By Kresley Cole Editions: audiobook, ebook, paperback Published: Published 2006 by Simon & Schuster Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance Source: own copy
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?
Bomy’s Flutter: fun but not as exciting as I thought it would be
Worldbuilding: Very interesting mix of paranormal elements – vampires, ghouls, demons and mythological-flavored valkyres, matings and Brides (loved that!).
Characters: Myst was very fun, spunky and with a good sense of humor. I liked her and responded well to her, but I didn’t get emotionally in tune with her all the way. On her own, she was cool, I rooted for her.
Nikolai didn’t shine for me for some reason, though he made sense and all. Generally I respond very well to the alpha dude, but this time I didn’t. Their couple seemed to have no chemistry for me, I didn’t get the vibe of their passion or their sparks (lightening excluded, lol). I lost some of the charm of the romance because of that, I mean if you’re not into the pair being together the romance is pretty much lost.
Their one on one was hot, I guess, but since I didn’t get their vibe I can’t say I found it particularly hot or emotionally rewarding.
Plot: Interesting, romantic tension and action to go with it. I can’t say I was riveted since I didn’t have a good response to the characters, but it was a cool story regardless.
Writing: Third person narrative, his and her POV. I thought the style was interesting, each character had its own voice and age-appropriate vocabulary (as in, Nikolai showed he was from another time, thought Myst was very hip, I guess?)
Curb Appeal: Interesting cover and blurb
All in all, this was cool but not as striking as I thought it would be. Maybe it’s just a flavor I need to get better acquainted with? We shall see. I wanna try at least another one in the series before making up my mind. Sometimes the chemistry just doesn’t take you there all the way, you know? But it was a good read anyway, if you didn’t read it yet give it a try.