Sunday, 21 March 2010

Book Review: Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole

Grade: 5 stars

Novellus Perfectus!
Goodreads summary: Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her -- and those she loves.

Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.

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.
My thoughts: This is the 8th book in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. It tells the story of Garreth, younger brother of Lachlain (the hero in Hunger Like No Other, the 2nd book of the series) and the valkyrie Lucia the Archer.

I extremely enjoyed reading this book because here the previous books were not simply referenced but events (at least in the beginning of the story) were parallaled in Pleasure of a Dark Prince and A Hunger Like No Other. It was interesting to see the other side of some events which were described or merely alluded to in Lachlain and Emma's story, how it happened and what it meant to Garreth and Lucia.

Garreth officially became my favourite IAD hero (sorry Sebastian): he has all the characteristics of a Lykae: he is tall, broad shoukdered, muscular, alpha male, and he has that irresistible Scottish brogue mmm... *shivers* furthermore Garreth is funny and laughs a lot (he doesn't have that dark, brooding air about him most of the other heroes do), he is gentle and thoughtful. And I can't help but swoon at how the well-being and happiness of the mate of a Lykae is above anything else and how selfless he is in order to make Lucia happy.

The attraction between Garreth and Lucia is sizzling, Kresley Cole sure knows how to make you squirm in your chair as the heat comes off the pages!

The plot was interesting and eventful, Kresley Cole is wonderful at setting the scene, her descriptions are so evocative, that although I have never been in South America or in a jungle for that matter, thanks to her detailed and vivid descriptions I could see it. I saw the big old fashioned worn ship, the lush buoyant exotic green trees, the untamed river and all those unseen and fearful weird wild animals (anacondas, caimans).
And the ending was perfect! I couldn't think of a better way to finish Garreth and Lucia's story.

As usual the characters were a handful :-) The males were swoonworthy and the valkyries made me laugh out loud several times, their sorority-like living style and the combo of such powerful and viscious creatures behaving so immaturely (their typical videogame playing, texting, make up and clothes mania) is hilarious. And thanks to the story being presented from Lucia's POV I got to like Regin, whom I couldn't stand before. Now I can't wait to read her story, especially after the cliffhanger the novel ended with!

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

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