From Goodreads: 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 breaths 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.
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.
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 first hand 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 back to him?
The first in Cole’s Immortals After Dark series was originally published as one of three novellas in “Playing Easy to Get”. It was also available on its own as a special promotional ebook from Simon & Schuster.
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What I Loved: I am not usually a fan of short stories and it might have helped this one that I read it out of order since I had already been introduced to many of the characters. That being said I think K.C. did a wonderful job of telling the story of Myst and Nikolai and making sure to include very rich detail about their world. She packed a lot of punch into this short story and still allowed for some very hot moments.
What I Liked: The “sisters” are cracking me up in this series. I love their addiction to XBox and all things fun. If I was going to be immortal, I would hope that I could pack that much fun into my life while still doing my duty.
Complaints: Again the violence surrounding sex. This time it was on both parties sides but I did not like it much. Again, she didn’t quite cross a line but I am kind of worried that it is going to be a theme in the series.
Why I gave it a 4: As I stated, I am not usually a fan of short stories so when one is done well, with enough detail to draw you in, and still feels like you got the whole story in the end, I recognize it. K.C. did a fantastic job of including enough elements that you are fulfilled by the story.
Who I would recommend it to: PNR readers and maybe even UF readers. The stories all have HEA’s but I would say they are a tad bit more into the UF type of storytelling: a little darker, the women are very strong, and the romance is rougher.
Author Website: http://kresleycole.com/
Books in this series:
Playing Easy to Get
A Hunger Like No Other
No Rest for the Wicked
Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night
Dark Needs at Nights Edge
Dark Desires after Dusk
Kiss of a Demon King
Deep Kiss of Winter
Pleasure of a Dark Prince
Demon from the Dark
Dreams for a Dark Warrior
Challenges: Kresley Cole Immortals after Dark Reading Challenge, Paranormal Romance Challenge, 2011 Ebook Challenge, Outdo Yourself Challenge, 1rst in Series Challenge
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