Sunday, March 1, 2009

Review: Kiss of a Demon King

Title: Kiss of a Demon King

Author: Kresley Cole

Published: January 2009

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Stand Alone/Series: Immortals After Dark #7
Book 1: The Warlord Wants Forever (Playing Easy to Get anthology)
Book 2: A Hunger Like No Other
Book 3: No Rest for the Wicked
Book 4: Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night
Book 5: Dark Needs at Night's Edge
Book 6: Dark Desire After Dusk

From the Author Site: With one kiss, he knew she'd be his queen...

New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this spellbinding story of a demon king fighting to reclaim his crown and the wicked sorceress who dares to use his most secret desires to thwart him.

His obsession: the enchantress who surrenders her body, but not her heart.

After Sabine, the Queen of Illusions, lures and traps Rydstrom Woede in her lair, the ruthless warrior fights to resist her seduction.But his fierce demon nature lusts for her delicate body and won’t be denied. Even as Rydstrom plots to escape, he still intends to claim Sabine as his own—on his terms.

Her downfall: the battle-scarred demon who vows to keep her at all costs.

When Rydstrom breaks free, her abducts Sabine, turning the tables. Now she’s the one struggling to resist his delicious torment. With each relentless encounter, Sabine hungers more for her merciless adversary.

They were never supposed to want each other this much…

If they can defeat the sinister enemy that stands between them, will Sabine make the ultimate sacrifice to save her demon? Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to keep his sorceress?

Hero: Rydstrom, King of the Rage Demons. So he lost his throne (and whole dang country/plane) nine hundred years ago and has been trying to win it back. So his down to his last chance (per Nucking Futs Nix... oh gotta love her!) and he gets kidnapped by the enemy. Talk about bad luck. And then to find out his one true mate it sister of his greatest enemy, Omort the Deathless, was just another big "Ouch". To save he was pushed out of his comfort-zone is putting it mildly.

Heroine: Sabine, Queen of Illusions. Wicked, evil woman with a heart, and that would be her sister, Melanthe, for the most of the book. And like all wicked, evil women, she's looking to take over and Rydstrom's son and heir is the key (again was predicted by a soothsayer, but not our favorite Nix). So now she has to get pregnant but also has to get Rydstrom to marry otherwise the baby wouldn't be the heir. She definitely knows how to torture her captive male. And she's definitely got the best costume award so far.

Review: First off, the cover is great. Definitely won't be mistaking this one with the others in the series. Have to say that it was a relief to see the cover and to see that it didn't look like the others. Not saying that they were bad covers, just that they were too much of the same.

With that said, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I liked the others. I think the whole torture each other was a bit to overdone. They spend way to much time on how to make each other crazy and the whole revenge thing didn't hold my interest. Yeah, she was mean (well she kinda had to be, after all she was batting for team evil) but his whole need to do the same. *sigh*

I did enjoy Sabine's interaction with rage demons, Puck in particular. She was hoot and I enjoyed how Kresley kept her consistent through. There was no suddenly see the error of her ways, just an acceptance of being Queen to Rydstrom but continuing her wicked ways.

Nix is still great. All her scenes continue to make me laugh. Melanthe is definitely interesting and I'm looking to learning more about her. I thinking that evil-angel guy is her man, but we'll have to wait and see what Kresley pulls out of the bag.

Keeper?: Yes

Recommendation: I think that the series has gotten to a point that reading the previous books in the series is required to fully enjoy the book. But it's still fairly good as a stand alone. Kresley Cole does a great job of keeping just enough background in each installment so that a new reader won't be completely lost.

Rating: B+


orannia said...

Thank you Aymless. I haven't read any of Kresley Cole's books....perhaps I should? And I guess I should probably start at the beginning :)

Aymless said...

Ooops! Review of Dark Desire After Dusk was suppose to post first. That post will be coming up!

Orannia: I've really enjoyed her. And its a series so if you don't want spoilers you should probably read from the beginning. But they are also good as stand alones

Tracy said...

I agree that the books need to be read in order to get a true feel for the characters. Sorry you didn't like this one as well as the others. :)

Shannon said...

Another author who I need to start reading. I guess the nice thing about being late to the party is that I have a whole backlist to catch up on. No waiting around for the next book to be released.

Aymless said...

Shannon: That's one of the better things about starting a series later. You have more to read and less time to wait.


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