The second installment in Kresley Cole’s best-selling steamy Immortals After Dark series is now available on audio for the first time! Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire - a nightmare in his mind - against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live - until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead. When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow - accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings - particularly lust - emerge multiplied. For the first time, she’s unable to complete a kill. The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity - as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world - to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she’s falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?
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I???m so glad I got a chance to re-visit one of my favorite books in the series, and the one that clinched my fondness for IAD. Have I mentioned how much I love a perfectly timed romance? Yes, I love, love that, because that means we get sexual tension.. And I luuuuve sexual tension, and with the scorching hot chemistry between Sebastian and Kaderin we get plenty of it. Kaderin the Cold Hearted Valkyrie, finds herself in a vast dilemma; unable to feel any emotions for the past thousand years, now has to contend with her attraction to the very vampire she???s intending to kill, plus the fact that she can???t forget that a dead leach like Sebastian Roth was responsible for the horrible death of her two sisters. On the other hand, Sebastian is tired of being something that he never chose to be, and when Kaderin comes to his castle to deliver the death blow, he welcomes it with open arms, but in that moment, he discovers that Kaderin is his bride and his fate....And that changes everything. And so... The adventure begins with mind blowing action, and suspense that won't let you pause for a minute. Kaderin and Sebastian enter the world competition for supernatural creatures, a brilliant setting for all the action and suspense. They both enter for very different reasons but equally important to them. For Kaderin, the final prize is a key that can give her the possibility to go back to the past and save her sisters. For Sebastian is the chance to help her fated bride achieved the victory, and in the process win her heart. As the competition heats up, so does their romance; and we get one hell of a hot, steamy and perfectly developed romance. I know a lot fans of the genre have already enjoyed this series, but if you are one of the few that has not, don???t miss out on the opportunity to discover why Kresley Cole is so highly regarded. This is the book where Ms. Cole???s talent begins to shine, with perfectly balanced heroes, heroines that don???t take crap from nobody, and are some of the strongest, funniest and entertaining little biaches in the paranormal realm.
Narration: Once again Robert Pefkoff takes the novel to a higher level. I love the way he reads these books, I know that his female voices could be better, actually, I wish they would have two different narrators, and frankly, I always have a hard time with male narrators and their female voices, but the way Robert brings the story to life with the perfect pace, ambiance and the right amount of drama, in my opinion, makes up for the not so perfect but tolerable female voices. I???m more likely to forgive and overlook a flawed female voice from a male narrator, than bad male voice from a female narrator, and no, I???m not being sexist, it???s just the nature of the genre, these guys are often described as having the best male attributes (in every sense of the word) and their voices are a big part of the fantasy. It???s as simple as that.
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Sensuality: Scorching HOT
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Petkoff is a God
Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series are great reads, and Robert Petkoff adds a whole other, wonderful dimension! This book is equally action packed as it is romantic, and Petkoff practically brings it to life. I was amazed at all the different accents and voices he used in this book, including the hero's Estonian accent, which I'd never even heard before. You can tell a lot of effort is put into making this audiobook great, which I very much appreciate. Fans of Kresley Cole's should not miss out on these audiobooks! I sincerely hope Petkoff narrates the entire IAD series. This is one of my very first audiobooks, but it certainly won't be the last!