MacRieve MacRieve by
Series: Immortals After Dark #13
on July 2, 2013
Pages: 384
Source:
Goodreads
five-stars

In this pulse-pounding Immortals After Dark tale, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole delves into the darkest mysteries and deepest passions of Clan MacRieve. . .

A Beast In Torment

Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.

A Beauty In Chains

Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.

A Full Moon On The Rise

With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe . . . from himself?

I was re-reading this in preparation for Dark Skye, and I realized I never reviewed it.

First things first, this hero is an alphahole hero, but most of hers are, so that might not be news to you.

We all know the Lykae twins, Hot and Hotter aka Uilleam and Munro.
This is Will’s story, and it’s a doozy. Kresley has written a tortured hero worthy of Sherrilyn Kenyon with this one. Man, at least Lothaire was crazy, but Will? Your heart just breaks for him.

Nix sends him to an auction where the witches are auctioning off a human. Webb, the guy in charge of that facility that bagged and tagged then vivisected immortals had a daughter. And believe it or not, this chick is Will’s mate.

Gotta love that tricksy Nixie.

Chloe is an all-star soccer player preparing for the Olympics. Her dad has disappeared and now she’s going through some. . .changes. And her father knew. He KNEW and didn’t tell her. He tossed the Book of Lore at her and bailed. Next thing you know, she’s being kidnapped for her father’s crimes. Dear old dad is colonel Webb. The one who likes to vivisect immortals.

Will’s damaged. Hard core.

***SPOILERS***
Ye be warned.

He was sexually abused as a child by a succubus, and it was pretty bad. She made him think she was his mate, so 9 year old Will fancies himself in love. When his parents confront her, she’s with a vampire, and has him kill his pregnant mother. His father kills her, but Will is not only confused, he’s trying to help her, and yet she wants him to fight his own family for her.

This is where Will has issues with Chloe. She turns out to be a half-breed succubus. He flips. He’s a total dick. I mean I’m talking pretty horrible to her. But his whole lykae clan loves her by this point and they tell him he’s an arsehole.

Not only that, but his twin Munro keeps pointing out that she’s not trying to use him, or to use anyone the way his abuser had. Chloe even nails him in the junk with a soccer ball at one point and I was DYING! She’s the exact opposite.

The only thing I didn’t like was that the part where he finally realizes he’s being a gigantic ass to his mate who is actually pretty awesome, is too close to the end. I like when he has a bit of time to make it up to her. But I did like how he found out. Made him realize how big of a bag of dicks he was.

I love how Kresley Cole writes. This woman has an amazing talent and the world she’s built is one I’d love to live in. I wish I could never leave her head. Well, that sounds kind of stalkerish, but aww hell, I’d totally stalk her if I had the chance.

 

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