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Jan 9 2012 10:57am

Fresh Meat: Kresley Cole’s Lothaire (Jan. 10, 2012)

Lothaire by Kresley ColeKresley Cole
Lothaire
Gallery Books, $25.00/$11.99 digital, Jan. 10, 2012

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?

In the twelfth book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, we get to watch Lothaire, the much feared Enemy of Old, fall in love with a mortal, who happens to be on death row. Sounds crazy, right? First of all, he hates mortals with a passion. Second, they are very fragile compared to his great vampire strength. How does he fall in love with Elizabeth, or Ellie Pierce? Well, Ellie is in a complicated situation.

From a poor mining town in the Appalachian Mountains, Ellie has been possessed by the demon Saroya. Once a death goddess, Saroya has been cursed to possess mortal bodies for all her days. Saroya, though, prefers Ellie as a host because of her nice body and strength. Sometimes Ellie is too strong, however, since she can often keep Saroya held down deep within her for long periods of time. Unfortunately, when Saroya rises, she often goes on killing sprees, which is how Ellie ends up on death row.

When Lothaire meets Ellie/Saroya, he becomes blooded, meaning his heart beats and he gets breath, something that only happens when a vampire finds his Bride. Lothaire assumes Saroya is his true bride, as fate would never mate him with a disgusting mortal. His plan is to keep Ellie’s body safe, find a magical ring to extinguish Ellie’s soul, turn Saroya into an immortal vampire and then live happily ever after with Saroya. But Ellie isn’t too keen on this plan.

Lothaire also has other problems, as in he wants revenge on the people who tortured and killed his mother when he was a young boy. He wants the Horde to swear fealty to him and afterwards, he wants to unite the Horde kingdom with his mother’s people, the Dacians. The Dacians are a very old, extremely secretive faction (They will also star in Kresley Cole’s new spin-off series coming this August)

I had such high expectations for this book, and Lothaire meets them. The beginning is a little on the slow side, but that is because Kresley Cole has created such an immense world that it takes time to remind us of everything that is going on. Once we get into the book, though, it moves quickly and is so much fun. Lothaire is so arrogant that I volleyed between laughing at him and being frustrated with him. I love that Kresley Cole doesn’t necessarily change him in order to give him his HEA (happy ever after). He has to learn to listen to others, and realize he is not always right, but it is very subtle. At the end of the book, he is still the very incorrigible Lothaire, and there is no doubt Ellie will have a very interesting life with him.

Ellie, fearing she only has days left before Lothaire extinguishes her soul, refuses to go down without a fight. While she can’t explain why she is so attracted to him, she also comes to realize just what a lonely and unhappy guy he is. They develop this very fragile relationship. Not necessarily a happy one, as Lothaire is set to kill her, but there are times where they find peace with each other. And then those moments quickly turns to more yelling and screaming. Kresley Cole writes the hottest sex so far in this series in this book.

We also visit with the crazy Valkyrie again, and we learn much more of the backstory of Lothaire and Nix’s friendship (and I use that word lightly). As I mentioned earlier, we also meet new characters who are Dacian vampires, and I can’t wait to get more from them.

Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series is getting better and better—the Immortals’ world is so violent, yet so funny and sexy. Just like Lothaire himself.


 

Mandi Schreiner from Smexy Books.

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10 comments
Pamela Webb-Elliott
2. Spaz
SHUT UP Mandi you've read it?! And it met your expectations?! I knew it would! One more day til release and I get to go to her signing here in Austin on Wednesday and PAUL MORAN (cover model) will be there and it absolutely does not matter that I like him as Rehv better as far as covers go :P *dies* SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK! Kresley Cole is one of my most favorite romance authors.
Amanda Bonilla
3. Amanda Bonilla
@Spaz, SO JEALOUS! We just don't get many author events in Idaho. :'( Take pics! I'll have Lothaire loaded on my Nook first thing in the morning. It'll be so hard to juggle work and reading!
Donna Antonio
4. Donna_A
This is the IAD book we have been waiting for. Lothaire is an evil vampire. A chaotic neutral (in it for himself and evil is easier) we have seen glimpses of him in previous IAD books. So who do you pair up with a guy who has made back-stabbing into an art form? What being does the Lore consider the lowest form of life on earth? Besides nymphs? Right, humans. Kresley Cole gets even with Bad Vamp Lothaire by giving him a human bride. This may be the best IAD yet. Now if we could only get Nix set up
Lindsay Beeson
5. lindsayb
Just finished it and it was like holy crap good. I'm so glad I bought the actual hardcover and not the ereader version. I know I'll re-read it and the cover is to die for!
Latiesha
6. Lccirino
I have finished the book I liked it as another Lore book but I'm still a huge Lykae fan. It was good read but to me and this is just my opinion it. Was missing something. Now the polt around it meaning Lothaire being Kristoff brother and Emmaliene being related to him that was interesting. I'm guessing Kristoff's book may be next. The Phenix story line was great too!!! I feel like I am missing something there with the whole Fury thing so I have to re read it. Overall it was a great read I have been waiting for it!!! Here's to waiting for the next one:-)
Romina
7. romigonza
I loved this book, read it in one day. I love Lothaire, he is such a psycho, and I love the fact that Kresley didn´t try to change him. He was evil to the core. Can´t wait to learn more abour Nix and the Dacian Vampires, also the last cliffhanger with Kristoff.
Megan Frampton
8. MFrampton
You guys are all talking a cliffhanger, which (since it's NOT the end of the series) is so exciting! Heather and I were just talking about how we have to have this book too--even tho our TBR pile is OOC (out-of-control!). And I have a soft spot for bad guys turned into heroes, for sure. Nom. Thanks for sharing what you thought!
Amanda Bonilla
9. roz
i cannot wait !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amanda Bonilla
10. Ei
I read this book today. It was so amazing - I couldn't put it down. Just a few months ago, I had only read a couple of the early books in this series and while I liked them, it wasn't a must read series for me. Yet. But then, when H&H put Lothaire in the same category as Zsadist, Terrible and my beloved Barrons, I KNEW I had to get on it. And since we all know that reading a series out of order is taboo, I got to reading. And this series really does get better and better! This was my favorite book in the series so far. It made me laugh so many times and by the end, well there were a few tears too. Lothaire and Elizabeth are both just such amazing characters and their interactions were sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but mostly hot! Nix had a really big role in this book too, and that made it even better because I love Nix. I really thought this book couldn't possibly live up to the high expectations but it did and then some.
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