Book Review

LOTHAIRE
by Kresley Cole

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Vampire, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: HOT

2012 Vampire Romance Nominee

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How do you make the crazy, arrogant and ruthless archvillain of a series a hero? With great difficulty! Yet Cole pulls it off splendidly in her latest Immortals After Dark offering. It helps that most of the Immortal Lore are none too sane and all pretty bloodthirsty, yet Lothaire, the Enemy of Old, is a cut above. While keeping Lothaire’s hardcore personality intact, Cole manages to find an unusual heroine for him. Cole outdoes herself!

Since his mother’s murder a millennium ago, Lothaire has been striving toward his endgame of ruling both the Horde and Dacia vampires. To do this, Lothaire needs his bride. There is an inconvenient problem: Although Lothaire believes his mate is Saroya the Soul Reaper, she is trapped inside the body of human Elizabeth Peirce. Despite being young and from remote Appalachia, Elizabeth is no pushover. Although she couldn’t keep Saroya from killing while in her body, Elizabeth won’t cede control, not even when a deadly and handsome vampire promises to eliminate her soul. (GALLERY, Jan., 506 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: GALLERY

Published: January 2012

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Lothaire

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 2:33pm.

Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson - LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha]:
I simply adore the Immortals After Dark series. They were one of the first Paranormal Romance series that I got addicted to, and that has not changed release after release.

Book after book, however, I found myself wondering when we'd get certain characters' books - Lothaire and Nix were 2 at the very top of my list - so when it was announced that book #12 would be Lothaire's book, I was ecstatic to say the least.

I had the book pre-ordered through Premiere Collectibles as a signed and numbered 1st Edition, I had it preordered for Kindle so I could actually read it immediately on release day, and because I was so busy with life on release day and the two days after, I ordered it on Audible as an audiobook as well. :) I don't regret ANY of those purchases, nor my copies from the FL signing, because this book was, in my honest opinion, the best IAD yet!

The big question in a lot of reader's minds was: "How in the world is Kresley going to make Lothaire, the evil Enemy of Old, into a hero?" It's a good question. Lothaire has been evil since the first time we met him. We knew he went through a lot, but didn't know exactly what, yet time after time he'd present a conundrum - do I hate him, or do I love him BECAUSE he's so bad? He'd do something despicable, followed by something halfway decent, even if it was only to serve his own purposes, and leave us all wondering just what side of the fence we should be on with him.

What I loved about this book is that Kresley didn't force it. She didn't try to make Lothaire into something or someone he's not. She let him be the sinfully yummy evil vamp that we've all come to adore be who he is, which had me putting myself in Ellie's shoes wanting to kick his ass one moment and kiss him breathless the next.

That's the other thing I loved about this book. The pairing was so out of left field, I started the book wondering how in the world it would work, until I learned more about the kind of person Ellie was and realized just how perfect it was. Evil, sarcastic, controlling Lothaire meets his match in headstrong, stubborn, willful Ellie Ann Peirce.

This was also, by far, the HOTTEST Immortals After Dark yet. I'm a connoisseur of Paranormal Romance and Erotica of all types so not much surprises me anymore, but there were parts in this book that had my temperature rising and a blush staining my cheeks. :) Add in that I was listening to Robert Petcoff do Lothaire's sexy Russian accent during those parts and it was particularly naughty.

Outside of the amazing characters and the steamy romance, Kresley's world and story building was, as always, superb. While this book could actually be read as a stand-alone if so desired, there was also just enough history uncovered amongst the characters to not only thicken the plot but give us serial readers some wonderful moments. The bits that were uncovered surrounding Lothaire and Nix's past were particularly enjoyable for me, as were Hag's story, and the best parts expanded upon from book #11.

There were also some shocking secrets uncovered and surprises revealed in Lothaire about some other characters in the Lore; particularly in the Epilogue of the book. While it's a cliffhanger, if Kresley continues true to form, wherein each installment of the Immortals After Dark series gets better than the one before, we have some amazing reads to look forward to - not only with the direct IAD books, but also with the spinoff series that she has planned.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Lothaire 5 Skulls and would recommend it to EVERYONE! If you have not yet started the IAD series, you really need to consider bumping it to the top of your TBR lists, because it's a keeper. There's something for everyone in these books, and they just get better and better.