Review: The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kressley Cole
Caught as a prisoner in a battle between warring vampire factions, Myst, known as the most beautiful of the Valkyries, decides to have a little fun with her new captor and “bloods” him, setting his heart beating and his desire aflame. General Nikolai Wroth fights only to defeat the barbaric vampire Horde and to reclaim the lost history of The Lore… until he meets his Bride, a stunning, otherworldly little warrior that he knows must be his and his alone. When Myst is rescued by her Valkyrie sisters, Nikolai is forced to spend 5 long years yearning for the sweet blood he so briefly tasted and burning for the vixen who teased his heart back to life. Wroth will move heaven and earth to find is Bride and when he finds her, a battle of heart vs. loyalties will become the most important fight of their lives. The Warlord Wants Forever is a Recommended Read!
- Title: Warlord Wants Forever
- Series: Immortals After Dark book #1
- Author: Kresley Cole
- Prominent Characters: Myst, Nikolai Wroth
- Recommended Reader Age: 17+
- Genre(s): Paranormal romance
- Sexual Content Level: moderate, steamy
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Warlord Wants Forever is the first story in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, originally part of the anthology Playing Easy to Get that featured stories from Ms. Cole as well as Sherrilyn Kenyon and Jaid Black (which is a lot of star-power name-dropping for one anthology!). This was my first foray into the IAD universe so I had no idea what to expect. Strange how you can be so familiar with a series and still know nothing about it, right? 😉
“Alpha male” is a term we throw around a lot these days, seeing as how so many romance stories revolve around them (especially paranormal romance), but Nikolai Wroth really is “alpha” and he’s a whole lot “male”. A real warlord, turned to a vampire as he lay dying on the battlefield centuries ago, Wroth doesn’t care about any woman who can’t make his heart beat and waken his sexual desire (called “blooding”); he comes from a time when women were possessions and men didn’t need to ask permission. That really should be offputting, but it’s not; he has an honorable heart and wants happiness for his “Bride”. Speaking of offputting, the “Bride” thing is a little strange, but I suppose I’ll get used to it, even though it feels like a shadow of Stoker’s vampire bride concept.
Myst is a Valkyrie and her coven of shrieking, lightning-eating sisters is as unruly and brazen as you’d expect from these mythical creatures. “The Lore” is what they call the collection of creatures like them, that humans believe to be simply stories. Initially, Myst’s sarcastic, over-the-top personality annoyed me a little… but I also was drawn to it; she’s surely the center of attention in a group of women or men, regardless of her sex appeal. The chemistry between her and Nikolai is stellar, and one of the things she finds most attractive about him is is prowess in battle and the scars he has to prove it. He is definitely Mr. In Charge when it comes to their liasons, even as he works to make sure he takes care of everything she needs.
I like strong women and strong men, couples who really give each other a good fight before accepting their feelings, and Warlord Wants Forever did not disappoint. I only wish it was longer (a little less rushed at the end) and had more details about the IAD world, although I suppose I’ll get plenty of that as I continue the series.
Beware Valkyries professing love…
“Vampire Bride just sounds so B-movie. He just dragged you down to B-moviedom.”
The bright one made her voice overly dramatic, saying, “For that alone … he must die. Seriously, Myst. Your ‘husband’ has irrevocably damaged your street cred unless you kill him like the others.”
Nothing like a movie to break the tension…
Her film collection was copious. He was unfamiliar with them, as he was with most things that had to do with leisure time. “Which of these do you prefer?”
She clearly hated having to answer his questions and struggled against it each time. “I like romance and horror.”
“A bit disparate.”
She eyed him. “Funny, I used to think so.”
If you liked…
If you liked The Warlord Wants Forever and the other stories in the Immortals After Dark series, you might also enjoy Christine Feehan’s The Dark series, starting with Dark Prince, or Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series, starting with either Fantasy Lover or Night Pleasures. Both series feature sexy, alpha vampire men and the strong bonds they share with their women, and a multitude of other supernatural creatures that make the story universe rich and compelling.
If you haven’t yet taken a jaunt through the Immortals After Dark universe, check out Warlord Wants Forever and see what you think about a fiery red-haired Valkyrie vixen and her big battle-scarred vampire commander.
Rating: The Warlord Wants Forever
Review copy purchased by reviewer