The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #1
Published by Pocket
Published on: November 22 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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The Warlord Wants Forever…the sensually charged novella that started it all, now with an exclusive excerpt from MacRieve!
In this scorching series opener, #1 New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole introduces the captivating Immortals After Dark series. The eBook also includes an exclusive extended excerpt from MacRieve, the highly anticipated next installment in the series.
Nikolai Wroth, a ruthless vampire general, will stop at nothing to find his Bride, the one woman who can “blood” him, making his heart beat and filling him with strength. Coldly interested only in the power his Bride will bring, he can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted awakens him body—and soul.
Famed throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, Myst has devoted her life to protecting a magical jewel and to fighting the vampires.Wroth provides her with the perfect opportunity to torment her sworn enemy—for with his new heartbeat comes a consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her. Denying him, she flees, struggling to forget his searing, possessive kiss.
The Hunt is on…
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen her enchanted jewel, giving him absolute power over her. Now that she’s his for the taking, he intends to make her experience first-hand the agonizing, unending lust she subjected him to for half a decade.Yet when Nikolai realizes he wants far more than vengeance from Myst and frees her, will she come back to him?
So. Paranormal Romance. A lot of readers don’t see a huge difference between PNR and Urban Fantasy. I do. And for the most part, I infinitely prefer UF—more save the world, less cheerleader.
Exhibit A: my sister and I were reading a well-known PNR a few years ago, our version of a buddy read (b/c I was like ten books ahead of her), and we’d shoot each other texts, snickering and generally carrying on, BUT the most often made comment was, “If someone hisses in pleasure one more time . . . ” and that pretty much sums up my problem with PNR. There’s so much sex, that sometimes it feels like I’m reading the same scene over and over again, and if an author is being lazy about the plot, and focusing mainly on the sex, I mean relationships, things can get old fast. So I’m picky about the PNR series I choose to read, and my prejudice against them can turn me into a bit of a snob.
So I’m just being honest when I say that a pen name like “Kresley Cole” didn’t inspire much confidence in that whole area. And when the first full-length novel in the series is titled “A Hunger Like No Other“?
If you’re like me, you’re going to turn up your nose in a snotty display of indignation (no matter how ridiculous it is to act superior when choosing a PARANORMAL ROMANCE series).
So with my highly-refined PNR palate, how did I end up reading Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series? Well, I’ll tell you—leftover trade credit at the used bookstore.
Now I get to use fun words like “fortuitous” and “serendipitous” b/c that’s exactly what I think about that situation. Not only did I get this series b/c there was literally nothing else that I wanted (in a BOOKSTORE), but then I went home and actually started reading it. I have books on my shelves that I got from McKay’s (used bookstore) when I first moved to Chattanooga 10(ish) years ago that I still haven’t touched. But this time, I got home, grimaced at the cover a bit, and dove in.
I surfaced eight days later, having read books 1-12.
You could say I liked them.
But I’m a little confused as to where this installment originally fit. It’s listed as the first book in the series, but length-wise it’s more of a novella, and while most of the dates published are in 2011, I did find one for 2006 when the series began. So whether it was always the planned first book, or if it was a prequel added after the fact, I don’t know. Don’t really care either. Know why?
Nikolai Wroth and Myst the Coveted.
Cole focuses an several species of supernatural creatures in these books—Valkyrie, vampires, werewolves, demons, and witches—but this first book is mostly about Nikolai Wroth, a vampire, and Myst the Coveted, a Valkyrie.
Myst has been used as bait (not for the first time) by her Valkyrie half-sisters, for Demestriu, the King of the (BAD) vampires. This entails her being held captive in one of the King’s strongholds. Which is where Nikolai finds her after capturing said stronghold with the Forbearers (GOOD vampires). They have insta-chemistry and it tingles. Nikolai isn’t sure what he’s feeling at first b/c in Cole’s world, once a human is turned into a vampire, the body’s physiological actions/responses completely stop functioning.
Until the vampire meets his Bride. *winks*
So when Nikolai’s heart starts beating for the first time in hundreds of years, he knows he’s found her. Problem is, Valkyrie, more than any of the other supernatural races, value their independence. And a 300+ y.o. vampire who wants a happy homemaker for a Bride, and a fiercely independent Valkyrie named “the Coveted” b/c of how many men have desired to “own” her over the years, do not make for an easy courtship.
But where would the fun in that be?
To that end, Cole’s Valkyrie are some of the most fun and original supernaturals I’ve come across. The best way I can succinctly describe them is as tiny, little termagants who really like sparkly things, and who will say A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G. When Nikolai finds Myst in her cell, she demands that he free her. He asks, “Are you innocent of malice against us?” to which she replies, “Oh good gods, no! I love, love, love to kill leeches.”
And that pretty much sums up their courtship: Nikolai asking Myst reasonable questions or requesting reasonable things, and Myst . . . well, being Myst.
It’s fun. I like it.
I think you will too. UNLESS you are mightily offended by things like Daenerys and Drogo’s “courtship” (Game of Thrones), in which case you will absolutely not like it. Make no mistake, there are intensely aggressive sexual situations in this series. So if you like big, strong alpha males that are intensely aggressive sexually in pursuit of their wily, warrior women (I LOVE accidental alliteration<——there it is again!), then have I got a series for you! Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark is hands-down the BEST paranormal romance series I have ever read (and if I can still say that 12 books in, you know I mean it), and The Warlord Wants Forever is the perfect opportunity for you to find out if you’d love it too—it’s long enough to give you a good idea of what Cole’s writing is like, but it’s not a full-length novel, so it’s both less of a time-commitment AND it’s cheaper (it’s been $1.99 on Amazon for-EVER). Try it out, and let me know what you think!