A mythic warrior who'll stop at nothing to possess her...
After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.
A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy...
Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents--until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae--and their notorious dark desires--ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.
An all-consuming desire...
Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?
The blurb gives you a good idea of the story so I won't go too far into it. Emmaline is in Paris trying to find info on her unknown father when Lachlain finds her. He has been tortured by vampires for 150 years and he's so amazed to have finally found his mate that he manages to escape the catacombs under Paris to find her.
Lachlain finds Emmaline but he is crazed from his torture and can't quite control himself when he finds out that Emma is a vampire. He wants her because he knows she's his mate, but vampire? Damn. He's just not happy about that. Lachlain convinces Emma to drive him to Scotland - not telling her that she's his mate - and they're off on their trip. They get to know each other somewhat by the time that they get to Scotland but Emma is determined to get home.
During the whole mating dance there are vampires searching for Emma. She begins to discover exactly who she is and the type of person she wants to be when she A) gives into Lachlain and B)discovers her heritage.
I read this book a couple of years ago and I have to tell you, I wasn't all that impressed with it. I read the novella The Warlord Wants Forever right before reading this one and was confused by my dislike of this book. I loved TWWF and was quite surprised when I only found this just an ok read. I ended up giving it a 3 out of 5. Now I'm thinking that maybe I was judging it a little too harshly.
This time around I really felt more connected with the characters. I think that Cole has a way of writing her characters so that they get under your skin and you connect with them on so many levels. That and her world building really sucked me into the book this time. Her world building is truly so effortless. She also introduces many secondary characters without giving you the feeling that she's setting things up for her next book. I love that about her books.
Got off on a tangent there, sorry. :0) Anyway, I really enjoyed Lachlain. I didn't take him for such an overbearing ass this time around and tried to really put myself in his shoes. He's been gone from his clan for 150 years, he's suddenly found his mate and she's a species that he despises with all that is in him. I'd tend to be a tad cranky as well.
For Emmaline's part I had a much better sense of her personality progression during this read. In my first reading I felt that she took on too much of a personality change but when I really thought about it there were explanations for everything that happened. She had been sheltered all of her life and when that happens it's hard to figure out who you truly are unless you get out into RL and let it hit you from all angles.
So while this book is still not my favorite in the series I enjoyed it much more this time. If you haven't read the Immortals After Dark series? What the hell are you waiting for? Go forth and read!
Rating: 4 out of 5
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