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Until this installment I didn’t realize that many of the plots in this series run parallel to each other, so when I found myself back in the midst of the Hie I was ecstatic. It was interesting finding out what happened to Bowen after Sebastian trapped him, and learning more about the witch who cursed him. The two protagonists played a wonderfully devious game of cat and mouse throughout WICKED DEEDS ON A WINTER’S NIGHT which made their dialogue hysterically funny, and their lovemaking mercurial, especially when MacRieve accidentally screamed his ex’s name. I had a blast listening to this title; Kresley Cole & Robert Petkoff are a powerhouse of audiobook wizardry!
Thus far, we’ve become versed in the intricate Lore surrounding this author’s Valkyries, vampires, and werewolves, so you’d be right to infer that my expectations vis-à-vis her witches were through the roof. Mariketa’s also part fey which means that Cole had heaps of awesome new material to work with, and rest assured that none of it was wasted. I loved discovering the powers related to the five casts, exploring the specifics surrounding the Awaited’s prophecy, and the captromancer powers were just plain cool (and creepy!). Other than a bit of glamour, and a couple of secondary characters, the fey elements were negligible which I’m assuming was intentional, and will be explored in a future installment.
I liked how dissimilar the two protagonists were; Mari is only twenty-two years old, hasn’t been frozen into her immortality yet, and is the embodiment of a modern young woman. In comparison, Bowen is ancient, has already found & lost his mate, and is prejudiced towards witches. Also, their relationship really got off on the wrong foot what with Mariketa cursing the werewolf, and MacRieve entombing her with crazed incubi. Watching these two attempt to bridge the gap was an exercise in futility, but when they finally give in to their baser instincts their chemistry was as clear as day. The twist at the end was exquisite, and I adored how it all came together.
With only three IMMORTALS AFTER DARK installments under my belt, and still ten left to go (plus novellas), I risk repeating myself with regards to Robert Petkoff’s narration; however for the time being I’ve no shortage of positive adjectives to use when it comes to his delivery of this series. His sinfully dreamy Scottish accent was back for a second lap, and in addition to it he unleashed Bowen’s beast with a guttural werewolf voice that succeeded in doing naughty things to my insides. I’m sure that Petkoff captured Mari’s character beautifully as well, but for some strange reason all I can remember is MacRieve. RAWR!
WICKED DEEDS ON A WINTER’S NIGHT’s title is self-explanatory or in other words… hot, hot, HOT!
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Would you listen to Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night again? Why?
Yes, and exclusively because of Robert Petkoff!! He makes these Kresley Cole books feel like an extended romp in the park!! SO MUCH FUN!!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night?
the discussion about the "lipstick" ... i laughed so hard i had to turn off my ipod so i could hear what happened next! BRILLIANT writing on that one! so funny!!
Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have gone in and found other books in genres i don't normally listen too just because of this narrator! He is brilliant!
Any additional comments?
I am not sure i would like any of Kresley Cole's books if i just read them. Alittle too "romancy" and alittle too "heaving boosom" stuff.... but listening to them narrated by Mr Petkoff makes me want to stay in that world always! He has made this series my hands down favorite and i will buy each one the second it is released.
The writing is suberb as well and i find the story different and refreshing. I like the authors descriptiveness and the outgoing, shame free personalities of each of the characters.
I now wish for a Lychay of mine own!!
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love the books, however I struggle bot to laugh at times when the male narrator impersonates the various females.
I really enjoyed this book and feel it's one of the best in the IAD series.
Regarding the story, it's plot driven, with interesting characters - both main and secondary. The fact that the main 'bedroom' scene doesn't appear until Chapter 41 (though there's plenty of teasing before then) shows that there's some substance to the story.
The narration is WONDERFUL, amongst the best I've heard. Robert Petkoff really captures the voice and the intonation of the author and brings the characters, both male and female, to life. It's worth buying the audiobook for his performance alone.
Would you listen to Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night: Immortals After Dark, Book 4 again? Why?
Definitely. I love the IAD series, specially the werewolves.
Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favourite?
Bowen. I like Robert Petkoff's Scottish accent.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This made me laugh out loud quiet a few times. When Bowen is depressed or feeling guilty, he's quiet cheeky & fun. Mariketa has a wicked side when she wants to taunt or tease Bowen.
Any additional comments?
I have read all the Immortals After Dark series & throughly enjoying them now in audio version. Both in paperback & audio all the wolf stories are my favourites. Great easy to listen to paranormal romance, with adventure, heartbreak, romance, steamy sex scenes & sassy characters you can't help but love & cheer for. This book has a lot of characters that will eventually get their own stories throughout the series, so is an important one to have read / listened to.
Kresley has done it again, the story of Mariketa and Bowen is an epic love story, its hauntingly beautiful and heart poundingly sexy (sighs) i love a Lykae male their so possessive and faithful and oh so hot. Mari is wickedly beautiful. Robert you are magnificent in your narrative, you bring the characters to life and you make me feel all their emotions, just amazing thanks both xox