Title: Lothaire (Immortals After Dark #12)
Author: Kresley Cole
Genre: Paranormal romance
ALL FEAR THE ENEMY OF OLD Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness— until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.
A DEADLY FORCE DWELLS WITHIN HER Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.
CENTURIES OF COLD INDIFFERENCE SHATTERED Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past . . or risk everything for a future with her?
Lothaire, The Enemy of Old's story gets told! And let me tell you, it was amazing. Everything I look for in a book was nicely packaged in this one. Tormented Alpha hero? CHECK. Smart, headstrong heroine? CHECK. Kresley Cole's glorious sense of humor? CHECK! Not to mention some wonderful lovin' :)
Yes, Lothaire is a crazy, manipulative guy. But after reading the heart aching prologue you get an idea of why he is so darn hateful and why he cares so much about his 'end game' of exacting his revenge against two vampire factions. Elizabeth Pierce is a down home kind of gal. Living in the mountains of Appalachia with her loving family she gets sucked into a whole world of weird when she is possessed by Saroya (crazy, murdering, ex-goddess). To make matters worse for poor Ellie, he stumbles on her when she is in full possession and he becomes blooded. (For those not familiar with The Immortals After Dark Series when a vampire becomes blooded by a female it essential means he has found his soul mate) Of course the Enemy of Old could not possibly be destined to spend eternity with an uncultured hillbilly, so he assumes that it must be Saroya that blooded him. Which leads us to the main story. Lothaire must search for a way to get rid of Ellie's soul for good, so Saroya can take up permanent residency in her body. As the days of searching pass and he spends more time with Ellie things become less straight forward. He starts to question his quick judgement about who, exactly, is his destined love. And if Ellie is actually his 'Bride' how will it affect his endgame?
The reason for only 4.5 stars is it can become tedious how hateful he treats Elizabeth. Although, you will cheer/shed a tear when she finally gets her revenge. I sure did :)
Disclaimer: If you are squeamish about 'love bites' on certain parts of the male anatomy you may be in for a shock.