Lothaire by Kresley Cole: Review

Lothaire

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10790516-lothaire

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4428.Kresley_Cole

Synopsis from Goodreads: ALL FEAR THE ENEMY OF OLD
Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

A DEADLY FORCE DWELLS WITHIN HER
Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.

CENTURIES OF COLD INDIFFERENCE SHATTERED
Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia-old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past . . . or risk everything for a future with her?

Source: Purchase

My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review: What do you do with a millennia old vampire who is arrogant, stubborn, bat-crap crazy, feared by all, and a colossal asshat?  If you’re Kresley Cole, you give him his own book that is a fun, naughty, fast-paced, and long-awaited addition to the Immortals After Dark series.

For millennia, Lothaire’s life plan has been simple: avenge his mother’s death, take his place as King over two kingdoms, and have his Bride by his side to rule together for all eternity.  Without fail Lothaire has plotted, savagely killed, and bargained his way toward his goal.  In fact, it is his single-minded determination to achieve his goals that has earned Lothaire the name, The Enemy of Old.  The culmination of centuries of work is at hand and for the taking if Lothaire can only figure out how to get rid of Ellie Pierce and release his Bride.  As you might expect, Ellie is so not OK with this plan.  Ellie Peirce is a kind hearted, stubborn, intelligent hillbilly who has had the great misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, repeatedly.  To date Ellie’s bad timing has landed her in a state of possession (literally), on death row for a series of grisly murders, and the object of Lothaire’s unwavering attention.

Lothaire marks the twelfth addition to Cole’s wildly popular Immortals After Dark series and as a longtime fan I freely admit I was not disappointed.  In fact, I was pleasantly surprised with Lothaire and think most fans of the series will enjoy what Cole has created with this character.  As you well know, Lothaire has always been a part of the Immortals After Dark series and has made appearances in nearly every novel; to be fair, until recently, his appearances have generally been quite brief and offered the reader little insight into his character and/or motivations.  It would have been quite easy for Cole to simply write off Lothaire as a minor character.  Instead, she took him to the next level with a fully developed backstory that fits seamlessly into the fabric of the Immortals After Dark series as a whole.  Lothaire and Ellie’s story is one of madness, violence, extreme passion, surprise, and the understanding that even one as old as Lothaire simply can’t fight destiny.  Well played Kresely Cole, well played!

The Bottom Line: This novel reads like a roller coaster ride with tons of action, appearances by the Valkyrie (Regin is better than ever!), a ginormous butt load of steamy sex, and a plot line that is worthy of the Enemy of Old!  I read this book in record time and am so stoked to see that it not only completely answers all the previously unanswered questions about Lothaire but also establishes him as a solid character that is surely going to play a vital part in the continuation of this series.  And continue, it will!  Cole made it abundantly clear that she is not done with the Lore and the Accession is just getting started.

 

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