ALL FEAR THE ENEMY OF OLD
Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.
A DEADLY FORCE DWELLS WITHIN HER
Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.
CENTURIES OF COLD INDIFFERENCE SHATTERED
Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia-old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past…or risk everything for a future with her?
One: The Warlord Wants Forever
Two: A Hunger Like No Other
Three: No Rest for the Wicked
Four: Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night
Five: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge
Six: Dark Desires After Dusk
Seven: Kiss of a Demon King
Nine: Pleasure of a Dark Prince
Ten: Demon from the Dark
Eleven: Dreams of a Dark Warrior
This is my first re-read of Lothaire since I read it when it first came out. This is as close as I’ve ever come to a first-read, ever. I didn’t remember much of anything when I started, couldn’t even remember how they managed to fix everything. I can easily say that I enjoyed it just as much this time as I did the first.
Lothaire has long held my attention in this series. Ever serving his Endgame, and constantly gathering debts from other beings in the Lore, how could I not be enthralled?
Lothaire is great – don’t expect too much reformation from him. He’s still the same great character that, if you’re like me, we’ve always loved. He’s a smart-ass, brilliant, a consummate strategist, and a collector of debts.
His heroine’s fantastic. Elizabeth can see people and situations clearly. She’s underestimated constantly, and smart as hell. She has a great instinct and she isn’t afraid to follow it. I really like her. I’m never a huge fan of phonetic accents in text, but the Appalachian drawl is used sparingly here. Much like the Scottish brogue for the Lykae.
The sexy times in this book are off the wall hot. There were several times I had to simply stop and fan myself. I have to comment on the fact that Lothaire crosses the line – more than once – with regards to consent. But Ellie doesn’t just let him get away with it. She constantly challenges him, confronting him with his wrongs, and he comes to realize that he must change. Being centuries old, without love, hasn’t taught him how to be in love. Lothaire has a lot to learn – and it’s awesome as hell that it’s from a human.
Lothaire is constantly caught off guard by Ellie, which are my – and Lothaire’s – favorite moments. Their verbal sparing and discussions were a true delight. They fit each other.
Kresley Cole continues to expand this world, keeping me on the edge of my seat. It’s already so enthralling and huge that I sometimes can’t imagine there being even more. And yet she does it, bringing Dacia into play.
I’m dying over here, waiting to see what happens with Nix, Furie, Kristoff, and so many others. The events of Lothaire will have far-reaching consequences. I cannot wait.
Lothaire adds to this incredibly strong series, another strong entry for me to enjoy for years.