Wicked Abyss Wicked Abyss on April 25, 2017
Pages: 400
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This fairy tale doesn't end with a kiss... A spellbinding Immortals After Dark tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole!

The terrifying king of hell...

As a boy, Abyssian "Sian" Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster--just as she's been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope "Lila" Barbot's people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for eons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can't remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good.

Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after?

As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast's cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?

Sometimes I save a favorite author for a rainy day. This was that book for me. I’ve had it for about a year, but I guess I was just waiting for that day to binge it.

I was excited to see it would be a Beauty and the Beast re-telling. But maybe, this beauty prefers the beast to the prince?

Lila is a faerie princess. But as a young teen, her cousin/fiance had her exiled for plotting to overthrow the crown (she wasn’t). So exiled to the human world, she became a theme park princess and learned to thrive. That’s when she’s visited by Nix. Nix gives her a mission. If she wants to go back to her kingdom, she’ll take on this mission. Spy on Abyssian the demon lord of hell.

Sian was incredibly handsome and met a faerie princess who betrayed him cruelly as a young lad, and now, centuries later, he find out his true mate has been reincarnated as Lila. And he wants revenge. He is no longer that handsome young man. Taking over as the King of his hell dimension has changed him. When some sorceri drop her on his doorstep, he doesn’t ask questions. He doesn’t care that she doesn’t remember being her previous self. He doesn’t care that she isn’t the same person. He wants revenge. And for the first bit, in true Beauty and the Beast style, he locks her up. But Lila has a motto: FITFO (figure it the f*ck out). And each awful place he keeps her, she figures it the f*ck out and escapes. She impresses him.

Lila starts falling for him just as hard as he’s falling for her, but she doesn’t know if he’ll ever get over what her past self did, and he doesn’t believe she could ever learn to love a beast.

Something I loved about this is book that the big misunderstanding was cleared up on their own without each other needing to prove that they were true. This faerie princess saved herself. And when her beast came roaring to help rescue her, he was once more impressed with how she handled her own business. And she was touched he came. It was a good scene. 🙂

With new characters rather than familiar faces, it was interesting to see if we would actually like them and relate to them and connect with them. But the heroine was a freaking badass, and the hero wasn’t blinded by his revenge for the whole book. I was fully prepared to be mad at him and his treatment of Lila, but she was too awesome to stand for such treatment and she let him know it.

I know we’re all anxiously waiting for Kristoff, Fury, and Nix, but I also know Cole is writing several books at a time so they all happen simultaneously. I trust her to get us the book that we need right now, even if we can’t see the endgame the way Nix can. In fact, I’m beginning to think that Cole herself is Nix. Nix is the storyteller, and she has been moving players into place since the beginning, showing us where she wants each couple. Perhaps we won’t get Nix’s story for a while, and since I think that would be the Immortals After Dark’s last book, I’m okay with that.

***I bought this book

five-stars