Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

Book Description

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?

I’ve just finished re-reading Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other with my reading buddies. I first read it when it came out in 2006. Unfortunately, I like it less this time around. *sigh*

First annoyance – the sex scenes, or should I say the “almost” sex scenes? They felt like a long tease. I hate it when authors drag out the sensual scenes before letting the characters succumb to the act. In the case of Lachlain and Emma, I felt that he should have just taken her in the beginning, after he learnt that she was his mate. Their love and relationship could develop afterwards.

Second annoyance – Emma. Compared to Lachlain, she felt like a child. I don’t mean the difference in their ages; it was the characterization. Lachlain was wonderfully charismatic…Emma was no match for him. She felt so totally wrong for him as a mate. My reading buddy, Kat, felt sorry for the guy for being stuck with her for all eternity.

This story was quite funny in parts, particularly when Emma’s Valkyrie aunts were involved. Their antics were one of the highlights of the story.

I also liked some of the secondary characters, such as Lachlain’s brother Garreth, his best friend Bowen, and Nikolai Wroth, the husband of Emma’s aunt, Myst. I also want to learn more about the mysterious vampire, Lothaire…is he a friend or foe? Apparently, Nikolai and Myst’s story appeared in an anthology entitled “Playing Easy To Get”. Bowen’s story was recently released – Wicked Deeds On A Winter’s Night – which I can’t wait to read.

My rating3.5
Sensuality ratingHot

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