** THIS REVIEW CONTAINS UNMARKED SPOILERS **
Expected Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Gallery Books
Author’s Website: http://kresleycole.com/
My Source for This Book: Amazon.com
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 13, Immortals After Dark Series
Series Best Read In Order: No, but it would help if you were somewhat familiar with the IAD world
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: N/A
Favorite Tropes: Enemies To Lovers, PTSD
A Beast In Torment
Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.
A Beauty In Chains
Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.
A Full Moon On The Rise
With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe . . . from himself?
What Worked For Me:
- I loved the enemies to lovers vibe, but more than that was the betrayal that went along with it. Oh, the angst!
- It’s not often that the “first time” for a girl isn’t rainbows and butterflies in romance, so the sadist in me really enjoyed the fact that, while not horrible thank goodness, Chloe’s first time was the source of a lot of angst.
- I never thought I’d enjoy a succubus heroine, but Chloe was wonderful. No shrinking violet, she, but rather a very headstrong, dedicated athlete, who immediately saw MacRieve and decided that he was hers. Chloe wasn’t the promiscuous type (which honestly is what I typically dislike about succubi in romance), and her virginity actually made sense due to her dedication to her sports team.
- As always, the chemistry and heat is wonderful. What made this book even better, though, was the emotional roller coaster that goes along with the heat.
- I adored MacRieve’s family. They added the perfect counterpoint to MacRieve’s surliness, especially in regards to his horrible treatment of Chloe.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
- Though it certainly added a lot of wonderful tension to the story, it was almost too obvious that Chloe was going to be a succubus, simply because MacRieve had such a horrible past with one. A minor point, but I was a bit disappointed.
- Not a negative point, per say, but these books always toe the line of torture porn. So much horrible, bad things happen to the characters in this series that it’s almost to the point that I can’t read them. Though there was a good balance between good and bad, things like knowing the main character was vivisected, and the fairly graphic details of child molestation made it somewhat difficult to read.
I’m a huge fan of the Immortals After Dark series, so there really was no question of my liking this book. It had all of the chemistry, heartache, and action that I’ve come to expect from the series, as well as some very interesting progression to the series’ story arc.
I would recommend that any newcomer to the series start a bare minimum of three books back with Demon From The Dark, to at least understand the back-story of the villains that the members of the Lore are up against. That said, anyone at least passingly familiar with the series should be able to get along just fine, even if they’re not completely current with the series thus far.
The only real drawback to this story was the heavy angst and physical torture that MacRieve was forced to undergo. Don’t get me wrong, I love when a tortured hero is literally tortured, but there’s a very fine line in the sand between suffering and what I call torture porn. While this book didn’t cross that line, per say, it certainly toed it at times. This was also my biggest complaint about a few other books in the series.
Outside of that, and my mild discomfort at the painfully obvious species identity of the heroine, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
I’ve never really been one for a succubus heroine, but I loved Chloe, and the mythology surrounding the succubi in this universe was very interesting.
The angst was amazing, with tons of heartbreak and drama, without going over the top, and I loved the fact that the “first time” for the couple wasn’t all rainbow and sunshine as it is in many other romances.
Overall, a wonderful addition to the series, and one that I think any fan will greatly enjoy.