Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his Bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breaths and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his Bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature.
Myst is known throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, part chillingly fierce warrior, part beguiling seductress who can “make you want her even as she’s killing you.” She has devoted her life to protecting an ancient, powerful jewel and to fighting the vampires, and she now sees a way to torment one—for with Wroth’s heartbeat comes consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her.
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen the jewel which commands her, giving him absolute power over her. While he possesses it, he can make her do anything, and he plans to in order for her to experience first hand the agonizing, unending lust she’d purposely subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Wroth realizes he wants more from her and frees her, will she come back to him?
The first in Cole’s Immortals After Dark series was originally published as one of three novellas in “Playing Easy to Get”. It was also available on its own as a special promotional ebook from Simon & Schuster.
I’ve been guilty more than once about not paying attention when I pick up a book. Sometimes I pick books up out of their chronological order. The only excuse that I have is that I get excited when I discover a new series and when I find out that other people are hooked on the books in said series I just grab the first one I see. *sigh* I really need to stop doing that because sometimes, even in a prequel novella, you can miss some important back story and character introduction. That’s exactly what I discovered with the Immortals After Dark series. I wasn’t totally lost when I read A Hunger Like No Other, but reading this introductory novella would have given me a little more perspective.
The Warlord Wants Forever may have been short (Amazon estimates it at 175 pages) but it packed a lot into those pages. There was a lot of introductory world building and mythology. Characters for the series were introduced and the time frames of The Warlord Wants Forever and A Hunger Like No Other actually cross by the end of the novella. Of course, I wouldn’t have known that if I hadn’t read the books out of order. 😉
As far as the story itself goes, I loved Myst and Nikolai. I also enjoyed the creative way that Kresley Cole gave readers the characters’ background stories. As strong as both of these characters were, they were totally broken. Neither one of them trusted easily and even though their love was inevitable it wasn’t easy for either one of them to give into it.
I also liked the glimpses that we got of the other characters. I may not have picked up on it as readily if I hadn’t read book 2 first, but regardless, I’ve learned my lesson. From now on I’ll check closely to make sure I’m picking series books up in the right order. At least I’m going to try really, really hard. 😉