Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Immortals After Dark #3
Publication Date: October 2007
Page Count: 384
Rating: ★★★★★ ♥
Review Copy: Audiobook
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?
This is one of my three top favourites of the whole series. There's this one, which is Bowen and Mari's story, Cade's book and Malkolm's book, and they are all fabulous, but this one has always been the top prize in my eyes. I just love everything about it. It has the best setting, the best plot, the best and most sympathetic couple, and the absolute best surprise plot twist!
I was raised on action and adventure movies, due, no doubt, to being in an all-male household for a time. Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone, Rambo, Croccodile Dundee, all those kind of films were always on and were mandatory viewing. So it seems I've kind of developed a bit of a soft spot for a jungle setting (which this book has, despite the contradictory title—there is a reason for that). And there's nothing quite like a hot and sweaty trek through lush greenery and bracing waterfalls with a panting Lykae at your back (who just happens to be a rugged and tormented Scotsman), combined with a feisty, curvy and beautiful heroine with a backbone of steel, and enough chemistry to set fire to the pages.
What's not to love?
Of course, it's not all smooth sailing. As usual—and this is a recurring theme for this series—although there is a natural mate connection going on, there's also a giant problem preventing things from progressing further. I'm reluctant to tell you anything about the plot in case I let something slip, but let's just say Bowen behaves like a total butthead at the beginning, and will have to spend quite a bit of time making up for it.
Kresley Cole does some of the best sex scenes in all of Paranormal Romance Land in my opinion, as well as outstanding dialogue. It's snappy, funny, clever, and second to none in my eyes. These books are just so much FUN! Even when the hero (or sometimes heroine) is being a total ass, I still love them. Because the thing that defines them and separates them from other PNR heroes, is that once that 'misunderstanding' is all cleared up, they become the sweetest, most protective and endearing mates you will ever read about. So just bask and enjoy.
I would recommend reading the series in order as certain elements overlap, but if you wanted to dive in here you could do that too as the romance has a solid conclusion.
5 Stars ★★★★★ ♥