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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dark Desires After Dusk

Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Contemporary; Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Magnolia
A seductive beauty he can never have, yet can't resist...

Cadeon Woede 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 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?

Dark Desires After Dusk is the fifth installment in the Immortals After Dark series. Where most books in this series could stand alone, Dark Desires After Dusk would be the most enjoyed if read after Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night. The premise is the same as the other books, where a world exist of Halflings, fey, werewolves, witches, vampires, demon warriors and the lore. There is a minor subplot that Cade deals with in Dark Desires After Dusk that is a carry over from Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night that the reader would get more from if they had read the previous book. Other than that, Dark Desires After Dusk has a stand alone plot.

Holly is a unique heroine. She comes with more baggage than a Samsonite luggage dealer. She suffers from OCD and is completely terrified by the thought of being intimate. A vast opposite from a rage demon mercenary. But once she decides the intimate thing is good....well, Cade doesn't know what hit him. Holly is strong and her quirky personality adds humor and depth to her character. I felt she was a perfect mix of strong and needy. Ms. Cole did an excellent job of playing Cade and Holly off one another.

Cade Woede is a rage demon mercenary on a mission. He plans to use Holly for his own means. Ms. Cole does the best dark heroes. They remain dark, never varying from their role, yet I like them and Cade is no exception. He seems all but irredeemable, but the reader is given enough of a glimpse into what is driving Cade that they see hope for him, but....

Both the characters of Holly and Cade have great growth arcs that don’t complete until the very end. They remain true to their characters and there are no ‘cheap’ compromises just for the sake of the happy ending.

If you are looking for a well-written, interesting and steamy read--one that is guaranteed to melt ice cubes faster than the Georgia sun, Dark Desires After Dusk is the answer.