Saturday, 27 March 2010

Book Review: Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole

 Grade: 5 stars
Novellus Perfectus!
Amazon appetizer: Nothing will stop Cadeon of the Rage Demons from finding the means to atone for the one wrong that haunts him. But once he captures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, he finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.
Raised as a human, Holly Ashwin never knew that some 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 Cade's wicked touch. 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?

My thoughts: This is the 6th book in Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series. We have already seen glimpses of Cadeon in the 3rd and 4th book: he was also competing in the Hie (the big tournament of the Lore) and he almost vied for the attentions of Mariketa in book 4.

Cadeon is the younger Woede brother, having been blamed and feeling guilty for having lost Rydstrom's crown for the last 900 years, he is determined to do everything to atone for his past mistake and reclaim the crown and the kingdom for his brother. The Woede brothers are on the way of finding their last opportunity for that when Rydstrom disappears leaving Cadeon in charge while he tries to make sure Holly the one who was destined for him survives the constant attacks on her life.

This book was a very enjoyable read as not only was the story fast-paced and action packed, but the characters were likable and original. I particularly grew fond of Holly, with her peculiar OCD quirks (since I wasn't that familiar with this disease I really liked all the details Kresley Cole put into portraying it and making it such a crucial part of Holly's personality). You couldn't find two more different charcters: prim and polite, shy and professional geek that is Holly and the savage, crude talking, loud demon that is Cade. And yet their due is believable and the chemistry sizzles!

Plot: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Ending: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
Cover: 7/10

Verdict: Kresley Cole delivers the usual scorching hot attraction and tops it with fast-paced action. One of the best books in the series, don't miss it!

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