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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lothaire by Kresley Cole

Lothaire (Immortals After Dark, #12)Lothaire by Kresley Cole

My rating: 5 of 5 flames


The beginning of this book sucks you in, it traps you, and it doesn’t let you go. By the time you finish, you realize the whole day has passed, and you haven’t fed your children or husband, or even grabbed a coffee. Just me? I didn’t think so.



I wasn’t sure how much I’d like Lothaire as a hero, I mean he has had his moments, but always with a price. We find out why he’s been hoarding these “favors” owed to him. And we find out just how much he’s willing to give up for those favors, if anything.



Ellie is the complete antithesis of Lothaire. She’s a mountain girl through and through, but she’s possessed by a demon, so she thinks. Around age 18, she starts having blackouts and waking up to carnage, blood, and heaps of questions. After dealing with the murders, she decides to go out fighting. Suicide by cop. She grabs a shotgun, steps out in front of the police, and is instantly protected by Lothaire. Who is seriously pissed, by the way. So he tells her that she will go to prison where she can be safe from herself an others, until he can come for her. Surprise surprise, Lothaire found his bride. But it’s not Ellie, it can’t be this uncouth, barefoot mountain girl. It is of course, the vampire goddess inside of her. So off to death row for 19 year old Ellie, until Lothaire can find a way to separate her soul from Saroya, his vampire goddess bride.



5 years later, Ellie is strapped to the table, waiting for her death sentence by lethal injection, and who shows up once more? Lothaire, of course. Taking her with him, he decides he’ll keep her hostage until he can retrieve the Ring of Sums and he’ll use that to separate Ellie from her body. But he sort of realizes that Ellie may be his bride after all, not the frigid vampire goddess Saroya.



Oops, did Lothaire send his Bride to Death Row? And oops, has he treated her like crap? And oh, was he just as high-handed as they come? I think Kresley Cole has an amazing talent of having her heroes do things that I hate, behave in ways I hate, and yet I still like the hero. She gets me every time.



I loved how Ellie not only could hold her own with him, but she made him like her. Her, not Saroya. And the best part? Ellie made him question his End Game.



My fave quote has a teeny bit of spoiler for scene set up:



After a huge fight between them, Ellie is kidnapped by the Valkyries to be used as leverage against Lothaire. He sends her his heart, in a gift wrapped box with a note telling her, she had his heart, it’s the only one she’ll ever get from him. (I won’t spoil what she send him back, but it gives her street cred with the Valkyries, it’s just that awesome). So when they finally get back together, Ellie asks him if he didn’t want her, after all, he’d sent her his heart. He offers her, claws to his chest, his new heart muttering,



“Take this one, My heart doesn't fucking working right without you.”



Best scene in the book. Best line ever. I forgave him his alphahole tendencies then and there. This intense hero, mad as a hatter, made me love him from the first page. I loved his relationship with Ellie, and I loved watching him fall for Ellie, even when he was an ass to her. Ellie is one of my favorite heroines yet--I just adored her.



The only thing I didn’t like, is that I wish that he’d understood [certain things I can't spoil] without having to dream her memories, I mean I get why, but still, would have been nice to see him understand without that. But I am just dying to see what happens with Kristoff, Fury, Cara, Nix, and all of the characters who we love. Kresley Cole has reminded me of why she is one of my favorite authors ever.



***Thank you to S&S for the the book





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10 comments:

Jen at Red Hot Books said...

My biggest problem was when he did that thing he did to her near the end after she begged him not to. He just did it with no regard to her feelings. And then he still considered her less-than. It pissed me off.

I understand that KC wanted to keep him true to character, but it really made me mad --and it bugged me that everyone (including her mom) was ok with it all because of his big heroic gesture at the end.

HighlandHussy said...

That really bothered me too...but I can't put that in without spoiling. :/
But also that thing she did with the sword? I mean kinda makes me feel better.
Also, that's why I was so mad he saw her memories and then realized how he'd been. He should have gotten it without needing her memories..although once he saw them, he should have stewed longer.
But it was still a 5 for me because I just couldn't put it down. It was still a great book. I just didn't like that one part you're talking about

Jen at Red Hot Books said...

I loved all the backstory and the Nix stuff and so many other things about the book. But I had to give it a 4. It just bothered me too much. (And I know I'm in the minority, but that's ok.)

Nissie said...

Excellent review! I'm SO looking forward to this one. :D

Ning said...

glad to see you liking this one. I totally loved it, though some things bothered me as well. I guess sometimes it's hard to have the alpha male like Lothaire without crossing some line. But I adored Ellie.

If you're interested, you can see my review here!

Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

HighlandHussy said...

thanks,Ning, I'll go now

And Nissie-plug your ears: *WHAT?!!! YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET?!!!*

Nissie said...

LOL I hope you will still love me, but.... I still haven't caught up with the rest of the series! Planning on doing that when I finish up the one I'm working on now. I promise!!!

redzsm said...

Perfect review! I loved it too! KC did it again. She is a goddess! I loved the two of you going back & forth talking about the book without giving away spoilers. "I liked that part with the thing where he had the thing & dd the thing to the thing" Ha! I'm ROFL :) Too funny.

-Selena

Do you have a facebook page I could like?

HighlandHussy said...

Hi redzsm :) thank you--we had fun with it.
and I do!

My facebook is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Laura-Hunsaker/203949056326656

and the demonlover's page is here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/DemonLovers-Book-reviews-more/350925890543?ref=ts

Ceska said...

,As I sit here and try to think how to explain Lothaire, all I can really is say is that he is just one of a kind. There isn't a lot of gray in his world. He is so old and his arrogance is so ingrained, that it is his way or else. Kresley Cole allows him to fall in love -- and still retain these characteristics. Because of his age, and the fact that when he drinks from people, he retains their memories, he is not lucid at all times. He is skirting the edge of insanity and fears he may not make it to exact his revenge.http://raisingselfesteem.wordpress.com/

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