Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

Book Description:
After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

This is my first "vampire" book (besides Anne Rice's books that I read in the 1980's) and I must admit, it wasn't bad. It reminded me a lot of the Scottish Highlander romances I like to read, only instead of the alpha-male Scottish chieftain who falls for the young sweet English beauty that his clan will never accept - this story was about a werewolf Scottish chief and his mate is a vampire. An interesting combination!

Emmaline is really half vampire/half Valkyrie, she's petite and cowardly at first, but we see her blossom and come into herself as the book progresses. When she first meets Lachlain, a Lykae who looks like a large handsome muscular man (this is not your typical excess facial hair werewolf - but he does have some lupine tendencies - especially on the Full Moon). Lachlain is extremely brutal to her at first, but as we see Emma transform, we see Lachlain soften over the course of the book too. Though he always has that dangerous edge to him (which I like). Upon first meeting, he captures her, and she is completely unsuspecting and defenseless. He scents her as his mate, which is forever in the Lykae world (and they're both immortal - so it really is forever!) and can't wait to get at her. She is at first understandably reluctant and scared - and a virgin. Their first 2 days together seem to last for much longer and it's a whirlwind courtship, in so many words. She's scared to death of him, and hungry, since she hasn't had her blood fix in a few days. He's just coming off being tortured and imprisoned in vampire hell for 150 years, so he's really anxious to "do the deed." One thing leads to another and Lachlain realizes she's starving, and he must save her, so he offers himself to drink from. Emma has never drank from the source before, usually drinking her blood from a glass, but she's so weak and desperate she goes for him.

Well, that's the beginning of some very erotic love scenes.

This was an original story, not only does Lachlain have to deal with the fact that his mate is a vampire, whom his clan has despised for centuries, but he has to deal with his in-laws too. A coven of rabid Valkyrie who are women warriors that will stop at nothing to get their niece, Emma, back. Plus, there's also the pesky problem of these evil demon vampires that are after Emma, since she seems to be the last female vampire left in the world and of royal lineage (her mother is Helen of Troy.)

The plot becomes convoluted at times, but it was exciting, different and very sexy. Lachlain, though a Lykae, was appealing, and I was eager to read what happens between them on the night of the Full Moon, when he's supposed to go sexually berserk. I'll just say, the reader is not disappointed. The sexual tension building up to that night is intense, but unfortunately falls flat afterwards when the book turns more to battles and resolving the Romeo and Juliet family problems that our two lovers must face when a Lykae and a Vampire/Valkyrie want to marry.

If Scottish romances, paranormals and vampires are your thing - you'll love this book. It's the first in a long series. I'm not sure if I'll read more of these, but I was curious and not sorry I read it, though I personally prefer a more traditional time travel medieval romance.


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