Review: Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole

Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole
Kiss of a Demon King
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: January 20, 2009
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #6
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Edging; sexual torture; incest; violence; dubious consent

You know when you get a snippet of a couple who will be the center of a future book and you think, “that’s a book I will love!” Well, that was me with Sabine and Rydstrom. I think I’ve found my new favorite book in the Immortals After Dark series. After being introduced to them in Dark Desires After Dusk, I could not wait to get their story. And boy, did their story live up to my wildest expectations.

Sabine, Queen of Illusions, captures Rydstrom Woede, the fallen king of the rage demons, to become his queen and beget his heir who is foretold to unlock great power. She keeps him on edge until he gives in to her demands. Meanwhile, Rydstrom is plotting how he’ll get his revenge on her and her half-brother Omort the Deathless while captive. As soon as he gets free, the tables turn on Sabine, and Rydstrom is determined to get his revenge. However, with each day and each sexual encounter that passes, the two cannot seem to deny some burgeoning feelings are developing between them.

Y’all this book was HOT! The power struggle between Sabine and Rydstrom, the edging, the need for revenge. Dear God, I love it. This might be the hottest book thus far in the Immortals After Dark series, and I feel like that’s saying something as Cole excels in the sexy times. 

This is a true enemies-to-lovers tale. It is hate turned to love in the best possible way. Sabine and Rydstrom should not work together, but my god, do they, even if they both wished they didn’t have to have feelings for the other. Watching these two go toe-to-toe and push each other to the brink was so thrilling and engaging. I felt like I couldn’t read this story fast enough.

I was hooked on this one from the very first page. Sabine is quite possibly my favorite female character in the Immortals After Dark series. She’s more on the evil side, and honestly, she doesn’t care. She doesn’t mind violence, and I’m here for it. She revels in her power and will do what she needs to get what she wants. She’s a badass bitch, and honestly, I’d love more stories focused on villainess. She’s aligned with her half-brother, Omort the Deathless, but not by choice. He keeps her and her sister Lanthe poisoned, so she’s forced to stick around, but she’s only playing by his rules and his game until she can figure out a way to get free. He also lusts after her, but luckily her plans for Rydstrom keep him at arm’s length. She also truly deserves the title Queen of Illusions as her Sorceri powers are insanely powerful.

I enjoyed Rydstrom. We’ve gotten to know him over a few other books, and it was interesting to get into his head. He’s been trying to find his mate for years, attempting with many females, and yet fate is a cruel mistress as his fated mate is one of his enemies. He’ll do anything to take down Omort the Deathless and reclaim his throne. I feel like Sabine reinvigorates him, even if it drives him to seek out revenge against her. He’s a bit of an alpha male, but Sabine is also an alpha, so they go toe-to-toe constantly. 

The journey Rydstrom and Sabine go on in their relationship is incredible. These two genuinely hate each other, and honestly, they’re a bit toxic together. And yet I cannot help but love them. This book really shows how close hate and love can be. They know they bring out the worst in each other but cannot stand to be apart. Their feelings towards each other don’t shift towards love quickly – it’s a bit of a slow build as they get to see beyond their initial feelings. It’s like a slap in the face when they both realize, “Oh hell, I love this person.” Truly such a joy to read. 

Outside of everything with Sabine and Rydstrom, I really enjoyed the plot and overarching story. The pacing was spot on and I never got bored while reading this. I couldn’t wait to see how this would end. I’m also genuinely curious as to what Lothaire’s plan is. He aligns himself with Omort but breaks the covenant with him to help Rydstrom escape in exchange for Rydstrom’s promise to give Lothaire anything he wants when Lothaire asks for something in the future. Lothaire, the Enemy of Old, has now popped up in a few books. It definitely seems like he’s up to something, but we don’t know what yet. 

On a side note – I also continue to love Nïx. She had me full-on laughing in this one with her obsession with Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs, and I love that she threw a raging Valkyrie and Witches party at Rydstrom’s house. She continues to be one of my favorite characters of the series, and I love her meddling. 

This book won’t be for everyone, but it ticked all the right boxes for me. This is one of the best true enemies-to-lovers stories out there. It’s hot, it’s emotional, it’s a wild ride. I loved second reading it and had a massive book hangover afterward. Definitely one of my all-time favorites in the Immortals After Dark series, and I highly recommend everyone check out this series. 

Review: A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill

A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill
A Swift and Savage Tide
Chloe Neill
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: November 30, 2021
Series or Standalone: Captain Kit Brightling #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

After reading The Bright and Breaking Sea, did you want more romance, swashbuckling, magic, and intrigue? Well, Chloe Neill delivered in its sequel A Swift and Savage Tide! This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. Neill takes the readers on an unforgettable adventure, and I cannot wait to see where the story goes next. 

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Review: After Dark with the Duke by Julie Anne Long

After Dark with the Duke by Julie Anne Long
After Dark with the Duke
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: November 30, 2021
Series or Standalone: The Palace of Rogues #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Sexual assualt; sexual harassament 

Once again, Julie Anne Long knocks it out of the park with the fourth installment in The Palace of Rogues series. If you like age gap romances and slow burns that turn super fiery, After Dark with the Duke is for you! I’m usually not an age gap fan, but this one works incredibly well as Long once again manages to write characters with incredible emotional depth and takes you on a journey you can only experience at the Grand Palace on the Thames. 

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Review: Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long

Angel in a Devil's Arms by Julie Anne Long
Angel in a Devil’s Arms
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: October 29, 2019
Series or Standalone: The Palace of Rogues #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I was incredibly excited to dive into book two in The Palace of Rogues series after Julie Anne Long teased the couple at the end of Lady Derring Takes a Lover. This book built on everything Long established in book one and made it even better. From the romance to the characters to the story, I enjoyed every minute of reading this book. 

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Review: No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole

No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole
No Rest for the Wicked
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: October 31, 2006
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Suicidal thoughts; death of siblings/parents; violence

No Rest for the Wicked felt like a full-180 from A Hunger Like No Other. Everything about this book was better – from the writing to the plot, to the characters and the romance. I totally understand why people recommend starting the Immortals After Dark series with this book over A Hunger Like No Other as it’s significantly more enjoyable.

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Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
Bloodfever
Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: October 16, 2007
Series or Standalone: Fever #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I’m going to be honest – reviewing this book is hard because I loved it so much, but I also don’t want to give away any of the big plot things. Talking anything plot-wise with this series is incredibly difficult as there are so many fun twists and turns, and experiencing them for the first time while reading is magical.

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Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
When a Scot Ties the Knot
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avong
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Series or Standalone: Castles Ever After #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

When a Scot Ties the Knot holds a special place in my heart as it was the first Tessa Dare book I read way back in 2015 when I first started getting into historical romance. It’s now one of my go-to recommendations for people new to the historical romance genre.

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Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Romancing the Duke
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Series or Standalone: Castles Ever After #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

It’s been ages since I last read Romancing the Duke and I forgot how much I love this one! Tessa Dare kicks off her Castles Ever After with a spin on Beauty and the Beast with the delightful tale of Ransom and Izzy Goodnight.

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Review: A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

A Week to Be Wicked
A Week to Be Wicked
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Series or Standalone: Spindle Cove #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

A Week to Be Wicked was the second Tessa Dare book I ever read back in the mid-2010s when I was first really dipping my toes in historical romance, so this book holds a special place in my heart. Full disclosure, I’ve reread this book a handful of times and it’s safe to say I love this one.

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Review: A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
A Night to Surrender
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Series or Standalone: Spindle Cove #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

A Night to Surrender kicks off one of my all-time favorite Tessa Dare series, Spindle Cove! If you’re new to the historical romance genre, I love to recommend this series as a great place to start. Tessa Dare brings the wit, the steam and the humor in all the books of this series.

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