The Warlord Wants Forever The Sensually Charged Novella That Started It All In This Scorching Series Opener, New York Times Bestseller Kresley Cole Introduces The Captivating Immortals After Dark Series The WarlordNikolai Wroth, A Ruthless Vampire General, Will Stop At Nothing To Find His Bride, The One Woman Who Can Blood Him, Making His Heart Beat And Filling Him With Strength Coldly Interested Only In The Power His Bride Will Bring, He Can Hardly Believe When Myst The Coveted Awakens Him Body And SoulThe SeductressFamed Throughout The World As The Most Beautiful Valkyrie, Myst Has Devoted Her Life To Protecting A Magical Jewel And To Fighting The VampiresWroth Provides Her With The Perfect Opportunity To Torment Her Sworn Enemy For With His New Heartbeat Comes A Consuming Sexual Desire That Can Only Be Slaked By Her Denying Him, She Flees, Struggling To Forget His Searing, Possessive KissThe Hunt Is OnShe Eludes Him For Five Years, But He Has Finally Chased Her To Ground And Stolen Her Enchanted Jewel, Giving Him Absolute Power Over Her Now That She S His For The Taking, He Intends To Make Her Experience First Hand The Agonizing, Unending Lust She Subjected Him To For Half A Decade Yet When Nikolai Realizes He Wants Far Than Vengeance From Myst And Frees Her, Will She Come Back To Him Absolutely FAN F CKING TASTIC And I am talking SO GOOD that I just one clicked ALL FIFTEEN books currently available in this series Myst and Nikolai sigh the seventh power couple of Miss Cole s I had a pleasure of falling head over heels in love with I can t even begin to describe the amount of love I feel for these two They bring to the table everything I ask for in characters in order for me to enjoy the book He is an over the top alpha, she is as sassy as they get and has that special brand of something that only Kresley Cole s heroines manage to possess The banter is brilliant The sex is off the charts Who knew a ruthless vampire general and a beautiful Valkyrie could be so entertaining The question was rhetorical, of course, because ANY couple of Kresley Cole s has the power to entertain and captivate like no other This author became a one click author for me after a friend suggested I read The Professional a few years ago Not only does she make me fall in love with genres I never thought I d enjoy but she writes some of THE most kick ass female leads and alpha males that make your toes curl Her stories are always super engaging, funny absolutely scorching They read like a breeze and NEVER disappoint I know I say this every time I am done with one of her books but her personality clearly shines through her writing.I also know that I am late for the party but if anyone out there who HASN T started this series yet and loves PNR genre, DROP EVERYTHING AND READ THIS IMMEDIATELY Cheers DNF at I have no bloody shrimping idea And frankly, I don t give a damn I was so furious when I stopped reading I didn t even bother to check I wish I had time to write a full length review to properly convey how much this piece of crap pissed me off But I don t, so I ll give you the short of it And I ll start by the worst of it I CANNOT STAND books that promote rapey behaviour And bringing women to submission against their will And taming them because, you know, women are not supposed to be strong badasses They re supposed to be compliant wimps HELL NO.And I don t give a damn if the f cking hero regrets his actions at the end of the story You do not romanticize this type of behaviour NO YOU DON T And why is it that it is always female authors who write such CRAP Why To make things worse, our thousands of years old, supposedly ass kicking heroine is fine with it Yay Why don t I give up my free will and let the big, strong male take over I am nothing but a lame, weak female after all I obviously cannot think or choose for myself Life is so much easier when Macho Man is in charge Yay again I m such a lucky girl I m pretty sure feminism just committed suicide again Must be a PNR thing If this wasn t enough, the story is also ridiculous, stupid, boring and the world building is confusing as hell A PhD might be required to fully understand what is going on here And I still haven t figured out when this is supposed to be happening the Middle Ages 2012 1854 No freaking idea To make things worse it looks like the author couldn t choose what sups and mythological creatures to use in her story so she just threw them all in there Yeah, Kresley Cole is an equal opportunity kind of gal Everyone gets a chance in her books, from Valkyries to Vamps Yay Anything else Apart from the AWFUL writing you mean And the PNR Tropes Fest Nah, that s pretty much it Congratulations Kresley Cole, you just made it to my Black List From Hell. Reread Completed for Immortals After Dark 2013 Group Reread July 5 7, 2013 This is the one that started it all It s been great to go and revisit the first book of one of my favorite paranormal romance series and book series of all time Even after rereading again it so many years later, it still holds an enormous appeal I just fell into this story head first I have to say that the world that Kresley Cole has built stands distinctive and very strongly in the genre This book reads like fantasy with sex romance than just paranormal romance while there is nothing wrong with the later, a book that can carry itself in the fantasy world building as strongly as the romance is even better.I didn t forget how hot Cole writes love scenes It s funny that although I don t consider myself a fan of erotica, I connect so strongly with her story in which the sex is frequent and blistering hot Maybe it s because she writes it so well and there is so much else going on along with it At any rate, this woman has you reaching for a cold drink indeed Nikolai Wroth Still fantastic Still delicious While I refuse to choose a favorite IAD hero, Nikolai does retain a soft spot in my heart He makes a non vampire lover into a sign me up first convert He s rough and unpolished, vengeful towards Myst But his heart is so vulnerable, and he gives it on the platter very early on I can t resist a hard, tough hero with a soft heart A girl could not do much better to have Wroth as her devoted husband Even though he screws up very badly, oh boy does he make up for it Major sighworthy points Definitely on my hero to die for shelf for all times.Myst Myst is a woman of delightful layers She seems callous and cruel at first, but it doesn t take long to see what a big heart she has, her depths of devotion and caring Myst s love of Nikolai s warrior status and hard earned battle scars was a distinctive part of her personality At first, I had a problem with how she used her sexuality against her enemies, because I am not big on that, but I can understand the psychology behind it What was used against her, she took for her own strength, and it was just one tool in her armament I sympathized with her over her broken heart when she finds out what Nikolai was hiding from her I didn t like what she did to him initially and so I didn t think his reaction was that bad I think she met him tit for tat and respected his manner of dealing with her, knowing that he was the man for her because of his strengths and how it felt to be in his embrace As a couple, I loved their courtship, warts and all When they weren t fighting, there was a lot of tenderness between It wasn t just about sexual attraction Even before sex was possible, I could see that bond forming between them For a short read, Kresley Cole beautifully builds a powerful love story that is missing in nothing, although I d be lying if I didn t admit I would have loved a full length novel.I can t say too many good things about this novella This is stellar reading for this reviewer The mix of hot romance, oh so tender love, laugh out loud humor, and familial and friendship bonds really works for me I can see how Cole got a series deal out of this story This is one of those novels that has you coming back for Pauses to think about the hotness of Nikolai Wroth and fans herself Where was I My series reread with the Immortals After Dark group on Goodreads is off to a fantastic start Check out my Immortals After Dark Pinboard on Pinterest Original Review Below I read The Warlord Wants Forever out of the Playing Easy to Get anthology I actually read this one second in the Immortals After Dark series because I read A Hunger Like No Other first I remember reading A Hunger and being like, Who are Myst and Nikolai When I realized that there was a prequel short story, I was on the hunt to get it Finally I found it at a Half Price Books in San Antonio I bought it and read it when I was in Denver for training I actually read it about 2 and 1 2 times I love this story so much It s short but it s very hot and sweet So well written, with characters that jump off the page at you I thought I loved Lochlain, until I met Nikolai The man is so delicious to me, and like Myst, I can t resist his scars and his warrior essence It has a captive theme, so that might not work for some As the saying goes, I would not kick Nikolai out of bed for eating crackers Yet honestly, Nikolai is not a gentle lover, but Myst doesn t exactly play fair either In the IAD universe vampires are unable to have sex until they meet their Bride who bloods them And then, watch out Well, Myst is Nikolai s bride, despite the fact that as a valkyrie she hates vampires and kills their kind She actually exploits the fact that she can blood vampires and has killed them by almost seducing them Well she feels an attraction to Nikolai despite her hatred of vamps When she bloods him, she leaves him hanging, in desperate need that only she can assuage for five years Talk about frustration This story has excellent chemistry, and the skill of Cole s writing shines in this short story She is so good at combining humor, action, and writing characters that burn for each other Apparently this story does not have universal appeal, but I loved it I really want to thank Kresley Cole for writing these fantastic stories that combine a unique look at Norse mythology, sexy alpha heroes who fall hard in love stubborn, intelligent heroines who can take care of themselves, blisteringly hot love scenes, and laugh out loud moments, to make for an all around enjoyable reading experience. I can t let you go I ll never do that not until I die The Warlord Wants Forever is a short story indroducing us to the work of Immortal After Dark This book made me become a fan of Kresley Cole Her writing stryle is addicting and sexy, I also loved the characters she created, too Nikolai Wroth is a vampire, and he is accidentally blooded by his captive, Myst The real fun begins when he is finding his bride and wants to claim her, but that s not easy when Myst is MORE stubborn than him, she won t let him be the one who conquers her You re my Bride Mine You belong to me Aside from her writing style, Kresley Cole matched her characters so well I think that exploding chemistry must come from right matches She not only concentrated on her setting, but also thoroughly designed her characters to be unique and unforgottable Wroth Don t do this Five years of hell, he sneered, palming her ass roughly You deserve to be fucked till you can t walk The sex scenes is well written, I could see the dynamics of the narrative there when Myst and Nicolai are together or fight each other I liked this book so much Immortals After Dark has become one of my favorite paranormal romance series.I read this novella after I had read most of the books in this series and I found it a really entertaining story I always wanted to find out about Nikolai Myst, after meeting them in other books and how the series began.Nikolai, a human turned vampire general is on the lookout for his Bride, the one woman who can make him breathe again, make his heart beat and make him become stronger.He s just not expecting someone like Myst, a Valkyrien warrior to be the one I really liked seeing these two get together A vampire hater who is supposedly the one of a vampire He s sexy, alpha and struggling with the feelings he has for the totally zany, quirky, sassy, devious and gorgeous Myst I loved their interaction and their banter was an absolute laugh a minute He drew in closer and lowered his voice to ask in all seriousness, You re mad, aren t you As a hatter, she whispered back conspiratorially.She blinked at him You don t want to send me back Who will entertain you I can deal pokerand make shadow animals I had to laugh in the scene where Myst tells us about Wroth being a celebrity in martial circles of the Lore..and she gets all the gossip from the Lore magazine, called Tiger Beat.I find the Valkyrien women totally fascinating and are definitely my favorite characters in this series They love clothes,make up and bright and shiny things.They have the best lines ever He just dragged you down to B moviedom Regen added, Oh for Freya s sake Myst He s a vampire Let him fricassee Fantastic dialogue, humor, lovable characters and the zany world of the Lore that you just want and And, yes Myst is Nikolai s One Really glad I read this story, even though it was a bit short but it gave me a bit of insight into the world the author began creating And best of all..we get to meet the gorgeous V girls Get out of the Woods and get a Room 4.25 Stars Wroth Don t do this Five years of hell, he sneered, palming her ass roughly You deserve to be fucked till you can t walk Nikolai Wroth, Vampire WarriorNikolai was a famous warlord, known for his courage and strength Until he died on the battlefield over three hundred years ago As he lay dying he was offered a second chance at life, as a vampire Now he fights a different kind of war A war against full blooded vampires that drink their fill, killing innocents Nikolai has never known love, but the intense feelings he has for Myst can t be deniedI can t lose you The very thought makes me crazed I can t even allow myself to imagine you leaving meMyst the Coveted, Sexy ValkyrieMyst is a valkyrie, the natural born enemy of vampires She s beautiful beyond words and loves to fight With flame red hair and mesmerizing green eyes, she has the pointed ears of a nymph, but she s an immortal fighting machine Myst has vowed that she will belong to no man Yet there is something about Nikolai s kisses that have her wanting to share than her bed.I loved Nikolai s immediate attraction to Myst He couldn t keep his eyes off her And the feeling was mutual Yes, I am a sucker for insta love and fated couples, when done right The cat and mouse with these two was fun filled, action packed, and HOT AS SIN Nikolai is blown away when he realizes that Myst is his mate, and his mortal enemy How could fate be so cruel This book also had the prefect amount of angst He d never been in love, didn t believe he d even slept with the same woman twice, yet he wanted everything from this pagan immortal, was sick with wanting her He wanted to strip her soul bare and make her give all of herself, all of what she d been in the beginning before time twisted her. What a wonderful world Kresley Cole has created A modern day world full of vampires, valkyrie, werewolves and demons, just to name a few I am immediately about to start the next book in this series It seams that a werewolf has kidnapped one of the valkyrie sisters from their home and is intent on making her his werewolf queen I can t wait to read it This summer is gonna be packed full of heat if the rest of this series is half as good as this introduction.My Immortals After Dark Reviews The Warlord Wants ForeverA Hunger Like No OtherNo Rest for the WickedWicked Deeds on a Winter s NightDark Needs at Night s Edge Dark Desires After DuskKiss of a Demon KingUntouchablePleasure of a Dark PrinceDemon from the DarkDreams of a Dark WarriorLothaireDark Skye Adult review for erotic contentYou re the most malicious bitch I ve ever known Flatterer, she chirped. 3.5 stars WaitressWelcome to the Fetish Cafe Please feel feel to browse our menu and I ll be back to take your order shortly MeNo need I already know what I want It s been a rough week and I could use some stress relief Can you send over a man who has the ability to produce instant cough uhyou knowthe big O, on command Waitressraises an eyebrow You do realize what you re asking for, right I hear our man is pretty relentless Sometimes makes it happen repeatedly for hours on end I can t imagine it will be pleasant the entire time Megetting snappy Look, I know what I m paying for Is my money good or what And can I get a cup of ice WaitressHoney, you re not going to need the ice Any extra stimulation is just going to go unnoticed MeYes, I think I am Your hostess brought me iced tea that happens to be room temperatureGuilty pleasure cheesy PNR goodness, ahoy This series is like bodice ripping brought back to an artistic parody, except that the sex only dangerously straddles the non con line instead of enthusiastically tripping over it Sure you have a moment of feeling awkward, but then you just go with it It s a fantasy based book That s the point.Having read A Hunger Like No Other already, I wanted to come back and read the prequel before continuing on with the series I was hoping for a little world building to explain some of the questions I had with A Hunger I did get some answers but in all honesty, this prequel short was a little porn ish than the first book in the series It s okay, I didn t mind. Only with fantasy based books do I get to find myself lost in impossible scenarios which I d be forced to shun with the contempsFive years of hell, he sneered, palming her ass roughly You deserve to be fucked till you can t walkHah I love that Myst tortured Wroth by blooding herself to him, then left him in painful torment, unable to satisfy his need to have sex Mousy heroines need not apply Myst is here in full force, with her heel firmly planted on her man s balls Ain t love hate filled sexual tension grand What makes series like this one and BDB the fun guilty pleasure that they are is that fantasy becomes reality I love vampire books where blood sharing is considered sexy Why the heck would you want to fight a primal urge Wouldn t it be much fun to incorporate that into your bedroom play Wouldn t it only add to the sexual experience Let the kiddie vamps feast on Bambi The grownups wanna get down and dirty This was a great paranormal novella I have to admit that I needed to lookup several terms, because I wasn t up to snuff on knowledge of mystical beings For example, I had no idea of what the term blooded meant Luckily, I was able to figure everything out and it didn t take away from my enjoyment of this story.I ve been meaning to make it back to this series ever since I read A Hunger Like No Other , which was fantastic by the way I finally made my way back, and this short read did not disappoint In under 200 pages, Ms Cole crafted an addicting, steamy story This is a story of forbidden love between natural enemies It is full of supernatural beings and intense sexual situations Talk about sexual tension The main characters, Myst and Wroth, seem to want to kill each other about as much as they want to get it on They definitely kept things interesting.It has been a while since I ve read A Hunger Like No Other , so I could be wrong, but I didn t notice a strong connection between the two stories The stories might be distantly connected, but it seems to me that they are easily read as standalone stories Overall, this was a fantastic choice for a quick and steamy read It was entertaining, sexy and intriguing I was sucked right into this story from beginning to end. My dearest Immortals, I know I am about 10 years late BUT I think it is about time to get acquainted with each otherI ll begin with the most basic What are you Pussy Cat Doll And this is how I was introduced to Valkyries The female immortal bloodthirsty warriors And this is how vampire Nikolai Wroth has met his Bride, i.e Valkyrie Myst who was really a vampire hater But Wroth convinced her that vampires are not that bad.I love the concept of destined mates in my PNR books I love it when the couple cannot avoid the inevitable and they are struggling with their feelings and their raising passion until they fall in love with each otherI will be good to you, Myst I will protect you You are mine This series is definitely a winner for me I am looking forward reading stories about magnificent monsters.