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May 28, 2008

Review: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

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Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole

I love the Immortals After Dark series so I was excited to read Kresley Cole latest installment with Dark Needs at Night’s Edge. Her characters are a mix of different types of mythical creatures such as vampires, Valkyrie, and demons. They are all part of The Lore and must often times work together, even if they are enemies, to reach their goals.

In the beginning of the story, we are taken to New Orleans in 1927. The setting is Elancourt, the elegant home of ballerina Néomi Laress. Proud to be showing off her estate for the first time to all her friends and acquaintances, Néomi is enjoying the grand party being thrown when she is brutally stabbed in the heart by a scorned lover. But instead of dying, Néomi is trapped as a ghost at Elancourt for 80 years, reliving the horrors of her death every month.

We are then taken to the present to meet Conrad Wroth, a vampire who has fallen to bloodlust. His three brothers kidnap him and take him to the abandoned mansion Elancourt in hopes of curing him, for they know if they cannot his life will be threatened. But when confined to the house, Conrad starts to have visions of a beautiful young woman. He doesn’t know if she is part of the memories he has during his rages or real. But soon enough, Conrad finds he can communicate with Néomi and the two begin a tenuous friendship that buds into more.

The wonderful romance that blossoms between Conrad and Néomi was a treat to read. The greatest obstacles that stood between these two coming together included Conrad’s bloodlust and the fact that Néomi is a ghost. Yet even as they are in their present forms, the two were able to build a relationship filled with witty banter, respect for each other, and scorching sensuality. How can you get sensual with a ghost, you ask? You’ll have to read the novel to find out.

I adored Néomi and felt for her plight. Strong, spirited (no pun intended), and knowing what she wants, she did not cave easily to Conrad’s demands. And even as he struggled with the great obstacle of breaking his bloodlust, Conrad’s gentleness and caring for Néomi is evident from the beginning and only grows stronger as he learns more about her. The love scenes in Dark Needs at Night’s Edge are very well written and exhibit so much heat between Néomi and Conrad while not losing sight of the romance that brings these two together.

I absolutely loved this novel and it will be going in keeper stack along with my other IAD novels. I cannot wait for Kresley Cole to continue with this wonderful series and luckily, I won’t have to as the next release is around the corner with Dark Desires After Dusk.

 

Reviewed by Quentin

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