Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Release date: May 20, 2008
Series: Immortals After Dark #5
Reviewed by: Tynga
Source: Personal Shelf
A ruthless demon mercenary. A lovely young halfling.
In the dark, there's no escaping desire.
A seductive beauty he can never have, yet can't resist...
Cade of the rage demons will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.
A tormented warrior she should fear, but can't deny...
Raised as a human, Holly Ashwin never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon’s wicked touch.
Surrender to dark desires...
Yet just when he earns Holly’s trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can sate his wildest needs—and claim his heart?
Cadeon has been trying to regain his brother’s lost Kingdom and atone for his past poor decisions for 900 years. He might just have found a way: All he has to do is find the Vessel (a female that will mother a legendary warrior who will fight for good or evil depending of his father) and deliver her to an evil sorcerer in exchange for a magic sword with the power to kill his biggest enemy. The only problem? The Vessel is his fated female. Who will he betray; his brother and Kingdom or the Love of his eternity?
I’ll put it out in the open right away, I LOVE the Immortals After Dark series and even though this installment was fairly good, I have mixed feelings about it. I think it’s my least favorite of the series thus far.
I really like Cadeon and Holly. He is strong-minded, has a fool mouth and is hilarious at time. She is lovable with her OCDs and weird habits and her naivety was kind of cute. Yet, I’m not sure about the pair of them. He is clearly into her, but the chemistry was somewhat lacking at times.
The story line was interesting, as usual, and I really liked a particular battle near the middle of the book, involving Feys and Flame Demons. Holly really got to shine at the moment and I admired her determination and instincts.
There were barely any secondary characters to speak of in Dark Desires After Dusk, as opposed to the previous books in the series, and I missed it. Nix’s appearances were delightful and refreshing though.
The end killed me. There were two parts to the end; the final battle and the wrap-up. The battle was great and I couldn’t believe what I was reading! There were many ways it could’ve unfolded and I was surprised by the way it turned out. I was putting the book down every ten pages or so because it was killing me. I liked it. The wrap-up though is another story. My girly side is satisfied with the end, yet my logical mind thinks it was too quick and too easy to be believable. If there’d been thirty more pages of challenges before the actual end it wouldn’t worked perfectly I think.
Overall, the Immortals After Dark is an amazing series and even though Dark Desires After Dusk was good, it didn’t live up to my expectations. I’m still anxious to read the following books though and definitely recommend this series to Paranormal Romance lovers out there!
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