Title: The Warlord Wants Forever
Series: Immortals After Dark, #0.5
Author: Kresley Cole
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Library (Audiobook)
Length: 3 hours 58 minutes (unabridged)
Narrator: Hagan Verret, Simone Famhar
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breathing and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature.
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen the jewel which commands her, giving him absolute power over her. While he possesses it, he can make her do anything, and he plans to in order for her to experience firsthand the agonizing, unending lust she’d purposely subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Wroth realizes he wants more from her and frees her, will she come.
(Note: This review originally appeared on Reading In Winter: After Dark, which is no longer available.)
When I picked up this audiobook from the library, I had been hearing a LOT of things about Kresley Cole, all of them good, so I figured this would be a good series to start on audiobook. AND the fact that it was only 4 hours long was a HUGE plus.
I did really like this one. It was different and very much an old-school vampire tale, but with romance involved. I can’t say I LOVED the main characters, but I did tolerate them. The male vampire lead, Nikolai, kind of grated on my nerves with his VERY old-fashioned ways and possessiveness (and maybe some jealousy thrown in for good measure), but by the end I thought he was alright.
The female lead, Mist, was a feisty character full of piss and vinegar. I liked her a lot but I felt like her character was somewhat lacking – which probably had a lot to do with the narration.
This book had TWO narrators. While I’m all for two narrators, it really wasn’t even; there’d be a bit here with the female narrator, then a LONG passage with the male. I really enjoyed the female narration and thought she did a great job with the characters, but I didn’t like the male narrator. ESPECIALLY his voice for Mist. With the female narrator, Mist came across as strong, but with the male narrator, she came across as weak and whiny. AND Nikolai had an accent in the story, so the accent varied between the narrators.
While I had issues with the narration, the story was pretty good. There was LOTS of sex going on. Kresley Cole definitely knows what she’s doing when she writes a sex scene and I loved the chemistry between Nikolai and Mist during those times (during other times, Nikolai was … an odd character). It was dirty and fun. I also had to laugh because I had this on in the car and there was the odd time I’d get in to go somewhere and I’d turn it on mid-sex scene. THAT’S a way to wake up in the morning!
The only thing I really didn’t like were some of the modern references in the book, like the mention of an X-Box or a certain TV show. The X-Box especially – at the point of the novel where it’s mentioned, it just seemed silly. And Nikolai grated on my nerves at certain points, but it could’ve just been the narration.
By the end, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely go for the second one – I’m just not sure if I want to do that with the audio version or not. Personally, I think the story could have been way more enjoyable had I been reading it rather than listening.