Series: Immortals After Dark #.5
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2006
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn't enjoy a heartbeat or breathing and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature.
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen the jewel which commands her, giving him absolute power over her. While he possesses it, he can make her do anything, and he plans to in order for her to experience firsthand the agonizing, unending lust she'd purposely subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Wroth realizes he wants more from her and frees her, will she come.
This is the prequel to the series, a short story involving Myst and Nikolai Wroth. Myst is known throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, part chillingly fierce warrior, part beguiling seductress who can “make you want her even as she’s killing you.” She has devoted her life to protecting an ancient, powerful jewel and to fighting the vampires, and she now sees a way to torment one—for with Wroth’s heartbeat comes consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her.
I found it to be an interesting story and premise for the series but it went on sexual overload near the end. As I’ve already read the second book in the series, I highly recommend reading this first as you have a much better understanding of what’s going on because of this backstory.
Typical of most short stories or prequels, this was just enough to whet the appetite but not enough to immerse yourself in the characters. I’m hoping to see more of them in future stories.
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