12 January 2010

Review: Kresley Cole - Dark Needs At Night's Edge

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Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket (April 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 141654707X
ISBN-13: 978-1416547075

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Conrad Wroth and Néomi
Book Origin: Personal Library

Cover Summary:
Néomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers -- until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Néomi herself.
To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth's brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. But there, a female only he can see seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature torments him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own.
Yet even if Conrad can win Néomi, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him?

The Wroth brothers are set out to save the last and final brother who has succumbed to the vampire bloodlust and in no way willing to give it up. Conrad is hell bend on revenge as he was turned in to a vampire without his knowledge at the time. A remote manor is bought for the very occasion of determining if Conrad can be saved or is lost for all eternity. As the Wroth brothers find Conrad it takes all three of them to bind Conrad with magical enforced handcuffs and sedate him they as he is brought to this secluded manor.

Néomi was brutally murdered at her manor, Elancourt, in the 1920’s and has haunted the place ever since. No one can see her, touch her, hear her and she lives in her small world of her manor. Now four giant men enter her world, stir up her dull routine and trash her beloved place as they try to hold on to a giant mad man. As her anger turns in to rage for their disrespect of her belongings it evaporates just as fast when the mad man says: “beautiful…..woman.” He could see her!

Now Néomi visits this man as much as she can and with the drugs leaving his system Conrad gets to meet this vivacious woman that yearns to live again and he discovers a peace with her he never knew could exist. But how can a mad vampire, who can only live again by finding his Bride, fall for a ghost, who can never become a woman of flesh and blood again?

Prepare yourself for a searing paranormal romance story that is out of this world. It never seizes to amaze me how Kresley Cole can take me on this emotionally intense ride and at times action packed tale. The love that develops between Conrad and Néomi is so profound that it left me breathless, aching for more as I turned the last chapter but yet utterly satisfied. But it was with the mere first page I was part of The Immortals After Dark World again luring me to keep turning the pages, devouring every scene and in one afternoon I finished DARK NEEDS AT NIGHT’S EDGE.

I must admit that I had a few fears as I heard about this novel and that it would evolve around a ghost and a vampire. The question with the capital Q was: “How is Kresley Cole going to pull the ghost thing off?” Well let me tell you, she is pulling it off and in an amazing way too. Kresley Cole leaves no doubt that from the minute Conrad and Néomi meet it is all about feelings, not always nice feelings, but true to their characters making them leap of the pages. One of the most erotic scenes in this tale is where Conrad and Néomi verbally seduce each other, a scene so masterfully described it made my heart speed up in anticipation.

Their sensuous passion is a double edged sword, for they both hunger for physical release and they both want to explore. Nonetheless, she as a ghost and he as a vampire who hasn’t found his Bride yet are just incapable of doing much more then talk and fantasize. This gives a feeling of a hauntingly beautiful romance that has very little chance and it makes you empathize with all Conrad and Néomi have to endure. It just made me root for every step forward in their conquest of love. It is not only their sensuality that is captivating. It is also their past that bears the foundation for some gripping events and it gives Conrad and Néomi a depth that makes you relate to them so very easily.

What would an Immortal After Dark novel be without the Valkyrie? You just have got to love Nïx as “The Ever-Knowing” soothsayer, her particularly humor, as she is consulted by many, just makes me wonder with what kind of man she will end up. But most of all she makes me smile and laugh, especially her comment about licking horns just cracked me up! There were various secondary characters like the demons Cade & Rydstrom, the Wroth brothers, more of the Valkyrie coven that all gives authenticity to the Lore, The Accession and the world in general created by Kresley Cole. Though it all gives a splendorous background this novel was all about Conrad, Néomi and their love for each other.

Kresley Cole knows how to give the reader a superb plot, action driven scenes that rises the blood pressure but for me DARK NEEDS AT NIGHT’S EDGE is first and foremost an emotionally moving paranormal romance which can do nothing but reverberate with the paranormal romance reader of now-a-day! A more then worthy addition to this series and I can’t wait for DARK DESIRES AFTER DUSK released on June 16th .

5 stars

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  1. Nice review..I didn't really connect with Neomi in this book, but I do love those Wroth brothers!

  2. Sounds good, I especially liked the part when she is driving him insane with lust

  3. i have this book on my shelf as well as the other IAD books but i haven't the chance to read them yet. great review i was also a little skeptical when i read the blurb about the main characters, but if you say it works... :)

  4. I've read this one and I really liked it.

  5. Great review Leontine! I'm with Mandi on this one, I didn't connect with Néomi and this was actually my least favorite out of the series. We all know I heart Bowen and Cade.

    Ok girl whose your fav Cole hero?

  6. @Mandi - I really like the heroine's of KC, many had problems with Sabine, the Queen of Illusions, too and i just really liked her too :)

    @Blodeuedd - It's a real knack of KC to take the sexual tension to the max.

    @Kris - It has been my only 5 star read, from first till last page I had no complaints.

    @Smokinhotbooks - I heart Bowen and the Lykea too. I don't have an actual favorite Cole hero. I have really enjoyed each of them so far but I haven't had a herogasm so far :S

  7. @chelleyreads - I was skeptical at first too but the way Cole wrapped it all up made it work for me :) With these kind of issues it is very personal if it will work for you or not.

  8. Hmmm, a ghost and a vampire, huh? And a 5 stars read? Sounds like one I should definitely add to my 'research'list :)!
    And hon, I am totally in LOVE with your Coca Cola break guy! Wow, does he look delicious all nice & wet, YUM!

  9. This wasn't my fav in the series but I really enjoy Cole's novels on a whole so it's all good. She really did an amazing job with the ghost issue - which couldn't have been easy. She just makes it look that way. :)

  10. I've almost picked this book up at library a few times, but was hesitant to read it as I hadn't read the other books in the series, but I might have to give this one a chance.

  11. Hi Leontine!
    I totally agree with your review - I love Kresley Coles books... I never know what to expect, but she surprises me repeatedly anew! I can't decide which of her books I like the most...
    greetings, Ina

  12. @Janna - I saw and I conquered my coca-cola break man, he is here to stay. KC handled the vampire/ghost thing with a gripping story and it is my favorite in the series :)

    @Tracy - Exactly, I was worried for a moment how she was going to handle the issue but it had such a natural flow and devloped so easily it became very believable.

  13. @A Buckeye Girl Reads - It would be best to start this series from book one A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER and go from there, the recurring characters add such a dimension to the series, it would be cool to follow it from day one :)

    @Ina - I have that too, each book holds something unique to that story and each time she gives me that fulfilling reading experience i want from my stories.


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