Lothaire (Immortals After Dark, Book 10) by Kresley Cole
ALL FEAR THE ENEMY OF OLD
Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.
A DEADLY FORCE DWELLS WITHIN HER
Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.
CENTURIES OF COLD INDIFFERENCE SHATTERED
Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia-old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past . . . or risk everything for a future with her?
In my mind, Lothaire has been the ultimate bad boy for the IAD. He’s clearly 100% evil villain and no matter what nefarious plots he's carried out I'm always metaphorical swooning on my feet for him. So to say the wait for this book has been unbearable is a terrible understatement. After finishing it I can clearly state that Cole is still my poison of choice! However, this book wasn't what I expected. For a character like Lothaire though, it would be tough to get it (him) just right. However, stating all that I will say this book surpassed my expectations, while also underwhelming them. (Yeah, I know I'm confused too.)
Elizabeth is the perfect soul mate for Lothaire. She's a standard redneck Hill-billy, but she's got all the smarts and wits to balance it out. Sure she eat squirrels, but she can still out wit La Dorada. It bothers me that—yet again—another Cole leading lady is a virgin. (Girls can have fun too!!) However, unlike some of the other IMA virgins she falls in the category of very sexual. Her reasons for saving it are, thankfully, not a mystical crisis. She was easy to relate too as she's not wealthy, but she's happy with the life she's lived. Elizabeth's strong will is perfectly shown as she battles the evil vampire goddess Saroya who inhabited her body at 18 years of age. Saroya ruined her life as her serial killer tendencies took over when ever the goddess took over Ellie's body.
Lothaire was just as devious as I had originally thought. He refuses to accept that Ellie is his Bride because of his ever present hatred for mortals. Instead he fixes on Saroya. It's interesting watching his arrogance, madness, and plots fall into place as he discovers Ellie as his mate and finally excepts her. He's completely evil to her. In fact, I actually started to become annoyed with him. When the couple finally put aside they're differences I felt like Lothaire really didn't change that much. I did not feel like he truly accepted Ellie as a human, and he conceded a bit to her family. What annoyed me more is that Ellie came off with better one liners then Lothaire. All of his truly good dialogue seemed to be reminiscing from other characters telling Ellie about what Lothaire had done in the past.
Still I felt like this book held it's own considering how many expectations I had riding on it. Thad the half vampire, half shade is pretty steady character in the book and I love him more. This book builds up the Dacian realm well enough that I'm looking forward to the spinoff series. Nix gets page time and it's really nice seeing some of the dynamics that Lothaire and her share. I'm desperately awaiting Nix's book, as much as I fear it. In the end this is another solid IAD entry to the series. While I feel like Cole is depending way too much on her formalistic plot that makes up EVERY book in the IAD series, I'm a sucker for it.
Sexual Content: This is a Cole book, you have to know by now!
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A Hunger Like No Other (1)
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No Rest for the Wicked (2)
Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night (3)
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge (4)
Dark Desires After Dusk (5)
Kiss of a Demon King (6)
Pleasure of a Dark Prince (7)
Demon From the Dark (8)
Dreams of a Dark Warrior (9)