In this pulse-pounding Immortals After Dark tale, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole delves into the darkest mysteries and deepest passions of Clan MacRieve. . .
A Beast In Torment
Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.
A Beauty In Chains
Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.
A Full Moon On The Rise
With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe . . . from himself?
MacRieve is Kresley Cole’s (KC) thirteenth installment of her Immortals After Dark Series.While it’s predecessor, Lothaire, was just absolute perfection, MacRieve hit a few snags.
In Lothaire, we learned that Uilleam (Will) MacRieve took command of the Pravus’ army and led them to safety, but we were left to wonder just how/when they made it back to the mainland. I thought MacRieve would actually start there and work it’s way through the storyline, but alas, this whole period of time is completely overlooked and we start MacRieve when everyone is already off the island. *sad julie*
We are given some background into Will’s childhood where he was a victim of a succubus at a very young age. So if “talk” about underage sex (as young as nine years old) is a trigger for you, MacRieve isn’t the book for you. It was hard for me to trudge through. I just think KC could have easily made him older, but I guess she wanted us to doubly hate succubi right from the start.
Through this horrible violation, Will thinks he’s in love with the succubus only to later find out it’s one of her powers to make him believe this. His parents try to rescue him from the evil woman’s sensual clutches only to meet their deaths. Barely a teenager, Will makes a long-life vow to forever hate any succubus he meets and makes it his life’s mission to kill any that cross his path.
So it’s no surprise that after several years, he still hasn’t found a mate – that is until he meets Chloe Todd in the most unusual of ways.
Chloe is a soccer star and is tough chick on and off the field. She is the daughter of the commander of the base that held all the Lore creatures and tortured them though she has no clue Lore creatures even existed. The commander has disappeared, but he left her behind, defenseless. The Lore creatures quickly take her to sell her to the highest bidder. Everyone wants to buy her, thinking if they have the commander’s daughter the commander is sure to try and rescue her and they can be the first to exact their revenge against this hated human.
But just as the auction is underway, Will’s body is affected and he realizes Chloe is his mate. Finally, the one event he never thought he’d live to see is upon him. He springs into action and takes her for his own, much to the upset of the other Lore creatures. A battle ensues to keep Chloe at his side, and Will stops at nothing to win.
Chloe awakens in him things he never thought he would feel like the tender feelings of love and protection. That is until things get hot and heavy between them and it is discovered that Chloe is indeed – sit down for this – half succubus! *faints*
Tormented by his past, Will can’t seem to look past Chloe’s newfound genetic makeup and give her the love he feels for her. Can Will overcome his hatred of succubi or will he forever lose the mate he was destined to love? And just where is Chloe’s father?
Some great additions to the book were Nix’s scenes and you’ll never guess what part she played in getting Will and Chloe together. Plus, we also meet Will’s twin brother and several other characters that will warm your heart.
MacReive has some humor and features a lot of action, but it isn’t a happy, light book. It’s a heavy, heavy angst-filled read (just like all KC’s other Lykae books!) with mentions of underage sexual abuse. So keep this in mind before you delve in. Wish I had someone warn me!
- paranormal romance
- erotic themes
- oral sex
- underage sexual scenes