Wednesday, February 18, 2009

TBR Challenge 2009: Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night

HA! Read something off the TBR! (not mentioning that I had to go buy books 5 and 6 because of it... nope... not mentioning of them... dang that Kresley Cole!)

Title: Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night

Author: Kresley Cole

Published: October 2007

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Stand Alone/Series: Immortals After Dark #4
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

From the Author Site: A brutal Highland werewolf. An exquisite young witch. Immortal enemies … forbidden temptations.

Her breathless kiss haunts him.

Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed—until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.

His slow, hot touch is irresistible.

Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It’s rumored that no one can tempt Bowen’s hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.

No deed is too wicked for her seduction.

If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul—or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?

Hero: Bowen MacRieve: Werewolf... Goes from brooding (gotta love that), alcohol-loving werewolf to totally awesome hottie who'd do anything for his mate. We first met Bowen in A Hunger Like No Other as Lachlain's best friend and cousin who lost his mate nearly 200 year earlier and is still in mourning for her. So there he was brooding away about his lost mate (and basically trying to drink himself to death - which is impossible for an immortal to do) when he's told of a way to go back in time - the prize of the Talisman Hie. Naturally he would do anything to win. In his ruthless attempt to win he ended up burying several very important players, one of them being Mariketa, in a tomb from which they never got out. So in order to avert a war in which the Lycae where sure to lose, he has to get them out asap. During the rescue (and even during the Hie) he is strangely attracted to Mariketa even though she is a witch. Once he makes up his mind not only is he protective but also wolf-ishly charming.

Heroine: Mariketa the Awaited: Leader (to-be) of the Witches... She's the most powerful witch alive and one long awaited (don't find out what she was awaited for until the end) but unfortunately can't control her powers. When Bowen comes to rescue her and her compatriots (from the tomb he buried them in), she naturally a bit upset and tries to kill him (like what girl wouldn't) even though she thought of him as totally hawt. But his wolf-ish charm and general hawtness, she can't help but fall for him.

Review: Another page turner. Kresley takes us deeper still into the world of the Lore and adds more wonderful layers to her rich magical world. After taking us back through the Talisman Hie, from Mariketa's and Bowen's view, it's off through the jungle as Mariketa and Bowen's love story unfolds. I loved Mariketa's description of Bowen being someone who "made Indiana Jones look like a poser pretty boy" (it went well with the scene in a tomb while hunting for the treasure).

Lots and lots of tension since Bowen chases Mariketa and then when it looks like he has her he says something make her do a 180 and so the chase continues and builds. And Cade, the rage demon bad-boy, is around put Bowen on edge while Rystrom tries to keep everyone on an even keel.

Okay so Lachlain's brother, Garreth, is still off chasing Lucia the Valkyrie huntress, so want that story. Love Nix and Regin. Cade and Rystrom sound totally hot. Can't wait to see what Krelsey will do next (since I, uh, "didn't" buy those other books).

Keeper?: Yes

Recommendation: Although it's the third book in the series, readers will have no problems with reading this one out of order.

Rating: A


Ana said...

This is my absolute favorite in this series: I heart Bowen and Mariketa so much it's not even funny.

little alys said...

I liked Bowen and Mariketa later on in the book. Kinda irritated me in the beginning. This is a crazy series.
Cade's still my fav tho. :D

Aymless said...

What's not to like about Cade! *sigh*

Sarai said...

Okay still haven't gotten this far in the freakin series. Too many books not enough time. I read the first full book not the anthology story do I need to?

Aymless said...

Sarai: I haven't read it either. Still in the process of tracking it down. The books are enjoyable without having read the anthology story. But the story of vampire Nikolai and valkyrie Myst sounds fascinating.


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