot is running parallel to the earlier books so we see what everyone else is doing as the same time as previous couples. Cole gives us clues in books to future couples and plot lines and now those little dots to Lucia and Garreth that she gave us at the end of A Hunger Like No Other are finally connected in Pleasure of a Dark Prince.
Pleasure of a Dark Prince the story happens around the middle of A Hunger Like No Other, which is the 1st full length novel in the series. Garreth MacRieve is the lycan bother to the hero in Hunger, Lachlain. Garreth has the task of being the King of the Lykae Clan since it is believed that Lachalin is dead but Garreth will not give up hope on his brother’s return.
So far it seems that the Valkyrie have a thing for vampires and lykae (werewolves) and Lucia the Huntress is no exception. Really who wouldn’t want a hot Scottish werewolf? Ok if you were sworn not to have sex so that you keep your archery skills then you might try to fight the sexual attraction. But it would be hard.
Lucia has said no to the pleasures of the flesh for centuries. No she’s not a virgin but only barely. That one time with her evil husband was enough to turn her off of men until she meets Garreth. He has her thinking twice about her vow of celibacy. Garreth can’t understand why Lucia won’t give into their lust for each other but because she is his mate he is willing to give her time. But even he can only hold out for so long. He even goes as far as seeking help from his cousin’s mate which is a witch. If you’ve read the series you will remember her from Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night.
I really like that Lucia and Garreth has to over come many obstacles and time to finally get their HEA. It’s not an instant-a-love story which comes regularly in the genre.
I don’t know which I gush over more, Cole’s writing or the narration job done by Robert Petkoff. I’d like to think I would enjoy the books just as much as if I read them but Petkoff brings so much life to the characters that I can’t bring myself to experience the books any other way but on audio. He does the female character justice and his accents for the male characters are just panty dropping good! Cole and Petkoff are the gold standard for the paranormal romance genre, really other PNR audio books wish they could be this awesome.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).