Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: Pleasure of a Dark Prince

Pleasure of a Dark Prince
(Immortals After Dark #9)
by Kresley Cole

Genre: Paranormal Romance
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(Epic Win! 4.5 out of 5)

Sexy & playful, with Indiana Jones style adventure!

“Now three wounds marred his gorgeous body, ... Gritting his teeth, he said, “This hurts like hell, lass, but it’s heartening."
“How do you figure?"
“At fifty times the distance, you dispatched that ko-bold with three arrows to the neck. I’ve earned a trio to the chest. Seems you slapped him while you’re tickling me. You doona want to kill me, which is a good sign. Maybe this is your way of flirting?”
Pleasure of a Dark Prince is the story of Garreth McRieve, a Lykae prince second in line to the Lykae thrown and Lucia the Huntress, the valkyrie archer that suffers extreme pain when she misses a target. Garreth and Lucia are fated for one another. But do they fall into one another's arms without a struggle? Um, no. Nothing comes easy for these two, even though Garreth is perfectly willing. Lucia leads Garreth on a crazy chase around the world (literally) in search of a way to end the existence of an apocalyptic evil about to rise. She craftily and aggressively dodges his many attempts at seduction and possession.
“This isn’t over. And if you lay another paw on me, MacRieve, I’ll make you regret it.”
When she turned from him, he laid another paw on her ... she whirled around and punched him with shocking force in the Adam’s apple, doubling him over as he coughed.
As she hastened away, he grated, “Still doona regret it.”
But Garreth McRieve is a man obsessed and impossible for Lucia to shake. He is hot on her tail (no pun intended) through the first half of the book. When he finally catches her in the second half, they begin to work together toward the same goal… kind of. This is where their relationship really starts to build and grow as they become undeniably charmed by one another.

However, something is preventing Lucia from making that final leap into Garreths’ eager and waiting arms. Isn’t this always the case? Lucia must battle with nightmarish memories and a millennium long conflict that haunts her to this day. Actually, nightmarish really is an understatement for the trials and conflicts that await them both near the end. Despite all the grisly, bloody, and horrific challenges they face together, there is a well earned HEA for these two.

I have to confess, I 'm biased when it comes to the Lykae clan. They're my favorite male characters in the IAD series. LOVE EM! Like one of my favorite heroines (MacKayla Lane) once said from Moning's Fever series... "Who wants to get it on with a man who's in touch with his inner dog?" Uh... **raises hand** ...I guess that would be me. Men in touch with their inner dog, inner beast... whatever you want to call it... are hands down sexy! Kresley Cole flawlessly captures and nurtures those tricksy, wolfsy like qualities in her Lykae males. She has a talent in that department and not just with the Lykae. She magically captures the essence or embodiment of her characters' true natures within their mannerisms, actions and dialogue.

Near the end, Pleasure of a Dark Prince introduces us to an evil organization called the Order. We also get a look at some of the other secondary characters like Lothaire, Carrow and, of course, the lovable Regin the Radiant - a.k.a - RegRad; The glowing, outlandish, party girl, valkyrie with a filter missing between her brain and her mouth.

To sum up my feelings about this book...

Characters – loveable, playful, fun
Conflict –nightmarish
Adventure – exciting, epic
Dialogue – fun, quirky, sweet
Tension – HOT!
Love scenes – delish!
HEA – definitely!

This story has a little bit of everything. It was fun, adventurous, and sweet. Loved it! I’m always enthusiastic about promoting this series. So if you haven’t already, you need to add Kresley Coles’ IAD series to the top of your TBR pile. Just for starters and a little taste of what it’s like, you can read the prequel to the series for free at the link provided below. It also gives you a look at excerpts into many of the other books in the series.

Prequel to IAD series

A little something extra from a man’s point of view:
I’ve been reading this series to my husband so he can catch up and read Coles’ new release, Dreams of a Dark Warrior, which is Regin’s story. So I thought I'd include his thoughts on Pleasures of a Dark Prince.

First off, my husband is not long on words. He gets straight to the point. His one pet peeve with some of the PNR and UFs’ I’ve already exposed him to is the excessive sex in many of them. In his words, less is more. He prefers stories with a good build up of tension between the main characters before any action takes place.

That being said, he still enjoys the IAD series. He found Garreth McRieve to be a really likeable, fun, character. The thing he liked the most was the epic Indiana Jones style action and adventure. We’re both in agreement that KC is talented at coming up with the most inventive and creative situations to throw her characters into. He also found the ending to be touching and sweet. Yes, he's is a real sucker for a good HEA. Most men wouldn’t be caught dead admitting to that. And although he used to be one of those men at one time, he’s not afraid to own up to it anymore.

So for all you men out there that might be considering caving to your wife or girlfriends’ request to read one of her favorite PNR or UF series… be brave and adventurous. Make the leap. Show the world you have an open mind. You’ll be glad you did; and reading a series with your significant other can be a really fun way to share your time together.



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