Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.
for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new
world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to
creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s
claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch
sets her blood on fire.
enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland
keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate
becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing
his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst
nightmare to save Chloe . . . from himself?
Comment: This is the most recent installment in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. I've read all the books in this series so far and only one or two didn't seem as good as that but none was bad. This was a pleasant surprise and I loved it.
This book tells us the story of Uilleam MacRieve, he's a cousin to Bowen from book #3 and we know he was in the Order's prison and tortured along with many other Lore beings. At this point we also know most Loreans were released and Uilleam is still dealing with his terrible past and the cost of his imprudence and fear. At present he only wants revenge against the Order leader that brought his fears to the surface again and he thinks owning the leader's daughter to bring him out of hiding is the answer until something he didn't expect surprises his long dormant Instinct...
I really liked this book. It was fast paced but it had such an interesting focus on what was happening in Chloe's life and expectations and I liked seeing things through her eyes. I thin this is the best thing in the book because we get to "discover" some god things about the Lore while Chloe is learning what's to come too. I thin it was really good how we got to learn about another tpe of character from the Lore and at the same time having a notion about what happened so far, because despite this not being obvious, it still has many little deatils that made me feel like this is a global world and I enjoy having an idea about what is happening all around. Somehow I had this feeling, which is a god thing to my taste, personally.
I also enjoyed the romance between Macrieve and Chloe. He wasn't expecting to find his mate but I liked how they grew to know each other at the same time, slowly and without stupid power games. It was quite the expected twist when we found out what kind of Lorean Chloe would become and this offered quite the angsty flavor during a while...but let's be honest, it wasn't such a surprise, not really.
Still, I think they complemented each other and it was so fun to watch them together. Of course by the end, any resentment and fear that lingered in Macrieve's head disappeared and once more we learn not everything that looks a moot point is totally unchangeable and I was glad to know more about Chloe's origins.
The writing and the style are what the author got us used to. I thin she did a good job in putting a romance in the middle of what seems to be a escalating war and I can't wait to see what happens next. Many players still in motion...
The epilogue has to be mentioned..the author has stated which pair is next but the epilogue in this book presented different people and now how to suffer until the day their book will be out...I don't hate cliffhangers, but they are very annoying especially if it's from authors who take a year to write and publish their books...
Anyway, this story grabbed me and I was riveted to its page since the beginning. I couldn't put it down and it was such a pleasure to read this... I hope the next ones are as good. This one was amazing and it had all the needed things to work out, interesting protagonists, a good plot in course and new details to make the reader want more.