Product Description Acclaimed author Kresley Cole introduces a sizzling new series with this tale of a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire -- unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.
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?
Includes an excerpt from Kresley Cole's next romance novel, No Rest for the Wicked.
Cindy (USA: NV) (2009/10/06): Re-reading... What do you do when those who know you best call you "Emma the Timid"; and they're right! Emma is half Vampire and half Valkyrie and raised by the Valkyries. She is on her own for the first time only to have it all go wrong - first she can't find the information she's looking for, the blood dealer she's using disappears, and then she's kidnapped by an immortal, half-insane Lykae [werewolf] who says she's his lifemate... Captured by vampires and tortured for years has driven Lachlain mad. At last he escapes and tracks down his lifemate, only to find she is half vampire which makes him worse.
Although he never truly harms her; his erratic, violent behavior terrifies her. What does do is lie to her. He promises to let her return to her family after they get to Scotland but really plans to keep her. Her family hates 'his kind' and his people hate hers. But there IS that animal attraction...
The bad vampires successfully steal her away to use in THEIR nefarious plots. Although Lachlain races to the rescue - Emma rescues herself and earns her own page in the Valkyrie book of heroes. The families agree to tolerate each other - barely.
Enjoyable read - this is the first novel in the series but there is a short story [prequel] in Playing Easy to Get you should track it down. Lots of action - some of it between the sheets. Fair warning - there's enough mythological terminology that the author included a glossary in the back.
Another series where order is very important...
Immortals After Dark 1. "The Warlord Wants Forever" (2006) (in Playing Easy to Get) 2. A Hunger Like No Other (2006) 3. No Rest for the Wicked (2006) 4. Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (2007) 5. Dark Needs at Night's Edge (2008) 6. Dark Desires After Dusk (2008) 7. Kiss of a Demon King (2009) 8. "Untouchable" in DEEP KISS OF WINTER October 2009 9. Pleasure of a Dark Prince (02/10)