With one kiss, he knew she'd be his queen...
His obsession: the enchantress who surrenders her body, but not her heart.
After Sabine, the Queen of Illusions, lures and traps Rydstrom Woede in her lair, the ruthless warrior fights to resist her seduction. But his fierce demon nature lusts for her delicate body and won't be denied. Even as Rydstrom plots to escape, he still intends to claim Sabine as his own on his terms.
Her downfall: the battle-scarred demon who vows to keep her at all costs.
When Rydstrom breaks free, he abducts Sabine, turning the tables. Now she's the one struggling to resist his delicious torment. With each relentless encounter, Sabine hungers more for her merciless adversary. They were never supposed to want each other this much...
If they can defeat the sinister enemy that stands between them, will Sabine make the ultimate sacrifice to save her demon? Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to keep his sorceress?
If you’ve been following the Immortals After Dark series you’ll recognize the beginning of this story. It begins with Rydstrom driving madly down the road to meet Cadeon, his brother, so that they can go and retrieve “the” sword. The sword that Groot has made and says will kill Omort the Deathless. Unfortunately for Rydstrom, Sabine, Queen of Illusions, has other plans for our hero. This was an overlap from Dark Desires After Dusk so we’re being brought up to speed on what’s going on.
Sabine has been instructed by Omort the Deathless to capture Rydstrom and get pregnant. Omort has plans for the demon prince once he is born. On Sabine’s part she’s not sure how she feels about getting pregnant and having a child. She’s known for years that Rydstrom will be her mate and she has kept herself a virgin so that there will be no question of fatherhood. She’s also kept herself a virgin so that Omort, her evil, asshat, bastard half-brother will stay away from her. You see Omort is in love with Sabine and wants her badly. Ewww – just ewww. Sabine has her own reasons for capturing Rydstrom and they have to do with her and her sister, Lanthe.
So Sabine captures Rydstrom and starts to tease him sexually, without ever fulfilling him. Rydstrom, knowing that Sabine is his mate, tells her that no bastard prince will be accepted unlesws they are wed. So Sabine tempts Ryd so that he will be so mindless that he will say the vows that will wed them. After days of torture when he’s beside himself with lust Rydstrom makes a vow in Demonish, although not necessarilythe one she's looking for.
With the unexpected help of an ancient vampire, Lothaire, Rydstrom escapes and takes Sabine as his captive and they eventually get back to New Orleans. During the time when they are traveling they get to know one another. They get to know each others quirks, sense of humor and all the different nuances of each others personality. But Sabine must get back to Omort, though she’s not loyal to him and won't tell Rydstrom why she needs to get back and Rydstrom must get to Omort to kill him.
Ok, I’m not telling you any more! lol This was such a fabulous book. Kresley Cole has done it once again. She’s taken a stodgy, serious, unbelievably reasonable, organized, incredibly hot man and paired him with a completely unlikely mate. Sabine is utterly out there…just with life in general. But they work together so that in the end, she likes the respect that he gets from everyone and he loves her completely inappropriate sense of humor among other things.
I have to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of Sabine’s when the book first started. I wasn’t sure what her motives were except to take care of her sister, Lanthe, and I certainly didn’t want this bitchy woman to be Rydstrom’s mate. However as the book went on and I got to know Sabine better I saw that yes she was bitchy but underneath it all was someone who could love…in her own bitchy way. Not entirely the selfish person that I first thought her.
Cole has once again created a story that’s just so much fun. Her IAD world is exciting, it’s romantic and sexy…there’s always some sort of fighting among the immortals and you can always expect the unexpected. But in the end it’s the fun that sucks me in.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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